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DCS has started an insightful series of development reports showcasing WIP modules and features for DCS.

****Development Report #1**** 

"Development Report #1
In order to provide greater transparency in our endeavours, we are happy to introduce a new series of Development Reports. These will shed light on some of the most requested features and their progress.

New AI FM (GFM) - currently in progress
Last week we introduced some new skills for our AI pilots, and we want to thank you for the feedback. We are happy to hear that it’s making a big difference! We are also working on what we term the GFM (General Flight Model), and this is the new FM for the AI that you may have heard us hint at earlier. This FM will support asymmetric payloads, and naturally crosswind landings. We think this will make the AI pilots fly in a more realistic and human fashion. The GFM will not only simulate kinematic movement, but also true stability and controllability characteristics of the plane and their natural behavior at takeoff and landing. The current effort is on building variations of mass and moments of mass in flight. In the future, we will develop the principal functionality to support supermaneuverability.


UH-1H Multi-Crew Functionality - currently in internal testing
This hugely anticipated feature is close to seeing the light of day. We have begun internal testing of multi-crew functionality for the Huey. The initial testing is progressing well, and it will allow two pilots to fly the Huey as a team. Pilots will be able to interact with each other’s panels, and it should be a beet fun addition to an already excellent module.

Next week we will share some new information about Modern Air Combat (MAC) and the Supercarrier module.

Thanks for your support."

****Development News #2****

Development Report #2
We had hoped to share more information about Modern Air Combat (MAC) this week, but the information wasn’t quite ready. Instead, we are happy to show progress on the updated A-10C cockpit. The cockpit is being recreated from the ground up and an all-new 3D mesh, textures, and effects. Our goal is to bring the Warthog up to 2019 standards, and this includes a great VR experience.

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Another item in development is the DCS: Supercarrier module. We recently completed the external model, and we plan to make CVN-71 & CVN-74 versions available at early access launch. The team is now focused on implementing the high-poly Landing Signal Officer (LSO) and Air Boss stations. Here is a list of the planned Early Access features, but this list is subject to change.

Early Access Features

  1. New Nimitz-class aircraft carrier model:
    • Highly detailed polygon model.
    • High-resolution textures that include realistic weathering and markings
    • Animated arresting wires and blast shields
    • Animated radar antennas
    • Animated aircraft elevators
    • Catapult bubble between catapults 1 and 2
    • Steam from catapults
    • Risers (guard rails) around aircraft elevators when lowered
    • Long-range line-up lights
    • IFLOLS
    • Animated “rabbit lights” along landing area centerline
    • Deck lighting
    • Functional air defence weapon systems:
      • Sea Sparrow
      • CWIS
      • Sea RAM
    • Option for Nimitz-class aircraft carriers of the Roosevelt sub-class:
      • CVN-71 Theodore Roosevelt
      • CVN-72 Abraham Lincoln
      • CVN-73 George Washington
  2. Deck parking allowing up to 14 aircraft to be spawned on deck. We will review the possibility of increasing this number to 18 in the coming months.
  3. Carrier radio communications for Case I, Case II, and Case III.
  4. Static deck vehicles (AS32A-31A Flight Deck Tractor, AS32A-32A Hangar Deck Tractor, AS32A-36 Aircraft crash and salvage crane, P-25 Fire Fighting Vehicle) that can be placed by mission designers.
  5. Static deck crew that can be placed by mission designers.
  6. Animated deck crew for bow and waist catapults launches.



Yours sincerely,
The Eagle Dynamics Team

Development News#3

Development Report #3
The new Ka50 3D cockpit model is already at the texturing stage. Remember, this will be a free enhancement for existing Black Shark owners. In mid 2020 we plan to release a brand new external model along with certain new weapons and avionics systems with even greater cockpit enhancements. The product will also come with new missions, mission functionalities and gameplay. This module will be named Black Shark 3 and will be available at a substantial discount for existing Black Shark 2 owners and at full price for new users. Enjoy the screenshots below.

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Other Development Updates which might be of interest:

  • F/A-18C Hornet: the team is focused on the completion of the AGM-62 Walleye, updating the Harpoon, implementing dynamic launch zones / release points for JDAMs and JSOWs and Pre-Briefed mode for the AGM-88 HARM. The Team are working on completing and improving the current weapons prior to moving on to new systems such as the SLAM and SLAM-ER. TWS and enhanced radar modes will follow.
  • P-47D: A lot of work is being put into the external model that includes the landing gear, landing gear doors, intercooler and oil cooler flaps, landing flaps and creating realistic paint schemes. The cockpit is coming along well with remaining work mostly on the lighting and cockpit-view pilot model. The team are tuning the flight model, power plant and systems.
  • Supercarrier: the model is 95% complete with deck crew animations progressing well. This week we made good progress on the holdback bar animations and general scripting of launch operations. We’ve also made good progress on the LSO platform which offers an exceptional level of detail and functionality. For the early access launch, we plan 14 aircraft spawn locations.
  • Mi-24: UV mapping of the pilot’s cockpit is almost done and then we will spend about a month working on the animations and textures. The flight model is near 80% complete.
  • Integrated Voice Chat: We are now in the final stretch of rolling out the test version. We’ve added a minimize command, volume options, mic options, and bug fixes. Following the initial release, we will implement the creation of rooms.
  • New Effects: We are currently working on missile flame and smoke enhancements as well as new tracer art. This should deliver a new level of realism to exhaust flames based on motor and fuel type.
  • Dynamic Campaign: We now have a basic test version that works within DCS World to evaluate the real-time strategy element of the system. We are using this to debug the system. In parallel, work is now underway on the UI interface and the AI machine learning code. This is complex and is receiving a lot of focus at the moment.
  • Our new ‘secret’ terrain is coming along very well. We hope to be releasing screens shots soon...


Yours sincerely,
The Eagle Dynamics Team


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Development Report #4

  • Hornet & Viper: Our focus is currently on cleaning up the F-16C enough to release it to the “stable” version and there are a number of must have items on the to do list notably Track While Scan (TWS), some flight dynamics tuning and cockpit systems developments. Meanwhile, other team members are at work on the Hornet TWS and weapon systems enhancements. We expect a hard push on the Hornet’s radar and targeting pod by the end of the month.
     
  • SA-5 (S-200V) new 3D models: The S-200 (NATO: SA-5 Gammon) is a Russian medium to high altitude long-range heavy surface-to-air missile (SAM) system. A highly-proliferated weapon, it is currently in service in at least 12 countries. The later S-200V, S-200M, and S-200VE use the 5V28 missile. The missile measures 10.7 m in length, 0.86 m diameter, and has a range up to 250 km. The 5V28 uses a proximity fused conventional 217 kg HE warhead with semi-active homing guidance.
     
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  • Clouds: A very anticipated improvement coming to DCS is already making progress. Just a few of the improvements we are looking to add to this are (the following is subject to change):
    • Different cloud types, such as:
      • Cumulus
      • Сumulonimbus
      • Сirrus
      • And variations.
    • Localized precipitation
    • Multiple cloud layers
    • Multi-player synchronization
    • Lower Performance overhead with minimal to no “pop-in”
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Development Report #5
Supercarrier - "Population" of our new aircraft carrier is not limited to the flight deck but also the sailors and pre-flight crew of the island. Following the early access release, it will later it will be possible to occupy the Air Boss and Landing Signal Officer (LSO) locations in both 2D and VR. All of this will be available in the new DCS: Supercarrier module. In the meantime, please enjoy these work-in-progress images.
 

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