DCS World 1.2.3 Patch Released

The long awaited 1.2.3 patch for DCS World has been released.

Here is the original announcement.

Lots of cools stuff, but the biggest features IMO are the ability to set waypoints and targets for air units via the F10 command map, and the fixes for the network/multiplayer code.

New Features:

DCS World

  • Added new Su-27 model. More skins will be added later.
  • Added new Mission Editor trigger rule – Bomb in Zone.
  • New mission editor skin. Incomplete work in progress.
  • Helicopters will better maneuver against AAA maneuvering when in the threat area.
  • Added new Mission Editor trigger rule – Expression.
  • Scripting Engine: Fixed outText and outSound for Coalition and Group.
  • Scripting Engine: Added “Mission” Task for ground groups.
  • Scripting Engine: Added Unit.getFuel function.
  • Mission Editor UI for group variation placement tool added, not functional yet.
  • New skins for F-15C and MiG-31.
  • Model LODs have been better optimized.

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SAAB Gripen NG video

I’ve always liked this Swedish Gripen fighter — I think its the look of the delta wing. It is a multi-role aircraft and can land on roads or snow-covered landing strips of only 800-metres in length. Another interesting fact is that they actually release the source code for the onboard software to the operators (written in ADA).

I just found out that SAAB make great videos. The story and acting are a little cheesy, but I applaud them for trying and overall it is fun to watch.

Do you think it is a waste of time for SAAB to make high-quality videos on youtube, since most the peeps that see it won’t actually buy one?

Getting Prepared series – DCS:UH-1 Huey

Recently Eagle Dynamics have opened up their DCS: World sim platform to 3rd party developers. One of the many new study sims to be released soon will be the UH-1 Huey helicopter. DCS:UH-1 will be developed by a company called Belsimtek, based out of Belarus, Russia.
Here is the Press Release.

DCS:UH-1 Huey desktop photo

One of the exciting things about this project is that it will (hopefully) be the first DCS aircraft to support multiple crew positions!!
“Switching seats works and it’s possible to fly or shoot from the pilot or copilot position, as well as aim and shoot the M-60s as a door gunner. There are some simple “autopilot” modes available so the player can hand off control to the AI copilot. Currently there is no other crew AI functionality, but we expect this will be developed as we move ahead.”
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They would also like to add sling-load functionality.
“We’ve added a new trigger in the ME that allows us to change the cargo weight of a unit. This way we can change the helicopter weight in real-time during the mission to simulate loading/unloading of cargo. There is not yet a sling load capability, though as I’ve said it is something we believe we will be able to make in the final product.”
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This is the first in a series of posts dedicated to helping you, the sim pilot, prepare and get trained for flying these new beasts.

Getting Yourself Prepared for DCS:UH-1

The first guide that I would recommend is the Army UH-1 Huey Operators Manual (PDF).

Cockpit Familiarization

cockpit
UH-1 cockpit layout excerpt from manual
 
controls
UH-1 controls excerpt from manual
hoist controls
UH-1 hoist controls excerpt from manual

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