Digital Combat Simulator

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Digital Combat Simulator
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Developer(s) Eagle Dynamics
Publisher(s) The Fighter Collection
Engine The Fighter Collection Simulation Engine (TFCSE) / Eagle Dynamics Graphics Engine (EDGE)
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows 64bit only
Release date(s) 17 October 2008 (Russia),
10 December 2008 (English-language download),
7 March 2009 (Germany),
2 April 2009 (North America)
Genre(s) Combat flight simulator
Mode(s) Singleplayer, multiplayer
Distribution DVD, Download

Digital Combat Simulator World (DCS World) is a free-to-play digital military aircraft battlefield simulation developed by Eagle Dynamics (ED). It includes a free Sukhoi Su-25T attack aircraft and it is extensible through additional DCS modules as well as user-made add-ons and mods.

DCS World includes a vast mission area of the Caucasus region that encompasses much of Georgia - the location of the Russo-Georgian war in 2008.

Additionally, DCS World includes: powerful mission and campaign editors, online multiplayer, massive inventory of air, land and sea combat units and weapons, advanced AI, fast mission generator, dynamic weather and seasons, training missions, mission replay system, and pilot log book.

This all allows the creation of engaging, real-world combat missions in this flashpoint region. DCS is a true "sandbox" simulation that can and will in the future cover multiple time periods covering many types of combat and civilian units. DCS World allows both realistic game play and more relaxed game play to suit the player.

DCS modules that can plug into DCS World include aircraft, maps, ground units, campaigns, etc. Not only does DCS World include modules developed internally by Eagle Dynamics, but it also includes those by certified third party developers. The first third party aircraft to be introduced was the UH-1H Huey.

Future and upcoming modules include the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet, Focke-Wulf Fw 190, BAE Systems Hawk, North American F-86 Sabre, and Bell AH-1 Cobra.

Modules[edit]

DCS: KA-50 Black Shark[edit]

Released October 17, 2008, DCS: Black Shark is the first of the Digital Combat Simulator products developed and released by Eagle Dynamics and partner The Fighter Collection. DCS: Black Shark is a simulation of the Russian Ka-50 attack helicopter and the first entry in the Digital Combat Simulator combat products. The Ka-50 "Black Shark" is a unique and deadly single-seat, Russian attack helicopter that has seen combat in the Northern Caucasus. It combines a high performance dual rotor system with a deadly weapons payload of guided missiles, rockets, bombs, and a 30mm cannon.

On November 2, 2011, DCS Black Shark 2 was released and is a direct upgrade to DCS: Black Shark. DCS: Black Shark 2 is a greatly improved version of the original DCS: Black Shark that brings many new features, as well as allowing integration into the DCS World base installation.

DCS: A-10C Warthog[edit]

Released April 22, 2011. DCS: A-10C Warthog is a PC simulation of the U.S. premier Close Air Support attack aircraft, the Fairchild Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II. This is the second aircraft in the DCS products, following DCS: Black Shark, and raises the bar even higher in the DCS products. Warthog brings the most realistic PC simulation of a modern fixed wing combat aircraft in regards to flight dynamics, avionics, sensors, and weapon systems. The player also has the option to play Warthog in "Game" mode for a casual game experience. Fly missions in the Caucasus region of the Black Sea against and with a wide array of air, land and sea forces with new and improved artificial intelligence. Players can create and share their own missions and campaigns with the included Mission and Campaign Editors, and fly with and against friends online using the included online game mode.

DCS: P-51D Mustang[edit]

First title in the "Flying Legends" series released September 17, 2012. Developed alongside ED partner The Fighter Collection, DCS: P-51D Mustang offers both highly detailed simulation and easy-to-play "game" mode options for both hardcore and casual gamers. 'Simulation Mode' allows the player to control the P-51D just as a real pilot would, while 'Game Mode' removes and simplifies most of the systems including the flight model, making for much more easier accessibility and flying. As with most other DCS World aircraft modules there is the addition of an interactive training system which puts you in the cockpit with an instructor that gives you step-by-step training instruction to fly the Mustang.

The module was developed with the assistance of Eagle Dynamics partner; The Fighter Collection, to achieve the highest quality and accuracy.

DCS: Combined Arms[edit]

Released in June 2012. DCS: Combined Arms gives the user control of ground forces during the battle. Players can use the strategic map to move ground forces, set artillery fire missions, and control the ground battle, as well as assume the role of a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) and designate targets for close air support aircraft, or directly control an armor vehicles or air defense weapons and engage enemy forces.

Combined Arms plays similar to real time strategy games, a first person armor warfare simulation, or direct the ground battle from the cockpit of a DCS aircraft like the A-10C Warthog, Ka-50 Black Shark, or P-51D Mustang.

Combined Arms supports both single player and multiplayer gameplay. When in multiplayer, different players can take on different roles such as artillery commanders, tank commanders, pilots, JTACS, etc. All roles can be changed dynamically during the battle.

DCS: Flaming Cliffs 3[edit]

Successor to Lockon Flaming Cliffs 2 and released April 30, 2013, Flaming Cliffs 3 (FC3) is the next evolution of the Flaming Cliffs series. FC3 features the F-15C Eagle, A-10A, Su-27, Su-33, MiG-29, Su-25T, and Su-25. FC3 aircraft provide an easy learning curve for new players and focuses on a broad range of aircraft including air-to-air fighters and ground attack aircraft. FC3 adds a wealth of new features and improvements to previous versions of the Flaming Cliffs series. Like DCS A-10C & DCS Black Shark 2 FC3 is a module of DCS: World, which makes it compatible with all other DCS: World titles like A-10C, Black Shark 2, P-51D, and Combined Arms online and offline.

Through continued support additional content has been added via updates. These additions consist of high quality six degrees of freedom cockpits for the Su-27, A-10A, Su-25, Su-25T and Su-33 replacing the current dated cockpits, as well as Professional Flight Models for the F-15C Eagle and Su-27, with the latter being released later in 2014.

DCS: FW-190D-9[edit]

Nearing the final stages of development. The second "flying legends" title, simulating the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9, with the same accuracy and detail as the P-51D Mustang module. Expected to release in August 2014.

DCS: F/A-18C Hornet[edit]

Currently in early stages of development, with little info released. Expected for release in 2016.

DCS WWII: Europe 1944[edit]

Currently in development by Eagle Dynamics, DCS WWII: Europe 1944 aims to satisfy seasoned aces as well as attract new pilots to the genre. DCS WWII will open a new page in WWII combat simulations. Striving to recapture everything that made famous combat flight simulations of the past great, including in-depth manuals and comprehensive training, highly detailed six-degrees-of-freedom cockpits with detailed modeling of each button and system, highly detailed terrain of iconic Western Front locations, a rich single-player experience recreating famous battles from both sides, and ending with involved online multiplayer. Flyable aircraft are to include the P-51D Mustang, Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9, Messerschmitt Bf.109, Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, and Supermarine Spitfire, all released periodically from August 2014 to March 2015. Other aircraft to be released at a later stage include the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and Messerschmitt Me.262A-1.

Terrain Modules[edit]

Nevada[edit]

Soon to be released, Nevada will be the first terrain module to be released and integrated into DCS World. The module will feature Nevada, Arizona providing a 360x360 km area of free to roam terrain. Iconic locations such as Las Vegas, Groom Lake military installation (known as Area 51), Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR), Nellis AFB, and Lake Mead will be featured.

Nevada will be the first terrain integrated into DCS World to run on the Eagle Dynamics Graphics Engine (EDGE), providing new particle effects, higher texture terrain support, unlimited world size, and DirectX 11 support as well as allowing up to four GPU's via Nvidia SLI/AMD Crossfire.

Additional technical features include clipmaps, terrain shadow projection, and the option to project a map on a globe surface providing realistic curvature of the earth.

Third Parties[edit]

Belsimtek[edit]

The BelSimTek company was founded in 2011. BelSimTek is a Belarusian Engineering Innovative company that uses the skills of high-level scientists and engineers from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine to create professional-level flight simulators for both private and commercial companies.

DCS: UH-1H[edit]

Developed by Belsimtek and released April 30, 2013. Sponsored by Bell Helicopter, DCS: UH-1H Huey features a great level of modelling depth that reproducers the look, feel, and sound of the legendary Huey with detail and accuracy. Developed in close partnership with actual UH-1H operators and experts, the DCS Huey provides a realistic approach to flying a Huey.

DCS: UH-1H Huey is the first DCS title to offer multiple player positions, including pilot, co-pilot, and door gunner. The helicopter can be flown as either a lightly armed combat transport or a close air support platform armed with steerable rapid-firing machine guns and unguided rockets.

Additional content has been added via updates, such as troop transporting abilities, cargo sling loading, and door mounted M134 miniguns. Content to be added at a later date includes troop loading and unloading animations and multi-player crew control.

DCS: Mi-8MTv2 Magnificent Eight[edit]

Second module developed by Belsimtek and released September 4, 2013. DCS: Mi-8MTV2 Magnificent Eight is a realistic PC simulation of the Mi-8MTV2, a combat transport and fire support helicopter and an upgraded variant of one of the most widely produced helicopters in the world - the Russian Mi-8. Developed by Belsimtek, the team behind the title DCS: UH-1H Huey, DCS Mi-8MTV2 continues to deliver realism and immersive gameplay within the DCS World virtual battlefield.

The simulation features accurate modeling of all primary aircraft systems, avionics, and proper functionality of nearly all cockpit switches and controls. Flight and other dynamics are modeled using real-time physics calculations and carefully tuned using actual Mi-8MTV2 documentation and pilots deeply involved in development and testing. The result is a helicopter model that correctly presents complex dynamic effects particular to helicopter flight, such as: autorotation, vortex ring state (VRS), translational lift, and many others.

DCS: F-86F Sabre[edit]

Scheduled to release in July 2014. DCS F86-F allows players to feel what it is like to fly the legendary North American F-86 Sabre, with a professional level flight model, an interactive cockpit, fully functional weapons, a detailed damage model and a richly detailed aircraft. Players can experience the strengths and weaknesses of the Sabre in combat and find out why seasoned fighter pilots often look back at the Sabre as the most enjoyable aircraft they ever flew. As part of DCS World, players can fly the F-86F Sabre in a fully realized combat environment with working weapon systems and capable air and ground threats.

DCS: AH-1G Cobra[edit]

Currently in development. Beta version to be released in second half of 2014.

Leatherneck Simulations[edit]

Mig-21Bis[edit]

Currently in the final stages of development with an expected release date of Q4 2014. The DCS: MiG-21Bis Fishbed includes both Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground capabilities with various conventional weapons like missiles, rockets, bombs, and a built in 23mm cannon. The Mig will also use less widely known weapons such as advanced air-to-surface guided missiles, retarded and general purpose bombs, and some special devices. The DCS: MiG-21Bis module will feature all the features as the other DCS aircraft modules, such as highly detailed six-degrees-of-freedom cockpit with detailed modeling of the MiG-21Bis instruments, navigation, electrical, radar, engine, fuel, and weapon systems, with fully interactive cockpit controls and an accurate highly detailed airframe.

Virtual European Air Operations (VEAO)[edit]

VEAO Simulations Ltd is a UK registered company developing realistic 3D aircraft models with fully working cockpit functionality and environments for Digital Combat Simulator.

BAE Hawk[edit]

Currently in final stages of development. DCS: Hawk will feature the BAE Hawk T.1A Trainer, along with full accessibility to almost all switches and systems, allowing the player to operate the aircraft just as a real Hawk pilot would. Beta version is scheduled to release in mid-to-late 2014. A future non-free update post product launch will introduce a Professional Flight Model to the Hawk.

Eurofighter Typhoon[edit]

Currently in early stages of development. Estimated release date of 2015.

Virtual Patriots[edit]

L-39ZA/ZO[edit]

Currently in development. Release date unknown.

RAZBAM[edit]

T-2 BuckEye[edit]

Currently in early stages of development. Release date unknown.

F-15E Strike Eagle[edit]

Currently in early stages of development. Release date unknown.

Harrier[edit]

Currently in early stages of development. Release 2015.

A-7 Corsair II[edit]

Currently in early stages of development. Release date unknown.

Mirage 2000C[edit]

Currently in early stages of development. Release date unknown.

Coretex Design[edit]

CoreTex Designs is a team of individuals looking to create a high quality DCS add-on to the best of the teams ability. Some of CoreTex Design members have years of experience in the flight simulator community including various degrees in Game Art & Design).

F/A-18E Super Hornet[edit]

Currently in early stages of development. Release date unknown.

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