DCS: Bf 109 K-4 Kurfürst
We are now preparing to release the final version of DCS: Bf 109 K-4 Kurfürst. Over the last several weeks, we have been reviewing all user feedback and addressing a numbers of bugs and areas that require refinement. The creation of interactive training missions is also underway which includes all the normal procedures for engine start, taxiing, takeoff, landing and combat employment.
We have also opened a Bf 109 K-4 skin contest that you can read about here: Bf 109 K-4 skins contest
During the course of the competition, a number of interesting skins (including the skin variants of the aircraft captured by the Allies), have been created by you, the users. Well done!
DCS: Spitfire LF Mk.IX
Adjustment to the flight model of the Spitfire LF Mk.IX aircraft continue. As of late, most of our testing and refinements have focused on airframe, engine and propeller parameters in references to actual tests of the World War II aircraft at our disposal at The Fighter Collection.
The flight tests carried out in the DCS World have shown that the Spitfire LF Mk.IX is a very easy and predictable aircraft to fly. An accurately implemented pneumatic system of the aircraft used for the brake and flap systems is particularly interesting. Earlier DCS World War II aircraft have not used such a system. Pilots of the DCS: Spitfire LF Mk.IX will be able to feel all the peculiarities of the pneumatics while taxiing and landing the aircraft.
DCS: Normandy 1944 Map
Development of the specially created ”DCS: Normandy 1944” map for DCS World War II continues its development at a fast pace. Currently, the main effort is focused on airfields with different types of surfaces (a first for DCS World). For example: we are implementing SMT (Square Mesh Tracks) surfaces, which were widely used by the Allies for temporary airfields in Normandy following the landings. We are also developing the possibility to place airfields on the map using the Mission Editor (another first for DCS World).
After the successful, final release of the DSC: F-86 Sabre and DSC: MiG-15bis modules, the Belsimtek team is now focused on bringing DSC: F-5E Tiger II to Early Access within the next month. In the meantime, Belsimtek continues to edit the F-86F Sabre English manual and prepare DCS: Mi-8MTV2 for its final release.
DCS: F-5E Tiger II Progress Update
- The external model is complete and includes several well-known color schemes.
- The 3D cockpit is complete.
- All aircraft systems are accurately simulated in high detail.
- A new engine compressor model has been implemented based on accurate blade load calculations. The new model provides a very accurate simulation of compressor guiding unit functionality and an expanded range of engine operation modes (high and low compressor stalls and compressor operating in windmill mode).
- The radar, optical sight, jettison system, gun use, launching of air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground rocket use, and flare and chaff countermeasures are integrated into the model and the aircraft’s Weapon Control System (WCS). All the above-mentioned items are now operating as described in F-5E operations manuals.
- The Professional Flight Model (PFM): operational range of altitude and airspeed, acceleration with various payloads and G loads (in sustained turns and at maximum angles-of-attack) are tuned based on available data of the flight dynamics of the real aircraft; the model behavior at critical angles-of-attack (stalling) and post-stall behavior (post-stall gyrations and spins) now match descriptions of the real aircraft.
- Flight manual in Russian has been written.
In order to present this module in for Early Access, several items will be in development during the Early Access period:
- Adjustments to the operation of certain aircraft systems (for example: adjustment to pump capacity, hydraulic fluid mass-flow rates, electric grid loads, etc.)
- Translation the flight manual to English. We take into account our mistakes during the development of previous modules.
- Creation of the Quick Start manuals for both Russian and in English, based on the complete flight manuals.