Most interesting thing about ED/DCS update today is that Virpil has put up its collective controls up for pre order. I pre ordered one set today, with the discount they offered for the higher end collective control, grip, and chair/base mount, it was $550 euros after shipping charge (10 % discount given, not bad at all). I've been waiting for this, big time. With the Apache coming, the AH1 Cobra coming, Hind, and a new Kamov version 3, it's going to be a great year for helicopters in DCS.
14 May 2021
Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,
We have returned to work following our May Day and Victory in Europe (VE) Day holidays. We are back at full power on all fronts, and bug fixing is in full swing in the run up to delivering a Stable DCS World 2.7. We are also expanding our dedicated avionics division, tasked with accelerating our capabilities and speed of avionics development.
A huge update for DCS: F/A-18C Hornet is in the works that should be released later in May. This will include new features such as the AGM-84H SLAM-ER, RAID Single Target Track (STT) Mode and 1Look RAID Mode, new smaller flares, Offset Aim Points (OAP), and updated HOTAS functions. We have fixed Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground radar issues as well. The ATFLIR and Litening Targeting Pod bugs have also been fixed, as well as a bug in Couple Autopilot mode.
We are pleased to report that DCS: Ka-50 Black Shark 3 is progressing well, and the exterior model is close to final and ready for texturing. We are currently working on improvements to the gun model and Igla implementation, as well as the advanced onboard defense system that includes the ability to display missile threats on the ABRIS.
We are thrilled to announce a new range of helicopter hardware from Virpil Controls. Check them out below as they prepare to release the long awaited Collective Controller lineup.
Thank you for your passion and support.
Eagle Dynamics Team
Open Beta release coming soon
It is with great excitement to inform you that DCS: Mariana Islands is getting close to an Open Beta release.
Ka-50 Black Shark 3
We would like to share our progress on DCS: Ka-50 Black Shark 3. As you can see the 2A42 30mm cannon model is undergoing a substantial update and when completed will boast a new algorithm, soundscape, and enhanced animations. We look forward to sharing more information with you soon.
Two new pylons for Air-To-Air missiles that have been added to the wingtips. This brings the total number of hardpoints to six.
We are currently finalising development of the Abris Missile Warning System, and as seen in the above image in which two missiles are detected. The closer threat is considered the dangerous one, and it is marked with a flashing circle.
New hardware coming
“Helicopter pilots both new and old can rejoice as the VPC Rotor TCS Base, VPC Rotor TCS Plus Base and VPC SharKa-50 Grip are now waiting to get into VPCockpits around the world and start a new era of helicopter sim piloting. Happy Flying!” - VIRPIL Controls Team.
VPC Rotor TCS and Rotor TCS Plus Collective Base
At the core of the collective controller lineup is the VPC Rotor TCS and Rotor TCS Plus collective bases. These bases feature a metal cam-based mechanism with adjustable clutch. Included are 3 swappable cams to limit the travel of the collective, and a clutch system which can be adjusted on the fly to suit any pilot!
The VPC Rotor TCS Plus adds an additional twist throttle axis which features an idle detent stop, engine idle bypass button and idle restrictor switch.
VPC SharKa-50 Collective Grip
The first collective grip in the lineup is the VPC SharKa-50. This grip is inspired by the collective controls found on the venerable Ka-50 “Black Shark” helicopter. With this, the aim is to mimic the feeling of a real collective grip in your hands!
Featuring a metal handle with rubberised grip, you can immediately feel this means business! The grip is equipped with a wide range of inputs to satisfy any helicopter pilot:
- 2 x 8-way Hats (+ Push)
- 1 x 2-way Switch (+ Push)
- 3 x 3-way Toggles (ON-OFF-ON)
- 3 x Push Buttons
VPC Collective Chair Mount Adapter
Collective controls pose an interesting challenge as due to their unique nature it can prove difficult to conveniently mount them in a number of setups. The design team has worked to create an accessible controller setup for anyone wishing to jump into the exciting world of helicopter piloting.
With the Collective Chair Mount Adapter, you can mount the VPC Rotor TCS Bases to a range of standard office chair setups.
Keep your eyes on the VIRPIL Controls official channels for full details on release and pre-ordering information later this week.
Thank you again for your passion and support,
Eagle Dynamics Team