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10 February 2023

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,

After three years of research, hard work and dedication, Deka Ironwork Simulations is pleased to announce their selection of the DCS: J-8II as their next module. They will be developing the J-8PP variant, and we look forward to sharing more information soon.

We are pleased to share progress on our new pilot model for the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet. Please check out the In Development Screenshots and read about the animations below.

Realsimulator recently launched the evolution of the best available joystick bases for the home cockpit. They are proud to offer this highly-realistic base that mimics the F-16C control stick sensor. The R3 MKII “ULTRA” maintains the same high-quality construction Realsimulator is known for.

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely,

Eagle Dynamics


Deka Ironwork Simulations

J - 8II

During the 1980s, China’s J-7 and J-8 could no longer confront the threats of the Su-24 and Tu-22 from the north. Therefore, there was an urgent need for a fighter with medium-range interception capabilities that consequently gave birth to the J-8II. In order to install a larger radar, the nose air intake and its shock cone were replaced with an ogival radome and lateral air intakes. Benefitting from an upgraded power plant, using two WP-13B turbojet engines, the J-8II, as an interceptor, can carry medium-range air-to-air missiles and fly Mach 2.2 at 12,000 meters.

The upgraded J-8II by Grumman (a.k.a J-8PP) was fitted with APG-66(V) radar, 1553B bus, and other western devices. For the first time, the 1553 data bus concept was introduced to the Chinese aviation industry. To launch and guide Aspide/PL-11 medium-range missiles, a Chinese made continuous wave emitter was installed to work with the APG-66(V) radar. The J-8PP can perform medium-range interception against low-altitude / high-speed and high-altitude / high-speed intruders. It also has limited ground attack capability.

The DCS: J-8II module will include the flyable J-8PP and the AI J-8F.

Key features of J-8PP include:

  • AN/APG-66V-PRC-F8 radar with NAM, STT, ACM, GM, and AGR modes
  • AWG-27 for loadout management
  • Fire Control Computer from Westinghouse
  • LN-39 INS
  • HUD from GEC
  • Head Down Display from Honeywell
  • Air Data Computer (CPU-140/A) from GEC
  • Radar Warning Receiver SPJ/IFF
  • 2 x WP-13B turbojet engines
  • Air-to-Air missiles: Aspide/PL-11, PL-8 and PL-5
  • Unguided weapons: 250kg GP bombs and 57mm/90mm rockets

We hope you enjoyed this preview of this fascinating new module coming to DCS.

Pilot Model

Development Progress

We are keen to share the development progress on our new F/A-18C Hornet pilot model. Texturing of all components has been completed and it is now being animated. This will be an authentic recreation of a mid-2000s US Navy Hornet pilot with all of the associated gear and more life-like animations.

We are also working on adding cockpit view F-16C and A-10C II pilots, as well as improving Mi-24P and AH-64D crew animations.



Introducing the new FSSB-R3L MKII “ULTRA”. This force-sensing flight control system allows you to connect any of the Realsimulator or Thrustmaster grips, and it represents the same displacement and feeling of a real F-16 flight stick. It delivers the same amazing precision and smoothness, found in a real Viper.

Based on its professional force sensor technology, it is in use with prestigious organizations like the US Navy test pilot school, Australian Royal Air Force test pilot school, French test pilot school, and others.

Since the launch in 2006 of the R1 and R2 bases, which were the first force sensor bases available for the simulation game market, the development and manufacturing of these high-grade force flight controllers has evolved over the past 16 years. This new Realsimulator device has been tested by a beta group of real test pilots and simulation enthusiasts to tune the feel of the new FSSB R3 MKII “ULTRA”. They have confirmed that the new sensor base is smoother and more precise.

We encourage you to check it out for yourselves on the Realsimulator website.

Thank you again for your passion and support,

Yours sincerely,

Eagle Dynamics