23 July 2021

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,

We are currently preparing DCS: The Channel for final release. Along with a broad set of enhancements and optimisations, you will soon find the addition of the Amiens Prison that includes a comprehensive structural damage model. Multiple cosmetic fixes and improved scenery around unique objects are also included in the next update.

DCS: F-16C Viper is undergoing a bug-fixing phase as we prepare to add the next set of weapons, sensor improvements, and new avionics functions. We have added the AGM-154A JSOW, and you can find more details on it here DCS: F-16C Viper | JSOW.

We are also improving DCS: F/A-18C Hornet and look forward to sharing more details on the flight model improvements soon. To avoid confusion and help you better understand the radar and its limitations, we have prepared a tutorial on DCS: F/A-18C Hornet | AA Radar Use. We have also created a tutorial on JHMCS alignment for the best HMD accuracy DCS: F/A-18C Hornet | HMD Alignment.

A number of new ground units have also been included in the latest Open Beta update, and as always, we look forward to your constructive feedback.

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely,

Eagle Dynamics Team

DCS: The Channel

Preparing to Release

The Channel

We are completing work on all existing airfields and resolving aircraft collisions with static ground objects. AI taxiing logic is also being improved.

Multiple cosmetic bugs have been resolved, and new unique objects and support facilities have been added to provide a more realistic appearance. Improvements also cover the road/rail network, the Citadelle d’Arras, and more.

The area around the city of Amiens has been reworked to include much more detailed buildings, trees, and bushes.

DCS: F-16C Viper

Development Report

F-16C Viper

Based on our roadmap, we are pleased to announce that the Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser (WCMD), or “Wick-Mid”, will be coming to DCS: F-16C Viper later this summer.

The WCMD is cluster munition that will correct for wind effects and errors during a ballistic fall and turns a "dumb" cluster munition into an accurate "smart" weapon. With the addition of this weapon, you will be able to independently assign multiple WCMDs to targets in a single pass (using multiple steerpoints as targets). WCMD versions include the CBU-103 with 202 BLU-97B submunitions and the CBU-105 with 10 BLU-108 Sensor Fuzed Weapon (SFW) submunitions.

F-16C Viper

In this video, we’ll look at the AGM-154A Joint Standoff Off Weapon, or JSOW, for the Viper. The JSOW is an unpowered glide bomb that weighs approximately 1,000lbs. It has a range of up to 70 miles depending on launch altitude and airspeed. It is a fire-and-forget weapon that uses INS and GPS to reach its designated Sensor Point of Interest (SPI) target. Check DCS: F-16C Viper | JSOW.

DCS: F/A-18C Hornet

Development Progress

F/A-18C Hornet

Perhaps one of the most complex and confusing aspects of operating the Hornet is correct use of the air-to-air radar. We hope this video will provide you a better understanding and more successful use of this radar. DCS: F/A-18C Hornet | AA Radar Use.

F/A-18C Hornet

JHMCS Alignment Procedure

When performing a cold start, the JHMCS will now require alignment. This must be completed to avoid alignment issues with the symbology. If you are performing an auto start, the alignment will be completed for you.

As the new process is mandatory on cold start, we have added a new tutorial outlining the JHMCS alignment procedure, check out DCS: F/A-18C Hornet | HMD Alignment.


New Ground Unit


NASAMS (National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System)

NASAMS is a Norwegian-developed, medium-range SAM system that was introduced in the mid 1990s. Utilising the proven AIM-120 AMRAAM missile, and combined with a MPQ-64 Sentinel 3D radar, it presents a formidable threat to aircraft and helicopters at low- and medium-altitudes.

A typical battery consists of 3 launchers, each with 6 missiles, a radar unit, and an FDC fire control unit. NASAMS is in service with a number of countries, including the USA. It is notably used to protect high value targets such as the White House in Washington DC.

This ground unit is now available in the latest Open Beta update.

Thank you again for your passion and support,

Yours sincerely,

Eagle Dynamics Team