The SA342 Gazelle is a light scout/attack and transport helicopter. It was introduced in 1968 as a result of cooperation between Aérospatiale and Westland Aircraft. Operated by 23 countries, the Gazelle has served in combat operations across the world including the 1991 Gulf War, 1982 Lebanon War, Syria, and other conflicts.
The Gazelle is powered by a single turbine engine that is connected to three glass-fiber reinforced plastic main rotor blades with a bearingless main rotor developed by Bölkow GmbH. It is also the first helicopter which features the famous Fenestron tail rotor.
The version featured in DCS is the anti-tank version that is armed with four HOT 3 anti-tank guided missiles. Later, free upgrades to this module will feature Gazelle versions armed with a GIAT machine gun, rocket pods, Mistral anti-aircraft missile, and sniper team in rear compartment.
The UH-1 ‘Iroquois’ is a light multirole utility and combat helicopter. Better known as the ‘Huey’ from its original ‘HU-1’ designation, the UH-1 is one of the world’s most iconic helicopters. A mainstay of U.S. forces in the Vietnam War, the Huey shot to fame following its starring roles in Hollywood blockbusters The Deer Hunter (1978) and Apocalypse Now (1979).
Known as a ‘slick’, the Huey’s primary mission was to insert and extract combat troops. Airborne assaults in Vietnam consisted typically of up to 10 slicks ferrying infantry, with two or three gunships providing protection and a ‘Charlie/Charlie’ Command and Control helicopter orbiting overhead. The Huey’s other missions included forward supply; search and rescue (SAR); reconnaissance and the medical evacuation (Medevac) of injured troops. The UH-1H can carry 4000 lbs of weapons & cargo including up to 14 combat troops or 6 stretchers. Armed with rockets and machine guns, it can also act as an ad hoc gunship.
Developed in the 1950s, the UH-1 entered service in March 1961. The UH-1H with the uprated 1,400 shp (1,000 kW) Lycoming T53-L-13 is the most-produced variant of the 16,000-plus that have been built since then. The Huey continues to serve worldwide in both military and civilian roles.
The DCS: UH-1H features an updated model of the helicopter armed with rockets and door-mounted M134 six-barrel rotary miniguns. The simulation offers superb flight and systems modeling. Helpful Easy Flight and other modes reduce the learning curve for new players. Player positions include pilot, co-pilot, and door gunners. A handcrafted storyline campaign is included as well as a number of single missions and a training course.
A robust and trustworthy work-horse, the UH-1 evokes enormous affection from former crews. When you fly it, you will immediately understand why.
The Mil Mi-8MTV2 (NATO Hip E) is the armed version of the Russian-built, medium lift twin-turbine combat transport and utility helicopter. The Mi-8MTV2’s six external hard points enable it to carry a wide variety of weapons. These include up to 6 x 100 kg or 250 kg, or 2 x 500 kg bombs; 23 mm and 30 mm gun pods; and 80mm rocket pods (120 rockets - HE, AP, Frag, Illum). The Hip E can also mount 12.7mm (0.5 inch) heavy machine guns in a side pod and on a swivel door-pintle.
One of the most successful military helicopters ever built, the Mil Mi-8 entered Soviet Air Force service in 1967. Able to carry up to 24 fully-armed combat troops, the Mi-8T series was also adapted to fire unguided-rockets. More than 17,000 Mil Mi-8 variants have been built, and it is in use with 50 countries.
The Hip E has a cruising speed of approximately 230 kph, a combat radius of 600 km and can carry loads of up to 6000 kg. It has seen combat all over the world, most extensively in the 1979-1989 Russian-Afghan War, where it proved to be a robust, effective and versatile workhorse. Exported widely, the Mil Mi-8 remains in service with many armed forces.
Developed by Belsimtek with help from a seasoned Mi-8 pilot, the DCS: Mi-8MTV2 ‘Magnificent Eight’ was created by the same expert team behind the DCS: UH-1H Huey. Take the controls and enjoy the space where virtual meets reality.
The DCS: Sinai map is focused on the Sinai Peninsula, located between the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba with eastern Egypt to the west and southern Israel to the east. Since ancient times, it has been a strategic location rich in resources, nature, religion, and history. The map includes a variety of landscapes from deserts and mountains in the south to oasis and coastlines in the north. A significant point of interest is the Suez Canal - an artificial waterway connecting the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea that provides a shorter route between Europe and Asia. It marks a conditional border between Africa and Asia, which makes it politically significant for regional security and stability.
DCS: Black Shark 2 is a simulation of the Russian Ka-50 attack helicopter and the next entry in the Digital Combat Simulator combat series. DCS: Black Shark 2 is a greatly improved version of the original DCS: Black Shark that brings many new features.
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. The Ka-50 is also unique in that it has an ejection seat.
DCS: Normandy 2.0 includes large parts of the territory of France and Great Britain, including the capitals of these countries - Paris and London. The map also reproduces in detail the largest cities in this region - English Eastbourne, Brighton, Worthing, Portsmouth and French Caen, Le Havre, Rouen, Amiens and Calais. The coast on both sides of the English Channel, including sea and river ports, has been recreated in detail. The size of the map is 400/600 kilometers.
On the map Normandy 2.0, the user can see a huge number of historically authentic locations in southern England, northern and central France. Among them, the most interesting are the famous Paris Eiffel Tower, the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, the Louvre Museum, as well as London's Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Westminster Palace and Tower Bridge. In total, more than 100 original buildings and structures are presented on the map.
The free Caucasus map covers the territory of the eastern Black Sea coast, including the southern regions of Russia, Kuban, Caucasus Range, western Georgia, Abkhazia, Adjara. The length of the map is more than 720 km from Anapa to Tbilisi. There are 21 airfields on the map, including international Sochi-Adler, Mineralnye Vody and Tbilisi-Lochini. The Caucasus comprises all European landscapes from sea beaches and subtropics, through to mountain ranges to steppes and forests. The highest point on the map is Mount Elbrus with a height of 5600 meters.
Since ancient times, wars of influence over the Black Sea took place in this territory. In the 20th century, fierce battles of the Second World War were fought in the Kuban and the Northern Caucasus region. Modernity was marked by armed conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
The map of the Caucasus allows you to realise many realistic and hypothetical military operations that depend only on your imagination.
The RAZBAM Terrain Development Team proudly presents the South Atlantic map. It is a beautiful, majestic combination of Argentina, Chile, and the Falkland Islands based on the present day. The topography includes the beautiful and rugged Andes mountains of Chile, the vast and colorful Patagonian plains of Argentina, and the windswept islands of both West and East Falklands/Malvinas islands. Covering an area of 3.1 million square kilometers, the goal has been to give DCS content creators and customers the opportunity to develop missions that reflect the scale and complexity of modern-day operations in the South Atlantic.
The South Atlantic Map was developed whilst proactively listening to DCS customers' wishes regarding the scale and requirements of a modern-day theatre of operations. This has resulted in a map that is comprised of land-class textures drawn from aerial and satellite photography.
The Marianas archipelago is approximately 2,000 km south of Japan, and includes Guam, Rota, Tinian, Saipan, and a score of lesser islands. Home to Andersen Air Force Base on Guam, the Marianas serve as the key US strategic asset in the western Pacific.
DCS: Marianas is a free map set in the present, with large airfields on each of the primary islands which consist of rocky and beachy shorelines, scenic cliffs, large cities, towns and villages, with dense jungle and open grasslands. The map also boasts unique ports, buildings and structures.
The Marianas was also home to historic World War II battles between the United States and Japan, the most famous of which was the Battle of the Philippine Sea, with the Great Marianas Turkey shoot as the main aerial battle.
The 900x500 km map covers most of the eastern Mediterranean and includes the island of Cyprus, Lebanon, a large part of Syria up to the border with Iraq, parts of Israel, Turkey, and Jordan. The cities of Damascus, Nicosia, Tripoli, Latakia, Tartus, Homs, Aleppo, Hama, Palmyra, Haifa, Acre, Beirut and Adana are simulated, as well as unique constructions of world famous landmarks and historical monuments.
Geographically, the map covers moderately humid coastal areas in the west and mountains and arid desert landscapes in the east. The map recreates more than 200 historical and original structures in detail, as well as meticulously reproduces the military infrastructure - more than 100 military bases, training grounds, and checkpoints.
Especially for aviation fans, 51 airfields and heliports, including the international airports of Beirut Damascus and Larnaca, as well as the military airbases of Incirlik, Ramat David, Hmeymimim, Naqoura, and Akrotiri, are displayed at the highest level of detail.