Ok, I admit it. I was probably wrong about this one. In my last article, DCS World 2017: Looking Forward, 24 Mar.2017, I expressed doubts that we would see the Razbam /DCS: AV-8B Harrier II this year. In order to protect my sanity, I try to avoid spending much time fretting about what’s coming down the pipe, particularly in light of just how long some projects have been in the works such as the eagerly anticipated DCS: F/A-18C Hornet. (Don’t even get me started on the now-defunct Coretex Designs F/A-18E Super Hornet!)
I do so mostly for mostly for the purpose of preserving my sanity…
I do so mostly for the purpose of preserving my sanity, and instead focus on what I already have. That being said, occasionally, I allow my anticipation/fantasy ‘switch’, to indulge itself a little with the possibilities of Naval Aviation. Nothing is so sorely wanted by the ‘community’ as that ‘grail’ of the DCS World, which we can all agree needs work. Response to my F/A-18C Hornet: Naval Ops in DCS World, gave me a sense of what the guys are thinking out there when it come to that subject. It’s one of the few subjects discussed among us where there is virtually total consensus! Naval operations in the current theatre are as we all know, are limited, so the introduction of either module would be outstanding to say the least. ‘Carriers’, guys. That’s the stuff of Hollywood and the inspiration for dreams.
Before I go any further, I have to make a little confession. With the flurry of screenshots depicting the Hornet , and the seemingly increased tempo of Heatblur Tomcat visuals, I had kind of shoved the Razbam Harrier II, to a mental ‘backburner’, in part because I’m willing to cut them a little slack after the Ecuadoran earthquake, slowed some aspects of M2000C refinement for a bit, so no slight was intended .
Nevertheless, as time passes , little though it is, I have found myself, increasingly excited about the fast approaching jump-jet, or rather it’s American cousin, or variant if you prefer, the AV-8B+. so much so that I have been spending a bit more time flying the DCS: A-10C Warthog, which I actually have the highest competency level since I ‘ve be flying it since it was first released in box only, though I am certain the attack profile will differ in specific execution, but an overall, similar. Obviously, tank-busting is best done by cluster-munitions(More bang for the buck, eh?) as opposed to gun-passes. I can live with that. I use the gun, sure, trucks , light armored vehicles, insurgents, but usually not until I have exhausted all other expendables on the wings, first. I will miss the unrefueled endurance of the Warthog, though I imagine I will experience similar lamentations when it comes to the Hornet, but I can live with that too.
I’m sure I speak for all when I say, I look with great interest over the next several months, to see what comes out of the hanger. In the meantime, to spare all you fellas’ out there with another, “I remember when they first entered service,” OGS(Old Guy Story), there’s a lot of stuff out there, far more than I can fit in this forum. There are a gazillion sources out there about this amazing jet. I therefore suggest this link as a starting point, and go from there. http://https. en.wikipedia.org/wiki//Mc Donnell_Douglas_AV8B_Harrier_II