Eagle Dynamics published an important post about the F/A-18C Early Access weapons & sensors. They are describing which weapons and sensor will make it to the first release, and explain that others will be added gradually. Initial weapon delivered with the jet includes the earlier Aim-9, the Aim-7 sparrow series, and all dumb bombs / rockets. And obviously, the 20mm Vulcan Canon to shred all those pesky migs that are waiting the early access to fight some Hornets. More advanced weapons will get added as the developer team complete them.

There have been a lot of questions regarding what sensors and weapons will be available at the launch of the early access DCS: F/A-18C Hornet. This decision is based on balancing a great, first experience, while getting quickly into the hands of those prefer early access adoption. We realize that early access is not for everyone, but for many, it is. If you prefer a completed product, we ask that you wait for the final release. Take that time to monitor previews and early access reports to make an informed purchase.

We believe that starting with the more “simple” systems at early access roll-out allows a more shallow learning curve at the start. By then adding new systems gradually, it introduces the Hornet’s sensors and weapons in a more structured manner… much like what a real Hornet pilot goes through when learning the aircraft. This also allows us more time to fully develop the more complex systems in a way that delivers the most realistic experience possible.

Note that this is all very much subject to change for our mid-2000s F/A-18C USN Hornet.

  • Sensors:
    A/A radar with RWS, STT, and ACM modes
  • Weapons:
    Mk-82 series
    Mk-83 series
    Mk-84 series
    Mk-77 Fire Bomb
    CBU-99 and Mk-20 Cluster Bombs
    BDU-33 Training Bomb
    BDU-45 Training Bomb
    2.75 inch rockets
    5 inch rockets
    20mm cannon
    AIM-9L/M and CATM Sidewinder
    AIM-7F/M/P Sparrow

Following the early access release, we plan to include many more sensors, weapons, and decoys for the final product. Please note that this list is also subject to change:

  • Sensors:
    A/A radar with TWS, SCAN RAID, AZ/EL
    A/G radar with MAP, EXP1, EXP2, EXP3, SEA, GMT, PVU, AGR, IRA, and TA
    AN/ASQ-228 ATFLIR Targeting Pod
    Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS)
    AWW-13 Datalink Pod


  • Weapons:
    AGM-88C HARM
    AGM-45A/B Shrike
    AGM-84D Block 1C Harpoon
    AGM-84E SLAM
    AGM-65E Maverick
    AGM-65F/G Maverick
    AGM-154A JSOW
    AGM-154C JSOW
    Walleye I ER/DL
    Walleye II ER/DL
    GBU-10 Paveway II
    GBU-12 Paveway II
    GBU-16 Paveway II
    GBU-24B/B Paveway III
    GBU-38 JDAM
    GBU-31 JDAM
    GBU-32 JDAM
    AIM-9X Sidewinder
    Mk-40 Destructor Sea Mine
    Mk-63 Quickstrike Sea Mine



Eagle Dynamics, 11/6/17


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