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.
A/A radar with RWS, STT, and ACM modes
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
AIM-9L/M and CATM Sidewinder
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:
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
AGM-84D Block 1C Harpoon
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
Mk-40 Destructor Sea Mine
Mk-63 Quickstrike Sea Mine
Eagle Dynamics, 11/6/17