Well they have gone and announced the official block/lot/suite/version of the DCS: F/A-18C as the DCS F/A-18C OFP 13C…
I don’t know what that means other than it should give a good pointer to anyone with access to the manuals (or whatever) what we will and will not see in the release version*. I am looking for some additional information but my sources are limited.
Up until this point in the thread, there is not a lot of information on what the specs, from that designation, would be.
I suppose we could ask @BeachAV8R, I mean he’s flown it already right?
Seriously though, the OFP doesn’t really tell us that much, other than that it added JDAM capability. Which, by the way, good find.
I think it would be a stretch to really derive much more about it based on the OFP alone. I, for one, would be much more interested in which Lot jet they’re modeling as that would tell us more as far as what equipment to expect, IE which radar, which ALE, etc.
According to @SiThSpAwN we’re getting the AN/AAS-38 Nighthawk pod.
This pod was initially introduced in the late 80s to increase the weapons delivery accuracy of Hornets, and as originally produced included only a FLIR, without a target laser or laser spot search (LSS). The former was originally supplied by the ASQ-173 pod mounted on the right cheek station. In 1993 the AN/AAS-38A was introduced, which fitted a laser targeting device (LTD/R) into one pod. I don’t know if the -38A had LSS built in, nor do I have the skinny on if it has point track capability.
If i had to guess, we’re getting the -38A.
Also If I ask very nicely can we get any low down on whether or not we’re also going to get the LITENING? Where as the Navy uses the Nighthawk and newer AN/ASQ-228 ATFLIR on the left cheek mount, the USMC instead uses the LITENING mounted on the belly station aaaaaaand I can’t help but notice that a company made a really nice implementation of that very pod in DCS.
That makes sense, maximize commonality where possible. Obviously the majority of bugs on the boat will be Navy so use their pod. On land it’ll be the Harriers and the -Ds.
I’ve definitely seen LITENING’s on the belly of F/A-18s. But since they’re all zoomed in “crotch shots” so to speak, I can’t tell if this is something that is done with C models, or if it’s something they do specifically with the Ds in the VFA(AW) role.