DCS Harrier First Flights

Ok, first off, some questions…

What is the nose wheel steering bind called? I just drove over a poor HMMWV crew :slight_smile:

I forgot to look for the Tarawa in the mission editor before installing the Harrier - does everyone get it in the open beta or is it only part of the AV8B?


Shot in the dark: is it the target unlock key? If not try the pinky button or the paddle switch.

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  1. I can’t steer on the ground! / How do I activate Nose Wheel Steering on the ground?
    Press Shift + / to toggle NWS and then use left and right keys “,” and “.”(for rudder left/right) or joystick movement to steer.
    This also applies when you’re landing: as soon as you got “weight on the wheels”, i.e. when the nose wheel of the aircraft comes down to the ground, you need to turn on nose wheel steering by pressing right Shift + key directly to the left of it (on US/UK keyboards it’s “/” key).

Oh wait that’s Falcon 4.0

Sorry, muscle memory. :stuck_out_tongue:


Rtfm. J/k. I think target unlock toggles NWS modes. I was drunk when I flipped through the Hotas controls.

Also a post on ED forums said the KC130 and Tarawa were in the update.


Ugh. Fine. :slight_smile:

Here’s the section from the AV8B Pocket Guide that came with it, rather than me badly paraphrase it all:

Nose Wheel Steering (NWS)

The NWS system is an electro-hydraulic operated system that provides directional control for ground operations with three modes:

• CASTER: The default mode. Nose wheel is free to swivel, and rudder pedal movement is isolated from the NWS system.

• LO GAIN Steering: The rudder pedals are connected to the system. Nose wheel has a range of movement between -140 to +140 degrees.

• HI GAIN Steering: The nose wheel range of movement is increased to +/- 450 degrees. HI GAIN steering is undesirable above 20 Knots Ground Speed due to poor directional control characteristics.

A fourth steering mode, centered, is used for gear retraction. When the landing gear handle is placed in the up position, the nose wheel will automatically steer to the center position at which time the landing gear retraction will commence.

With the landing gear handle DOWN, the NWS mode is controlled by the anti-skid switch and the [AG Target Undesignate/NWS/FOV Toggle] button on HOTAS. With anti-skid set to ON, CASTER mode is selected. With the anti-skid switch set to NWS, LO GAIN steering is selected.

Pressing the [AG Target Undesignate/NWS/FOV Toggle] HOTAS button increases the steering mode by one gain so that from CASTER mode it changes to LO GAIN mode and from LO GAIN mode it changes to HI GAIN mode.

With the HUD in VSTOL mode, indications provide cues as to steering position and mode. Whenever the nose wheel is within 30 of neutral, a C will appear inside the slideslip ball. A steering mode indication is provided in the lower right hand corner of the HUD.

The indications are:
CTR Centered
CAST Caster
NWS Lo gain
NWS H Hi gain

A NWS light, on the caution/advisory panel, illuminates to indicate that a steering failure has occurred.

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Hang on, it’s out TODAY?! I am a bit out of the loop but weeee, I’ve got tomorrow off!


Ok, it works. Some observations:

  • It seems pretty heavy on framerate in VR on 1.5 compared to other aircraft/helo on my system. It’s been a while since I flew in the 1.5 open beta but it seemed to fall below the magic 45fps for no-puke mode avoidance. I wonder if the Harrier systems take up some precious CPU cycles more than most? Currently I’m just out at sea crashing into LPD’s so it’s not exactly stopping me from using it.

  • The Tarawa is nice, in that setting fuel on a clean Harrier to 2500lb is good for STOL ops with some power to spare. I took off and landed ok (not exactly a complete ‘vertical’ landing with some roll forward) but the HUD really helps.

  • The HUD is really nice. Lots of good info, including if the Nose Wheel Steering (which you need to hold down) is kicked in.

Now off to try some refueling with that new KC130.


Say what…? The nosewheel can do a full circle and then 90 degrees, BOTH ways…?


Yep, for full Dressage mode. :wink:


So on a split throttle I’m finding I actually like using a spin control for the nozzle rather than split the big two throttles. Otherwise it becomes hard to grab buttons etc. The spinny up top guy seems to work pretty good…



There are persistant, VR specific complaints of performance on the ED boards. I’m popping my popcorn as I type.

Just a thought here, but isn’t weapons fire in the presence of refueling a bad thing?

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That all depends on how long you’ve been trying to hook up to the tanker.



I’m sorry, but when did massive fireballs become a bad thing all of a sudden?!


Even the flatlanders with 2D are reporting issues with it. It’s probably a LOD tweak. Such is beta… :slight_smile:


Enjoying it so far. The performance is really odd, but I’m not too worried as lots of people are seeing the same thing. It’s like it depends on which way you are facing? Maybe a terrain bug or something with a sensor in the Harrier systems. I guess a lot of the early access was with the special 2.2 build rather than the 1.5 released today.

Not sure how the radios work. I played with COMM1 and tried to holla the tanker but no luck - I mapped the forward/aft comms, so what did I miss? I fiddled with the UFC and turned the comms on… :smile:

Also, the KC-130 flies really really slowly :slight_smile:

First take-off! Hovering nicely with no weps and 70% of gas, I wasn’t sure if I needed it but I turned on the H2O just to be sure.

Vectored into forward flight. This small strip… Everyone knows where it is, no-one knows what its called, is my VTOL training base.

My cold and dark challenge was a reasonable succes. I have been avoiding most of the media surrounding the harrier, having only read Chris’ impressions and the pair of AARs posted on hoggit. I got the jet up and running in a couple of minutes (though the parking brake was challenging to find) but I could not find the ‘make the hud show more useful stuff’ switch :slight_smile: Slowly crawling my way back to base and hope to come in for a vertical landing.

short short final. ETA: couple of minutes, depending on if, when and where the NAVFLIR and DMT spot pennies on the ground.

oops… 1200FPM descent (and accelerating) is not so healthy for the nosewheel strut.


Probably rendering the F-111 in the hardened hangars or something… :thinking: