Since we’ve already passed a motion on creating this for DCS, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to start a discussion of what we want to include in our first DCS offering.
So, here’s my wishlist:
Accurate external model, flight model, damage model, avionics, and available weapons for each version.
All the versions of the A-6 during her lifespan to include:
Accurate modeling and simulation of all the radar sets, the rotary drum attack/ navigation computer (to include being able to simulate kicking the computer console if it freezes up (as depicted in Flight of the Intruder). Include a Vietnam map, a Whidby island/ Cascade Mountain map, and maybe also an Oceana/ Virginia Capes map.
Accurate modeling of ECM and EW systems, accurate models and flight and system limitations for the AGM-45 Shrike and AGM-78 STARM, and accurate models of the early Soviet SA-2’s that were placed in Vietnam, along with varying levels of AI controlling those missiles, to simulate both Vietnamese operators and Soviet “advisors” controlling the sites.
Accurate modeling of the TRIM pod, Black Crow system, and updated radars. Include accurate Vietnamese trucks and other vehicles, and maybe an expanded part of the Vietnam map to include the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
Accurate carrier operations, to include on-duty tanking, roundup tanking, and the ability for the AI to hawk the deck or fly formation on planes with issues. Inclusion of random failures in the refueling package and avionics due to the high number of cycles the tankers required.
Add a “what-if” type scenario, where the Navy ordered the Intruder II when it became more and more apparent that McDonnell-Douglas couldn’t deliver with all the promises being made in the A-12.
OK, that’s what I’m thinking so far- shouldn’t be that hard to do, right?
What else do you think needs to be included, or what else would y’all like to see when we release this module?