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DCS F-14B Tomcat - March 13th EA

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For those of you who haven't been keeping up with Digital Combat Simulator as of late, there is the possibility you've missed out on one of the biggest announcements in the last few years for the flight sim community.

Heatblur Simulations, the team responsible for the absolutely gorgeous Saab AJS-39 Viggen supersonic attack aircraft and the MIG-21bis supersonic interceptor modules are set to release the a new module of the world famous Grumman F-14 Tomcat. The DCS community has been eagerly awaiting the module since its announcement several years ago, and its upcoming release on March 13th sets a new bar of quality for the title with the first true cooperative multicrew aircraft (trolling the pilot from the backseat of an Albatross doesn't count).

First adopted by the 1974, the F-14A Tomcat was US Navy's all-weather carrier-based interceptor and air superiority fighter. The B variant expanded its role into a general purpose fighter capable of both air and ground attack in equal measure. The Tomcat made a name for itself during the Iran-Iraq War flying with the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force, where it earned an excellent victory rate despite its deployment in limited numbers. It continues to serve the IRIAF as an air superiority fighter and escort, and has been seen running missions against the Islamic State in the Levant. The Tomcat became world famous in the film Top Gun where it was featured prominently. Many experts and veteran pilots consider it to the best interceptor of the 20th century.

The DCS Tomcat is set to release in a near complete state with a long list of features including but not limited to:

  • A beautifully rendered and fully clickable 3D cockpit
  • Access to the Pilot and RIO seat in both single and multiplayer, allowing for the first true multi-crew aircraft in DCS
  • Accurate simulation of the F-14's flight model and systems such as the AN/AWG-9 Radar, AIM-54, and other avionics
  • Jester AI - A dynamic fully voiced AI RIO that can operate all rear-seat functions including radar intercept, navigation, and weapons control, with a massive library of phrases and callouts
  • Two full campaigns included
  • Fully voiced and interactive tutorials covering everything you'll need to know to operate as both Pilot and RIO
  • Near feature complete F-14B variant with the F-14A variant expected in the future
  • Original OST by Meteor inspired by the Top Gun soundtrack, free for use by the community

 

You can pre-order on the Heatblur Store for yourself, or package of you and a friend. You can also get it from the Eagle Dynamics store. DCS World BETA will be required.

 

I've already pre-ordered the module for myself, and am hoping someone from the Imperium community wants to join me. I'm eager to jump in the back seat and fly RIO for someone.

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