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DCS World FaQ

Posted: 15 Nov 2015, 11:16
by brimlad
just copying this info over from gon before it's lost and I'll add some more details in the coming days

What is DCS World
It's the base world simulation engine for all Digital Combat Simulator modules. These modules that plug into DCS World can include aircraft, maps, ground and sea units and campaigns.
A full description can be found at this link:

Where do I buy DCS World?
It's free and comes with one plane, the Su-25T that can be flown in single player mode. Consider it like a demo, you try out DCS World for free in single player, explore the world and try a few missions to see if this sim is for you.
The other modules you will have to buy and to use multiplayer you will need a purchased module.
Please note that the Su-25T is a Flaming Cliffs 2 (FC2) plane and doesn't have the full fidelity that the other DCS modules have.

You can download DCS World and the modules from here: ... cts/world/

DCS World and the modules are also available on Steam.
NOTE:If you have DCS World and other modules on Steam then you will need to buy future modules on steam as you can no longer merge non-Steam purchased DCS modules with your DCS World Steam install as of 7th June 2014.

Who makes DCS World?
Eagle Dynamics are the developers of DCS World and are based in Moscow.
You can find more information about ED at their discussion forums and wiki: ... f291233adc

What are these modules?
The modules are the simulators that you purchase and install directly into DCS World.
Currently there are 10 modules available for purchase with many more in development.
An explanation of the various levels of fidelity can be found at the end of this post.
DCS KA-50 Black Shark 2 - Russian attack helicopter
DCS A-10c Warthog - USA ground attack aircraft
DCS P-51d Mustang - 2nd World War USA fighter aircraft
DCS: Bf 109 K-4 Kurfürst - 2nd World War German fighter aircraft
DCS: Fw 190 D-9 Dora - 2nd World War German fighter aircraft
DCS Combined Arms - Ground warfare simulator
DCS: UH-1H Huey - USA combat and transport helicopter featuring 2 player coop cabin
DCS: MI-8MTV2 MAGNIFICENT EIGHT - Russian combat transport and fire support helicopter featuring 4 player coop cabin
DCS: M-2000C - multi-role, French 4th generation fighter
DCS: L-39 Albatros - Twin seat Jet trainer
DCS: C-101 Aviojet - Jet trainer and aerobatic display aircraft of the Spanish Air Force
Hawk T.1A for DCS World - RAF advanced flying-training and weapons-training aircraft
DCS: MiG-15bis - first-generation Russian jet fighter
DCS: F-86F Sabre - first-generation USA jet fighter

DCS Lock on- Flaming Cliffs 3 - Range of mid fidelity aircraft
A-10A: DCS Flaming Cliffs - standalone version of the Flaming cliffs 3 A-10A
Su-25: DCS Flaming Cliffs - standalone version of the Flaming cliffs 3 Su-25
F-15C: DCS Flaming Cliffs - standalone version of the Flaming cliffs 3

Where do I buy these modules?
You can purchase these modules directly from DCS or on Steam. ... op&lang=en

How do I install these modules?
Once DCS World is installed you then just run the modules installer which will find your DCS World install and place itself in the mod folder. When you launch DCS World you will then be able to use the purchased module from within DCS World.
You will need to create an account at DCS if you want to use multiplayer, if you purchased from DCS you already will have an account.

I own Black Shark 1 and FC2 can I use them in DCS World?
No, Black Shark 1 and FC2 are not compatible with DCS World.
You can, however, purchase the upgrade version of Black Shark 2 for installation into DCS World. You will need Black Shark 1 installed on your PC to be able to activate Black Shark 2 in DCS World.

How do I setup multiple monitors and touch screens ?
DCS has inbuilt multimonitor support for 3 monitor configurations, however, if you want to place specific instruments on a second monitor then you do need to manually modify the default monitor configuration by editing files, using 3rd party software or a combination of both if you want to export all indicators to multiple displays.

Firstly, if you just want to place the mfcd's on a second monitor you can create your own lua file that defines the combined resolution of your desktop and within that file allocate parts of the desktop to the mfcd's you wish to display. A comprehensive guide has been written by MadTommy at ED:

The 2nd option is to use 3rd party software to allocate your desktop in DCS and popular choices are Helios and icontrol and both support the use of touchscreens. Touchscreens allow to you directly interact with the mfcd's rather than having to use the mouse to click buttons on the mfcd's.

Thirdly if you want export all indicators via viewport to various displays then you will need edit a few files and details and discussion can be found in below thread by icemaker at ED: ... ti+monitor

TrackIR, what is that ?
TrackIR and the freeware version Freetrack are head tracking technologies that allows you to look around the cockpit and zoom your view in and out (6dof) just by moving your head and is one of the most immersive products on the market for simulators.
TrackIR setup video:

Freetrack is a homebrew version and requires a compatibile video camera and an afternoon of elbow grease and all you need to know can be found at this link:

a hot fix has been released to fix the sound bug on some of the in game training videos: ... ng_videos/
another sound bug fix:

DCS Training guides
DCS simulators are shipped with extensive manuals that can be a little overwhelming at first (a-10c is 700 pages) so written guides can be a good starting point and we'll add them here as we find some good ones.

Essentials guide (courtesy SimHQ)

Ka-50 Auto pilot guide by IvanK; the manual lacks some detail and this guide helps clarify how the Auto control flight system works:

Step by step guide for GBU 12 and GBU 38 (courtesy SimHQ) ... ost3171145

DCS fidelity explained:

Standard Flight Model (SFM). This has not changed and defines a more data-driven means of achieving flight dynamics, in conjunction with some scripting. SFM was used in the Lock On series and is still used in the Flaming Cliffs 3 Su-33 and MiG-29. However, we do plan to update these at a later time.

Advanced Flight Model (AFM) and AFM+. An AFM uses multiple points of force application and calculation on the relevant flight surfaces. This simulates edge of envelope conditions well and avoids scripted behaviors as used in an SFM. This system also partially implements the aircraft's flight augmentation systems. DCS aircraft that use AFM includes the Su-25T. A further evolution of the AFM is what we term the AFM+ and this uses the same calculations as AFM but adds limited modeling of the hydraulic and fuel systems. Examples of AFM+ in DCS include the Su-25 and A-10A.

Professional Flight Model (PFM). This is generations beyond an AFM/AFM+ and is based upon:

• Use a wider array of wind tunnel tests CFD methods for aerodynamics parameters calculations.
• A higher level of aircraft construction details for forces calculations. For example: our landing gear model includes individual kinematics of retracting/extending is used to calculate its movement, servo-piston forces, etc. In such cases, we truly use real lengths, arms, etc. This also includes such items as a realistic simulation of airflow along the airframe due to the propeller or helicopter rotor thrust.
• Realistic simulation of Flight Control, CAS and Autopilot systems.
• Realistic simulation of Hydraulics, Fuel, Electrical, Engine and other systems influence flight characteristics.
• Unprecedented access to test data packs.

This is combined with much more detailed and accurate accounting of the physical forces on the aircraft and airfoils. DCS examples of the PFM include the A-10C, Ka-50, P-51D, UH-1H, Mi-8MTV2, F-15C and Su-27 (in development) for DCS Flaming Cliffs, and the Fw190-D9 (in development).

External Flight Model (EFM). Used by our partner developers, the EFM uses only a part of PFM - rigid body physics and contact model. What forces and moments are applied to this rigid body from aerodynamics and any other sources except the contact forces is up to EFM developer.

Standard Systems Modeling (SSM). A DCS module using SSM is characterized as including just the most essential cockpit systems and using keyboard and joystick commands only to interact with the cockpit. Examples of SSM in DCS include all of the Flaming Cliffs 3 aircraft.

Advanced Systems Modeling (ASM). An ASM enabled aircraft goes into great depth to model the intricacies of the various cockpit systems, to include functionality for almost all the buttons, switches, dials, etc. A key element of an ASM cockpit is the ability to interact with it using your mouse. ASM DCS examples include the A-10C, Ka-50, P-51D, UH-1H and Mi-8MTV2.

Re: DCS World FaQ

Posted: 02 Jun 2018, 09:57
by brimlad
DCS: F/A-18C Hornet has arrived still early access with a few weapons and sensors missing but the high fidelity flight model is ready to go... looks great :)

Re: DCS World FaQ

Posted: 17 Jul 2018, 09:18
by brimlad
DCS: Persian Gulf Map... damn this is the finest terrain yet for DCS... I'm having great with the Harrier on this map :D