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    Question DCS Warthog 2 System Upgrade wish list

    The original thread is on the ED boards (here) but I fully expect it to get moved/barrier. Curious what everyone else hopes the updated A-10C gives us.

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    Added 28 July 20

    Per the leaked development post it looks like we’ll hopefully be getting the following in DCS A-10C II
    • HMCS
    • ARC-210
    • Updated external model to include removal Pave Penny pod & Pylon
    • Updated cockpit model to include left console changes for the ARC-210 and items required for HMCS
    • updated HOTAS commands
    • New munitions and associated DSMS/HOTAS commands
      -AGM-65L
      -GBU-54
      -APKWS


    Quote Originally Posted by Snoopy
    The more I’ve thought about it since ED announced the upcoming A-10C 2 and based on the current version being a hybrid of suite 3 and 5 I’ve concluded that we won’t ever get a pure suite in the A-10C. That being said, some of the things that have come out in the real jet (suite 5 to suite 9) here are some of the things I hope we get.

    Just like the original release of DCS A-10C I am willing to help ED make DCS A-10C 2 the best possible product it can be!!

    Before people start giving the normal response; YES I know what we actually get in the updated module is contingent on what documentation ED is allowed to have and what systems the USAF says they can release to the public.

    Items that will make me purchase Day 1:
    • Flaps aren’t drooped (lowered) on a cold start jet (reported as a bug when I was still an ED Tester)
    • Nose wheel doesn’t drift to the right on its own with no hydraulic power (reported as a bug when I was still an ED Tester)
    • Fix wind milling engine producing 3,000 psi for hydro (already provided data why this is a bug currently)
    • True Mission Planner with Data Transfer Cartridge (DTC) functionality. The ability before getting in the jet to (in both SP and MP):
      - Plan mission data that feeds into the CICU, EGI, CDU and LASTE
      --Waypoints, flight plans, EGI Operational Flight Plan, GPS almanac
      --JDAM info
      --CDU initialization file
      -- TAD profiles, TAD display settings, TAD map overlays
      --Threat data,
      --Weapons inventory and profiles
      --DataLink (SADL) configuration
      --Targeting Pod configuration
      --HMCS Profiles (if added)
      --ARC-210 configuration data (if added)
    • Proper EPLRS (SADL) integration with Link 16
    • Scorpion Helmet Mounted Cueing System (HMCS) (would require cockpit model update)
    • Corrected/updated external 3d model
      -Remove the lift transducer from the right wing
      -Slats fully extend quickly under high AOA and then retract quickly when AOA is normal (currently they move up/down depending on AOA but don’t operate correctly; full up or full down)
      -Nose and Main Landing Gear struts have proper extension (currently nose strut sits to high and would damage internal components when nose wheel is turned)
      -External NVIS lights work
      -Remove Pave Penny Pod & Pylon
      -If OBOGS is added add vents
      -Covert/Overt landing & Taxi lights
    • Additional External Munitions
      -Laser Maverick (AMG-65E, AGM-65L)
      -APKWS Rockets

    Nice to have additions:
    • Add missing TAD symbology
    • Fixed TAD Map/Range scales
    • Additional symbology in the HUD (SPI, Mark Points, etc)
    • ARC-210 (would require cockpit model update)
    • Updated DSMS functionality (profiles include weapon sleds)
    • Ability to send TGP images through Message Page
    • Replace LOX with OBOGS (not that big a deal but removes LOX usage limitation, would also require cockpit model update)
    • Working Manual Reversion
    • Additional External Munitions
      -GBU-54 (LJDAM)
      -Being able to choose CATM-9 or CAP-9 (model of CAP-9 3d model we use at Moody already exists in DCS you just can’t load it)
      -IR illumination Rockets & Flares

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    I’d like the A-10 to be able to see the assets it should see (TAD wise) regardless whether it’s AI or human-flown.

    A Data Cartridge system would also be nice.

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    Link16 integration, HUD symbology and HMCS are the features that i'm looking forward to most.
    http://www.476vfightergroup.com/signaturepics/sigpic1750_22.gif

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    For those that may have missed it, Graphics posted the below on the ED boards before it got deleted. Looks like we’re getting a substantial upgrade to the A-10C.

    Default Design Specification
    DCS: A-10C Warthog 2

    Updated Cockpit
    An updated cockpit with a new 3D mesh and high-resolution textures that also includes a weathered textures option. This cockpit will also be modified to include the removal on the TISL panel and the addition of the Scorpion Helmet-Mounted Cueing System (HMCS) and ARC-210 radio control heads to match current-day A-10Cs.
    Add HMCS Control Head
    On the right console aft of the ILS controls, the HMCS control head was added. This panel only has a single control for ON, OFF, and BAT (battery) power. Almost all HMCS control is done through the HOTAS and STAT page.


    Remove Target Identification Set Laser (TISL) Control Panel
    With the addition of the targeting pod to the A-10, the TISL and Pave Penny laser detection and tracking system was removed. Not only does this include the removal of the Pave Penny pod on the outside of the aircraft, but also the TISL panel in the lower portion of the center instrument panel. There is now a blank plate.

    Left Console Changes
    With the addition of the ARC-210 radio, the configuration of the left console controls heads has changed to accommodate it. This includes the addition of the ARC-210 radio control head, the removal of the forward VHF radio head, and shifting the control heads aft of the AAP panel further aft to accommodate the larger ARC-210 control head.

    Weathered Texture Option
    In addition to the factory-fresh texture version we have now, an optional weathered version should also be available. This will match the reference photos we have to make the cockpit look authentic to a real-world aircraft that has seen action over many years. Note that some panels and areas will be more weathered than others, based on the inclusion of the system later than the aircraft was originally built.
    Newer, less weathered elements would include:
    Multi-Function Color Displays (MFCDs)
    ARC-210 radio head
    Countermeasures Panel (top of right console)
    Armament HUD Control Panel (AHCP) (bottom left of instrument panel)
    Up-Front Control (UFC) (below Head Up Display)
    Updated External Model
    A new external model based on the current A-10C that should have a new and improved 3D mesh and high-resolution textures. This model will also removal of the Pave Penny pod to match today’s A-10Cs. In the image below, not the four large connection bolt heads and the color difference of the paint.

    AGM-65L Laser-Guided Maverick
    Unlike the other EO and IR versions of the Maverick, the AGM-65L model uses laser energy to guide on target. This laser energy can be either from the aircraft’s own Litening pod or from an external designator like a FAC or other aircraft. However, to detect the designation, the AGM-65L needs to have its laser code set to the same PRF code as the designator.

    The E model has the same warhead and motor as a G model; it looks like we already have the weapon model built. Like an AGM-65G, it can only be mounted on the LAU-117 launcher on stations 3 and 9. It is selected in DSMS as any other Maverick type.
    To include the AGM-65L, we will include a new DSMS/Inventory/Store page and a new weapon video page on the selected MFCD.
    DSMS Status Page
    On the DSMS page station boxes, each AGM-65L box would consist of:
    AGM-65L in top left of the box
    Launch type in the bottom left of box (117)
    Status indication in bottom right of box (RDY or STBY)
    DSMS INVENTORY Page
    When either station 9 or 3 are selected from the Inventory page, an AGM-65L. When selected, the center station loading information in the center of the page will show:
    Station (STA) number (3 or 9)
    Launcher type (always 117 for AGM-65L)
    1 AGM-65L
    Selecting the AGM/TGM function from OSB 4 will cycle to the training round page. The TGM-65E will behave just as the AGM version but cannot be launched.
    When AGM-65L is selected as the Maverick type, CODE is displayed next to OSB 3. Upon pressing OSB 3, the scratchpad on the HUD becomes active and the four-digit laser code may be entered using the UFC, and then pressing ENT when complete to save the code. One complete, the four digit numeric is displayed below CODE.
    HUD Symbology
    All HUD symbology will be the same as other Maverick versions and will be boresighted to 81 mils.
    Weapon Video
    The AGM-65L has a free gyro assembly with a 30-degree field of view (up, down, left and right). The tracker will have a maximum 10-degree per second slew rate. The gyro will take three minutes to align, as with the other Maverick versions.
    Unlike the EO and IR versions of Maverick, the laser version displays a synthetic view along the longitudinal axis of the missile and only shows indications of receiving or not receiving laser energy.
    READY Mode
    When the AGM/TGM-65E is initially selected and is in Ready mode, the active MFCD will appear as follows with the following indications:

    [1] Laser code and cursor. The laser PRF code consists of four digits and is input using the DSMS/Inventory page or entered from the Laser Maverick format page. The default PRF code is “1 1 1 1”. Given that the laser code will also be displayed next to the OSB, we can remove this.
    [2] Gimbal Pointing Indicator (GPI). This “X” mark indicates the pointing center of the scan. Using the slew control, the user may slew the GPI up or down to scan at a depressed angle. Using a China Hat aft command, the user may reset the GPI back to center.
    [3] 20-degree hash mark. This horizontal line at the bottom of the display indicates 20degrees down from the center point.
    [4] Launch constraint circle. This is a 15-degree circle that indicates that maximum off boresight launch limit.
    [5] CODE (not pictured). In addition to entering the laser PRF code in the DSMS/Inventory page, the laser code may also be entered from the Maverick format page. By pressing OSB 8, the scratchpad and the UFC become active and allow the four-digit code to be entered. Once entered after pressing the ENT button on the UFC, the PRF code at the top of the Laser Maverick format page is updated.
    ACTIVATE Mode
    Once a PRF code has been entered, the user will uncage the missile by pressing TMS Forward. This is termed the Activate mode. Upon doing so, the seeker will begin searching for a laser designation matching that of the entered PRF code along its boresight line of sight (81 mils). If it detects laser energy along this LOS at the set PRF, the GPI will start to flash. If the reflected energy is strong enough, the flashing GPI will automatically become a solid, white square that indicates a valid lock.

    [1] PRF code. PRF code as entered in Ready mode. Given that the laser code will also be displayed next to the OSB, we can remove this.
    [2] Launch constraint circle. This is a 15-degree circle that indicates that maximum off boresight launch limit.
    [3] Depression marks. These three horizontal marks are at 5, 10 and 15 degrees below the center point.
    [4] Gimbal Pointing Indicator (GPI). If the GPI symbol is flashing, it indicates that it detects the correct PRF code. Even if detected, note that the seeker will not automatically lock onto the return. If, however, it is steady, then it is not detecting the inputted PRF code.
    [5] CODE (not pictured). In addition to entering the laser PRF code in the DSMS/Inventory page, the laser code may also be entered from the Maverick format page. By pressing OSB 8, the scratchpad and the UFC become active and allow the four-digit code to be entered. Once entered after pressing the ENT button on the UFC, the PRF code at the top of the Laser Maverick format page is updated.
    SCAN Mode
    If a valid PRF return is not detected (non-flashing GPI), the user may enter Slew mode. This is done by moving and releasing the slew switch. Upon doing so, the GPI will automatically scan left and right from center +/- 22 degrees. Using the slew switch, the user can also set the depression able that the scan will take place from.
    When in Slew mode, the GPI will flash if the correct PRF code is detected. If the energy is strong enough, the GPI “X” will turn into a square and the seeker will automatically lock onto the return.
    [1] GPI in scan mode. In this example below, the GPI has been moved to a depression angle of 7.5 degrees and is scanning left and right.
    [1] GPI in track mode. Once the seeker has locked onto the PRF code, the GPI becomes a solid, white square.

    SLAVE Mode
    In addition to manually aligning the seeker field of view with the target, the user may also slave the seeker to a SPI or TGP location within 30-degrees of the seeker’s boresight. This is done with the slave to SPI or slave to TGP HOTAS command. When commanded, the seeker will perform an auto-track scan of the designated area and attempt to find the coded PRF. If detected (flashing GPI “X”), the user will need to manually designate with a TMS Forward Short HOTAS command.
    When slaved from another sensor, an “S” will be displayed on the right side of the display.
    [1] Slave mode indication

    Updated Maverick HOTAS Commands
    Stick
    TMS Forward Short = Command Track
    TMS Forward Long = Make SPI
    TMS Aft Short = Ground Stabilize (New)
    TMS Aft Long = Reset SPI to current steerpoint
    TMS Right Short = Make Maverick LOS Mark Point
    TMS Right Long = Make last Mark Point SPI
    Throttle
    Boat Switch Forward = Dark/Cold and Light/Hot
    Boat Switch Aft = Light/Hot and Dark/Cold
    China Hat Forward Short = FOV Change
    China Hat Aft Short = Recage
    AGR-20 Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) Laser-Guided Rockets
    The APKWS involves a laser-guided 2.75-inch rocket with 7 APKWS rockets per each LAU-131 or LAU-68 pod. The DSMS will need to be updated to include the AGR-20 weapon type and a separate Inventory page. From the inventory page, the laser PRF that the rocket would guide to is entered.
    It can be armed with either a MK 152 high explosive (HE) warhead or MK 282 penetration (HEAT) warhead.
    The flight dynamics and range would be the same as the standard 2.75-inch rocket.

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    continued

    https://www.baesystems.com/en-us/pro...-guided-rocket
    DSMS Page items:
    Station box indication for ARG-20 beneath the warhead type (M151 or M282). For example:
    MK-151
    APKWS

    To the right or left of the station box would indicate the number of APKWS rockets on the station.

    From the Inventory Page / ROCKET page, the following options would be available:
    OSB 1. STAT page
    OSB 2. RET (return to previous page)
    OSB 4. LAU (number of LAU on the station)
    OSB 5. QTY (number of APKWS rockets on the station)
    OSB 6. MNT PYLON
    OSB 7. MOTOR. Select between MK66 or MK40
    OSB 8. LAUNCHER. Select between LAU131 or LAU68
    OSB 9. LOAD
    OSB 10. LOAD SYM
    OSB 18. CODE. Upon pressing this OSB, the scratchpad is available on the HUD/UFC to enter the desired 4-digit laser code that the rocket will guide on. This would need to match the TGP designation laser PRF or external designation source. Once entered, the code number string would be displayed below CODE.
    Engagement
    Once CCIP or CCRP are selected with the APKWS selected as the selected weapon, the pilot simply fires the rocket as he/she would with an unguided rocket using the current HUD symbology. Assuming laser CODE is set correctly to the designation source, the rocket will guide to the designation source upon launch. These is no unique HUD symbology for this weapon.

    GBU-54 Laser-JDAM
    The GBU-54 is a strap-on guidance kit for a standard Mk-82 general purpose bomb. The guidance kit includes both the GPS/INS guidance kit and a laser seeker / target detection guidance kit that allows the bomb to guide on moving targets.
    The GBU-54 can be loaded on any station that a GBU-38 can be loaded on (any 1760 smart station).
    DSMS Page Items:
    On the DSMS page station boxes, each GBU-54 box would consist of:
    GBU-54 in top left of the box
    Laser code on bottom left of box (XXXX)
    Status indication in bottom right of box (RDY)
    On the Inventory page, it will be the same as the standard LGB Inventory page but the SERIES selection at OSB 16 is removed. As with other LGBs, the laser code will be entered here at OSB 12.
    TAIL fuze options are only:
    FMU152
    FMU139
    The NOSE fuze option is only:
    DSU38
    HUD Items:
    The only change regarding HUD symbology is that it uses standard JDAM HUD symbology, but the weapon name is:
    GBU-38
    M/GBU-38
    Engagement:
    Upon creating the SPI at the target location, the pilot would slave the targeting pod to the SPI and laser-designate the target (static or moving) in point track or area mode. When the bomb is released, it will use GPS/INS guidance to reach the target location and the laser designation will continually update GPS/INS guidance to allow the weapon to change guidance while in flight based on the designated location. If laser-designation is lost, the weapon will continue to guide on the last designated location.

    HUD
    Rather than a CCRP reticle with Launch Acceptable Region (LAR) indication, it should instead be a stable on the left side of the HUD with indications for:
    Maximum range
    Optimal range
    Minimum range
    Current range
    Between the minimum and optimal range, the staple is closed to form a box. The current range is caret that moves along the LAR range indications. Below the LAR staple is a digital indication of target range.

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    ARC-210 VHF/UHF Satellite Radio
    The ARC-210 radio is a new addition to the A-10C cockpit and was not present in the earlier entertainment version. This radio can transmit and receiving VHF, UHF and UHF SATCOM frequencies. The radio can use its transceiver to both receive and transmit (RT) on both open single-channel frequencies and over secure electronic counter-countermeasure (ECCM) channels. Using the radio, it is possible to manually select a frequency or select a frequency as a preset. Possible presets include:
    25 open, single-channel presets
    5 SATCOM presets
    To transmit through the ARC-210 radio, the user will select transmit aft from the mic switch on the HOTAS.
    ARC-210 Control Head

    LCD Display. Presentation of menu texts
    TOD SND button. No function.
    TOD RCV Button. No function.
    GPS Button. No function.
    RT SELECT Button. This button toggles between two receiver-transmitters (RT) on the aircraft. This indication is shown on the Display. Options are RT1 (default) and RT2. Active RT will have no effect in the simulation and can only be set to RT1.
    SQL Knob. This is a two-position rotary knob that enables or disables RT squelch.
    AM/FM Button. Toggles RT modulation between AM and FM.
    MENU Button. Used to set imbedded radio option functions and settings through a series of tiered menus.
    OFFSET RCV Button. Pressing this button offsets the current frequency to a new frequency. The amount of offset depends on what range the current frequency is set to. Generally, this will be in 5 kHz steps. However, when in the ATC frequency range of ( ), the offset is in steps of 8.33.
    XMIT/RCV SEND button. This button is pressed when programming one of the SATCOM preset channels. It allows the user to set separate send and receive frequencies for the preset channel.
    ENTER. No function.
    Frequency Selector Knobs. These five knobs are used to manually enter or modify a frequency.
    Frequency Mode Dial. This dial has seven positions with the following functions:
    ECCM MASTER: Selects possibility to RT on one of the secure channels.
    ECCM. Selects possibility to RT on one of the secure channels.
    PRST. Allows user to rotate the Channel knob to select preset frequencies.
    MAN. Default setting. Allows manual input of frequency using the frequency selector knobs.
    MAR. No function
    243. Automatically sets the radio to the guard 243.000 MHz frequency.
    121 (PULL). Automatically sets the radio to the guard 121.500 MHz frequency.
    Preset Channel Dial. This dial may be rotated to cycle through the 41 preset channels when in PRST or CHG PRST mode or the 27 channels when in the ECCM MASTER or ECCM modes.
    Operational Mode Dial. This dial has 7 positions with the following functions:
    OFF. Default setting. Removes power to the ARC-210 radio. However, the radio will still operate when in the 234 frequency mode selector dial position.
    TR+G. Allows the RT to both receive and transmit on the main receiver while doing same on the guard receiver.
    TR. Allows the main receiver to RT, but turns off the guard receiver.
    ADF. No function
    CHG PRST. If a preset channel is selected, the user can manually change it with the frequency selector knobs and save the assigned frequency to that channel.
    TEST. No function
    ZERO (PULL). No function
    Display Brightness. Pressing these two buttons increase or decrease the brightness level of the display.
    Function Select Keys. Operating much like a CDU LSK, these buttons can affect what is on the display adjacent to the button.
    Radio Start
    By moving the Frequency Mode Selector Dial from OFF to any other setting, the radio will start its initialization process.
    The LCD Display will first show the POWER UP LOADR page for approximately two seconds. It will then automatically change to the INITIALIZING page.

    Power Up Page
    The INITIALIZING page will display for approximately four seconds before changing to the selected Frequency Mode and Operational Modes selected.

    Initializing Page

    ARC-210 Start Up Complete
    Remove the KY-58 VOICE indication on the screen.
    Menu Pages
    Upon pressing the Menu button, the Main Menu page is displayed with the following options, but none will be functional:
    HQ MENUS (no function)
    COMSEC (no function)
    RADIO SETTINGS (no function)

    Manual Frequency Selection
    Manual frequency selection allows the user to use the frequency selector knobs to manually dial in a VHF/UHF frequency. To do so, the Frequency Mode Dial must first be set to the manual (MAN) position and the Operational Mode Dial must be set to TR or TR+G positions. Additionally, the SQL OFF/ON rotary must be set to ON.

    Current Frequency. Located in the bottom right of the display, this is a six-digit numeric (xxx.xxx) that indicates the frequency that the radio is currently tuned to. To change this numeric, the user will use (rotate) the five frequency selector knobs below the display. Each knob can be rotated clockwise or counterclockwise to increase or decrease the numeric value.
    Current Frequency Modulation. This indication will display either FM or AM. This can be toggled by pressing the AM/FM button on the control head. Note that the selection of AM or FM option depends on the frequency selected.
    Current Receiver-Transmitter. Static text with No function. This will always be set to RT1.
    Extended Range Indication. No function, this field will be blank.
    Security Option. For secure communications, the middle LSK next to this field can be pressed to cycle through security types. The selected security type is displayed left justified in the center of the display. This will only display PT VOICE.
    Previous Frequency. When the radio is first powered on, this field in the top center of the display will indicate ( - - -.- - -). However, after five seconds, the last frequency used by the radio will be displayed here. Anytime a new frequency is selected (manually or as a preset), the previous frequency will be displayed here. The radio can be set to this previous frequency by pressing the PREV LSK.

    Preset Channel Selection
    In addition to manually selecting frequencies, the user can store up 30 selectable, preset channels, each with an assigned frequency. To do so, the Frequency Mode Dial must first be set to the preset (PRST) position and the Operational Mode Dial must be set to TR or TR+G. Additionally, the SQL OFF/ON rotary must be set to ON.
    Once these conditions are met, the user may rotate the Channel Dial (clockwise to increase channel number and counterclockwise to decrease) to select the desired channel (and associated frequency).

    Much like the manual frequency selection display, the preset display has many of the same functions:
    Current Frequency
    Current Frequency Modulation
    Security Option
    Current Receiver-Transmitter
    The functions perform as they do in manual frequency selection mode. However, one new element is the current channel indication (1–30). This indication is located below the current receiver-transmitter indication.

    Guard Channels Selection
    There are two ways to select the emergency guard channels. However, if either case, the Operational Mode Selector must be set to TR or TR+G.
    Option 1: Tune the radio to 243.000 either manually or set as a preset.
    Option 2: Set the Frequency Mode Selector dial to either 121 (PULL) or 243 positions. This will automatically set the radio to 121.500 (VHF) or 243.000 (UHF) respectively.

    When one of the two guard channels are selected, a UHF GUARD or a VHF GUARD indication is displayed left justified at the top of the display (depending on frequency selected).

    Setting Preset Channels 1–25
    As stated earlier, the user can select from 30 preset channels, each assigned a unique frequency. Channels 1–25 can be assigned to VHF and UHF single frequency operation (26–30 are for UHF SATCOM).
    Note that channels are selected by rotating the Channel Selector Dial.
    Before loading a preset frequency for a channel, set the SQL OFF/ON rotary knob to ON.
    To load a frequency to a preset channel:
    Set the Operational Mode selector dial to the CHG PRST position
    Set the Frequency Mode selector dial to the PRST position

    Use the Channel Selector dial to select the preset channel (1–25) to edit
    Use the five Frequency Selector knobs to select the desired frequency to set to the current preset channel.
    Press the top LSK button next to the LOAD indication on the display. This will save the assignment of the set frequency to the current preset channel.
    In addition to the unique LOAD indication on the display, there are several other common elements:
    Current Frequency
    Current Frequency Modulation
    Security Option
    Current Receiver-Transmitter
    Current preset channel
    These elements perform as indicated earlier.

    Setting Preset Channels 26–30
    Preset channels 26-30 are reserved for UHF SATCOM operations. The process of setting a SATCOM preset channel is different than the process described for channels 1-25.
    Before loading a preset frequency for a channel, set the SQL OFF/ON rotary knob to ON.
    To load a frequency to a 26-30 preset channel:
    Set the Operational Mode dial to the CHG PRST position.
    Set the Frequency Mode dial to the PRST position
    Use the Channel Selector dial to select the preset channel (26 – 30) to edit.
    From the ARC-210 control head, press the XMIT/RCV SEND button to toggle between entering the transmitting frequency for the selected preset channel and the receiving one. This is indicated by either an XMT or RCV indication above the current frequency numeric.
    Use the five Frequency Selector knobs to select the desired frequency to set to the current preset channel.
    Press the top LSK button next to the LOAD indication on the display. This will save the assignment of the set frequency to the current preset channel.

    In addition to the unique LOAD and XMT/RCV indications on the display, there are several other common elements:
    Current Frequency
    Current Frequency Modulation
    Security Option
    Current Receiver-Transmitter
    Current preset channel
    Previous frequency
    These elements perform as indicated earlier.
    • Programable FMU-152 and DSU-33 Joint Programable Fuzes (JPF) with airburst effects.

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    Helmet-Mounted Cueing System (HMCS)
    The HMCS for the A-10C is a single monocle that covers the left eye to display a 20x26 degree field of view, full color display.
    Control Head
    The control head of the HMCS consists of a single switch with three positions:
    ON. Power to the HMCS.
    OFF. Remove power to the HMCS.
    BAT. Battery power to the HMCS and will operate the same as ON.


    HMCS Display
    The HMCS display is composed of symbology from both the HUD and TAD and displays information in 360 degrees around the pilot, except when symbology intersects with cockpit geometry and the HUD. In such a case, the HMCS automatically blanks.
    From the Options / Special Tab / A-10C, there should be options to project the HMCS in VR to:
    Right Eye
    Left Eye
    Both Eyes







    Pitch Ladder (HEL). The ladder lines are labeled in 5º increments of flight path angle and have tabs at each end pointing toward the horizon line. Dashed lines indicate negative flight path angles, and solid lines indicate positive flight path angles. The flight path ladder also indicates aircraft roll angles of 0º - 360º.
    Horizon Line. The horizon line is solid and indicates the horizon as seen through the HMCS.
    Aircraft Heading. The heading of the aircraft is displayed as a three-digit numeric of magnetic heading. This should duplicate the HUD aircraft heading.
    HMCS Heading. The line of sight heading of the HMCS as a three-digit magnetic heading.
    Airspeed. Airspeed is displayed as a 3-digit numeric. The airspeed range is 50 to 500 knots. A “T” is displayed to the right of the displayed value for true airspeed, a “G” for ground speed, or no letter for indicated airspeed. The power-on default is indicated airspeed. This should duplicate the HUD airspeed indication.
    Barometric Altitude. The altitude display is in feet and is displayed up to four digits. The barometric altitude range is 2,000 to 38,000 feet and is displayed to the nearest 10 feet. In NAV and Air-to-Air modes, the display is the uncorrected CADC barometric altitude. The displayed altitude in these modes should be the same as the cockpit altimeter. In GUNS, CCIP, and CCRP Modes, the displayed altitude is corrected by LASTE for installation errors, non-standard temperatures, and non-standard pressures.
    This should duplicate the HUD barometric altitude indication.
    G-Meter. The Digital G Meter provides an indication of aircraft load factor and is displayed at a fixed point in the top left corner of the HMCS. The G value is displayed to the nearest tenth of a G, and ranges from +9.9 to -9.9 G’s. If the aircraft load factor exceeds this limit, the displayed value is clamped at the limit. This should duplicate the G-Meter on the HUD.
    Radar Altitude. The radar altitude consist of 4 digits followed by an “R” and are located on the upper right of the HMCS below the barometric altitude. The numerics display altitude to the nearest 10 feet. If the Radar Altitude is invalid or above 5000’ AGL, the display is “XXXXR.”
    Helmet Designation Cue (HDC). The HDC acts as a slewable cursor on the HMCS that can be used to hook symbols. When set to boresight, it appears as a Maltese Cross. Once slewed with the cursor switch, it becomes a cross “+”. In most ways, the HDC on the HMCS operates the same as the TAD Cursor regarding symbol selection, setting as SPI, and setting as hookship. Note that the symbol is too large in the above image, and instead should be bold but fit within a PPLI symbol box.
    Waypoint / Steerpoint. This square symbol represents either a waypoint or steerpoint (selected waypoint); the only difference will be the color of the symbol. When it is a waypoint, it is colored green; when it is the steerpoint, it is colored yellow. Below the symbol, its label will be displayed in blue if the waypoint label option is set to ON.
    TGP Diamond. If there is a Targeting Pod (TGP) line of sight created, it is indicated on the HMCS as a green diamond. If in AA mode and the TGP is point tracking an aerial target, the diamond would indicate the location of the aircraft as seen through the HMCS.
    Flight Members PPLI. These are members of the A-10C flight you are assigned to according to your set network configuration page settings. In the center of the circle is the number of the aircraft within the flight as determined by your OWN ID setting. Below the circle, the numeric indicates the aircraft’s altitude in thousands of feet if the cursor is over the symbol.
    Donor PPLI. These are other aircraft on the SADL network but on a separate GROUP ID number. A dot is in the center of the circle and the aircraft’s altitude in thousands of feet is below if the cursor is over the symbol.
    Friendly PPLI. These are networked aircraft through Link 16 but are not SADL donors. This symbol is an open green circle. The aircraft’s altitude in thousands of feet is displayed below if the cursor is over the symbol.
    SPI. As on the TAD, the Sensor Point of Interest (SPI) is indicated as a white wedding cake symbol. When the SPI is within the HMCS field of view, the SPI lines generates from the SPI symbol toward the HDC. If the SPI symbol is outside the HMCS field of view, the SPI line generates from the HDC toward the SPI location.
    Mini-SPI. This is a blue two-tier wedding cake symbol with a white outline and indicates the SPI location or a donor aircraft. A sold, blue line is draw between this symbol and the donor aircraft symbol.
    Hookship. As with the TAD and HUD, the hookship container appears as a dashed-box on HMCS. When a symbol has been hooked, double-dashed lines extend from the HDC to the hoolship symbol. If the hooked symbol is outside the HMCS field of view, the symbol is clamped to the nearest side.
    SOI indicator. When the HMCS is set as the SOI, an asterisk is displayed centered on the left side of the display.
    Master Arm Indication. Based on the setting of the Master Arm Switch, this indicator may display ARM, SAFE, or SIM.
    TGP FoV dashed box. When the targeting pod is operational and in AG mode, a dashed polygon appears on the HMCS that outlines the field of view of the ground location of the TGP line of sight. If TGP video is selected, TGP video would be projected in this polygon.
    Ground unit EPLRS “X” symbols. Green crosses indicate friendly ground forces. Unit must be assigned an Enhanced Position Location Reporting System (EPLRS) radio to broadcast their location.
    Mark Point. The last mark point created is displayed on the HMCS as a green square with the alphanumeric letting of the mark point to the right. Only one mark point can be displayed at one time.
    Directed Target. The directed target from an offboard agency (such as a JTAC) is indicated as hollow, red triable.

    HMCS HOTAS Commands
    Stick
    DMS Forward = HMCS Brightness Increase
    DMS Aft = HMCS Brightness Decrease
    DMS Left Short = Right MFCD Video on HMCS
    DMS Left Long = HMCS On/Off
    DMS Right Long = Slave TGP to HMCS LOS
    TMS Forward Short = Hook Symbol Under Crosshair
    TMS Forward Long = Make Hooked HMCS Symbol SPI
    TMS Aft Short = Un-Hook Symbol
    TMS Aft Long = Reset SPI to current steerpoint
    TMS Right Short = Make Mark Point at HDC
    TMS Right Long = Make last Mark Point SPI
    Throttle
    Boat Switch Forward = TGP FLIR Black Hot
    Boat Switch Aft = TGP FLIR White Hot
    Boat Switch Center = TGP CCD
    China Hat Forward Short = FOV Change
    China Hat Aft Short = Recage HDC crosshair to center (Maltese cross)
    Slew Hat = Slew HDC
    Coolie Switch Up Short with HUD as SOI = HMCS as SOI (not sure about this)
    HMCS Setting STAT Page
    In addition to some HMCS settings being available through HOTAS functions, more settings are available through the second page of the STAT page. Below the EPLRS option, we will need to add a new LRU called HMCS. When selected, the following items should be available from the OSBs:
    OSB 6. RESET
    OSB 7. POWER
    OSB 18. TEST
    None of the above will be functional.
    The following will act as HMCS declutter options:
    OSB 2. HEL. Toggle ON and OFF the horizon line and pitch ladder
    OSB 3. HDG. Toggle ON and OFF aircraft and HMCS heading indications
    OSB 4. TGP. Toggle TGP polygon ON and OFF
    OSB 8. DATA. Toggle Link-16/SADL data ON and OFF
    OSB 9. FRND. Toggle friendly symbols ON and OFF

    Other HOTAS Changes
    Between the entertainment version of the A-10C and currently operational A-10Cs, there have been other HOTAS changes, in addition to the Maverick and HMCS:

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    Looks like someone just copied/pasted a document in a post...
    Pretty sure some yelling is going on now.

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    what about engine performance and drag? Hog drivers who tried DCS commented she felt underpowered.

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