Following several years of of development, the Heatblur Simulations’ F-14 Tomcat for DCS World is now available on pre-order.
The package features an external and internal graphic model created using laser scanning and photogrammetry from real Tomcats at various museums, an accurate External Flight Model (EFM) verified by real F-14 pilots, a detailed simulation of the AN/AWG-9 and the ability to fly as a two-crew aircraft in multiplayer. A 6-DOF (Degrees of Freedom) cockpit has also been built using photogrammetry from the F-14 Tomcats preserved at museums. The complete F-14A and B Tomcat payload, including AIM-7, AIM-9 and AIM-54 air to air missiles, various dumb and guided air to ground munitions as well as the M61 Vulcan 20mm cannon will also be included.
•Key features of the Heatblur Simulations DCS F-14A/B Tomcat include:
• The Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS)
• Detailed electrical, hydraulic and fuel system
• Fully functional multiplayer two seat functionality
• JESTER AI: A new, lifelike AI that fills the role of RIO when flying single-player
• A limited functionality Iceman AI piloting the aircraft in single-player when switching to the rear cockpit
• Simulation of the AN/AWG-9 Weapons Control System (WCS)
• Simulation of the LANTIRN designator pod
• Fully functional Instrument Carrier Landing System
• Comprehensive digital manual
• A complete set of interactive and voiced tutorials
• Campaigns in the Caucasus and Persian Gulf theatres
* The F-14A and the TARPS pod will follow later during the Early Access period and the tutorials and campaigns will be implemented and expanded during this early access as well.
The DCS: F-14A/B is available on pre-order for a discounted price of $69.99. Regular price is $79.99.
Note: that some features may not be available immediately at Early Access.
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The Real Tomcat
Developed in the 1960s and 1970s, the F-14 Tomcat was a two-crew, variable geometry, maritime air superiority fighter that served with the US Navy for 32 years and continues to serve with the IRIAF in Iran. It was the US Navy’s frontline fighter from the 1970s until the mid-2000s. Over the course of its long service life it also became the US Navy’s premier precision ground-attack platform and lone airborne reconnaissance asset.
Features of the aircraft include a swing-wing configuration, a crew of two, and the AN/AWG-9 Weapons Control System (WCS) and radar. The AWG-9 allows employment of the AIM-54 Phoenix air to air missile while the LANTIRN pod allows the ability to carry out precision ground strikes using laser guided bombs. The F-14 Tomcat was present during many pivotal historic moments such as the two Gulf of Sidra incidents, Operation Desert storm in Iraq, the conflict in Yugoslavia, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was also immortalized in the iconic motion picture, Top Gun, and starred in several other feature films including The Final Countdown, Executive Decision, and others.
In addition, the Tomcat was also a vital player in the Iran-Iraq war during the 80s, flying for the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force which had acquired the F-14A from the US prior the Islamic Revolution of 1979.