After more than three years of active development, Aerges Engineering has announced the DCS: Mirage F1 is now available in Early Access.
The French-built Mirage F1 was in operation from the 1970s during the Cold War era. It was a capable all-weather interceptor, equipped with the Cyrano IV-M radar, air and ground modes and a variety of heat-seeking and radar-guided air-to-air missiles such as the AIM-9J, MATRA R550, and MATRA R530. The Mirage F1 is also a capable air-to-ground platform and can be equipped with unguided bombs and rockets.
The package from Aerges Engineering sports a professional flight model based on performance and engineering data of the real aircraft. High angle of attack and outside the flight envelope behaviour such as stalls and spins are also accurately modelled.
Other highlights include extensive and detailed simulation of all flight systems such as the flight control system, both in normal electro-hydraulic mode and in degraded modes.
The SNECMA Atar 9K-50 engine is accurately modelled and includes full envelope, damage, compressor stalls, flameouts and emergency modes. It also comes with fully modelled electrical, hydraulic and fuel systems.
A high-quality 3D model is based on blueprints and laser scans of a real Mirage F1. It includes various animations, lights, a damage model along with internal and external lighting. It also features custom sounds based on recordings from the real aircraft and liveries for the different countries that operated the aircraft.
An accurate 6-DOF (Degrees of Freedom) cockpit features detailed instruments and controls with a Navigation Indicator (IDN), an electromechanical 1970s era Thomson optical sight (a predecessor of present-day HUDs) and a Cyrano IV-M radar, etc. It also comes with interactive training and practice missions that will help you gain proficiency in operating the aircraft.
Other highlights include a variety of air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons, some of them not seen before in DCS:
- Short range IR missiles: MATRA R550 Magic I, AIM-9 J, AIM-9 JULI, AIM-9 B and AIM-9P.
- Medium range missiles: MATRA R530 IR and EM.
- Rocket launchers: MATRA F1 and F4.
- Anti runway Durandal and cluster Belouga bombs.
- SAMP family of bombs (both free fall and parachute equipped)
- Laser guided GBU-10, GBU-12 and GBU-16.
The Early Access version of the DCS: Mirage F1 is available on Eagle Dynamics' website for a limited time with a 20% discount of $63.99. As development continues, the other Mirage F1 versions planned including the EE, BE, and M.