Deka Ironwork Simulations’ DCS: JF-17 Thunder

A new lightweight, single engine, multi-role combat aircraft for DCS World

Back in early 2017, Deka Ironwork Simulations started teasing a module in development for DCS World – the JF-17 Thunder. Over the ensuing two years, further development tidbits were shown that proved Deka intended to field a serious, study-level module for DCS World and enthusiasm for the project rippled outward. Deka had already shown its modelling prowess by collaborating with Eagle Dynamics (developer of DCS World) to release its China Asset Pack which introduced the J-11A (based on a modified Su-27), ships, missiles and other China-specific military hardware. The China Asset Pack became part of the core DCS World. In early December 2019, Deka released the JF-17 into Early Access and though the module wasn’t ‘hyped’ to levels we’ve seen before from other developers, the JF-17 has been roundly praised for its completeness and quality even while marching under the somewhat nebulous banner of Early Access.

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