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DCS F/A-18C Hornet, for when the legendary Warthog flight sim just isn’t hard enough

Carrier-based dogfights are coming to DCS World

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Eagle Dynamics, makers of the DCS World vehicle combat simulator and the legendary DCS A-10C Warthog flight simulator module, have announced their next product. It’s called DCS F/A-18C Hornet and it looks fantastic.

Eagle Dynamic’s Matt Wagner produced the video above, in which he called Hornet the first true sequel to Warthog. But it’s even more complicated than you might think. That’s because Hornet will be the DCS series’ first U.S.-made, multi-role attack aircraft.

That’s right, Lana. We’re headed to the Danger Zone.

Carrier-based dogfights come along with this fully-realized Hornet. Eagle Dynamics aims to model the U.S. Navy’s Lot 20 variant, right down to the computer-controlled stabilators and polycarbonate flaperons. The module will also include every conventional weapon compatible with the airframe, which first went into service in 1983.

“One of the big reasons we chose to do the Hornet was it’s vast array of different ordinance that I can deploy,” Wagner said in the video above. “We plan to include all weapons carried by U.S.-operated F/A-18Cs. This includes the AIM-9 series, including the AIM-9X, the AIM-7 series and the AIM-120 series for air-to-air combat. For air-to-surface, we plan all guided and un-guided weapons and several training versions.”

They’re even including the internal, 20 mm M61-M2 Vulcan cannon for when you’re too close for missiles. In fact, the only weapon that’s conspicuously absent is the B61 tactical nuclear bomb, but I’m sure modders will take care of that soon enough.

DCS F/A-18C Hornet does not yet have a release date.

For more on Eagle Dynamics, take a look at their recreation of the 1944 Normandy coast.