DCS: F/A-18C Hornet – New Targeting Pod

Progress in the beta version of the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet is very slow. The multirole gig has been significantly augmented with the addition of a work in progress targeting pod. With the new virtual AA/ANQ-28 Litening Targeting Pod the armchair pilot can do better in ground attack missions, albeit the lack of air-to-air mode, INR tracking, additional HUD symbology, slave to target point, and other functions.

In the mission reported here, I go through training in the usage of laser guided bombs GBU-12 and the Litening pod. Based in the Al-Safran Air Base, the flight plan includes a training attack against static targets south of Alyhyali, an air to air refueling to keep the qualifications current and of course landing at Al-Safran.

The implementation of the Litening pod is very spartan. Because of the missing HUD symbology and slaving functions, finding targets can be challenging.

 

Setting up the GBU-12s has to be thorough, otherwise the lack of complete data will be evident for the virtual pilot by the absence of release cues in the HUD. Don't forget to set up the laser code and the fuses!

 

Although there is no "slave to waypoint" function, the SA mode can be of a lot of help because it shows the waypoints (circle nearby the center of the screen) and the position where the targeting pod is aiming to.

 

I do my bombings in auto mode (CCRP). There is a lot of controversy in the official forums regarding the apparent lack of laser-tracking by the GBUs. I wonder if everybody is holding the trigger down and actually firing the laser ...

In this training mission, I paid special attention to break after the release of the GBUs. I just don't like overflying a target area.

 

The targeting pod kept my target at its crosshairs even after the most violent breaks.

 

This is how the targeting pod's head keeps looking at a target while I break from the target area.

 

Consistent performance in a wide variety of altitudes and attitudes (somebody mentioned the use of a shallow dive, but I don't actually use it).

 

With my wings devoid of four GBU-12s, I join a tanker for the second part of the flight plan.

And then is back to Al-Safran airbase for a scenic evening landing.

 

What's your experience with the new targeting pod? Are you getting the bombs on target?

 

 

Cheers,

 

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