JDAM added for the F-16C Viper

DCS Update 2.7.2, in addition to Cyprus, has brought many more useful things.

Since I'm an F-16C lover, let's take a look at the updates related to the F-16:

  • Added JDAM GBU-31 and GBU-38
  • Added new pitot model implementation (Correct KIAS, KCAS, altitude calculation).
  • Cockpit Engine and Aural Feedback sound update
  • MK-82 AIR high drag explode behind aircraft - Fixed
  • CCIP aiming mark still visible after all A-G stores are gone - Fixed
  • Wrong MFD page when switching to A-A mode - Fixed
  • Pressing SEQ on INS page will trigger IFA despite knob set to NAV - Fixed
  • SLANT range missing in HUD in A/G - Fixed
  • HARM - Selecting DL on HAS option powers off weapon - Fixed
  • Updated english Early Access Guide

The most important in my opinion is the possibility of finally playing with JDAM.

The JDAM (for Joint Direct Attack Munition) is not a bomb, it is a guidance kit that converts unguided bombs into guided bombs. The bombs equipped with JDAM are guided by an inertial guidance system coupled to a Global Positioning System (GPS), which gives them increased precision, especially when weather conditions reduce the effectiveness of laser guidance, and giving them a range of up to 15 nautical miles.

When installed on a bomb, the JDAM kit receives a GBU (Guided Bomb Unit) nomenclature instead of Mark or BLU.

For now, in DCS, the F16 can embed GBU31 and GBU38. We can bet that in a few years, the F-16 will be able to embark JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile) which will be able to look for targets ... when the radar jamming is correctly modeled.