Launching 2 Saab RB-04E Anti-Shipping Missiles from the AJS-37 Viggen in DCS has to one of the most satisfying simulation experiences I have had in a long time.
The Viggen is from an age deep in the cold war.
The technical systems within the aircraft such as the radar are archaic compared to the modern kit we have these days. However, this is where the satisfaction comes from. Heatblur simulations that made this have done an exceptional job of capturing that era. When I sit in the cockpit in VR you can almost feel the chill of the time. Everything has that 1970’s early 80’s feel to it. It reminds of cockpits I sat in at air shows when I was a kid.
The challenge of working these systems and then getting it right is a joy. You have to input codes by pressing fat buttons to a flickering series of numbers that remind me of the Apollo age. The eerie green glow from the radar that bathes the cockpit in this light while you lean in to try and pick up a black dot on the radar return is thrilling while you’re running in on an attack run.
This really is one of those aircraft that you have to learn in small increments and I have to say as you may have already guessed I am enjoying it immensely.
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