The abbreviation DCS stands for Digital Combat Simulator and is a simulation by the Russian company Eagle Dynamics.
The software development studio based in Moscow began in 1995 with the simulation Su-27 Flanker. In 1999, the successor Flanker 2.0 was released. This was followed in 2003 by Lock On, which simulated several aircraft (F-15, A-10, Su-25, Su-27, Su-33 und Mig-29). However, the degree of realism was lower than in the predecessors. The add-on "Flaming Cliffs" added a very detailed simulation of the Su-25T.
At the end of 2008, Eagle Dynamics released the first part of the DCS series: DCS Black Shark. An extremely realistic standalone simulation of the Ka-50 helicopter. It was followed by DCS A-10C Warthog, another extremely detailed simulation, which has its origins in a desktop trainer developed for the American military. With this, numerous real A-10 pilots trained the changeover to modified cockpit instruments and weapon systems before they could sit in the real aircraft.
With "DCS World", a modular system was created, in which there is a uniform basis to which the most diverse content can be connected. An owner of Black Shark should be able to fly in the same environment as a player who has bought the A-10C, and even online with or against each other. This basis is the software DCS World. Without DCS World, the individual modules can no longer be installed and played today. In the meantime, numerous different modules have been added and more will follow.
These are not only Eagle Dynamics' own developments. Several partner companies have already developed and published modules for DCS World. ED attaches great importance to a quality standard.
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