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Heatblur Simulations Release F-4E Phantom II for DCS

The mighty F-4E Phantom II by Heatblur Simulations is now available for DCS.

Heatblur Simulations has released the long-awaited F-4E Phantom II in early access for Digital Combat Simulator World.

The F-4 Phantom II is a legendary American jet fighter designed by McDonnell Aircraft for the United States Navy and first flown in 1958. It became one of the most versatile and widely used fighter jets in the world, serving in various roles such as interceptor, fighter-bomber, and reconnaissance aircraft. The F-4 is renowned for its speed, capable of reaching over Mach 2 and was one of the first fighters capable of simultaneously carrying missiles and bombs. The F-4 Phantom II saw extensive combat during the Vietnam War, the Iran-Iraq War, the Cold War and the Gulf War and was instrumental in air superiority missions and ground support roles.

The F-4 was operated by several nations, including the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Iran and Israel, among others. Many of these countries have continued to operate upgraded versions of the Phantom well into the 21st century.

You can purchase Heatblur Simulations’ F-4E Phantom II for $79.99 in early access from the Heatblur Simulations store here.


  • The simulation of both the DSCG and DMAS equipped -E variants, the DMAS version following later during the Early Access period.
  • Highly detailed external model that is built using laser scanning and photogrammetry taken of real F-4 Phantoms across the globe.
  • New weapon models for some of the F-4 Phantom payloads like the AGM-45 Shrike, the AGM-12 Bullpup, the AGM-62 Walleye, and the AN/AVQ-23 Pave Spike targeting pod.
  • Highly detailed and accurate 6-DOF (Degrees of Freedom) cockpit that is also built using photogrammetry from the F-4 Phantoms preserved at museums, including Heatblur FORGE elements to be added later during Early Access.
  • Highly detailed and accurate pilot and WSO models that will eventually match the many liveries and different nations. Later, during early access, a full character customization system will allow you to customize your pilot and pick and match various equipment to stylize your crew.
  • Highly accurate, F-4 pilot and WSO verified, External Flight Model (EFM) based on real performance data.
  • Accurate aircraft systems simulation featuring:
    • The Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS).
    • Detailed electrical system that accurately simulates sources, current, and consumption. It includes realistic circuits and power draws for every connected device.
    • Detailed Hydraulic System that simulates the flow of hydraulic liquid. This ultimately moves the hydraulics which in turn move the various flight surfaces, etc.
    • Detailed and accurate oil and fuel system. 
    • Mass-based physics system, allowing for unprecedented simulation of moving surfaces, with realistic behaviour according to their mass and properties.
  • Fully functional multi-crew that allows a two-seat functionality in multiplayer. This allows a player as a pilot to team up with another player as the Weapon Systems Officer, WSO.
  • JESTER AI 2.0: Heablur’s new and improved lifelike AI that fills the role of the WSO when flying in single-player or multiplayer without a human WSO. JESTER AI 2.0 expands functionality, dialogue options, and more.
  • A simulated Crew Chief for a more immersive and complete startup procedure.
  • Later during early access, a brand new walkaround mode allows you to do pre-flight checks on your aircraft.
  • A new versatile set of UI features that allows for live in-cockpit viewing of the manual and the ability to interact with the various settings and options pertaining to your mission and flight. This feature will be continually expanded during Early Access.
  • Introducing Heatblur Interactive Tooltips that provide the ability to click on a switch and be directly taken to the relevant manual part without ever leaving your cockpit. 
  • New and improved effects like advanced overwing vapours, new procedural animation systems, and more.
  • Detailed and highly accurate simulations of the AN/APQ-120 radar and ALR-46 RWR.
  • A detailed simulation of the AN/AVQ-23 Pave Spike targeting pod that allows the WSO to guide laser-guided munitions dropped by the pilot or other aircraft (buddy-lasing).
  • A comprehensive digital manual, both as a PDF and as a continually updated online manual. It is directly accessible from within the cockpit at any time via Interactive Tooltips and/or the EBAG.
  • A complete set of interactive and voiced tutorials.
  • A comprehensive set of missions and campaigns to be gradually released during Early Access and beyond.
  • NOTE: Some features may not be available immediately at Early Access. The later F-4E DMAS-equipped variant, including Pave Tack and TISEO, will follow during the Early Access period and the tutorials and campaigns will be implemented and expanded during Early Access as well. 
  • Free disk space is required: 8 GB
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