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Release Date: Nov 2, 2011

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“"DCS: Black Shark 2 is a massive upgrade to the original DCS: Black Shark simulation that retains everything that was good about the original."”
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“"I enjoy Game mode a lot, but I appreciate serious simulations first and foremost, and this is as serious as it gets. We haven’t seen a product this complex in more than a decade. Just when you thought that the hardcore simulation market was dead, along comes DCS Black Shark. If you were a fan of the legendary AH-64D Longbow and Longbow 2 from Jane’s Combat Simulations, you’ll find this is another instant helicopter classic that shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s very challenging but also very rewarding."”
89% – Armchair General

“"Black Shark harkens back to a not so long line of spectacular air combat simulations. There are plenty of air combat games and simulations out there, but the list of them that are truly spectacular is short, Black Shark can I feel be proudly counted as one of them. While it may not raise the bar per say, Black Shark is a solid air combat simulation game that many simulation aficionados have been waiting for."”
90% – Impulse Gamer

About This Content

DCS: Black Shark 2 is a simulation of the Russian Ka-50 "Black Shark" attack helicopter.

The "Black Shark" is a unique and deadly single-seat, Russian attack helicopter that has seen combat in the Northern Caucasus. It combines a high performance dual rotor system with a deadly weapons payload of guided missiles, rockets, bombs, and a 30mm cannon. The Ka-50 is also unique in that it has an ejection seat. Virtually every switch, button and dial functions in the cockpit and the advanced flight model provides an amazingly real sense of flight.

Key Features:

  • Highly-detailed six degrees of freedom cockpit with mouse-clickable controls.
  • Unrivalled flight physics system.
  • Realistic damage model and system failure cascade affect.
  • Detailed modeling and control of engine, fuel, hydraulics, electrical, navigation, radio, fire suppression, sensor, and weapon systems (casual game play modes also available).
  • Advanced weapon physics for missiles, rockets and cannon rounds including ricochets.

About the Ka-50 Black Shark


Ka-50 attack helicopter design
The Ka-50 helicopter is a high performance combat helicopter designed for daytime, good weather combat.

Extensive all-round armor installed in the cockpit protects the pilot against 12.7mm armor-piercing rounds and 23mm projectile fragments. The rotor blades are rated to withstand several hits of ground-based automatic weapons.

The Ka-50 is the world's first operational helicopter with a rescue ejection system, which allows the pilot to escape at all altitudes and speeds. The K-37-800 rocket-assisted ejection system is manufactured by the Zvezda Research and Production Enterprise Joint Stock Company in the Moscow region.

Weapons
A combination of various armaments to a maximum weapon load of two tons can be selected according to the mission, including anti-tank missiles, unguided aerial rockets of different calibers, air-to-air missiles, guns, bombs and other weapons.

The helicopter has small mid-mounted wings, fitted with four underwing suspension units and wingtip countermeasures pods. Up to 12 Vikhr supersonic anti-tank missiles can be mounted on the helicopter's two underwing external stores. The laserbeam-riding Vikhr missile is stated as having a target hit probability close to one, against a tank at a range of up to 8km, and the capability of penetrating all types of armor, including active armor up to 900mm thick.

The Ka-50 is armed with a 2A42 quick-firing 30mm gun, which has an unrestricted azimuth and elevation range mounting for use against airborne or ground targets. The gun is equipped with 460 rounds of ammunition: two types being carried, high-fragmentation and explosive incendiary rounds and armor-piercing rounds. The pilot selects the type of ammunition in flight. The weight of the ammunition is 0.39kg each round, the muzzle velocity is 980m/s and the range is up to 4km. The gun provides an angular firing accuracy of two to 4mrad.

Avionics
Flight systems include inertial navigation system (INS), autopilot and head-up display (HUD). Sensors include forward-looking optical system called the Shkval.

Countermeasures
The Ka-50 is fitted with flare dispensers.

Engines
The Ka-50 is powered by two TV3-117VMA turboshafts engines, each providing 2,200hp (1,660kW). The engines are placed on either side of the fuselage to enhance the combat survivability. The helicopter also has an auxiliary power unit (APU) for self-contained operation.

About DCS World


Digital Combat Simulator World (DCS World) is a free-to-play digital battlefield game, focusing on a military aircraft simulation. It includes a FREE Su-25T attack aircraft and it is extensible through additional DCS DLC that can be purchased here on Steam.

DCS World includes a vast mission area of the Caucasus region that encompasses much of Georgia - the location of the 2008 conflict. Additionally, DCS World includes:

Powerful mission and campaign editors
  • Multiplayer
  • Massive inventory of air, land and sea combat units and weapons
  • Advanced AI
  • Fast mission generator
  • Dynamic weather and seasons
  • Training missions
  • Mission replay system
  • Pilot log book

This all allows the creation of engaging, real-world combat missions in this flashpoint region. DCS is a true "sandbox" simulation that can and will cover multiple time periods covering many types of combat and civilian units. DCS World allows both realistic game play and more relaxed game play to suit the player.

DCS World includes a FREE Su-25T "Frogfoot" attack aircraft!

Current DCS DLC available here on Steam includes:
  • DCS: A-10C Warthog
  • DCS: Black Shark 2
  • DCS: P-51D Mustang
  • DCS: Combined Arms
  • Su-25: DCS Flaming Cliffs

System Requirements

    Minimum system requirements:
    OS 64-bit Windows 7/8/10; DirectX11; CPU: Core i5; RAM: 8 GB; Free hard disk space: 30 GB; Video: 2 GB RAM card, DirectX11 - compatible; requires internet activation.
    Recommended system requirements:
    OS 64-bit Windows 7/8/10; DirectX11; CPU: Core i7+; RAM: 16GB; Hard disk space: 30 GB; Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX780 / ATI R9 290 DirectX11 or better; Joystick; requires internet activation.
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Overall:
Positive (26 reviews)
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TGU.Boss \\ M460
Posted: April 1
La creme de la creme of DCS World.

Its a one of a kind in a kind of its own.

If you enjoy full blown Sims...That dont just fly..You want a piece of this.

ID call it The jewel of the crown.
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ibanezshredder
Posted: March 2
my first dcs module, paid full price, hated it. hours of crashing, fighting auto pilots/trim/hovering. so many things to learn took me hours to figure out. but, after lots of frustration and watching tutorials online I have become quite the KA-50 pilot. it's my favorite to fly.

keep in mind this is a professional flight module (PFM) meaning it's as real as flying the real thing. not recommended for your first pick to learn for sure. it's hard as hell. but, sooner the better I suppose.... lol
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Explosive Tomato
Posted: January 19
This is a fun, strong attack helicopter. It's solid, and can carrier a lot of stuff. This is arguably the best attack helicopter in the game and can easily out match any other CAS aircraft. It obviously isn't the fastest, since it can only go 300 km/h before its rortars rip off, but it can fire accuratley and carries a lot of weapons.
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mdoerner1
Posted: January 2
what dose it mean by seiral number because i bought it and now i cant play on dcs
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DieVideo
Posted: December 29, 2015
Simply awesome sim! If you are into sims, buy it.
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bibobabo
Posted: December 21, 2015
This is my first sim, so the hours I've put in it can tell you of this is a relatively easy or hard game if you are new or experienced in other sims.

At nearly 9 hours of practice, excluding the time took for reading the 300+ pages manual, I... kinda know what I'm doing when I'm flying. It ain't easy and I have not already faced a real threat, the trimmer and the auto-hover are already a threat themselves, but DAAAMMMMMNNN SON feels good riding this russian reaper. The 8-km-range-laser-guider Vihkr missiles will became your new best friends, and the 30mm automatic cannon will punish insurgents hard. Like a lot hard.

10/10 would get to the choppa again
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wF.Rain [YA]
Posted: December 1, 2015
Best helicopter simulation out there at the moment. Look no further.
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mordin86
Posted: November 2, 2015
Remember, this not your usual "dlc", its a full blown simulator of the Kamov. Before BS2 got integrated into the DCS World it was in fact a stand alone simulator.
Black Shark is not an easy helicopter to master, and you will have to read through the manual to become a good pilot. But once you get good at it you will be a real death incarnate.
Russian Kamov can deliver powerful strike with guided/unguided rockets, bombs and on board gun. It is equipped with helmet targeting system so it's best to fly with trackir for quick target designation.
Helicopter comes with usual DCS standard features like ultra realistic flight model, full working click-able cockpit, and detailed pdf book manual.
I spent months in BS1 and BS2 (off steam user) and I must say its the best combat helicopter simulator at the moment.
Recommended only for serious flight simmers. And yes - its worth the full price.
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greydemon37
Posted: September 28, 2015
Awesome heli
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WOLF-KINDLY
Posted: June 21, 2015
Blackshark 2 stop looking at the trailer and give DSC your money!! I was very hesitant to get this because of Mi8 but omg im soo ♥♥♥♥♥♥ i didnt get this first! this sim has training missions, a ton of campaigns! and its very easy to take off and land thats if youve been playing mi8 like me but forreal very easy helicopter sim! i got this game 4 days a go and im done with the 1st campange thats how good it is!!
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Spicer
Posted: June 12, 2015
had to wait like 2 weeks as i new steam summer sale was comming got love it. Its a huge challeng 10/10
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BillyTheKid
Posted: March 30, 2015
It is a like but I liked the first one also this one is harder to fly I find thus far but a very nice looking game and simulator. I was unable to hit tanks for a short time but after some advice from the form people and a little reading tanks are history and I am really liking this simulator now.
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Cocaine Squirrel
Posted: January 22, 2015
Yeah, I won't lie, dcs with music in the background is so relaxing
It's like a sunday walk
But in a helicopter
In a war zone...
If you havent spammed that add to cart button do so now, seriously. Give them your money, they give you hours of fun (ive got 100h+ on the multiplayer) best 9.99 i've ever spent (must have if its on sale)
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Muad'dib
Posted: January 14, 2015
I picked up The Ka-50 module on the advice of my brother-in-law, who also supplied me with his old flight stick.

My diary of play so far:

Hour 0-1: started engine using cheat, wobbled to Tarmac, achieved partial lift-off, crashed. Slowly achieved more altitude before crashing on subsequent flights.

Hours 1-5: Able to achieve flight on a regular basis. Heavy winds on the coast send me to my spiralling death. Trying to navigate with the ABRIS causes me send my Black Shark into an unintentional nosedive or tailspin and crash. Started to figure out how I want the flight stick profile laid out, but don't want to stop flying to actually lay out a new profile.

Hours 5-7: After spending 10 hours out of game flipping through the ~600 page manual and reading through forums on line, I've gained some understanding of how to use the trim and put it into practice during my flight time. I can now fly in a straight line and manoeuvre at low speeds.

Hours 7-10: created a simple mission to get some practice at flying and shooting. Subsequently get blown out of the sky by tanks or AAA. Discovered that strafing with the black shark requires splitting your brain into at least two parts to enable you to control the SHKVAL and the aircraft independently. Then get shot down by an APC or something.

I'm a little over 11 hours of flight time, but I can see myself putting many more into this game before I'm even semi-proficient. I think I have twice as many hours spent reading about the game than I do actually flying.

This is a great game for people who are serious about flying a combat helicopter. Or for people who love to research and learn about the game when they're not playing.

This isn't a great game for people looking to jump into the game and be an ace pilot in 10 minutes. Serious practice is required. It is also not a great game for people who are married with two or more kids.

My rating of DCS: Black Shark 2 - 10/10

My wife's rating of my Brother-in-law after getting me into this - 3/10
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M2 DOUBLE
Posted: January 12, 2015
Cannot recommend this game do to issues with Eagle Dynamics and their support of accounts.

http://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.php?t=100652&highlight=email+password
http://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.php?t=102748

They have a rash of issues with account authentication and instead of fixing it they are dealing with it one at a time. So you may have to wait 24 hours to a week or more to get the ability to play the game you have already registered and played on multiplayer.

And censorship in the Steam forums by moderators is a problem as in their own forum.

Directly from a moderator:

"Furthermore; if you have any questions regarding moderation of your posts, please contact a Moderator through the private messaging system, as public dicussion of administrative or moderator actions is against forum rules."

If you look, usually it is inaction that is being commented on; weeks of it.

Their mods run the steam forums the same way. Russian censorship!

In the Eagle forums these problems are an infestation.

They could fix most of these problems by simply putting a server in the EU or in the US. Many things are blocked coming into the US and they acknowledge that. But the problem lands on the customer and the literally one guy they pay to help!
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Fateweaver
Posted: November 4, 2014
its got best graphs and flies real slow 10/10
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Sleksa
Posted: October 24, 2014
Great module for DCS world, probably the hardest one to master as well but extremely rewarding once you get the hang of it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
Posted: December 21, 2015
This is my first sim, so the hours I've put in it can tell you of this is a relatively easy or hard game if you are new or experienced in other sims.

At nearly 9 hours of practice, excluding the time took for reading the 300+ pages manual, I... kinda know what I'm doing when I'm flying. It ain't easy and I have not already faced a real threat, the trimmer and the auto-hover are already a threat themselves, but DAAAMMMMMNNN SON feels good riding this russian reaper. The 8-km-range-laser-guider Vihkr missiles will became your new best friends, and the 30mm automatic cannon will punish insurgents hard. Like a lot hard.

10/10 would get to the choppa again
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: December 29, 2015
Simply awesome sim! If you are into sims, buy it.
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Recommended
Posted: December 1, 2015
Best helicopter simulation out there at the moment. Look no further.
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78 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: January 14, 2015
I picked up The Ka-50 module on the advice of my brother-in-law, who also supplied me with his old flight stick.

My diary of play so far:

Hour 0-1: started engine using cheat, wobbled to Tarmac, achieved partial lift-off, crashed. Slowly achieved more altitude before crashing on subsequent flights.

Hours 1-5: Able to achieve flight on a regular basis. Heavy winds on the coast send me to my spiralling death. Trying to navigate with the ABRIS causes me send my Black Shark into an unintentional nosedive or tailspin and crash. Started to figure out how I want the flight stick profile laid out, but don't want to stop flying to actually lay out a new profile.

Hours 5-7: After spending 10 hours out of game flipping through the ~600 page manual and reading through forums on line, I've gained some understanding of how to use the trim and put it into practice during my flight time. I can now fly in a straight line and manoeuvre at low speeds.

Hours 7-10: created a simple mission to get some practice at flying and shooting. Subsequently get blown out of the sky by tanks or AAA. Discovered that strafing with the black shark requires splitting your brain into at least two parts to enable you to control the SHKVAL and the aircraft independently. Then get shot down by an APC or something.

I'm a little over 11 hours of flight time, but I can see myself putting many more into this game before I'm even semi-proficient. I think I have twice as many hours spent reading about the game than I do actually flying.

This is a great game for people who are serious about flying a combat helicopter. Or for people who love to research and learn about the game when they're not playing.

This isn't a great game for people looking to jump into the game and be an ace pilot in 10 minutes. Serious practice is required. It is also not a great game for people who are married with two or more kids.

My rating of DCS: Black Shark 2 - 10/10

My wife's rating of my Brother-in-law after getting me into this - 3/10
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24 of 24 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: November 2, 2015
Remember, this not your usual "dlc", its a full blown simulator of the Kamov. Before BS2 got integrated into the DCS World it was in fact a stand alone simulator.
Black Shark is not an easy helicopter to master, and you will have to read through the manual to become a good pilot. But once you get good at it you will be a real death incarnate.
Russian Kamov can deliver powerful strike with guided/unguided rockets, bombs and on board gun. It is equipped with helmet targeting system so it's best to fly with trackir for quick target designation.
Helicopter comes with usual DCS standard features like ultra realistic flight model, full working click-able cockpit, and detailed pdf book manual.
I spent months in BS1 and BS2 (off steam user) and I must say its the best combat helicopter simulator at the moment.
Recommended only for serious flight simmers. And yes - its worth the full price.
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: October 24, 2014
Great module for DCS world, probably the hardest one to master as well but extremely rewarding once you get the hang of it.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: January 22, 2015
Yeah, I won't lie, dcs with music in the background is so relaxing
It's like a sunday walk
But in a helicopter
In a war zone...
If you havent spammed that add to cart button do so now, seriously. Give them your money, they give you hours of fun (ive got 100h+ on the multiplayer) best 9.99 i've ever spent (must have if its on sale)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: March 30, 2015
It is a like but I liked the first one also this one is harder to fly I find thus far but a very nice looking game and simulator. I was unable to hit tanks for a short time but after some advice from the form people and a little reading tanks are history and I am really liking this simulator now.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: June 21, 2015
Blackshark 2 stop looking at the trailer and give DSC your money!! I was very hesitant to get this because of Mi8 but omg im soo ♥♥♥♥♥♥ i didnt get this first! this sim has training missions, a ton of campaigns! and its very easy to take off and land thats if youve been playing mi8 like me but forreal very easy helicopter sim! i got this game 4 days a go and im done with the 1st campange thats how good it is!!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: June 12, 2015
had to wait like 2 weeks as i new steam summer sale was comming got love it. Its a huge challeng 10/10
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: September 28, 2015
Awesome heli
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5 of 22 people (23%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: November 4, 2014
its got best graphs and flies real slow 10/10
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Not Recommended
Posted: January 2
what dose it mean by seiral number because i bought it and now i cant play on dcs
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7 of 40 people (18%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: January 12, 2015
Cannot recommend this game do to issues with Eagle Dynamics and their support of accounts.

http://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.php?t=100652&highlight=email+password
http://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.php?t=102748

They have a rash of issues with account authentication and instead of fixing it they are dealing with it one at a time. So you may have to wait 24 hours to a week or more to get the ability to play the game you have already registered and played on multiplayer.

And censorship in the Steam forums by moderators is a problem as in their own forum.

Directly from a moderator:

"Furthermore; if you have any questions regarding moderation of your posts, please contact a Moderator through the private messaging system, as public dicussion of administrative or moderator actions is against forum rules."

If you look, usually it is inaction that is being commented on; weeks of it.

Their mods run the steam forums the same way. Russian censorship!

In the Eagle forums these problems are an infestation.

They could fix most of these problems by simply putting a server in the EU or in the US. Many things are blocked coming into the US and they acknowledge that. But the problem lands on the customer and the literally one guy they pay to help!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
Recommended
Posted: January 19
This is a fun, strong attack helicopter. It's solid, and can carrier a lot of stuff. This is arguably the best attack helicopter in the game and can easily out match any other CAS aircraft. It obviously isn't the fastest, since it can only go 300 km/h before its rortars rip off, but it can fire accuratley and carries a lot of weapons.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
Recommended
Posted: April 1
La creme de la creme of DCS World.

Its a one of a kind in a kind of its own.

If you enjoy full blown Sims...That dont just fly..You want a piece of this.

ID call it The jewel of the crown.
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Recommended
Posted: March 2
my first dcs module, paid full price, hated it. hours of crashing, fighting auto pilots/trim/hovering. so many things to learn took me hours to figure out. but, after lots of frustration and watching tutorials online I have become quite the KA-50 pilot. it's my favorite to fly.

keep in mind this is a professional flight module (PFM) meaning it's as real as flying the real thing. not recommended for your first pick to learn for sure. it's hard as hell. but, sooner the better I suppose.... lol
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