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Release Date: Apr 30, 2013
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The UH-1 Huey is one of the most iconic and recognizable helicopters in the world. Having served extensively as a transport and armed combat support helicopter in the Vietnam War, the Huey continues to perform a wide variety of military and civilian missions around the world today.

"DCS: UH-1H Huey" will feature the same incredible level of modelling detail as the existing Ka-50 Black Shark, A-10C Warthog and P-51D Mustang DCS aircraft and it will be online compatible with them. Working in close partnership with actual UH-1H operators and experts, The Fighter Collection and Belsimtek have leveraged their unique skills and experience to provide the most dynamic and true to life conventional helicopter experience available on the PC.

Key Features of "DCS: UH-1H Huey" include:

  • Unmatched flight physics providing the most realistic and dynamic conventional helicopter experience on the PC.
  • Multiple player positions, including pilot, co-pilot, and door gunner.
  • Accurate and highly detailed 3D cockpit featuring six-degrees-of-freedom technology.
  • Interactive cockpit controls that allow you to operate the systems using the mouse.
  • Highly detailed UH-1H external 3D model, liveries, and weapons.
  • Realistic modelling of the UH-1H instruments, weapons, engine, radios, fuel, electrical, and hydraulic systems.
  • Accurate and engaging audio environment based on actual UH-1H sound recordings.
  • Developed in close cooperation with real UH-1H operators.
  • Missions that include transport and combat support operations.
  • Training that includes interactive and video lessons.
  • Multiplayer coop mode for crew members of the same helicopter under development for a later update.

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!

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

System Requirements

    • OS:64-bit: Windows Vista, 7 or 8
    • Processor:Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
    • Memory:6 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB RAM card
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:10 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c - compatible
    • Additional:Requires internet activation.
    • OS:64-bit: Windows Vista, 7 or 8
    • Processor:Core i5+
    • Memory:8 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Shader 3.0 or better; NVIDIA GeForce GTX560 / ATI 6950 DirectX 9.0c or better
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:10 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c - compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Requires internet activation.
Helpful customer reviews
44 of 45 people (98%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 17
Quite simply the most authentic and amazing helicopter simulation ever released on PC.

Understand that this is a simulation in the truest sense of the word, not a mere video game. If you're looking for blast 'em up action you should go elsewhere, because you'll find this product slow and frustrating. If, on the other hand, you'd like to learn how to fly a Bell UH-1H from a product certified by the helicopter manufacturer (the simulation carries an official Bell product number), then welcome to your new addiction.

A few pieces of advice, if I may. First, do not try to "do it all at once." Take it slow and accept that you're going to be wobbling around like a newborn foal for your first few hours of flight. Don't get in a hurry. Fly for an hour a day, learn gradually, and you'll be much happier. Those high speed approaches and combat landings you see in the movies are flown by professional pilots with thousands of hours of stick time, usually in type. You CANNOT do that, and you won't be able to for a very long time. It'll take you about 10 to 20 hours behind the stick before you can confidently set the helicopter down safely and more or less where you want it -- and that's with a slow approach.

Learning to do it well, repeatedly, and without error is much of the fun in this game. Everything is modeled with extraordinary precision. This is the first sim I've ever seen that gets retreating blade stall correct (basically it pulls to port at high speed) and models vortex ring state as a dynamic, recoverable event. This is a manually controlled, non-fly-by-wire aircraft designed in the middle of the last century. It is primitive and cranky, sometimes doing things for no readily apparent reason. It is a pilot's aircraft which requires both a delicate touch and firm hand to fly well. If you don't take charge of the aircraft, it will kill you without hesitation.

Remember that the Huey is primarily a transport helicopter. Gunship is an ad hoc role for this bird. Sure it can be fun to fly a support mission, dumping rockets and minigun streams all over the enemy while taking small arms fire, but that is not the Huey's reason for existence. Try flying a high-speed, low altitude (<200 ft AGL) insertion along a river bed, pop up to a hill to drop off a four man LRRP team, then egress at high speed back to base. Just keeping the helicopter in control at maximum speed and minimum altitude will have your palms sweating, (N.B. - Do not try this your first or even your tenth time out of the barn. Make sure you've thoroughly digested all of the basics and know the bird very well before you go all Howling Mad Murdock on it.)

For your first few hours, spend time tweaking your controller curves. It is absolutely IMPERATIVE that you get your curves set properly or you'll find it impossible to control the aircraft with any degree of predictability during missions. I recommend this as a starting point: Cyclic, 7% dead zone, quick curve up to a 70% saturation on both x and y axes. Collective and anti-rotation linear, 100% saturation. Tweak that according to your individual controllers' quirks. Note that you will need stick, throttle and pedals to fly this simulation. It doesn't have to be anything fancy. I have a thousand bucks worth of sim gear sitting in the corner, but I prefer to fly this one with a $20 Logitech Attack 3, a Saitek Throttle Quadrant and CH Pro Pedals. You must be able to manipulate all three controls simultaneously from muscle memory in order to fly smoothly. The keyboard and mouse ain't gonna cut it here. A final note on controls: force trim is your friend. It works a little differently here than in a real helicopter; here it acts to re-map your current cyclic input position to neutral center on the stick, more like airplane trimming. You should constantly be force trimming as you fly. That's the secret to smooth and level flight in this simulation. Don't forget to release all force trim on final approach; I go neutral at about 100 feet and 30 knots. You'll need true neutral stick for the delicate maneuvering during landing as you go back into ground effect.

For other HID stuff, I also recommend Track IR and Nvidia Surround with three monitors; both are supported perfectly in the game and add tremendously to both immersion and aircraft feedback. Remember that you are attempting to pilot a type of aircraft that is notoriously difficult to control and you're doing it without the single most important instrument for any helo pilot, the Mk I BSC, or Butt-Seat Connection. Anything you can do which helps you "feel" the bird will improve your ability to control the simulation.

Finally, I suggest you always do ramp starts for missions (not when initially setting up your curves; use instant free flight for that). Why ramp start? Because it puts you "in the zone." After you get the patterns down, you can go from a cold bird to ready-to-taxi in about two minutes. While you're doing that (flipping switches, setting dials, talking to ATC) it puts your head in the right place -- inside a helicopter cockpit. Not mowing the yard or feeding the dog or dickering with the wife. You're about to do something which requires intense concentration, and going through the start up focuses you in on that task. I guarantee you'll fly more smoothly after a start up and taxi than you will if you just jump into a hot bird on the strip.

I started playing flight simulations on an Apple ][ in 1982. It's not much of an exaggeration to say I've played pretty well every sim released since that time, and this is without a doubt the most realistic of them all. Don't let the "seriousness" scare you off, though. This is really a FUN simulator. If you've an interest in the subject material, as do most people who grew up during the Vietnam era, it's worth every single penny and then some. On my experience with this package alone, I will be buying everything produced by Belsimtek for DCS World. It's that good.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 4
The helicopter responds the way you think a real UH-1H would, with the shaking of the dashboard and the smooth turning along with an emersive sound system and a fully functional cockpit with everything clickable aswell as a highly realistic damage model. My only complaints are the door gunner system, its very insensative and the was to move them is slow and sluggish, the trees and buildings are no-collide and as with any DCS module, gameplay is stale after a few hours in game which is a problem especially considering the hefty price tag. Besides that, I truly recommend this for any person a fan of classic war-time helicopters and want an experience at a dangerous real to life CAS role.

TL;DR: 8/10, if its on sale pick it up if you love simulators and helicopters
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 6
If you are into authentic flight simulators than this is an amazing helicopter to pilot. You will have to train properly in order to fly it but once you do it's a joy. I highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 14
This chopper gets my ♥♥♥♥ hard for America
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 17
This is without doubt the most authentic Helicopter simulator for PC, excluding Black Shark which is quite a different experience. If you want the raw difficulty that comes with learning to fly a helicopter without numerous stabilisation options, autopilots and everything else that flies for you, then give this a go.

I would say that a 'reasonable' joystick with the most basic throttle is an absolute must, don't even bother if you haven't got that. TrackIR boosts the experience but isn't totally essential. If you have 100 pounds burning through your pocket then a set of rudder pedals will further heighten your experience. If you struggle to hover, then you likely need a better joystick.

On the negative side, DCS can cause a lot of frustration with various bugs. I would recommend patience however as you won't find anything like this anywhere else, things like 'take on helicopters' don't even compare. Things like troop drops with no troops in your helicopter is rather immersion breaking, hopefully things like this can be improved in the future. Their mass is considered though, which you can really feel.

If you think this expensive, then you might consider the level of research which must have been conducted to create such an authentic experience. Not to mention that this is a very niche market and profits aren't going to be amazing.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 19
Yep, it's true. Best of the best so far. If you are a passionate aviator you'll understand when you lift that beauty up for the first time.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 4
Huey is a brilliant aircraft for DCS. It's so easy to learn, the only thing that's hard about it is hovering. The cockpit is brilliantly modeled and it's a dream to fly if you don't want to get anywhere fast :)
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