F-4 Phantom

By Heatblur Simulations for DCS World™

The Legend Returns

Welcome to the DCS F-4E Phantom II by Heatblur Simulations. Built upon countless hours of intense development and research work, our recreation of the F-4 Phantom is the most in-depth recreation of this legendary aircraft ever made. Climb into the cockpit of the beast and announce yourself with thunder, as you experience the thrill of riding a primeval spirit.

Ghost and Thunder

The Heatblur Simulations F-4E Phantom II is the culmination of over 2 years of intense development, preceded by countless hours of research and built with our next-gen technology that brings many new features, leaning on all the know-how gained from our previous modules. DCS: F-4 represents some of the most immersive cold war fighter jet simulation available. Climb into the cockpit of this beast and announce yourself with thunder, as you experience the thrill of riding a primeval spirit.

Phabulous Phantom

DCS: F-4 includes, and models, both the DMAS and non-DMAS equipped F-4E Phantom II variants using the powerful J-79 engines. It utilizes our next-gen components based simulation framework - the aircraft is simulated as a connection of thousands of individual components. From an instrument needle to control surfaces, each component influences the state of the aircraft and even comes with its own wear and tear. Enjoy in depth fluids and electric simulations, a dynamic flight model and many new “firsts” in DCS, when flying and fighting in the F-4!  

the Guy in the Back

With the DCS F-4 we are introducing JESTER 2.0 - a completely rebuilt and redesigned JESTER AI to help you as your WSO, with improved and updated intelligence, a new interface and new immersive features, like pro-actively asking you questions depending on the situation - changing his behavior based on your answers. Teamwork is key in the Phantom. With JESTER 2.0 you will be able to not only enjoy this multiseat fighter in multiplayer with a friend, but also in singleplayer on your own.  

What to expect from the pre-order

Below you will find the 4 different versions available to pre-order.

*Physical Items such as shirts and vinyls will ship by end of February 2024

The DCS F-4E Phantom II is slated to release into Early Access Winter 2023/2024. As we approach completion of the project, we will publish a more precise date, and we will keep you informed about the state of development all up to and throughout release.

The different editions

standard

  • Lone Wolf or Crew Pack

limited

  • Lone Wolf or Crew Pack
  • 1 Shirt

collectors

  • Lone Wolf or Crew Pack
  • 1 Shirt
  • F-4 Vinyl "Of ghosts and thunder"

Founders

  • Lone Wolf or Crew Pack
  • 1 Shirt
  • F-4 Vinyl "Of ghosts and thunder"
  • F-14 Vinyl "defender of the fleet"

A look at the contents

Module Versions

Lone WOLf

FOR THOSE WHO ONLY WANT 1 LICENSE.

CREW PACK

INCLUDES 2 LICENSES IF YOU HAVE SOMEONE SPECIAL TO FLY WITH YOU.
THIS PACK INCLUDES 2 STANDALONE LICENSES AT A DISCOUNTED PRICE

Vinyls

of ghosts and thunder

The F-4E original soundtrack “Of Ghosts and Thunder” by Meteor is available now for a limited time only.

MOre details

defender of the fleet

Originally released as a pre-order alongside the DCS: F-14 Tomcat module and now back for another limited run!

more details

SHIRTS

Shirts will be made from Sol's Imperial 190 gsm.

Shock Cone Navy

shock Cone Black

shock Cone WHITE

Phantom line black

Phantom line White

Tomcat line black

Viggen line BLACK

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Please note that the DCS: F-4 Phantom license key will only be redeemable at the time of Early Access launch.
Customers will be notified by email when activation is ready. Thank you!

*Physical items such as shirts and vinyls ordered prior to 2/1/2024 will ship by end of February 2024.
Orders placed after 2/1/2024 will ship by end of April 2024.

Our F-4E Phantom represents the culmination of years of hard work and research, to recreate this legendary aircraft in the highest detail and fidelity possible. DCS: F-4E brings this cold-war legend to the skies of DCS, so strap in and prepare for a wild ride.


About the F-4E Phantom II

The F-4 Phantom II is an American two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor and fighter-bomber originally developed by McDonnell Aircraft for the United States Navy. After entering service with the Navy in 1961, it became adopted by the United States Marine Corps and United States Air Force. Due to its high adaptability, versatility and for its time unparalleled capabilities, it quickly turned into the main workhorse for all 3 branches and spread beyond the borders of the United States, going on to serve and protect 12 nations across the world, with Phantoms being operated even today. Its production ran from 1958 to 1981, and with nigh 5200 Phantoms built, it became the most produced supersonic US military aircraft in the history, solidifying its place as one of the most recognizable and well known aircraft of the cold war era. 

It truly was one of the most iconic aircraft to ever grace the skies, a phabulous aircraft that at its time had unrivaled power and capability. It instilled a sense of wonder and awe, a beast that announced itself only with thunder. Unmatched in character and impression it was without equal, from the first time it took to the skies. A primeval spirit in aircraft form, it delivered shock and awe that rattled to the core and protected many nations across the globe. While both an interceptor and potent air to air fighter, it proved its multirole capabilities as a true air to ground workhorse, and packed a serious punch. This unprecedented mission agility was reason enough for its lifetime to span well over six decades, continuing even today, and will translate to our rendition of this aircraft, as you fly and utilize a wide variety of weaponry across a broad spectrum of mission content.

Outstanding features of the aircraft are the powerful J-79 twin engines with a dry thrust of 23,810 lbf and a max afterburner thrust of 35,690 lbf, a crew of two, the powerful AN/APQ-120 Radar, the Digital Scan Converter Group (DSCG), the Weapons Release Computer Set (WRCS), the Aircraft Weapons Release Unit (AWRU) and an Altitude Reference and Bombing Computer Set (ARBCS). The DSCG version of the F-4E also comes with the AN/AVQ-23 Pave Spike targeting pod, allowing for precision strikes and the (self-)employment of laser guided ammunition. Additionally the F-4E can carry the AGM-65 Maverick, a wide array of iron and both TV and laser guided bombs, as well as the capability to carry out Wild Weasel (SEAD) tasks in a limited capacity with the AGM-45A Shrike. 


Unlike previous Phantom variants, the -E comes equipped with an integrated M61 Vulcan cannon that can be used both in an air to ground and air to air role and an optical sight that allows for lead computing optical sighting (LCOS) in air to air - as well as the ability to carry additional Vulcan cannon pods. It can protect itself with the ALR-46 Radar Warning Receiver, the AN/ALE-40 countermeasures suite, the AN/ALQ-131 ECM pod, KY-28 encryption equipment and employed a range of early to modern era AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-7 Sparrow missiles for aerial combat that can be employed also through additional specialized CAGED and computer automatic acquisition (CAA) modes.

The Heatblur Simulations F-4E Phantom II aims to simulate this iconic aircraft as a high-fidelity module for DCS, being the culmination of several years of research, coding and modeling.

Special points of consideration amongst the many features are the external and internal graphic model created using laser scanning and photogrammetry from real Phantoms at various museums, the detailed External Flight Model (EFM) developed over the past several years and verified by real F-4 pilots and WSOs, the detailed modeling of the AN/APQ-120 radar and the various systems on board and the ability to fly as a two-crew aircraft in multiplayer, as well as the proprietary JESTER-AI helping you as your AI-WSO in singleplayer.

 

Key features of the Heatblur Simulations DCS F-4E Phantom include:

  • 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, built using laser scanning and photogrammetry taken of real F-4 Phantoms across the globe.

  • New models for some of the F-4 Phantom payloads, such as the AGM-45 Shrike, the AGM-12 Bullpup, the AGM-62 Walleye I and AN/AVQ-23 Pave Spike targeting pod.

  • Highly detailed and accurate 6-DOF (Degrees of Freedom) cockpit 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, and later during early access a full character customization system, allowing 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, simulating sources, current and consumption accurately, including realistic circuits and power draw for every connected device.

  • Detailed Hydraulic System, simulating the flow of hydraulic liquid that ultimately moves the hydraulics which in return 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 behavior according to their mass and properties.
  • Fully functional multiplayer two seat functionality allowing a pilot to carry another player functioning as the Weapon Systems Officer, WSO.

  • JESTER AI 2.0: Our new and improved lifelike AI that fills the role of the WSO when flying single-player or multiplayer without a human WSO, with now expanded 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, allowing you to do pre-flight checks on your aircraft.

  • A new versatile set of UI features, that allows for live in-cockpit browsing 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: 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, such as advanced overwing vapors, new procedural animation systems, and more.

  • Detailed and highly accurate simulation of the AN/APQ-120 Radar.

  • Detailed and highly accurate simulation of the ALR-46 RWR.

  • A detailed simulation of the AN/AVQ-23 Pave Spike targeting pod, allowing the WSO to guide laser guided munitions dropped by the pilot or other aircraft (buddy-lasing).

  • Comprehensive digital manual, both as a PDF and as a continually updated online manual, 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 this early access as well.