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DCS: Warthog A-10 Flight Manual

DCS: Warthog A-10 Flight Manual

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Published by Tim Morgan
The manual for Eagle Dynamic's DCS: Warthog. Six hundred fifty pages.
The manual for Eagle Dynamic's DCS: Warthog. Six hundred fifty pages.

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The A-10C is equipped with the Situational Awareness Datalink (SADL) such that it can communicate
with friendly forces and be more aware of hostile forces in the operating area. When enabled with
the JTRS switch on the AHCP and the OWN and GROUP network (NET) identification is set up
properly, the following symbols can be displayed on the TAD.

Figure 236. TAD Datalink Symbols

Flight Members. These are members of the A-10C flight you are assigned to according
to your set network configuration page settings. In the center of the circle is the number of the
aircraft within the flight as determined by your OWN ID setting. Below the circle, the numeric

indicates the aircraft‘s altitude in thousands of feet.

5

7

2

1

6

4

3

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Friendly SADL Networked Members. These are other aircraft on the SADL network
but on a separate GROUP ID number. A dot is in the center of the circle and the aircraft‘s altitude in
thousands of feet is below.

Hostile Aircraft. Hostile aircraft are indicated as red triangles with flight vector lines.
The aircraft‘s altitude is below the icon in thousands of feet.

Hostile Air Defense Forces. Red diamonds indicate hostile air defense forces. If
there is a number in the center of the diamond, it is an indication of the air defense system
identification. Please consult the Countermeasures System chapter for details of threat
identifications.

Friendly Ground Forces. Green crosses indicate friendly ground forces.

In addition to the unit symbols, other TAD SADL graphics are visible in relation to datalink operations:
1. SPI Broadcast. When broadcasting your SPI to friendly forces, this field will be lit in
reverse video. When broadcasting your SPI, other SADL equipped units will see your SPI on
their displays as a Mini-SPI and a blue line connecting your aircraft icon to your Mini-SPI. If
you are flying in a multiplayer mission and wish to send your SPI to other friendly aircraft,
you must set SPI to ON using the DMS Left Long HOTAS command.
2. Mini-SPI. When a SADL equipped unit is broadcasting its SPI across the SADL network, it
will appear to other SADL equipped units as a Mini-SPI symbol. This symbol looks like the
standard SPI symbol but with one less tier. Connecting this symbol to the broadcast aircraft
is a blue line.
3. NET. Pressing OSB 10 will display the SADL Network Configuration page that will allow you
to set your OWN and GROUP numbers. On the left side of the page is the OSB to enter
your callsign. Using either the UFC or CDU keypads, enter a four digit call sign and then
press OSB 17. Once pressed, the entered callsign will appear. On the right side is the
OWN ID. Here you can enter your ownship ID in the selected group for your aircraft. This
number will default to the lowest number available in the selected group network. You can
also manually enter their ownship ID. However, if you enter an ID already used, you will
get a CICU error. Valid entry is 1 to 99. Also on the right side is the GROUP (GRP) ID.
This allows you to select the network group that your selected ownship will be part of.
Valid entry is 1 to 99.

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Figure 237. TAD Network Configuration Page

During the course of a mission, you may get mission tasking from a Joint Terminal Attack
Controller (JTAC) or another SADL-equipped aircraft that will provide you tasking against a
ground target. The following displays and symbols are in regards to such tasking.
4. Assigned Target. When you receive a target assignment, this red triangle symbol with a
dot in the center will appear at the location of the assigned target on the TAD. As with
other symbols, you may hook it for detailed data about the target. The appearance of this
symbol will coincide with the ATTACK message at the top of the screen. Once received,
you can either reply with a CNTCO or WILCO response. The symbol with flash until you
respond.

5. Attack Tasking Message Received. Upon receiving a JTAC target assignment, the
ATTACK message will appear and flash at the top of the screen until you respond with a
CNTCO or WILCO response. Once responded to, the message will disappear.
6. Cannot Comply Response to Tasking. If you cannot comply (CNTCO) with the target
assignment, pressing OSB 7 will clear the Assigned Target symbol and ATTACK message
from the TAD.

7. Wilco Response to Tasking. If you decide to accept the Target Assignment, press OSB
19 and the Assigned Target symbol will stop flashing and become solid and the ATTACK
message will be removed.
You can receive multiple Target Assignments in this manner.

When you receive a new tasking assignment, a NEW TASKING message will appear on both MFCD
regardless of the current page. To remove the message, press TMS Left Short. A new tasking will be
from the JTAC in the form of a digital 9-lne briefing. After you receive the "Point" message from the
JTAC, you will get a New Tasking message on the two MFCDs. At the same time, you can view the
Message (MSG) page to view the 9-line and a red triangle will be on the TAD at the location of the
target. Because this is a TAD object, it can be hooked and be made your SPI.
If you accept the tasking, press WILCO (OSB 19), or press CNTCO (OSB 7) to decline.

OWN ID Number

GROUP ID Number

Enter Callsign

Return to TAD Page

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Figure 238. New Tasking Message

Tasking targets to other SADL Aircraft. In addition to receiving Target Assignments from JTAC
and other SADL-equipped aircraft, you can also assign targets to other SADL-equipped aircraft. This
is done through a combination of using the SPI and active hooking. To create a Target Assignment:
Actively hook the SADL-equipped aircraft you wish to send the Target Assignment to and
press the SEND OSB. Upon doing so, the network identification (XX-XX) of the hooked
aircraft appears below the SEND label.

Set the SPI to the location of the TAD symbol that you wish to assign as the target. You do
not need to be broadcasting SPI to do this. This will set the target location and be visible

on the recipient aircraft‘s TAD.

With the recipient and target set, press the SEND OSB a second time to send the Target
Assignment.

Hooking Datalink Symbols. Using the TAD cursor, you can either passively or actively hook a
datalink symbol. When you do so, information about that unit will be displayed at the bottom of the
TAD.
Friendly Units. The following information is displayed when you hook a friendly unit:

SADL Network Configuration Identification number as ―XX-XX‖
Callsign
Coordinates
Active Profile
Hostile Units. The following information is displayed when you hook a hostile unit:
Coordinates
Unit type

New Tasking
Message

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