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DCS AH-64 Apache Guide

DCS AH-64 Apache Guide

Fire Birds! DCS AH-64D Apache guide is a detailed description of the avionics systems and weapons of the helicopter. We tell you how to fly the helicopter and use all simulated systems effectively to complete the mission. We describe the controls and operation of the cockpit and CPG.

Last update: Thursday, April 28, 2022

The guide and instructions for the DCS AH-64D Apache available on the DCS World platform contain a comprehensive description of the available systems of the Apache helicopter. The content of the guide will help you learn how to fly in this realistic flight simulator from the Eagle Dynamics studio. We describe in detail the navigation and weapons systems, FCR radar, and we teach how to fly a helicopter without crashing it.

One of the most important sections of the guide is the Basics, where we not only introduce the characteristics of the AH-64D Apache helicopter, but also explain the basic principles of piloting it. We describe in detail how to control the helicopter with cyclic, collective and rudder pedals. In the next chapters, we have included a description of the pilot's cockpit and CPG co-pilot/gunner as well as all the key instruments. We also explain how does George AI Helper, the artificial intelligence replacing the second crew member, work. We also explain the difference between "sight source" and "acquisition source".

In the Flight and navigation section, we suggest how to find the way to your destination and your base. We explain how to start a helicopter during the Cold Start procedure, and what are the types of take-offs depending on the available space and weight of the helicopter. In the next chapter, we describe how to operate the TSD system - Tactical Situation Display, i.e. an interactive tactical map.

The Systems and Sensors chapter explains the operation of the basic sensors of the Apache helicopter, including the most important, TADS, for target detection, and FCR - Fire Control Radar. We also write about doing missions at night using the PNVS - Pilot Night Vision System.

The most important chapters are those dedicated to using the weapons systems. We explain exactly how to use the AWS M230 30mm Chain Gun, the AGM-114 Hellfire II guided missile and the 2.75' Hydra unguided missile.

The guide is supplemented by the chapters explaining the system requirements, tips for achieving greater performance and graphics, as well as answers to the most frequently asked questions and problems.

DCS AH-64D Apache: Beginner's tips

  1. DCS: AH-64D Apache is an extremely realistic flight simulator. Don't expect to be able to fly, shoot, and complete missions as soon as you start playing it. Each stage, from starting engines, piloting the helicopter without crashing it, to using navigation and weapons, requires a lot of knowledge and learning.
  2. DCS: AH-64D Apache is practically unplayable with just a keyboard and a mouse or controller. To control the helicopter, you will need at least a joystick with a twist handle and throttle, i.e. a total of four analog axes. The best experience is the HOTAS kit - with joystick, throttle and additional rudder pedals.
  3. Don't expect to learn everything in one go. It is best to focus on the individual stages (e.g. take-off, flying with navigation, landing, using the 30mm gun, etc.). Once you master one, proceed to the next.
  4. The list of keybinds in the Settings can be overwhelming, but the vast majority of the actions are only useful for those who have a cockpit in their house. However, when using a HOTAS set with a joystick, do not try to assign all the necessary keys immediately - there are simply too many of them. As in the previous point, it is worth focusing only on those buttons necessary to operate the system you are currently learning.
  5. The controls of the Apache helicopter are extremely sensitive. The basis of success is make slight, delicate and slow movements with the controllers. Otherwise, the helicopter will loose lift and start loosing the altitude. More details can be found in the chapter: How to fly an Apache helicopter?
  6. The Apache helicopter is a two-seater. When flying alone in single player mode, you can switch between the seats of the pilot and the CPG operator and use the George AI Helper, which is an interface with a command radial menu for the virtual second crew member. George can pilot the machine throughout the mission or search and destroy targets as CPG. You can also switch between posts freely, depending on the situation. A detailed description of how the AI works can be found in the George AI Helper chapter.
  7. Use the active pause button (LShift LWin Pause by default). It will stop the helicopter in the air without the risk of crashing and, at the same time, allow you to use all buttons in the cockpit.

DCS AH-64D Apache: Basics

The Basics chapter of the DCS: AH-64D Apache guide contains a description of the basic concepts and principles of piloting a helicopter and the characteristics of the AH-64D Apache itself. The following pages describe the cockpits, explain the differences between the "sight" and "acquisition", and how the artificial intelligence can work as a second crew member.

  1. Introduction
  2. Pilot/CPG Cockpits and Controls
  3. How to fly an Apache helicopter?
  4. George AI Helper
  5. Sight Source and Acquisition Source

DCS AH-64D Apache: Flight and Navigation

In our Flight and Navigation chapter, we have included information on the basic stages of a flight, such as Cold Start, takeoff and landing. We also explain the operation of the TSD tactical map system.

  1. Cold Start - preparation for flight
  2. Taxi and Take Off
  3. GPS Navigation and map points
  4. TSD - Tactical Situation Display

DCS AH-64D Apache: Sensors and Systems

The Sensors and Systems chapter contains a detailed manual for the main Apache on-board systems: TADS, PNVS and FCR radar. We explain all simulated modes of operation and how to use these tools effectively. We have devoted a separate chapter to ASE (Aircraft Survivability Equipment) systems that help the Apache to survive on the battlefield.

  1. TADS - Target Acquisition and Designation Sights
  2. PNVS - Pilot Night Vision System
  3. FCR - Fire Control Radar
  4. ASE - Aircraft Survivability Equipment

DCS AH-64D Apache: Weapons Employment

In the Weapons Employment chapter, we have prepared a detailed description of the Apache's weapons. We present a list of available weapons and instructions on how to use them effectively against targets during missions.

  1. AWS M230 30mm Chain Gun
  2. AGM-114 Hellfire missile
  3. Unguided rockets 2.75" Hydra

DCS AH-64D Apache: FAQ

In the FAQ chapter, we explain the basic technical and the gameplay problems of the DCS: AH-64D Apache simulator.

  1. Shooting - why doesn't it work?
  2. Force Trim Instant and Central Position - what's the difference?

DCS AH-64D Apache: Minimum system requirements

  • Operating System: Windows 10 or later
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 2.8 GHz/AMD FX
  • RAM: 8 GB (16 GB for "heavy" missions)
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 760/AMD R9 280X or better
  • DirectX: 11
  • Disk Space: 60 GB
  • Internet activation required.

More information on this topic can be found on a separate page of our guide: System requirements.

About DCS AH-64 Apache Guide

Author : Dariusz "DM" Matusiak for gamepressure.com

Translator : Mateusz "Ictius" Sawka

last update : April 7, 2022

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Digital Combat Simulator: AH-64D Video Game

  • genre: Simulation

  • developer: Eagle Dynamics
  • publisher: Eagle Dynamics
  • platform: PC

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