Employing the Vikhr – Part 2

A DCS: Black Shark Technical Report

by Erik “EinsteinEP” Pierce

As a follow-up to my Employing the Vikhr article, here are some videos showing the Vikhr in action in DCS: Black Shark.

Here’s a video showing a basic and slow-paced Vikhr attack against a stationary target. You can follow along with the numbered steps in the article or download the track file here.


In this next video I employ the Auto Turn to Target and Ground Moving Target modes. Note how the Auto Turn to Target keeps the helicopter (thus the Vikhrs) pointed in the same direction as the Shkval as I change from target to target, or as the moving target scoots on down the road.


In this clip I show how to use the Burst Selection switch to fire two Vikhrs simultaneously at a target. With the imprecise guidance of the Vikhr, double shots are useful to improve likelihood of a lethal hit on an important target or a heavily armored one. The method of employment is no different from the other methods: just be sure to press and hold the weapons release button to ensure both Vikhrs are launched.


In the following clip I demonstrate the Vikhrs in air-to-air engagements. Things happen pretty quickly, but I engage the Su25T with Airborne Target and Head-on Aspect modes. Due to the low speed of the Hind I use just the Airborne Target mode. Check the close-ups to see whether or not the attacks were effective!


Author’s System Specs

  • ASUS P6X58D-E Motherboard
  • Intel i7 950 CPU (stock)
  • EVGA GTX 480 video card
  • 6 GB DDR3 RAM
  • Western Digital 300 GB Velociraptor HDD
  • Saitek X52 Pro HOTAS
  • CH Pro Rudder Pedals
  • TrackIR4 PRO


Watch for the next DCS: Black Shark Technical Report: Fun with Unguided Rockets!

Previous SimHQ DCS: Black Shark Technical Reports
DCS: Black Shark: Employing the Vikhr – Part 1
DCS: Black Shark: Technical, Simplified
DCS: Black Shark
 and Coaxial Rotor Aerodynamics

DCS: Black Shark and the Trimmer
DCS: Black Shark – Autopilot: Part 1
DCS: Black Shark – Autopilot: Part 2
DCS: Black Shark – Preview 1
DCS: Black Shark – Preview 2
DCS: Black Shark – Preview 3

Para_Bellum’s excellent DCS: Black Shark tutorial
“How to Take Off and Blow Stuff Up”

SimHQ’s DCS: Black Shark Review (RC8)
Part 1     Part 2     Part 3

SimHQ’s DCS: Black Shark Interview
Producer Matt Wagner discusses DCS: Black Shark

Other SimHQ DCS: Black Shark Feature Articles
A Stick and Rudder Man’s Guide to DCS: Black Shark
More on Controllers in DCS: Black Shark – English Version

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