AH-94

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"The AH-94 "Dragonfly" is a twin-turboshaft attack helicopter with a tandem cockpit for two pilots."
― Aircraft Description

The AH-94 "Dragonfly" is a dedicated attack helicopter designed chiefly for air-to-ground combat. It was released on the 6th of January 2022, as VTOL VR's first DLC. The AH-94 is known for its high maneuverability and responsiveness, allowing it to fill many close-range air support roles on the battlefield.

Strategy

The AH-94 serves best as a close air support (CAS) asset. Its high maneuverability and munitions capacity allows it to excel at strike missions against various ground targets.

A feature unique to the AH-94 is its AN/APG-108 Fire Control Radar, capable of scanning for both air and ground targets. This device is located on top of the main rotor and can be equipped in the Hardpoints screen. The location of the ground radar allows the player or players to hover with the radar above an obstacle like a building or mountain and figure out where the enemy positions are. When you lock on to something with the ground radar, the radar will display an image of what it senses. This feature allows the pilot and gunner to classify targets according to their radar cross-section.

While the AH-94 is not built for air-to-air combat, it features its own set of AIM-92 Stinger missiles for defending itself against hostile aircraft at close range.

Armament

Main Article: AH-94/Hardpoints

Start-Up Procedure

  1. Enable the main battery
  2. Engage the APU
  3. Enable all MFDs and the HUD
  4. Activate interior lights if desired
  5. Close the cockpit door
  6. Disengage Rotor Fold if it is active
  7. Disengage Rotor Brake
  8. Activate the left engine Starter
  9. Increase rotor Power to Idle using the lever on the left
  10. Wait for the light next to the starter switch to turn off; use this time to set up your MFDs.
  11. Engage the Right engine starter, wait for light to turn off
  12. Increase engine Power to max, wait for Rotor RPS to enter green zone on engine stat display
  13. Disengage the APU
  14. Slowly raise the Collective lever to ascend
  15. Raise landing gears
  16. Adjust Trim as needed using the flight Collective and Cyclic

Avionics

The AH-94 has a tandem cockpit design, with a pilot's seat in the rear and a co-pilot/gunner seat in the front. Both seats allow for the complete operation of the flight controls and weapons systems. Only one crew member can have control of the flight controls at a time, with a designation light displaying who is in control. In singleplayer, it is possible to switch seats to fly from either position by pressing the Switch Seats button on the bottom right side of the cockpit. The AI co-pilot in singleplayer is present only for decoration and has no actual in-game functionality.

AH-94 Cockpit - HUD

AH-94 HUD Map

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Co-pilot Controls

In Multiplayer games, up to two pilots can fly a single AH-94, allowing aircraft functions to be delegated between the two players at will.

In the co-pilot's seat, the TEDAC (TADS Electronic Display And Control) is located in between the two MFDs, allowing for easier interaction with the TADS (Target Acquisition and Designation Sight) or other manually-operated targeting systems. The display features two joysticks that allow the gunner to manipulate many of the functions on all three MFDs.

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