The Community Repo for A-4E-C and its Official Submods
The Community A-4E-C represents more than three years of work on behalf of the development team. We’re proud to present the most comprehensive DCS World module to date, boasting such capabilities as air-to-ground radar and carrier operations. The A-4 was a cold war workhorse, providing a capable, reliable light attack aircraft to dozens of nations around the world. From the Sinai Desert to the Jungles of Vietnam, the A-4 was a common sight above cold war battlefields.
After severel years of development, we are pleased to announce version 2.0 of the module, with a realistic flight model, the addition of a CP-741/a CCRP bombing computer, increased DCS functionality, increased carrier compatibility, and myriad new sounds and keybinds to increase your ease of use and immersion when flying this now-venerable module.
We thank the DCS World community for their support over the years, and dedicate the module to our friend, mentor and lead coder, Eric “Gospadin” Mudama. His passion and brilliance left a mark on us all, and this labor of love which would not have been possible without him.
Please DO NOT redistribute this mod without permission!
Gospadin, Heclak, Joshua Nelson, plusnine, Farlander, gyrovague, kryb/Archimaede, Merker, Jones, Nero
SkateZilla, uboats, Dr. Manius, LevelPulse, Cubeboy, Talo, Gvad, Sidekick65, HellesBelles, SPINEG, Shadowfrost, Sport, rudel-chw, Luciano, Malamem, Rob, ataribaby, The Original HoggitDev Team, Eric Haugen
Failure to perform these steps will result in DCS World not recognizing the module, inability to use the module, input errors when using the module, or client integrity check failures on multiplayer servers that require them. Never install the A-4E-C files directly into your DCS World installation files!
If you are upgrading from an older version of the A-4E-C, perform these following actions. You must completely delete the currently installed A-4E-C files before installing the new version, as some important files have been removed for this.
Additionally your input bindings must be reset and rebound in order to accommodate this release’s enhanced control scheme. If this is a new installation, you can skip this step and move on to Step 2.
Mods\aircraft\A-4E-Cfolder in into your
aircraftfolders indicated in the file path. If this is the case, merge the new A-4E-C folder into the existing folders.
Your correctly installed files should look something like the following image, substituting your Windows account name where the image displays Partario. If you're using the release branch of DCS World, the folder is
When you are confident your files are correctly installed, launch DCS World. If your installation was successful, the A-4E-C theme icon appears as a option in the main menu:
Never, ever install the A-4E-C files directly into your DCS World installation files! This will cause your DCS World to not locate the module, create conflicts with other modules, and other problems.
If you have multiple DCS-related folders in your
C:\Users\username\Saved Games, for example,
DCS.openbeta. If you are unsure which folder your DCS World installation is using, locate the
dcs_variant.txtfile in the game files. If this file is present, its contents determines the folder structure your DCS World installation is using.
If you are recieving an authorization error, you have installed the module incorrectly. Double check the installation instructions above, ensure you have have installed the module to the correct folder, and do not have any improperly installed files remaining in your DCS world game files. Any conflicts will result in the persistence of this this error.
If you find you can't take control of the aircraft, ensure you have installed Microsoft's Visual Studio 2015, 2017 and 2019 Redistributable libraries. Windows users running DCS world are typically running x64, so you will want to download and install vc_redist.x64.exe (~15 MB) from the following page, install the library, and then restart your computer: (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/the-latest-supported-visual-c-downloads-2647da03-1eea-4433-9aff-95f26a218cc0)
If you cannot find the A-4E-C as a unit option in the Mission Editor, Ensure the historical mode filter is disabled in the mission editor by toggling the clock icon at the bottom of the screen, as shown in the following screenshot:
Q: Is it really free?
Q: How large is the module?
Q: Can I donate to the A-4E-C project?
Q: Can I get involved with the A-4E-C project?
Q: The roll seems really sensetive! - The A-4E-C can perform a staggering 720 degrees of roll each second. If you're used to FC3 or more FBW aircraft, it can take a while to get used to how active piloting can be, especially if you have a short joystick. If you're having difficulty, ensure your joystick's input is calibrated. - Setting the roll Axis Tune in the DCS controls menu curves of 20 and a Y saturation of 60-80 seems to work well for most users without fancy joysticks while retaining most operational flight manoeuvrability. - If you're having difficulty trimming the aircraft evening, you can adjust the trim speed to 50% in DCS World's main menu under the Special Options for the A-4E-C.
Q: Is there a user manual or tutorials available?
Q: Is there a paint kit I can use to create my own A-4E-C liveries?
Q: Can I fly the A-4E-C as a tanker?
Q: What about the AGM-12 Bullpup or AGM-62 Walleye?
Q: Why is my standalone server rejecting missions with the A-4E-C?
Q: Is there a way I can host missions with the A-4E-C on my multiplayer server that won't lock out players who do not have the module installed?
Yes, but it's a little involved. It's not DCS that is locking players out, but the Mission Editor deciding that any mission with an A4-E-C placed down is going to require the module.
As there's no in-engine way of de-flagging this, you'll need to get hands-on with your mission files. You may or may not already know that the .miz mission files are, in fact, .zip files. So, take the mission file you desire to edit, and make a copy with a .zip extension. Find somewhere handy to unzip it.
Inside, you will find a mission file (no extension). Open this file in your text-editor of choice, and search required to find the mission's list of required modules under the ["requiredModules"] listings, and then remove the A-4E-C entry from the list, as shown in Line 32 in this screenshot:
Q: Are there any plans to do other variants or later models of the A-4?
Q: Are there any plans to make the module official, obtain the Eagle Dynamics SDK, or make the module a part of the default DCS install package?
Q: Why doesn't the A-4E-C work with my favorite mission or multiplayer scripting system?
Q: What's the song in the menu? - Crow, by Eric Haugen