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How many of you know that the US Navy and Marine Corps used to fly the IAI Kfir (designated the F-21)? Both services used it as an adversary aircraft from 1987-1989, at which time it was replaced by the F-5. The IAI Kfir was based on the Mirage V airframe. We don't have a flyable Mirage V, but we do have a Mirage 2000! This is a USMC adversary from VMFT-401 in its original IAF Kfir colors as leased. DCS File Repository
US Marine Corps light/attack helicopter squadrons (HMLA) are composite squadrons composed of Hueys and Cobras. This allows for some fun skinning and mission building within DCS, even though the Cobra is not yet flyable. I have still created UH-1 skins as well as fictional skins for both the SA342 Gazelle and the Ka-50 Black Shark. These skins are meant to be used with each other. Each of the skins packs includes variations of what appear to be the same skin in order to provide variety and realism in missions. For example, the SA342 skins have varying serial numbers on the tail, with the MODEX (side number) selected in the mission editor. Conversely, the Ka-50s have varying side numbers, with the last two serial digits selected in the mission editor. The Hueys each have unique side numbers and serial numbers. With the latest skins, all modern (i.e. compass grey) skins have both "normal" and "weathered" skins. Weathered skins have a bleached effect as if the aircraft were heavily exposed to the sun for months on end (e.g. in the desert or on a ship in low latitudes). Normal skins include pilots with green flightsuits, while weathered skins include pilots with desert flightsuits. Weathered skins are available for all skin packs except for a few historical skins in the HMLA-167 skin pack. HMLA-167 "Warriors" UH-1 Skin Pack CombatAce LOF DCS Repository SA342 Skin Pack CombatAce LOF DCS Repository Ka-50 Skin Pack CombatAce LOF DCS Repository Marine Light Helicopter Squadron (HML) 167 was commissioned in April 1968 in Vietnam, and flew the UH-1E in combat operations until June 1971, where it was the last Marine helicopter squadron in Vietnam. Of note, HML-167 was the first unit to drop a bomb from a helicopter, accomplished with the use of the Helicopter Trap Weapon (HTW). In June 1971, HML-167 returned stateside to MCAS New River, North Carolina, as part of the 2nd Marine Air Wing. In 1972, HML-167 received the UH-1N Twin Huey, which it would fly until 2012 when the UH-1N was replaced by the UH-1Y Venom. In 1984, HML-167 received its first AH-1T Cobras and became a composite squadron of Cobras and Hueys. HML-167 was redesignated Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 167 in April 1986, and as such designated as a permanent composite squadron of both Cobras and Hueys. HMLA-167 began upgrading to the AH-1W Super Cobra in late 1989. Today the HMLA-167 "Warriors" fly the UH-1Y Venom and the AH-1W Super Cobra. HMLA-169 "Vipers" UH-1 Skin Pack CombatAce LOF DCS Repository SA342 Skin Pack CombatAce LOF DCS Repository Ka-50 Skin Pack CombatAce LOF DCS Repository Marine Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMA) 169 was commissioned in 1971 as part of Marine Aircraft Group 39 (Camp Pendleton, CA), and unlike most HMLA squadrons began with the Cobra (AH-1G) before becoming a composite squadron. By 1976, the AH-1G was replaced by the AH-1J Sea Cobra, which were eventually replaced by the AH-1T. In 1986, HMA-169 was redesignated Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 169, and replaced its AH-1Ts with the AH-1W Super Cobra. As a composite squadron, it also received its complement of UH-1N Hueys. Today HMLA-169 flies the UH-1Y Venom and the AH-1Z Viper.