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DCS World TARGET profile for Cougar and Warthog with MFDs

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UPDATE: Version 2.48 is available.  The installer will now give you the option to install CTS for DCS 2.5 and 1.5.8 Legacy versions.

Note: If you already use CTS and didn't create a legacy 1.5.8 install, there is no need to re-download the installer.

Special thanks to Tercio Sampaio for developing the GUI.

Thank you everybody for funding my Warthog purchase so that I could create this profile.  Since my funding goal has been achieved, please send any future donations to  Fisher House, a charity that supports disabled veterans and their families.  Exception: if you want me to program for a module I don't have, or add programming for the TFRP, please PM me and we can discuss it.

DCS World TARGET Script for Thrustmaster Cougar or Warthog and MFDs is now available.  Download it from:

This file is an installer which will install and launch the updater, which will then download the latest version of the script. You can also periodically run the updater to keep your script up to date.

This script for the HOTAS Cougar/Warthog and Cougar MFDs includes dedicated profiles for the A-10C Warthog, AV-8B Harrier, Ka-50 Black Shark, P-51D Mustang, UH-1H Huey, Mi-8 Hip, F-86 Sabre, Fw-190D9 Dora, Bf-109K-4 Kurfürst, MiG-21bis Fishbed, MiG-15bis, M-2000C, SA-342 Gazelle, L-39 Albatross, F-5E Tiger II, Spitfire LF Mk. IX, AJS-37 Viggen, Hawk T.1A, C-101, and Flaming Cliffs 3 profiles.  The script is fully implemented with both code and custom keyboard and joystick LUA files. The included "Standard DirectX" profile can me used to create a versatile profile for anything else. 

This script uses TARGET, so you need to install it (though Cougar users can leave Foxy where it is).  I also recommend the latest   MFD Drivers, as I have found fewer profile crashes with these enabled.

The script offers the following features:

  • New! Graphical User Interface (GUI) to save your settings and auto-generate script files.
  • Both HOTAS Cougar and Warthog Compatibility
  • All documentation (except for the Setup Guide) is in HTML with context-sensitive help in the GUI.
  • CommState routine allows for the selection of F1 through F12 keys with Hats 2-4 while the MIC switch is pressed
  • Hot-selectable “TriggerZoom” allows you to zoom into your target or HUD when depressing the first trigger stage
  • LED indications for airbrake, landing gear, TriggerZoom, CommState, and Teamspeak3 PTT
  • Compatible with TouchControl (formerly TouchIR), VAC, DCS Simpleradio Standalone, and all major Teamspeak radio solutions
  • Optimized for TrackIR, but compatible with Hat1 as POV
  • Individual HOTAS profiles are mapped as closely to their real world counterparts as practical
  • Flaming Cliffs 3 (FC3) HOTAS mappings correlate to the A-10C (attack aircraft) or F-16C (fighters) as closely as practical
  • FC3 Context Sensitive Autopilot routine that reverts to last used mode on toggle
  • A-10C Profile includes direct entry for CDU, CMSP, and UFC
  • Ka-50 Profile allows direct entry for ABRIS (RMFD) and Rubicon Datapad
  • Ability to automatically pause TrackIR while at the Door Gunner Station (UH-1)
  • Context sensitive communications menus based on crew station (framework in place for DCS implementation)
  • TARGET based Central Position Trimmer Mode that greatly improves upon the default trimmers when not using force feedback.
  • Analog and digital differential braking routines, including paddle braking and nosewheel steering.
  • Kneeboard mapping for all aircraft.
  • NVGs for all capable aircraft, including "bonus mapping for the A-10A, Su-25, Su-25T, and F-86 (H/T Zaelu).
  • Simplified hot-selection of aircraft allows for potentially thousands of aircraft and variants in this script, along with audible feedback of aircraft selected.

Here are some screenshots of the GUI:

Select the modules you have installed.  This will help filter the values you see and possibly de-clutter the interface.

Next, you can modify your settings as you see fit.  Values are arranged by module and can be filtered by category.  Each entry has a help summary at the bottom of the screen, along with a button that will take you to the right place in the HTML references.

Then before you build the script you can assign module presets to each button on your MFDs.  Just like having a radio with 40 presets, though you can still cycle through profiles manually via the rocker switches.

Here are some example Warthog and MFD mappings.  Now that everything is easily accessible via HTML, I will reduce the amount of images posted to a few examples:
Note: the HOTAS Warthog images here are of comparatively low quality compared to the images in the download.
A-10C Warthog:
Note: the following functionality is in addition to the standard MFD functionality.

Direct Entry mode for the CDU:

AV-8B Harrier II:

Direct Entry mode for the UFC:
UH-1H Huey:
Bf-109K-4 Kurfürst:




M-2000C INS Direct Entry

SA-342 Gazelle


SA342 NADIR Mappings:

I look forward to your feedback; any information that will help me improve this profile is greatly appreciated.

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Continued from the Foxy thread because this pertains to TARGET:

I was wondering as I am still having trouble switching to BVR Mode, I have to cycle up/down to get into bvr and the up mode.. So If I want to get into BVR I have to cycle up then down??

I am pretty sure there is a flaw so you say you do not have this happen?? IF not what could cause it on my PC?? Perhaps the Modifier is wrong or something??

Does it make a difference if you are starting from the Up position or middle position to go down? In other words, do you have trouble going from middle to BVR, but no problems going from up to BVR?

If this is the case, it may be that you're going into BVR mode, but the radar doesn't turn on automatically (this is an issue with how FC3 implements the radar, and not with the profile). If you go directly into BVR mode, you still need to turn on the radar using the shift H3U/H3D while in BVR mode. I may try to auto-implement something with logic flags later on that can automatically do the radar or EO when going into BVR mode, but not right now.

If the problem is that you're not even going into BVR mode itself, then I need to know exactly how you're doing it (both successes and failures). By this I mean your starting state, whether you "jumped" the switch between U/D or gently cycled through middle, whether you had shift engaged, etc. Also, when it doesn't work I need to know what mode you end up in. I thought I wrote a routine that would prevent Nav mode when "jumping" between up and down, so this troubleshooting is important.

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Nope. Radar is off because this system was originally in place for the MiG-29/Su-27/33, which could select either the radar or EO in BVR mode. Forcing you to turn the radar on allowed for a stealthy BVR approach and prosecution. So you have to manually turn on the radar when you go into BVR mode, and I believe the radar turns off when going into Nav mode.

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I thought about that, but TMS/DMS/CMS is mainly a F-16/A-10C thing, and while I tried to keep the functions germane to each hat, i did have to do some shoehorning. I list the hats by their name on the graphic with the TMS/DMS/CMS in parentheses, so people who aren't as familiar with the classic Foxy terminology have a crutch.

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Another bump for the 0.24a hotfix, fixes some LUA assignments for the Su-25A/T.

If you're updating from 0.24, you don't need to update the TARGET profile itself. All you need to do is update the LUA files labeled v024a.

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HomeFries Hold the Press.. You have a small Problem with the Keyboard Profile for the A-10C. You seemed to have omitted the Right Engine Keypress which is "RIGHT CTRL + HOME"

The LEft engine keypress is Still there just the Right engine Keypress is omitted..

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Akkk looks like I did forget to do just that.. Thnx again..

Just in time for you to update the file yet again...

Version 0.36 has been uploaded. Version 0.36 fixes a bug that prevents you from hot-swapping aircraft profiles after using the SnapView function, and also allows the Cougar MFD backlighting to match your MFD settings in-game (A-10C).

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0.37 is uploaded. Fixes a bug with the MFCD power buttons assigned to the SYM rocker switches on both Cougar MFDs.

If you already have 0.36 and you have tweaked DCS World.tmc to your own ends, then you don't need to replace DCS World.tmc with the one in 0.37. Just update the following line:

int MinorVersion=37;
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OK HF's I think there is a problem with the A10C Profile.. I do NOT have any functions for the MFD's, I press them ingame under Options and it just says MFD button 1 or whichever button I press, shouldn't it be a keystroke for the Button presses??

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The MFDs don't use keystrokes for the primary functions; every MFD button (except for power) should be a DirectX combination. EDIT: Also note that the default function of the MFD buttons is the MFD buttons themselves; the functions listed on the inserts are when S3 is held down (i.e. "Shifted state").

For NWS, that is only activated with a short press, and the time defaults to 300ms (as opposed to the normal 500ms for a TEMPO command). If it's too quick for you, increase the ModTempo value to your comfort level.

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Version 1.10 is released. This release contains updated LUA profiles for DCS World 1.2.7 Update 1, consolidates and remaps much of the FC3 profiles, fixes a minor bug with the UH-1, and adds a Mi-8 profile (work in progress).

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