One of the things ARMA III does pretty decently is helicopters. Except for the fact that systems are not modeled. Fortunately, there's a small team working on that.
I love ARMA III. I have said that before.
To be more precise, I love how helicopter flying in ARMA III can be immensely fun. Unfortunately, despite the helicopter flight model being relatively nice, the dumbed down systems have always been disappointed.
Fortunately, the community has been responding with better mods. And today I got the word that someone was doing an UH-60M. The team calls it the UH-60M Interactive Blackhawk.
The project comes after the team has put a lot of time and effort on an F/A-18E/F Super Hornet project and they have been working on the UH-60 since February. And they are very serious about it:
With this mod we aim to implement a highly realistic and immersive UH-60M Blackhawk, with some other minor variants possibly added in the future. Our aim is to add in-depth custom interaction with the aircraft for all 4 crew positions, to turn operating the aircraft in to [sic] a real team effort.
As of now, all interaction seen in the startup video is multicrew compatible, meaning the copilot and pilot can take turns pushing buttons and flipping switches however they like, and it'll work as it's supposed to.
And that’s not all. They are not just doing it for the Blackhawk, but actually building a small framework that other developers can use as well:
The vehicle interaction system is in no way hard coded for the Blackhawk, it is implemented as a completely separate vehicle interaction framework, allowing switches, buttons and animated knobs/levers to be defined completely through the vehicle's (cfgVehicles) config, and we'll be releasing this framework separately with detailed documentation, to bring simple interactive vehicles to the whole arma community.
ARMA III needs better vehicles. Especially air vehicles. The fact that this can be done is absolutely a dream coming true for a lot of us since ARMA III allows for a level of interaction with other people in a dense environment.
I can’t wait to see how this project grows and what other vehicles – especially helicopters, of course, may be improved in the future.
Now we just need VR in this thing.
For more information on the UH-60M Interactive Blackhawk for ARMA III, check out the Bohemia official forums .