DCS: Black Shark is the first iteration of the Digital Combat Simulator series and simulates the Russian Kamov Ka-50 Attack Helicopter codenamed Black Shark.
The game is a hardcore simulation with the goal of absolute realism. It features a fully functional cockpit and accurately simulates every aspect of the helicopter with the distinctive coaxial rotor system including flight dynamics, avionics systems, and weapon systems. To make it easier for beginners, the game allows the player to activate and deactivate several different flying aids and even features an arcade mode. In addition an extensive tutorial together with the 488-page manual offer many practical exercises to get the player familiar with the potent machine.
Once control is established over the power of the Ka-50, the player can test his skills either in a linear campaign following a fictive war in the Caucasus region, jump into other pre-defined missions, or create his own with the included campaign and mission editor. The game features a multiplayer mode in which the players can either work together towards a common goal or engage in demanding dogfights.