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Version: 0.1
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Short description: Includes the APEX Drakon .pbo file which comes with a single Drakon and a custom loadout editor built into the mod.

Date: 2015-10-04 19:34


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APEX Drakon Jet-Powered UAV

by
church


Description:
Finally, after 6 long months of development it's here...

Introducing a new Unmanned Aerial System for Arma III. The jet-powered APEX Drakon offers a new way to control the battlefield in a sleek, effective way. Derived from the General Atomics Predator C 'Avenger', the Drakon comes equipped with a slew of incredible weapons and takes no prisoners. Not only was this model built from the ground up by none other than Kiory, this incredible machine comes equipped with a custom loadout editor made from scratch by AWOL, a well known Arma mod creator. Efficiency, design and quality were all key factors in creating this masterpiece.

Prologue
After a year into Arma's release, I had become frustrated with the vanilla UAV systems. With a game based in 2035, why were we using propeller driven aircraft? Also, why such a weak armament and why are they still extremely buggy? With those frustrations in mind, I set out to fix it myself. Meeting up with Kiory and AWOL, we began work on a new UAV system that would completely change the way UAV's would be viewed in Arma. 6 months later, the Drakon was released. While we still have a long way to go to get it where we want to, this is a step in the right direction.

Addon Contents
Includes the APEX Drakon .pbo file which comes with a single Drakon and a custom loadout editor built into the mod.


Features:
Jet-powered UAV system
Nearly double the speed of vanilla UAV systems
4 external hardpoints and 1 internal bay
Custom loadout editor and service menu


Installation:
Extract into the ArmA 3 Directory, by default this is located in:
32-Bit - C:\Program Files\Steam/Steamapps\Common\ArmA 3\
64-Bit - C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam/Steamapps\Common\ArmA 3\
After extraction it should look like this:
Steam\Steamapps\Common\ArmA 3\@your_mod_folder_name\addons\

You can also use the "Arma 3 Alpha" folder in your "My Documents" folder. Your folder setup could than look like for example this:
mydocuments\Arma3 Alpha\@your_mod_folder_name1\addons\
mydocuments\Arma3 Alpha\@your_mod_folder_name2\addons\
mydocuments\Arma3 Alpha\@your_mod_folder_name2\addons\

When present place the "userconfig" folder into your game install folder, usually:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Arma 3".
You may already have "userconfig" folder from other addons and/or mods in which case it is safe to merge the contents from this archive.

You'll also need to add a Launch Parameter to Steam, in order to do so right-click on ArmA 3 Alpha and click Properties and then Set Launch Options. In the window that opens enter in -mod=@your_mod_folder_name
For using multiple mods you would then do so like this:
-mod=@mod_name;@mod_name2;@mod_name3;@mod_name4;@mod_name5

Note:
You can also use -nosplash to get rid of the splash art and intro videos.


And of course you can also enable and disable community made addons and mods through the in-game Options Expansions menu if you do not want to mess with startup parameters!

When the above information still does not provide you with enough to learn how to install custom addons and mods you can always ask in our Guide On Installing Mods.


Included files:
kio_drakon.pbo


Media:



Armaholic.com has its own Youtube channel where we will cover the Community made releases.
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Known issues:
Keep in mind the Drakon is still very much in an alpha state. This is our first release and there WILL be bugs. Here are a few we are aware of:

The Drakon still uses Arma III's unfavorable UAV system. We know, it's something we want to get away from.
The Laser Designator doesn't spawn on the UAV unless you first apply a loadout.
The UAV flight model needs to be cleaned up. It currently floats too easily and the stall speed needs to be adjusted.
The UAV turret cam works when it is stowed away, allowing you to see inside the drone. This will be fixed in a future patch.

There may be many others. These are just the ones we're very aware of. Feel free to PM me with any bugs you find outside of these ones.


Future plans:
HELLAD Solid State Laser system
Multiple camouflage patterns
Stealth and Laser selectable variants
Re-built UAV terminal


Steam Workshop:
- Subscribe


Credits & Thanks:
Arma 3 engine: Bohemia Interactive
Project lead: Church
3D Artist: Kiory
Code/Scripts: AWOL
Video Production: Church


License / Disclaimer:
You are permitted to install and use this software for personal entertainment purposes only.
You may not use this add-on (nor any of its parts) in any other add-on or mod (not even partially) nor redistribute or
mirror it without Church's prior consent.
This add-on is released under
Creative Commons License
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs


Changelog:
v0.1
- first release


Forum topic:
- BI forums




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