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VRS TacPack & Superbug now Available for Prepar3D Academic!
posted April 2nd, 2015

TacPack has finally arrived for Lockheed Martin's Prepar3D Academic! TacPack is a true single and multi-player tactical combat engine which allows TacPack-compliant aircraft and other SimObjects to utilize combat systems such as air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons, ECM/ECCM, RWR, IFF, and multi-mode radar.

The P3D Academic version has all the same great features of the FSX version, as well as a few new tricks, including P3D native "IR" shaders and 2D popup support for FLIR functions. VRS intends to grow with P3D Academic by leveraging new P3D functions and features as they become available, provided they prove to be applicable and stable.

TacPack and Superbug for P3D Academic are intended for domestic use only. To inquire about P3D Pro licenses suitable for commercial, institutional, or training applications, please contact sales.

The F/A-18E Superbug has been continually updated since the first version became available for FS2004 almost a decade ago. The Superbug legacy continues with the introduction of our Prepar3D Academic version.

The Superbug is a completely TacPack-dependent aircraft which has been integrated at the lowest levels. Consequently, TacPack for P3D Academic is required in order to use (or even purchase) the Superbug for P3D Academic. Customers wishing to purchase the Superbug for P3D Academic must either:

  • Buy the TacPack and Superbug for P3D Academic simultaneously
  • Already own the TacPack for P3D Academic, and have logged into the store under the that account (e.g. with your TacPack P3D Academic license ID or the customer ID associated with it).
Customers who purchase the TacPack+Superbug P3D bundle will receive a discount of $9.95. Please remember that the Superbug for P3D Academic requires the TacPack. If you ever plan to purchase the Superbug, now is the time to save!

TacPack EULA, Superbug EULA and P3D EULAs are separate, unrelated entities. Please consult the appropriate P3D EULA in order to establish your compliance under the those terms.
M2M Releases TacPack-Powered Mirage 2000C!
posted May 11th, 2015

Metal2Mesh has released their incredible TacPack-powered Mirage 2000C (FSX)! The highly anticipated M2KC has been in production for many months and features gorgeous high-end models and detailed, functional avionics systems.

"The Mirage 2000C is a multi-role French designed single engine, single crew 4th generation fighter. Designed in the 1970�s as a lightweight fighter it was based on the earlier Mirage III. In excess of 600 aircraft have been built.

Now we bring you our exacting artistic expression of the Mirage 2000C to fly to the extreme in Flight Simulator X - FSX. The Mirage 200C is highly optimized for performance within FSX along with Multiplayer, and download delivery."

M2K FSX features include:
  • Highly Detailed 3D model and Virtual Cockpit
  • Realistic Flight Dynamics, by Bernt Stolle
  • High resolution Textures, including Specular and Bump mapping
  • High Fidelity Cockpit functionality
  • Inflight Programmable INS
  • Synthetic runway display (requires Peter Dowson's MakeRunways utility)
  • Realistic Afterburner and Wing vapor effects
  • Special and Military Liveries.(Paint Kit included) 20 in all
  • TacPack Powered weapon system (TacPack v1.4.2.3+ required)
  • Realistic HUD and weapon systems:
    • Air to Air and Ground Cannon
    • Air to Air MagicII and Super 530D
    • Air to Ground Matra Rocket Pods
    • Air to Ground CCRP
    • Air to Ground CCIP
    • Buddy Lasing (Bomb Truck)
  • "In Sim" Loadout Manager
  • Optimized for Multi-player Flying
  • Enhanced Ground Power Unit Placement
  • Included AI Refueling Aircraft

Milviz's TacPack-Powered P-38L Lightning Shipping Now!
posted May 9th, 2015

Military Visualizations (Milviz) has just completed a fantastic rendition of the venerable WWII-era Lockheed P-38L Lighting, complete with (optional) TacPack support. Note that the TacPack-powered versions are apparently sold as a different SKUs than the "vanilla" versions, so please check your purchase options carefully prior to checkout. From the Milviz P-38 product page:

"We are very excited to present to you our latest aircraft: the sleek yet powerful P-38 Lightning. We've modeled to ultimate perfection the 'L' model, faithfully simulating every last detail; from the suggestive rumble of it's twin 1,475 hp engines, to it's deadly "Christmas tree" launch racks on each wing, each laden with five high velocity rockets. An extremely accurate virtual cockpit rounds out the package, with highly detailed textures throughout and richly featured functionality."

For the first time, we are very excited to offer versions of the P-38L that includes TacPack integration for both FSX Acceleration and Prepar3D 2.5. With these versions, as well as a copy of the TacPack, full functionality is provided for the P-38's gunsight, the .50 calibre machine guns, the 20mm autocannon, the 10 high velocity aircraft rockets (HVARs), as well the ability to drop 500lb bombs."

Milviz P-38L features include:
  • Live weapons (TacPack-powered versions only). Non-TacPack-powered versions feature animated release sequences
  • Professional flight dynamics by Bernt Stolle
  • Realistic startup and shutdown procedures
  • Extensive systems modeling
  • Fully animated armament and fuel tank jettison
  • Selectable loadout options, affecting flight dynamics & performance
  • Realistic night lighting, landing lights and custom effects
  • 21 High quality, high definition liveries
  • High quality sound set recorded from a real P-38
  • Custom 3D gauge modeling for smooth operation
  • High quality virtual cockpit and external model
  • Authentic Pilot Operating Handbook
  • Operating instructions for all systems included

Vertigo Studios Releases TacPack-Powered SPAD VII
posted Mar 10th, 2015

Vertigo Studios has just released the SPAD VII, the first WWI aircraft in their Great War Project line of TacPack-powered WWI aircraft! VRS would very much like to thank Vertigo for supporting TacPack development, and we look forward to seeing many more vintage aircraft from this very talented team!

"Ever wanted to fly a WWI aircraft? Now you can! Vertigo Studios Spad VII (150 bhp, early variant) comes with a total of 15 Paint schemes and is full equipped with TacPack functionality, utilizing the Vickers Machine Gun, and optional RFC over-wing Lewis Machine gun.  The guns feature custom effects for muzzle flash, tracers, and custom recorded audio. The aircraft is supplemented with easy to use configuration panel, for optional display of the pilot and the Lewis Gun, and  selection of cockpit status."

  • As with every Vertigo Studios aircraft, it is gorgeously constructed inside and out
  • Compatible with Microsoft Flight Simulator X SP2+ and Lockheed Martin's Prepar3D v1.4+, and v2.0+
  • Hi-Def  4096�4096 textures
  • A total of 15 paint schemes included
  • Custom Stereo engine sounds, recorded from actual Hispano-Suiza 8Aa V-8 engine
  • Comes complete with a comprehensive .PDF manual
  • Full TacPack integration!  � (requires TacPack version 1.4.2.2+)
  • Much, much more!
Aerosoft Releases TacPack-Powered F-14 Tomcat X!
posted Dec 4th, 2014

Aerosoft has just released their amazing F-14 Tomcat X! Having been in development for 3-years, this promises to be one of the most comprehensive military aircraft packages yet released. Tomcat X features include the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier, supporting AI aircraft, and much much more. Best of all, the Tomcat X is a TacPack Powered* aircraft, which means users who own the TacPack will also be able to utilize live weapon systems and other TacPack-exclusive features built into the Tomcat.

"The Aerosoft F-14 X was designed with two principle objectives. The first was to create an authentic and detailed representation about what it was like to fly the early model F-14`s and the refinements made over the first 20 years of the airframe`s service life. The second was to create an accessible simulation for all users. While many of the advanced systems will require you to RTFM to operate effectively, anyone can be in the air within seconds of loading the sim (well maybe a little longer if you`re setting up a carrier launch). While failure logic, such as engine compressor stalls are included, they will not become active and take out an engine unless you enable the feature."

  • Users who own TacPack will be able launch payloads including the F-14's potent beyond visual range capabilities*
  • TV Camera set (TCS) will focus on any radar locked target and enable visual target identification at a range of 10nm
  • Too many features to list here!

Iris TacPack Powered A-10A "Warthog Driver II" Released!
posted February 28th, 2014

Iris Simulations, today released their ground-breaking (literally) A-10A "Warthog Driver II" - TacPack Edition! The Iris A-10A marks the very first third-party commercial product utilizing VRS TacPack technology, and marks the first of many such products that are either planned or in active development!

�The Hog is Back!�  As promised during 2013, we have revamped the Airforce Series Warthog and added integration with Vertical Reality Simulations TacPack product.  We feel that the A-10 is the perfect accompanying product for the VRS Superbug and the wide variety of ground stores and the massive GAU-8 Avenger cannon make it a powerful ground attack aircraft!

VRS would like to offer our most sincere congratulations to David, Rob, and the rest of the Iris team for updating this marvelous machine with TacPack compatibility! We would also like to thank Iris for standing by us, supporting us, and sharing our dream of bringing our small community closer together through cooperation and collaboration. Things can only get better from here!

Dino Cattaneo Unleashes TacPack'd Naval Freeware Arsenal!
posted February 6th, 2014

Dino Cattaneo, a very talented and popular freeware aircraft designer, has recently released a slew of TacPack Powered Naval Aircraft for FSX! These are the very first third-party TacPack-powered aircraft! Some of the legendary aircraft available include:

  • Grumman F-14D Tomcat
  • Boeing T-45C Goshawk
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
  • Lockheed S-3B Viking (coming soon)

TacPack owners can take full advantage of the TacPack weapon and avionic functions Dino has implemented in these legendary aircraft. Of course they can also be flown without the TacPack. If you like what you see, then please donate to Dino's development fund in order to help him continue his great work!

 

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