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 3d Prop
  • Hi-Def  4096×4096 textures
  • A total of 15 paint schemes included
  • Paint kit available to easily re-create your own liveries
  • Custom Stereo engine sounds, recorded from actual Hispano-Suiza 8Aa V-8 engine
  • Custom Stereo audio, for wind noise, and other effects
  • Custom smoke effects
  • Comes complete with a comprehensive .PDF manual
  • DirectX 10 compatible model complete with virtual cockpit self-shadowing
  • Systems and Tru3D gauges for ultimate realism taken beyond what’s available by default
  • Tru3D Instrumentation for the ultimate smooth flying experience
  • Customized high-resolution materials giving the most realistic appearance to the aeroplane, whilst being optimized for great performance!
  • Config panel pop-up, to show / hide Pilot and over-wing gun and drums
  • Config panel pop-up for easy access.  Select ‘Cold/Dark’ state, or ‘Ready to Start’
  • Full TacPack integration!  – (requires TacPack version or greater)

*Note that theTacPack for FSX is NOT Prepar3D compatible. Spad TacPack functions will only be available under the platform your TacPack license applies to.

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

*Note that theTacPack for FSX is NOT Prepar3D compatible. Spad TacPack functions will only be available under the platform your TacPack license applies to.

Iris Simulations' 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!

Metal2Mesh TacPack Powered Mirage 2000 Enters Open Beta Testing!
posted April 17th, 2014

Metal2Mesh has recently begun offering their amazing-looking TacPack-powered Mirage in open beta-form (unfinished test version). Customers who purchase the aircraft during beta will have full access to all  builds.

"This is an "OPEN BETA". The aircraft in not complete (unfinished). It is still in development stages and very incomplete. By us releasing the aircraft as an OPEN BETA, it will allow us to focus completely on finishing this aircraft quickly instead of prolonging it for another year. That is why we are offering this unique way to include you to participate and receive ealry builds before the general public so we are able to finish this amazing aircraft."

  • Highly detailed 3D model and vrtual cockpit.
  • Realistic flight dynamics
  • High resolution Textures, including specular and bump mapping
  • High fidelity cockpit functionality
  • Realistic afterburner and wing vapor effects
  • Special and military liveries
  • "In Sim" loadout manager
  • VRS TacPack-Powered releasable weapon systems

Dino Cattaneo Unleashes TacPack'd Naval 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
  • Lockeed 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!

TacPack Now Available As Stand-alone Purchase!
posted February 7th, 2014

The Superbug is no longer a prerequisite for purchasing the TacPack! However please note that in order to fully enjoy all the features the TacPack has to offer, VRS strongly recommends using the product with a TacPack-Powered aircraft such as the Superbug. A number of other TacPack powered aircraft are already either completed or in the final stages of development.

In addition, a TacPack/Superbug bundle is now available which will discount the package by $5.00 when purchased together from the VRS store. Sorry, but no retroactive discounts can be offered. This is a limited-time offer, so don't delay!

TacPack v1.4 Released!
posted October 4th, 2013

Major features include full support via the TacPack SDK for third-party aircraft integration. Current (publicly committed) TacPack developers include Aerosoft, Iris Simulations, Metal2Mesh, Razbam, and Dino Cattaneo. Yet more developers have not yet gone openly public but have stated their intentions to adopt the system. The TacPack SDK documentation is available to all online. For a full list of features in 1.4, please see the VRS support wiki version history for the TacPack and Superbug. Existing customers may download the updates for both the Superbug and the TacPack by visiting the TacPack support forum. Best of luck to all third-party developers, and we'll see you in the [un]friendly skies!

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VRS TacPack is the first true single and multi-player tactical combat modification for Flight Simulator X (consumer use)  and Lockheed Martin® Prepar3D (commercial use). The TacPack is a technology platform and SDK that allows third-party developers to integrate multi-player-capable combat systems.

Lethal Weapons: The TacPack features many tactical enhancements for FSX, but of course the most dramatic attribute of the system are the provisions for accurately modeled, lethal weapon systems for any aircraft that leverages the TacPack SDK.

Hardcore Avionics: While the weapon systems are the TacPack's primary claim to fame, they're far from the only systems the TacPack offers; Aircraft which are TacPack Powered may be designed from the ground-up to utilize TacPack technologies which have never before been available on any FSX aircraft, much less combat aircraft. These include systems like true in-VC video for FLIR and weapon-sensors, HMD support, target padlocking and much much more.

Multiplayer: Designed from the ground-up with multiplayer in mind, the TacPack passes critical combat information such as IFF, RWR and Radar to all players in the session. Up to 8 teams may be created by the TacPack host. In-session assets such as fully synchronized moving carriers with point-defense systems, SAM sites, and more may be deployed by team members. Of course all air warfare systems also work in single-player.

VRS F/A-18E Superbug X is the culmination of almost 6 years of meticulous work and research. Experience the most detailed and accurate simulation of a combat aircraft ever developed for Microsoft Flight Simulator. From avionics to weapon systems, if it's in the real aircraft, it's probably in this simulation!

True Fly-by-Wire: The Superbug is not an ordinary FSX/P3D aircraft; It uses a highly sophisticated Control Augmentation System (CAS) coupled with a 100% custom flight director and autopilot. The CAS fuctions identically to the real aircraft in almost every respect. Release the stick at any attitude and the aircraft can maintain bank angle/flight path angle with no trim required.

State-of-the-art virtual cockpit (VC): In addition to beauty and functionality, the virtual cockpit is designed to allow maximum flexibility in both desktop and hardware cockpit (simpit) use by providing user-configurable levels of detail coupled with the ability to completely hide the VC in favor of a conformal HUD. An extensive array of 2D panels are provided for touchscreen applications.

Unmatched Avionic Simulation: The Superbug does not use "off the shelf" FSX avionics. Every display and function is completely faithful the real aircraft and meticulously recreated from NATOPS flight manuals. TacPack owners will also enjoy additional avionics functionality such as fully-functional weapon and FLIR tactical displays.

Please read applicable system requirements BEFORE purchasing any product! VRS cannot offer refunds based on a failure to read and understand these requirements!

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