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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.
Aerosoft F6
Aerosoft Releases TacPack-Powered F6 Lightning!
posted Sept 16th, 2015

Aerosoft Has just released a beautiful rendition of the English Electric Lightning, which was designed in the late 1950`s as an interceptor. This class of aircraft had to have great speed and even better climb speed to intercept the Russian bombers before they could reach their targets.

"The F6 version in this product is not an easy aircraft to fly. It’s complex and full of systems you have to manage without the aid of modern electronics. Landing especially is hard as the landing speed is awfully high and there are many things you have to check. Aircraft of this type are rare for Flight Simulator and we feel the Lightning fills a niche that needed filling."
TacPack-powered Aerosoft F6 Lighting Features Include:
  • Four models and ten liveries
  • Highly detailed and accurate modeling with specialized animations throughout
  • All instruments are faithfully reproduced in 3D
  • Advanced flight dynamics.
  • Choice of Firestreak or Redtop missiles (or none) (TacPack required)
  • Cockpit ladder and array of ground equipment
  • Customized taxi lights
  • Arrester hooks, Overwing tanks, ventral (gun) tank models included
  • Multi zoned dimmable cockpit lighting
  • More realistic brake chute by use of additional coding
  • Realistic in-flight refueling rate (Refueling can take place when set parameters are reached to simplify the task for the less experienced fliers) (TacPack required)
  • Wing to wing fuel transfer
  • Aerosoft Sound Module that adds sound to switches, controls and events for a more immersive environment. Engine sounds recorded during ground runs at the LPG (Lightning Preservation Group
  • Navigation in Direct TACAN and ILS modes (VOR/TACAN conversion card included)
  • Full Autopilot and Flight Director
  • Radar showing coastlines, runways and/or air traffic (TacPack required)
  • Many special effects including engine start, engine fires and day and night reheat etc
  • Ejection sequence (for when things go badly wrong)
  • Extensive documentation with authentic Flight Reference Cards for Normal and Emergency procedures, and a set of Pilots notes all reproduced from the service Air Publications, and a manual to explain specific usages in the simulator
  • Bonus model of a F2A exterior included especially for repainters  Note:- External model only, VC remains Mk6
  • TacPack (purchased separately) compatible
Razbam A-7Razbam Releases TacPack-Powered A-7 Corsair II!
posted Sept 11th, 2015

Razbam Sims has recently released their stunning recreation of the Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair II with TacPack support! The A-7 airframe design was based on the successful supersonic F-8 Crusader produced by Chance Vought. It was one of the first combat aircraft to feature a head-up display (HUD), an inertial navigation system (INS), and a turbofan engine.

"The Corsair II, which first entered service in the late 1960's, is a carrier-based subsonic light attack aircraft introduced to replace the United States Navy's A-4 Skyhawk.

The Corsair was later adopted by the United States Air Force, to include the Air National Guard, to replace the A-1 Skyraider, F-100 Super Sabre and F-105 Thunderchief. The aircraft was also exported to Greece in the 1970s, and Portugal and Thailand in the late 1980s." --Wikipedia
Razbam A-7 Corsair II Features Include:
  • Comprehensive representation of cockpit systems
  • New detailed virtual cockpit
  • Highly detailed exterior representation of all A-7Xs
  • High Fidelity Cockpit functionality
  • Complete representation of the armament panel, with working armament stations, fusing, selection and weapon delivery modes
  • 6 aircraft variants and 16 liveries in all
  • Extensive documentation and Manual in PDF format

TacPack-Powered Features Include:

  • Air-to-Air refueling capability
  • A/G Radar with up to 6 modes representations (Air to ground ranging, Beacon mode, Ground Mapping, Pencil mode & Terrain Avoidance)
  • Guided Weapons: AIM-9L Sidewinders and AGM-65 Mavericks
  • Droppable weapons: Mk-82, Mk-82 Snakeye, Mk-83, Mk-84, CBU-100 Rockeye II
  • Fully working M61 Vulcan 20 mm cannon

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.

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)
Milviz's TacPack-Powered P-38L Lightning!
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:

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 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
  • Much, much more!
Aerosoft 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"!
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's 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
  • 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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