The Microsoft Flight Simulator video game series will likely have an F-15 Eagle fighter jet add-on this month after a team of third-party developers decide to work on its introduction to the platform.
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Microsoft Flight Simulator, also known as MSFS or FS, is a series of amateur flight simulation programs for Microsoft Windows operating systems.
Being one of the first products in the Microsoft application portfolio, the series is one of the oldest, best-known and most comprehensive domestic flight simulators available on the market today.
Reports suggest that the add-on feature, which was developed by DC Designs, could be available to consumers as early as January 18.
According to reports, the F-18 add-on will come with four variants of the American-made fourth-generation fighter aircraft – F-15C (air superiority), F-15 D (combat capable trailer), F- 15 E (Strike Eagle) and F-15 I (a variant used by the Israel Defense Forces).
In-game, while virtual pilots will be able to select and load ammo, it remains unclear whether pilots would have access to fire the cannons or release other types of payloads.
Developed under US aerospace giant McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing), the F-15 Eagle is an all-weather tactical fighter designed in 1967 to meet the US Air Force’s need for a dedicated air superiority fighter.
The fighter is armed with air-to-air missiles that can be launched beyond visual range and have the air-to-ground capability to penetrate hostile air and ground defenses to deliver up to 24,000 lbs of precision ammunition.
“The F-15 is an affordable, low-risk solution that maintains capability and adds capability to the US Air Force while preserving air superiority and home defense missions,” said a statement issued by Boeing.
“Today’s F-15 offers next-generation technologies including an advanced cockpit, AESA radar, a digital electronic warfare suite, the world’s fastest mission computer, and modern sensors to stay in touch. ahead of current and evolving threats. With more speed, more range and more payload, the undefeated F-15 is ready for battle today, ”he said.
While the fighter jet is capable of reaching a top speed of Mach 2.5 (around 2,000 mph), DC Designs mentioned that the Microsoft Flight Simulator currently has a barrier in place to prevent virtual pilots from achieve this speed in the game.
However, according to sources, once the barrier was removed, users would have no problem reaching these speeds on the fighter jet.
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