The Microsoft Flight Simulator video game series is likely to have an F-15 Eagle fighter jet add-on this month after a third-party team of developers decided to work on introducing it to the platform.
Microsoft Flight Simulator, also known as MSFS or FS, is a series of amateur flight simulator programs for Microsoft Windows operating systems.
Being an early product in the Microsoft application portfolio, the series is one of the longest-running, best known, and one of the most comprehensive home flight simulators currently available in the market.
Reports suggest the add-on feature, which has been developed by DC Designs, could be available to consumers as early as January 18.
According to reports, the F-18 add-on will come along with four variants of the American-made fourth-generation fighter jet — 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 the game, while virtual pilots will be able to select and load ordnance, it remains unclear whether the pilots would possess the access to fire the guns or release other kinds of payloads.
Developed under US aerospace giant McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing), the F-15 Eagle is an all-weather tactical fighter that was designed in 1967 to cater to 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 from beyond visual range and have the air-to-ground capability to penetrate hostile air and ground defenses to deliver up to 24,000lb of precision ordnance.
“The F-15 is an affordable, low-risk solution that maintains capacity and adds the capability to the US Air Force while preserving the Air Superiority and Homeland Defense missions,” a statement released by Boeing read.
“Today’s F-15 offers next-generation technologies including an advanced cockpit, AESA radar, digital electronic warfare suite, the world’s fastest mission computer and modern sensors to remain ahead of current and evolving threats. With more speed, more range, and more payload, the undefeated F-15 is combat-ready today,” it said.
While the fighter jet is capable of attaining a top speed of Mach 2.5 (roughly 2,000 mph), DC Designs have mentioned that the Microsoft Flight Simulator currently has a barrier in place to prevent virtual pilots from reaching that speed in the game.
However, according to sources, once the barrier is removed, the users would not have any problem in attaining those speeds on the fighter jet.