Moscow VPTC was established in January 2001 as an informal, non-profit organization whose objective was to unite virtual pilots of the Moscow region. VPTC goal was to organize joint virtual missions through local area networks (LAN) of the capital’s game clubs using the Flanker 2.5 flight simulator. Flanker 2.5 allowed players to fly modern, Russian combat aircraft such as the Su-27, Su-33 and MiG-29K.
VPTC command staff developed and implemented their own flight training syllabus based on the methods established by real world flying schools and air combat units of Russian Air Force. This has allowed virtual pilots to effectively prepare for missions without any prior knowledge of combat aviation.
Over a three year period, the center has successfully trained virtual pilots and has taken part in three All-Russian Flanker 2.5 Championships. During these competitions, they earned convincing victories and garnered the majority of nominations.
A pilot group was created on the basis of VPTC. This group performs air show-type flights, similar to those performed by real aerobatic groups of the Russian Air Force like the “Russian Knights” and the “Swifts.” The VPTC squadron has performed shows at the Moscow Aviation and Space Show MAKS’2003; the opening ceremony of Russian Computer Sports Cup; the Aviation Simulators Chkalov Cup held within the framework of the 1st Festival of Pilot Groups 2004; and other events.
Today, VPTC is mastering a new combat aviation simulator, Lock On: Modern Air Combat, which is a continuation of the legendary Flanker PC-simulators.
In addition to the seven flyable aircraft of Lock On: Modern Air Combat, the Flaming Cliffs adds the Su-25T to the stable of aircraft.
Combat modes of the Su-25T include:
Close Air Combat, mode Fi0;
CCIP and CCRP modes to deliver unguided bombs and rockets against ground targets;
Fire and forget optically guided missiles and bombs for use against ground targets;
Semi-active laser-guided missiles and bombs for use against ground targets;
Infrared-guided missiles for use against ground targets;
Internal gun and externally mounted gun pods for use against ground and air targets;
Backup, optical aiming mode “Grid” (Setka) in case of malfunction of guidance systems
Su-25T Avionics Systems
The Su-25T has the ability to search for and attack moving armor. This grew out of the need of Russian armed forces for a specialized anti-tank aircraft. In 1976, the USSR Council of Ministers issued a resolution that began the planning of an all-weather attack aircraft with anti-tank capabilities.
The primary anti-tank missile system for the Su-25T was to be the “Vihr” — later the improved to the “Vihr-M” with a laser guidance. The main acquisition and targeting system, “Shkval”, provided automatic target tracking and targeting with the laser designator and range-finder termed “Prichal”.
For low light level operation, the Su-25T can be equipped with a “belly pod”, Low Light Television (LLTV) camera termed “Mercury”. This provides a night-time, electro-optical aiming system for “Shkval”.
Imagery from the aiming systems is transferred to the IT-23M Television Monitor (TVM), which is located in the upper right portion of the instrument panel. “Shkval” optics allow a 23x scene enlargement and “Mercury” provides a 5x scene enlargement. These assist in identification of distant targets: a house at 15 km, a tank at 8-10 km, and a helicopter at 6 km.
The integrated Electronic Warfare (EW) system provides detection and direction finding of air, ground, and naval radar emitters, with an accuracy of +/- 30 degrees in azimuth. The EW system can detect and classify radars emitting in the 1.2-18 GHz bands. Adjustable, Electronic Attack (EA) jamming can be used to reduce the effectiveness of weapon control radars operating in continuous wave and pulse modes. EA pods can be fixed to under-wing suspension hard points. For protection against infrared-guided missiles, expendable flares are used. The Su-25T is equipped 192 flare cartridges. Also for protection against infrared-guided missiles, the electro-optical jamming system “Sukhogruz” is installed in the tail section of the aircraft. This powerful, cesium lamp, with an energy consumption of 6 kW, creates an amplitude-modulated jamming signal that prevents infrared-guided missiles from guiding.
To engage air defense radars, the Su-25T can be equipped with the target designation pod “Viyuga” or “Phantasmagoria.” This allows the Su-25T to designate targets for anti-radar missiles such as the Kh-58 and Kh-25MPU.
A new game “LockOn: Flaming Cliffs” is available for purchase. It is developed on the basis of “LockOn: Modern Air Combat” flight simulator. The new game is a further development of the previous version. In addition to the available aircrafts players are given a possibility to try in combat a new aircraft Su-25T intended for ground targets attack with high-accuracy weapon.
This aircraft is more efficient for the enemy’s armored vehicles fighting. While developing the game especially great attention was paid to the realism of weapon systems, avionics, flight dynamics and Su-25T aircraft physical characteristics modeling. However, a game aspect has not been overlooked. The developed campaigns and video-clips made on LockOn graphics engine contribute to the player’s full immersion into the atmosphere of severe combat collisions which take place on the territory of post-Soviet Caucasus.
New product features include:
All the capabilities of Lock On: Modern Air Combat ;
Addition of the Su-25T as a player-flyable aircraft;
Training missions with voice-over instruction;
Three new, 20-plus mission campaigns;
Improved ground texture with even greater detail;
New ground textures for winter, spring, summer and autumn;
New aircraft skins;
New military and civilian ground facilities;
New single missions;
Upgrades and feature additions to version 1.02 of Lock On: Modern Air Combat;
Adjusted and added additional documentation.
The product can be obtained in the following ways:
Full version on CD: Russian version is distributed by 1C in the CIS territories;
Full version on CD: English version is available on Natural Point, based in the USA, www.naturalpoint.com; Simware, based in Belgium, www.simw.com; RC Simulations, based in the UK, www.rcsimulations.com. Boxed version contains: Flaming Cliffs with StarForce Professional keyless protection, User Manual in PDF format, Pilot Manual in PDF format, Terrain textures for four seasons.
Web site download: Download the add-on to Lock On: Modern Air Combat (Lock On: Modern Air Combat required). — The English version can be downloaded from www.LockOn.co.uk. Payment is processed via PROTX and the download is approximately 750 MB divided onto 3 parts: Flaming Cliffs, Season Pack and Movie Pack. The add will works with English, German and French versions of Lock On. Back to Homepage for more.