Belsimtek with The Fighter Collection and Eagle Dynamics have released the DCS: F-5E Tiger II for pre-purchase.
The DCS: F-5E Tiger II will be available for a 20% discount ($47.99) until July when the price will increase to $59.99. In addition, pre-purchasers will receive a 20% full-price value in bonus points for future purchases.
The F-5E was developed by Northrop Corporation in the early 1970s. The light tactical fighter was an upgraded version based on previous F-5A developments. Its combat role encompasses air superiority, ground support, and ground attack. Given its mission flexibility, ease of operation, and low cost, the Tiger II has, and continues to serve, air forces across the world.
The aircraft has trapeziform wings, two turbojet engines equipped with afterburners, and tricycle landing gear. Pitch, roll, and yaw control systems are hydraulically actuated to relieve control stick and rudder pedals forces. An artificial feel system is built in the pitch and roll control systems to simulate aerodynamic loads for the pilot. For example: after the landing gear is retracted, left and right movement of the control stick is limited by a spring mechanism to prevent excessive roll rates.
The cockpit is fitted with a Martin Baker SIII S-3 ejection seat, two UHF radios, automatic direction finder, radio navigation system, and a standard set of navigation lights. Landing and taxi lights are located on the underside of each engine inlet duct are extended together with the landing gear. The cockpit canopy provides a superb in-flight view appropriate for air-to-air operations.
The F-5E is armed with two 20-mm M39-A3 cannons with 280 rounds per each. They are located in the nose section, forward of the cockpit. Special deflectors are used to avoid compressor stall conditions caused by hot gas ingestion as a bi-product of operating the M-39-A3. Each cannon is capable of firing at a rate of 1500 to 1700 rounds per minute. The wingtips incorporate a launcher rail capable of firing AIM-9 infrared-guided missiles.
Five hard points (one centerline pylon and four underwing pylons) allow the aircraft to carry different types of air-to-ground weapons (bombs, cluster munitions, and rockets) 6,400lb (about 3000kg). In addition, illumination ammunition and cargo containers can be attached. To increase flight duration and range, external fuel tanks can be attached to three hard points (a centerline pylon and two inboard pylons). Manoeuvrability and speed can be maximized in combat by jettisoning all external stores.
• Professional Flight Model that accurately mimics the performance and flight characteristics of this legendary fighter
• Highly detailed, six-degrees-of-freedom (6 DOF) cockpit
• Interactive cockpit
• Fully modelled weapon system
• Accurate F-5E model with multiple country markings
• Detailed modelling of the F-5E instruments, engine, radios, fuel, electrical, and hydraulic systems
• Single missions and full set of training missions will be created while in Early Access
• Full and Quick Start manuals in Russian and English
• Extended Campaign for the F-5E by Maple Flags Missions Developer (not included in the module package)