The Tupolev Tu-95, also known by its NATO reporting name Bear, is a large, long-range strategic bomber and missile platform that was designed and manufactured by the Soviet Union. It is one of the most iconic and distinctive aircraft in the history of aviation due to its unique design feature of contra-rotating propellers.
Key features of the Tupolev Tu-95 include:
The Tu-95 is powered by four Kuznetsov NK-12 turboprop engines, each driving two large, counter-rotating propellers. The contra-rotating propellers enhance the aircraft’s efficiency and reduce noise.
The Tu-95 was primarily designed as a strategic bomber capable of delivering nuclear weapons. It has a very long operational range, allowing it to fly for extended periods without refuelling.
In addition to its role as a bomber, the Tu-95 has been adapted for various other missions, including maritime patrol, reconnaissance, and airborne early warning. Different variants were developed for these purposes.
The Tu-95 is easily recognizable by its large, swept-back wings and the unique propeller configuration. The distinctive design contributes to its iconic status.
The Tu-95 entered service with the Soviet Air Force in the 1950s and has been continuously upgraded and modified over the years. It played a significant role during the Cold War as a strategic nuclear bomber.
Russia has continued to maintain and modernize its Tu-95 fleet, including the development of new variants and the integration of modern avionics and weapons systems.
While the Tu-95 is an older aircraft, it remains a symbol of Russian military aviation and continues to serve in various roles in the Russian Aerospace Forces. It has also been the subject of international attention due to its long-range patrols near the borders of other countries, which can provoke diplomatic and military responses.
It is designed for simulations and supports movement from the JSBSim Flight Dynamics Model (FDM) library. This vehicle comes with two movement types, each with its own vehicle Blueprint: JSBSim integrated and projectile based movement.
JSBSim is an open source, platform-independent, flight dynamics model in C++, and the movement system uses data from its FDM, which can be easily replaced, as described in the documentation below.
A sample showcase/demo Blueprint has been included with an environment map and User Interface (UI). When you “Play” the map, the UI includes camera presets, sliders, and buttons to demonstrate the key functionalities of the vehicle. From this map you can also start flying the vehicle.
Disclaimer: This vehicle uses the Volumetrics plugin from Epic Games and JSBSim Flight Dynamics Model (FDM) from the JSBSim team for demonstration purposes only. The vehicle can be used and modified without these plugins enabled in your personal projects.
The Volumetrics plugin is used for the clouds in the scene by utilizing the volume creation and rendering tools therein.
The JSBSim FDM integrated movement requires an appropriate flight model in XML format. Vigilante LLC uses only the publicly available FDMs and does not provide actual airplane FDM itself.
All rights of the Volumetrics plugin and the JSBSim library are the exclusive property of Epic Games and the JSBSim team respectively. Vigilante does make any warranties, inferred or implied, regarding the use of Epic’s plugins nor of the JSBSim team’s library or flight models.
- Compliant with SISO Entity Reference No.: 22.214.171.124.5
- High quality vehicle mesh with a fully detailed interior
- Flight functionality with JSBSim-integrated as well as projectile-based movements
- Textures controllable via Blueprint parameter
- Emissive material driven lights for increased performance
- DIS/HLA (RPR FOM) integration ready
- Openable canopy as well as retractable gears
- Adjustable flaps, rudders, stabilizers, air brake, and ailerons
- Damaged vehicle state and associated fire and smoke FX
- Uses Volumetrics plugin from Epic Games
Number of Blueprints: 19
Input: Keyboard, Mouse, DIS / HLA (RPR FOM) Protocols
Network Replicated: No, requires integration into a Network Replicated Product or System
Supported Development Platforms: Win-64
Documentation (PDF): Click here for the vehicle documentation
Vigilante Asset Customization Guide (PDF): Click here for the Vigilante Asset Guide