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Nimitz Class Vol.1


Nimitz Class Vol. 1 allows you to immerse yourself in carrier ops, giving you the first two ships of the Nimitz class, modelled in stunning detail. From the shooter launching you off the catapult to catching the 3-wire on a pitching deck, from walking through the hangar to arranging aircraft like a deck handler, the SWS Nimitz & Ike allow you to experience carrier ops with a level of immersion hitherto unavailable!

Delivery Method

Compatibility: P3Dv4, P3Dv5


The next chapter in SWS’ carrier ops technology features two carriers of the Nimitz class modelled in stunning detail. SWS' CVN-68 USS Nimitz and CVN-69 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower are the most detailed carriers created to date for any simulator. Highlights include:

  • High quality models of CVN-68 (2017) and CVN-69 (2016)
  • Complete air wing for each carrier, which can be placed using the Deck Configuration Gauge
  • Fully animated carriers: raise the catapult bubbles, LSO platform and control the elevators and doors, with more than 15 user-controlled animations!
  • Animated arrestor cables
  • Animated catappult JBDs, shuttles and steam
  • AI MH-60R plane guard helicopter which launches and lands on deck
  • Automatic or manual control over nine separate ship lighting systems
  • Carriers Extended v2.0 features:
    • SWS Fleet Placer allows placement of fleets anywhere with a few clicks
    • Create any deck state you want using our Deck Configuration gauge
    • Animated arrestor cables
    • Realistic catapult launches
    • IFLOLS, MOVLAS & LRLS: realistic simulation of optical landing aids, including stabilisation and scaling
    • Weather-based pitching & rolling decks, created using real data
    • TACAN & ICLS
    • PALS (Autoland) based on the real SPN-42A
    • Custom SWS LSO
    • Independently controlled ship lights
  • Shore-based IFLOLS at:
    • NAS Fallon
    • NAS Key West
    • NAS Kingsville
    • NAS Lemoore
    • NAS Meridian
    • NAS Norfolk
    • NAS Oceana
    • NAS Patuxent River
    • NAS Pensacola
    • NAS Point Mugu
    • NAS Whidbey Island
    • NAWS China Lake
    • NALF Fentress
    • NALF Orange Grove
    • NALF San Clemente Island
    • NAF Atsugi
    • NAF El Centro
    • MCAS Miramar
    • NAS JRB New Orleans


Included in the package are the first two ships of the Nimitz Class, CVN-68 USS Nimitz and CVN-69 Dwight D. Eisenhower. We have implemented new modelling techniques to allow for meticulous intricacy without sacrificing performance.

Both ships feature a highly detailed flight deck. From the anti-skid texture to the crowded catwalks, from marking of water stations to the instructions on the life rafts, no detail has been spared. Furthermore, the carriers come with an accessible hangar deck that you can walk all the way back to the fantail.

Additionally, a full assortment of high detail aircraft, vehicles and crew are included with the Nimitz, providing great detail from up close, but also highly optimised for performance!


The Nimitz class series will serve as the flagship of our Carriers Extended v2.0 technology. Be a pilot or manage the ship! Experience first-hand what CEX brings to the table.

Crowded deck!

Debuting on the Nimitz is our deck configuration technology. Allowing you to get in the shoes of a handler, place crew, vehicles and aircraft from any squadron, anywhere on the ship’s decks in real time, as well as save your custom deck states at will. Experience what it’s like to be a deck handler, trying to squeeze 70+ aircraft in the ship without fouling the decks.

The first carrier-based AI aircraft for P3D

In another first for SWS, an AI guard helicopter is included as a free bonus with the Nimitz!

launch the MH-60 plane guard and watch it take-off, fly out and orbit near the carrier on plane guard duty. After flight ops are finished, call the helicopter back and watch as it guides itself to land on one of the available helipads.

Get a taste of what's coming down the road!

AI ship management

An AI system handles the ship’s systems depending on whether it’s in the launch or recovery state. The AI also controls the ship’s lighting based on time-of-day and prevailing weather conditions.

Of course, you may take over control of the ship’s system at any time and handle things yourself!

Expandable animations

Crew are no longer statues and don't appear out of context! A robust system allows us to spawn animated objects on the ship according to the selected operational state. Shooters & LSOs are the first animated objects finding their way onto the carriers, with more coming as the technology evolves.

Of course, our tow truck system from USS Midway makes a reappearance for those that don’t fancy taxying and prefer to tow their aircraft in place.

Realistic NAVAIDs!

Expanding on our previous implementation of TACAN, CEX carriers now come equipped with an ILS system and SPN-41 ICLS and SPN-42 PALS (requires aircraft-side integration). Furthermore, accurate simulation of the visual landing aids such as IFLOLS and LRLS is now possible, accounting for ship motion and hook-to-eye corrections.

Our visual landing aids (IFLOLS and LRLS) are simulated with a fidelity second to none. The IFLOLS can be set for a glideslope of 3.5, 3.75, or 4.0 degrees, compensates for aircraft size (hook-to-eye) by rolling the light-box just like the real thing, and has three stabilization modes (point, line, and inertial) with realistic lag and limits. To top it off, MOVLAS at three separate stations has been added in service pack 1!


Smart tools make it easy to enable our features on any aircraft with a hook and wheels within minutes! The CEX framework powering Nimitz is constantly updated and supports the best freeware and payware naval aircraft out-of-the-box. Please note that unless otherwise indicated, the list below lists aircraft with launch and arresting hook compatibility. TACAN/ILC/PALS/ACLS need to be implemented by the respective developer and will be labeled as "fully supported":

  • SimWorks Studios
    • F-4B Phantom II - FULLY SUPPORTED
  • AlphaSim
    • RA-5C Vigilante
    • A-3 Skywarrior*1
  • IndiaFoxtEcho
    • C-2 Greyhound
    • E-2 Hawkeye
    • F-14D Tomcat
    • F-35B/C Lightning - TACAN,ILS
    • S-3B Viking
    • T-45 Goshawk
    • TA-4J Skyhawk - FULLY SUPPORTED
  • Aerosoft
    • F-14 Extended - FULLY SUPPORTED
  • DC Designs
    • F/A-18E/F/G Super Hornets - FULLY SUPPORTED
  • FSX: Acceleration
    • F/A-18C Hornet
  • FSX Blue Angels
    • F/A-18C Hornet
  • MilViz
    • F-4J*2 Phantom II
  • Piglet
    • A-1 Skyraider
    • A-7 Corsair II Vol.1, 2, 3
    • A-7 Corsair II TP
  • Sim-Outhouse
    • C-1A Trader
  • Virtavia
    • A-4 Skyhawk
    • A-6 Intruder
    • AJ-2 Savage
    • E-2C Hawkeye (Steam)
    • EA-6B Prowler
    • F-11F Tiger
    • F-3H Demon
    • F-4D Skyray
  • VRS
    • F/A-18E Superbug

*1-Partially implemented

*2-Not compatible with ADV version

More Information


  •  Prepar3D v4.5
  •  Quad Core Processor at 3.0GHz or better
  •  8GB RAM or more
  •  4GB DirectX 11 GPU or better
  •  2GB of Hard Drive space
  •  Visual C++ 2017 x64 (included)


  •  Prepar3D v4.5
  •  Quad Core Processor at 3.6GHz or better
  •  16GB RAM
  •  8GB DirectX 11 GPU or better
  •  2GB of Hard Drive space
  •  Visual C++ 2017 x64 (included)


P3Dv4, P3Dv5



Third Party Compatibility

Carriers Extended!



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