AzurPoly surprised us in September with the announcement that they were working on the C-160 Transall for Microsoft Flight Simulator. The military transport aircraft is a bit of a departure to the developers, who have previously worked on smaller airplanes like the TB-30 and the Fouga Magister.
Since then, AzurPoly has given us a few sneak peeks here and there into the ongoing development of the C-160, showing an increasingly better-looking model that seems to do justice to the real aircraft!
Work on C-160 has progressed quite significantly since the last time we wrote about it. The airplane now looks very much complete on the outside, and even the flight deck is now showing some textures. AzurPoly has said that this work has been done with performance in mind, with early tests indicating that the C-160 needs only about half the memory of your typical airliner in MSFS. Good news for users with low-end PCs or consoles!
In a few of the images above, you’ll notice a few shots depicting the rear cargo bay, which AzurPoly is building to be fully functional, including cargo dropping and parachuting capabilities! That would be a rather cool and unique feature that could set this airplane apart.
The last images shared by the developer, published earlier this week, are especially impressive. They feature one of the liveries that will come with the package, a special paint scheme to commemorate the long service of the C-160 with the French Air Force. It was designed for the last flight tour of the aircraft earlier this year, right before its retirement.
The AzurPoly C-160 continues to be worked on, with no clear estimate for a release at this moment. We expect a few additional months of development, but AzurPoly has confirmed that they are aiming at a simultaneous release for both PC and Xbox!
2023 is looking to be the year of large military aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator. Besides the C-160, we’re looking forward to other transporter planes like the C5M and C-17 from DC Designs and, of course, the legendary B-52, which is coming to MSFS by the talented hands of SimWorks Studios.