After the successful release of the acclaimed C-160 Transall for Microsoft Flight Simulator on PC and Xbox, prolific flight sim developer AzurPoly has announced their next project, the OV-10 Bronco. The French-based studio announced the exciting news via a brief statement on their Facebook page, keeping fans on their toes for another high-fidelity aircraft!
The OV-10 Bronco, originally designed in the 1960s by North American Aviation (later Rockwell International) for counter-insurgency and light attack duties, boasts twin turboprop engines, a unique design with a central nacelle containing the cockpit, and cargo space, with twin booms supporting the tail. It served across various branches of the U.S. military and was flown by other nations as well. With a rich history and distinct design, the Bronco will provide a new and intriguing challenge for MSFS players.
The OV-10 Bronco also has a significant history with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire), which provides an additional layer of interest for this upcoming project.
While the OV-10 Bronco has a military origin, it has seen remarkable service outside the combat zone, particularly in fire management. Notably, CalFire has been utilizing the OV-10 Bronco as an air attack platform since the 1990s. These Broncos act as command and control of other aircraft, guiding them to precise drop locations for water or fire retardant to combat wildfires. AzurPoly’s typical commitment to replicating an authentic experience with their aircraft raises the exciting possibility of the inclusion of a CalFire variant in their OV-10 Bronco project for MSFS.
Interestingly, the announcement of AzurPoly’s OV-10 Bronco project follows a recent preview of another Bronco in development for MSFS that we reported on earlier this year. This makes it a thrilling time for fans of this aircraft, who now have the prospect of not just one, but two Broncos to explore in the near future.
AzurPoly has proven itself to be a reputable developer within the MSFS community, with the release of the C-160 Transall earlier this year earning rave reviews. The Transall was lauded for its high fidelity model, immersive cockpit, detailed systems and overall flight behavior that allowed players to truly feel like they were at the controls of the transport aircraft.
While the C-160 Transall brought a taste of heavy-duty military transport to MSFS, the Bronco is a lighter, more nimble aircraft, known for its versatility. It will be intriguing to see how AzurPoly translates these characteristics into the digital world of MSFS, given their great track record thus far.
As with the previous projects, AzurPoly will look into developing the OV-10 Bronco with high-quality models and textures, replicating the aircraft’s unique features and flight characteristics. While the exact details about the project are yet to be revealed, we should expect an immersive flight experience, with precise handling, rich sound design, and great graphics.
Stay tuned for future updates on the development of the AzurPoly OV-10 Bronco!