Third party aircraft maker IndiaFoxtEcho has an ambitious roadmap laid out that they say will cover their plans for the rest of the year and into next year as well. Listing both MSFS and DCS projects, it looks like they will have plenty of new aircraft content for interested parties. Let’s have a look at what they are doing!
DCS aircraft on the way
IndiaFoxtEcho have two DCS aircraft announced. The DCS: MB-339 and the DCS: G-91. They also specifically included a disclaimer saying that they have ideas for other DCS projects but that they are only listing projects that they have a contract with Eagle Dynamics for development so take of that what you will.
The MB-339 is the most complete and the update says that they are doing final testing and implementing multi-crew. I suspect we’ll see this coming up on the Eagle Dynamics store relatively soon.
The G-91 is earlier in the process right now and 3D modeling and texturing of the cockpit is underway. I suspect this one still has a long way to go. Given how long it took the 339 to be developed it seems possible that this will be a 2023 release.
More detailed updates on both projects are apparently coming soon so look for that.
Plenty of MSFS projects too
Over on the Microsoft Flight Simulator side, there’s plenty of activity as well. Their recently released F-35 is set to pick up a major flight model update as the team is actively modeling the FCS (flight control system) which should increase the realism for the jet fighter.
The acrobatic Su-31 has been in development for a while. The devs report that they are still not fully satisfied with the flight model but that it should be good enough for release soon. Projected release date is end of March.
Coming no sooner than April is the Aermacchi M-346 advanced jet trainer. The team is still working on animations and upgrading their 3D model from the original P3D version that they made. Work is apparently ongoing with the avionics too.
Two new projects were listed that we haven’t heard them talk about previously. First, a Eurofighter Typhoon is in the works and a 3D model was shown off for the first time. And second, an F-14D Super Tomcat is also being worked on. The project is considered experimental at this point as it features a higher resolution mesh than their other aircraft projects, higher resolution textures, and apparently performance has suffered some from taking this approach. This would also go head to head with another F-14 (from DC Designs) should it release.
Other projects are being examined right now or in early stages which include the MB-326, M-345, TA-4/ A-4 Skyhawk, Mini 500 helicopter, E-2C Hawkeye, and a C-27J Spartan. Not all of these are in full development but they are being actively considered.
All in all, it’s clear that these developers have no intent on slowing down in 2022 and we should see a year of releases from IndiaFoxtEcho across both MSFS and DCS. For more news and updates be sure to check out their Facebook page.
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I hate to be a stick in the mud, but IndiaFoxtEcho seems to be a bit lackluster in their choice of aircraft for DCS. Okay, the MB-339 was already a mod and in MSFS, and I bought the plane for FS, but the G-91 for 2023, is it really worth the effort?
There are planes that people are lined up around the block to buy, waiting years for someone to build, and they’re going to spend a year making a G-91? I’ve never even seen that plane mentioned in a forum. I don’t get it.
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I know what you mean. If someone were asking me what my wish list for DCS World aircraft would be, you’d not ever find the G-91 on my list anywhere. It’s just not on my radar.
If someone put a CF-100 into DCS as an official module I’m betting both of us would buy it on the spot 🙂
I trust that the devs there are building the kind of aircraft they have the resources and interest to put into DCS. Maybe a few of us will learn to love it.
A CF-100 would be just fine, thank you.
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Now I’ve done it… 🙂
I don’t mind the more esoteric entrances to the DCS stable. I can see myself, once the dynamic campaign system is up and running, flying a G91 low level trying to attack a bridge or whatever. I think it would be good, stressful, fun, if used in the right scenario/timeline. Much like the F5, or MiG 15, or F86. I wouldn’t want to fly any of them against F16s or 18s…
But then again, I wouldn’t disparage the G91 or the intentions of the people making it. I’ll buy it, if only to support the developer. Not everyone has time for a study sim ala the F16…both flying and developing it.
What I don’t understand is flying anything military, except transports, over in MSFS. That, to me, seems like a complete waste of time. Systems aren’t good, the purpose of the machine is not represented, flight models are so so. I mean…why? But to each their own.
I think there is a fun aspect to flying mil stuff in MSFS. I kind of like the idea of touring the country in an F18. You can take an RV, or a pickup, or a bus, or a Lamborghini. My install of MSFS is a disaster right now, but if it worked, I’d be smoking the Rockies in a fighter jet simply because it’s fun.
It’s all about sales. When you have a company like PMDG saying that they sold more DC-6’s for MSFS players in the opening day of sales than they had across FSX, P3D and X-Plane combined in the lifetime of the same product you know that MSFS aircraft are highly lucrative. Even the military ones.
And yeah it is like touring in a Lamborghini 🙂