A hunter-killer remote attack helicopter intended to support infantry in multiple roles, namely those requiring air support.
About this creation
Developed by the Welby-Simms Arms Development Corporation and manufactured by Zenarms, the formidable Remote Infantry Support Aircraft model 7, designation 'Gyrfalcon', has proven itself useful in many environments.
It is not particularly fast, easily outrun by most reconnaissance drones, much as it is inferior in stealth.
It is, however, exceedingly agile; Gyrfalcons have developed a fearsome reputation among battlefield helicopter pilots for their ability to rapidly spin around in an anti-clockwise direction thanks to the torque produced by the rotor.
They are relatively easy to pilot, compared to some competing designs.
There is an interesting feature regarding the rocket pods: the vents for the propellant gases are on the sides, vectoring the blast of hot gas to the side and behind; this has caused many accidents among inexperienced operators, as that blast also moves the vehicle.
When both are fired at once, the RISA-7 moves forwards.
When one is fired, it twists and spins in an unpredictable manner; experienced operators use this to escape from enemy fire, although the onboard computer can be set to counter the rotation for rookies.
Easy to repair and manufacture, though.
Well, apart from the flywheel; the RISA has a flywheel behind the rotor assembly; this flywheel spins to counter the torque of the rotor as desired, and can be easily turned off: thanks to the technology used, it can be spun up or stopped at will.
Really drains the power in the onboard fuel cell, but that thing lasts for a hundred years of use anyway, no worries there.
Well, when used to power ovens, anyway.
In the field it's good for maybe 24-36 hours of flight, depending on how strenuous said flight is.
Usually issued on a platoon level basis, the Gyrfalcon is a proven design and is not likely to be discarded from the Imperial armoury at any point in the next fifty years.
After both rockets have been fired, the pods fall off, converting the once lethal Gyrfalcon into a fairly standard battlefield scout UAV.