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VL-DS Fireknight
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VL-DS Fireknight


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The Fireknight is a twin-engined combat jet aircraft for close air support, ground attack and tactical reconnaissance warplane with a secondary air-to-air capability. The aircraft it’s based on the Yugoslavian/Romanian Soko Orao / IAR-93 Vultur.


Many years ago, the Imperial Air Force began the development of the project Fireknight, designed to provide a low altitude, fast strike capability against targets extremely well protected, like airfields, harbors and enemy fleets. The air-to-air capacity was also required, to help the aircraft defend itself from the enemy fighters.
The requirements called for a light aircraft to be built on a simple structure, using advanced avionics, tough (able to operate on grass or damaged runways), easy to maintain and reliable. The aircraft was of conventional twin-engine, high mounted wing monoplane configuration with all flying surfaces swept.

Today (2041), the Fireknight, although obsolete in the years of Stealth aircrafts, still has an important mission, flying low under the enemy radars and destroying the enemy airfields before they can launch fighters to intercept. The fighter is also a well-known anti-ship and tank threat.

Comparable Aircraft: AMX Internacional, Soko Orao, Sepecat Jaguar, Mitsubishi F-1

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General characteristics
Crew: one
Length: 14.51 m
Wingspan: 9.42 m
Height: 4.32 m
Wing area: 31.00 m²
Empty weight: 6,750 kg
Max. takeoff weight: 15,080 kg
Powerplant: 2 × V-230 turbojets
Dry thrust: 28.79 kN each
Thrust with afterburner: 38.24 kN each
Performance
Maximum speed: 1 830 km/h
Stall speed: 115 km/h
Combat radius: 925 km
Ferry range: 2,320 km
Service ceiling: 18,000 m


Armament


Guns: 2 × 60mm ENA-60 cannons
Hardpoints: 4 wing hardpoints and 6 supports under the fuselage with a total capacity of 4000 kg and provisions to carry combinations of:
Rockets: 4 FS-1000 rocket pods with 18 90mm rockets each or 4 rocket pods with 4 152mm rockets each.
Guns: External Gun Pods with two 37mm ENA-75B guns;
Air-to-air Missiles: 8 AA-2006 “Fire-Dragon” medium range missiles; 4 AA-2020 Valkyria medium-short range missiles for self-defence.
Air-to-ground missiles: 3 D.D.N. anti-ship missiles; 8 AT-2009 Imperium anti-tank missiles; 15 AT-2040 “Vulcan” air-to-ground tactical missiles; 3 LG-1000 munitions dispensers missiles; 2 AT-1500 “Titan” heavy air-to-ground tactical missiles;
Bombs: 12 “Excalibur” Anti-runway bombs; 2 Valhalla Television-guided glide bombs;
Various unguided and Cluster bombs, Laser-guided bombs, Napalm, as well as tactical termo-nuclear bombs.
Other: ECM protection pod, Pave Spike Laser designator pod, Buddy refuelling pack or 5 Drop tanks for extended range/loitering time;

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Comments

 I like it 
  September 6, 2012
Excellent job on this fighter. It looks great.
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  August 28, 2012
Quoting Dan the Man AWESOME! Well done, and great photos too !
Thanks! ^^
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  August 28, 2012
AWESOME! Well done, and great photos too !
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  August 25, 2012
Quoting Builder Allan Cool design! Very compact and deadly looking. Lots of nice details too :-)
Thanks Builder Allan!
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  August 25, 2012
Cool design! Very compact and deadly looking. Lots of nice details too :-)
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  August 25, 2012
Quoting Marc dZ The use of tiles give great result! Awesome jet, and nice design.
Thanks!
 I like it 
  August 25, 2012
The use of tiles give great result! Awesome jet, and nice design.
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  August 24, 2012
Quoting Nick white vary nice I like the shape nice work
Thanks!
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  August 24, 2012
vary nice I like the shape nice work
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  August 24, 2012
Quoting Paulo Rodriguez Very cool, I love the modern look it had, and the colors are amazing, I might just try my hand at building a plane, this one seems very nice.
Nice! Thanks! ^^
 I like it 
  August 24, 2012
Very cool, I love the modern look it had, and the colors are amazing, I might just try my hand at building a plane, this one seems very nice.
 I made it 
  August 24, 2012
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Nice work - I especially like the edited photos, they look great :)
Thanks! ^^
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  August 24, 2012
Quoting João Ferreira Fantástico como sempre! :)
Obrigado João! Depois quero jogar contigo com o teu novo MOC. ^^
 I made it 
  August 24, 2012
Quoting Little Bricker of Brickington Awesome! Thanks for adding me as a favorite!
Thanks! Sure, I like your MOCs, you have lot´s of cool ideas!
 I made it 
  August 24, 2012
Quoting John Stahlman This is why you are one of my favorite builders! You never cease to impress!
Thanks Stahlman, you are also one of my favorite builders! ^^
 I like it 
  August 24, 2012
This is why you are one of my favorite builders! You never cease to impress!
 I like it 
  August 24, 2012
Awesome! Thanks for adding me as a favorite!
 I like it 
  August 24, 2012
Nice work - I especially like the edited photos, they look great :)
 I like it 
  August 24, 2012
Fantástico como sempre! :)
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  August 24, 2012
Quoting Locutus 666 I like that plane! It reminds me a little bit to a Mirage fighter.
True, it has a similar role to the Dassault Mirage F-1.
 I like it 
  August 24, 2012
I like that plane! It reminds me a little bit to a Mirage fighter.
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  August 24, 2012
Quoting P. Voranc Well done. Considering the fact that I've seen Orao numerous times at various locations in ex-YU, I find the Fireknight even more appealing. Even though I admire your passion for creative, imaginary planes, I think you should try to build even more nonfictional airplanes, because you're really good at it.
Right now I´m trying to create the Imperial Lego Air Force, with fighters, bombers, trainers, every kind of modern aircraft. After that, I will return to build real aircraft. Thanks Voranc! I´m glad that you have seen the Orao before, it´s a beautifull aircraft!
 I like it 
  August 24, 2012
Well done. Considering the fact that I've seen Orao numerous times at various locations in ex-YU, I find the Fireknight even more appealing. Even though I admire your passion for creative, imaginary planes, I think you should try to build even more nonfictional airplanes, because you're really good at it.
 I like it 
  August 24, 2012
great work
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  August 24, 2012
Very nice! Not entirely dissimilar to a 2 engined B58 Hustler.
 
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