FA-137s "Shiv" Air-Superiority Fighter . The next generation fighter based on the experimental data from the FA-132a JacKnife. It is AEGAKS compatible, though it does not have a pilot block. .
Shortly before the mass produced M Frame was set to begin deployment, a fierce battle took place in the Agricultural Sector. During this battle, Misato, pilot of the JacKnife experimental fighter was shot down. Though he escaped with no life threatening injuries, the same could not be said of his craft. Kenichi built a new fighter from the data of the JacKnife, the result being the FA-137s Shiv. Upon the successful testing, this fighter was mass produced and distrubuted to guard against aerial drones.
The Shiv is roughly about the same size as the original JacKnife, being only slightly heavier and bigger.
Powered by two high-efficiency Turbofan engines, the Shiv is faster, and uses less fuel than its predecessor. While the engines are larger and heavier, the newer design has cut down on fuel consumption, allowing the Shiv to stay in the air for a max of 3 and a half hours before needing to refuel.
An underside view of the Shiv reveals the weapons, the belly mounted fuel slug for extended flight range and time, and the functional landing gear.
The underside of the Shiv again, this time with the landing gear in the flight position. It's not exactly the best design, but it works well.
This shot shows the weapons and fuel slug stripped away. The Shiv can be equipped with a larger variety of missiles, in addition to the fuel slug. Four hardpoints for missiles along the wings, as well as attachable racks for more missiles along the belly of the fuselage (not shown). In the nose, the Shiv uses two more effective machine guns, rather than the older mini gatlings that had been present.
A view of the Shiv on the ground, illustrating the how the landing gear holds the craft off the ground. They ended up working far better than I expected.
The Shiv in flight. This one is a comparison shot for the one to follow.
The tail stabilizers are capable of adjusting their position, from fully deployed, for normal flight, to verticle. Small servos in the connectors allowing the pilot to control them as he would the rest of the craft.
The tail stabilizers are in actuality seperate airfoils, like the main wing. That means that these surfaces generate a considerable amount of lift. When moved into the verticle position, the lift generated creates something of an air cone between them that speeds air along faster. This means that when the fins are up, the Shiv gains a speed boost, but loses some manuvuerability.
During normal flight and combat, the tail stabilizers remain in the lowered position, providing superior manuvuerability while suffering increased drag from the pressure interference. The cone phenomenon is most commonly used similar to afterburners, such as when taking off, or when the need for speed overpowers the need for manuvuerability.
As with the JacKnife, the Shiv has a refueling probe, allowing for in-air refueling to be done. This can drastically increase the amount of time that the Shiv can be remain in the air, making it very useful for long range assaults into the other sectors.
A clear view of the aft of the Shiv.
An arsenal shot of the Shiv. In detail, the missiles on the outside, which mount to the wingtips, are standard AA missiles, and are always equipped. The two inner missiles are air-to-ground missiles designed to take out enemy armor units. These are not standard and are only equipped when designated. In the center we have the fuel slug, designed to increase the flight time of the Shiv by a full hour and a half. This is standardly installed, but can be ejected once empty or in an emergency. During in flight refueling, this slug is also refilled.
Well folks, them's the brakes. No special pictures for this one, but it was a lot of fun to redesign. Thabnks for taking the time to take a look!