VL-1200 Firestorm . A supersonic, all-weather fighter-bomber aircraft developed in the Lego Empire. . VL-1200 Firestorm
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The Vila-Disparador VL-1200 (Reporting Name: “Firestorm”) is a supersonic, all-weather fighter-bomber aircraft developed in the Lego Empire. This variable-sweep wing, single engine single seater fighter was developed as a complement to the attack bomber “Gerifalte”.
Initially, the aircraft should have been a high altitude reconnaissance and nuclear bomber. However, the aircraft had so much potential that was quickly modified for the fighter bomber role, equipped with hard points under the wings and 30mm cannons in the fuselage and tail.
Despite being designated by the Imperial Air Force as a "heavy" fighter, the “Firestorm” was surprisingly agile for such a large aircraft, thanks to his powerful V-700A3 turbojet engine, capable of reaching Mach 3 at high altitude.
Given its original design as a supersonic recce and nuclear heavy attack aircraft, the Firestorm’s main armament was initially carried in an internal bomb bay, capable of carrying two conventional 2000kg bombs, two termo-nuclear bombs, or various free-fall nuclear weapons.
The Firestorm defensive armament consisted of a tail turret above the engine, containing one 30mm ENA-75 cannon. The turret was directed by a small “Hindra” gun-laying radar to compensate for the pilot’s lack of rear visibility.
Two forward firing 30mm cannons were also installed.
Since it is so agile and able to reach high altitudes in seconds, it was also adapted for the function of interceptor. A powerful AESA radar and long range air-to-air missiles were installed for the role.
A two-seat Wild Weasel version was later developed for the specialized Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) role against surface-to-air missile sites.
The aircraft is used for ground attack missions, tactical bombing, anti-ship, Wild Weasel and interceptor.
The first models were painted white to reflect nuclear explosions.
In many ways, it's similar to the F-105 Thunderchief, Sukhoi Su-24, General Dynamics F-111 and the Panavia Tornado.
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Type: Anti-ship/strike heavy fighter
Crew: 1 (some versions, 2)
Length: 25.20 m
Wingspan: 23.18 m
Height: 5,8 m
Wing area: 72.3 m²
Empty weight: 14,670 kg
Loaded weight: 29,605 kg
Max. takeoff weight: 34,615 kg
1 V-700A3 turbojet - 125 kN (Dry thrust)
Thrust with afterburner: 205 kN
Maximum speed: Mach 3
Combat radius: 5 000km
Ferry range: 7200km
Service ceiling: 18,000 m
Rate of climb: 53.6 m/s
2 x 30 mm ENA-60 cannons forward.
1 × 30 mm ENA-75 cannon in remotely controlled tail turret;
Hardpoints: 6 (sometimes 10) under-wing pylon stations and 1 internal bomb bay with a total capacity of 18,400 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.
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: 4 (max: 8) D.D.N. anti-ship missiles; 12 AT-2009 Imperium anti-tank missiles.
Bombs: Various unguided bombs, Laser-guided bombs, as well as tactical termo-nuclear bombs.
Normally, two 2000kg bombs are carried inside the bomb bay.
Other: ECM protection pod, Pave Spike Laser designator pod, Buddy refuelling pack or Drop tanks for extended range/loitering time.
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