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Re: [COMPETITION] Maritime Patrol Aircraft

Post by Copperhead » Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:11 am

Actually my initial plan was to modernize a P6M or even P7M for the job, but they felt too large to really fit the littoral requirement, so I went back to one of my own older designs.
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Re: [COMPETITION] Maritime Patrol Aircraft

Post by Welshy » Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:54 pm

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Re: [COMPETITION] Maritime Patrol Aircraft

Post by decaff_42 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:23 am

Introducing the P-4A Leviathan for consideration of the NATO Littoral MPA contract.

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The P-4A Leviathan hunts the Littoral waters of the world with deadly ease and flexibility. Capable of operating from short runways (<2500ft) at MTOW, the P-4A carries up to 5000lb of weapons while retaining a modest self defense capability with 2 AIM-9M Sidewinder missiles. Shown with an optional MAD boom, Wing-tip sensor pods, and dorsal-mounted Multi-Spectral Targeting System and powerful spot lights, this airframe can be tailored to the specific requirements of any nation while still retaining commonality with other operators. One aircraft is capable of supporting a wide range of missions including ASW, ASuW, and ISR while keeping costs down by leveraging Off-The-Shelf technology and systems.


Technical Specifications
Wingspan: 30.5m
Wing Area: 101m^2
Length: 30.9m
Height: 9.5m
MTOW: 91,000 lb
Range: 500nm (Radius), 250nm (2hr Loiter)

Armament: (Up To)
  • 8 Mk46Mod5 Torpedoes
  • 4 Harpoons
  • 14 250lb bomb
  • 8 500lb Bomb
  • 30 Sonobouys
  • 2 AIM-9M
Modding Permissions:
This model is a Beta Competition aircraft and may not be modified until released as a competition pack or independently on my website. When released, repainting and modifications may be made as long as credit is given to myself for the original model.

Credits:
CEP for the baseline DAT file.
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Re: [COMPETITION] Maritime Patrol Aircraft

Post by Bombcat » Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:21 am

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The SAAB P-6A Nemesis, ready for preliminary roll out!

The P-6 is an extensive militarization of the SAAB 340 regional airliner by way of the S 100 Argus AEW&C aircraft designed for the maritime patrol mission. Using a variety of proven components lifted from US Navy service - the radar and MAD equipment from an S-3B, and EOS from the A-6 intruder, it's about as off the shelf as they come. In order to improve range and provide additional space for mission essential systems, the aircraft's about 2.5 meters longer, with plugs for and aft of the main wing. Heavy stores are housed where the wing meets the body to minimize the need for major strengthening. The PW124B turboprops add around 1/4 more thrust, restoring some of the performance lost from weight gain, and giving a nice boost in cruise speed for a modest hit to fuel economy. The wings themselves were subject to as little modification as possible - major structural impacts are relatively modest to keep development costs down. As a practical result, takeoff performance with full load does suffer, and while the aircraft is widely deployable to small commercial airports, it is not a STOL type. The load of 5 mk46 torpedoes gives the aircraft good persistence in the ASW role, while a pair of Harpoons or RBS-15's offer a useful if not terribly impressive capability against large surface combatants. The sensor turret, derived from the A-6 TRAM system, provides some degree of night time optical tracking capability while providing robust support for laser guided munitions. Maverick integration is intended, but not completed at the time of initial deployment, with Hellfire integration is being considered as a possible counter to small boats.

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The P-6 is designed to be a fully functional sub hunter, and has a few novel features to support that role. The first is numerous view ports all over the aircraft, largely making up from the mediocre side and rear quarter visibility inherent to most non-tactical types. The second is a novel gun system, firing what are essentially blanks over a fairly broad area below and beside the aircraft. What this system is meant to do is to highlight the locations of objects which are not water over areas of a map that are designated water without damaging them. This should be useful for locating some player controlled submarines on paved over water maps. The guns fire directly down, and will not hurt ground objects or other planes. There is a view port located to observe the results of the gun broom. The use of a gun turret based sensor in the model of the Oranleed Defiant or Mosquito is under consideration, but is not currently implemented.

This isn't the prettiest airplane in the competition by any stretch, and I had some help with panel lines from Copperhead. (He did all the work). The torps and Harpoons are the same as Decaff used, but the empty gun srf was all me. Primary credit for the base model goes to Masa-AT, that magnificent source of low poly models that are about the right shape if you don't look to close. The propellers have been sitting in my mod folders for ages as part of a turboprop fighter idea, of all things. I think I got them from a nice gac C-2 Greyhound, possibly from Monoceros? If I'm wrong, feel free to correct me.

There's a fun little sales flier packaged with the plane, so enjoy that too.
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Re: [COMPETITION] Maritime Patrol Aircraft

Post by Copperhead » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:16 am

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Viper Virtual Design's Mule SC-11

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Download: http://www.mediafire.com/file/m7jkryy7h ... trator.rar

The Mule SC-11 comes from an extensive family of both land and carrier based aircraft dating back to the original mule C-1 and A-2 from the early 1960's. With many family traits, the Mule is known to be a versatile, tough, reliable, aggressive and powerful medium/lightweight cargo/combat aircraft, all of this gives it a unique approach as an MPA.

While the Mule SC-11 has now taken on the roll of an MPA and almost all of the capabilities that come along with that roll, it still maintain's many features of it's cousins, such as a hefty weapons payload, impressive STOL performance and fairly high speed with decent agility. So in a nutshell, Mule SC-11 is capable of long range MPA work, but it can certainly be tactical when need be.

Though carrier capability remains optional to buyers, it is fully capable in that respect as the Mule SC-11 maintains sturdy gear and a tail hook as well as folding wings and a retractable MAD boom for storage below deck or in small hangars.

Notable features for use in YSF:

For sub hunting, the aircraft is equipped with the same radar/sonar system as used on Oranleed's Mosquito NF MK.II, it's also worth mentoning that the aircraft has 4 views in total, 2 in the cockpit for pilot and co-pilot with the other 2 below in a camera, one facing fowards and the other pointed down at 245 degrees for scanning with the blank gun array.

General characteristics:

Crew: 4 (2 pilots, 2 detection system officers)

Length:

MAD boom retracted: 55ft

MAD boom extended: 65ft

Wingspan: 61ft

Folded wingspan: 27ft

Height: 20 ft

Empty weight: 22,000 lbs

Loaded weight: 28,000 lbs

Max takeoff weight: 35,000 lbs

Powerplant: 2x T56, 5,000 hp each

Performance:

Speed: 450 mph

Combat radius: 1,200 miles

Service ceiling: 30,000 ft

Armament:

2x light outer wing pylons for AN/ALE-44, AIM-9M or LAU-61C

4x heavy inner wing pylons each with the capacity to carry AN/ALE-44, 6x MK82/MK81, 1x MK46, 1x AGM-84E, or 1x drop tank

2x cheek mounted pylons for AIM-9M or LAU-61C

Avionics:

- FLIR/Camera

- MAD boom

- forward search radar

- 360 degree search radar

25x sonobuoys

Credits:

171st E-2C: propellers

Bombcat: that nifty blank gun spread for scanning the sea, which I tweaked a bit

BNI weapons pack: single MK81(resized MK82/single MK82/LAU-61C/Hydra 70/fuel tank/AN-ALE-44/AIM-9M/

Decaff: MK46 and AGM-84E

YS Major: animations for the MAD boom and wing folding

Oranleed: radar/sonar cockpit displays (pretty sure I'm allowed to use his work with credit?)

I'd also like to give a special thanks to Bombcat and all of the other good folks who helped me along the way, always a pleasure to work together.



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