Aequatian Aerospace Industries (Division of A.M.I.) F-28 "Black Eagle" Multirole Tactical FighterF-28A "Black Eagle"
- Aequatian Republic Air Force Single-seat Tactical Fighter Cost:
85,500,000 Aequatian MarkesF-28B/D "Black Eagle"
- Aequatian Republic Joint Military Forces Twin-seat Advanced TrainerCost:
87,500,000 Aequatian MarkesEF-28B "Electric Eagle"
- Aequatian Republic Joint Military Forces Twin-seat Tactical Electronic Warfare AircraftCost:
96,500,000 Aequatian MarkesF-28C "Sea Eagle" or "Seagle"
- Aequatian Republic Navy Single-seat, Carrier-borne Tactical FighterCost:
88,000,000 Aequatian MarkesF-28D "Green Eagle"
- Aequatian Republic Marine Corps Twin-seat, STOL/Carrier-capable Tactical FighterCost:
90,500,000 Aequatian MarkesF-28A "Black Eagle" Multirole FighterOverview
The development of the F-28 Black Eagle aircraft began with a requirement outlined by the Aequatian Republic Air Force concerning the vulnerabilities of the venerable F-1C Banshee and later F-1D Nyx strike fighters. While they performed well in air combat versus enemy aircraft, their designs left them vulnerable as they produced a signficant radar cross section compared to their modern counterparts elsewhere in the world. The design called for a fighter which combined the immense strike capabilities of the F-1C Banshee while at the same time have a considerably less prominent RCS.Construction and Design
Most of the fuselage and wing assemblies are constructed from a triangular design for strength with a Titanium-Lithium (Ti-Li) alloy The alloy was chosen for both its strength and light weight, for increased combat efficiency. The remainder of the aircraft's construction consists of an Aluminium-Lithium (Al-Li) alloy for econimical purposes, although this does not detract from the material's strength or durability, thus decreasing maintainance costs.
The aircraft itself is modelled to provide it with the least possible radar cross section (RCS) as well as the addition of radar absorbing materials on the exterior of the fighter, its diamond-style wings and wide fuselage allow for increased lift and also for an increased weapons load when required for strike missions while the internal bays can manage air superiority weapons while maintaining its stealth characteristics along with its canted rear vertical stabilizers. The canards seen on the F-1C Banshee were not chosen for this design as they increase the RCS and were subsequently eliminated from the design.General Characteristics
Crew: One, pilot
Empty Weight: 14,950kg
Maximum Gross Takeoff Weight: 29,400kg
Powerplant: 2◊ Aequatian Aerospace Industries (Propulsion Division) TF-V-300 Supercruise Vectoring Turbofans, 144.5kN (32,500 lbf) eachPerformance
Maximum Speed: Mach 2.37 (2,905 km/h; 1,568 knots)
Range: 1,500km (810 nautical miles)
Service Ceiling: 20,000m
Rate of Climb: 275m/s
8◊ External Weapon Pylons (AAMs/AGMs/PGMs/Fuel Tanks)
6◊ Internal Hardpoints (AAMs/PGMs)
2◊ Wingtip Weapon Hardpoints (AAMs)
Guns: 1◊ M88 25mm Internal 5-Barrel Vulcan Cannon
Air-to-Air Weapons: AIM-132E ASRAAM
(Fire-and-Forget Infrared Seeker with Millimetre wave guidance); AIM-120G AMRAAM
(Semi-active LIDAR/Millimetre wave guidance); AIM-154H "Comet" BVRAAM
(Passive Bistatic RADAR with Millimetre and Infrared secondary guidance)
Air-to-Ground Missiles: AGM-65M "Maverick II"
(Infrared imaging and laser-guidance), AGM-84Q SLAM-ER with ATA
(Infrared imaging and satellite guidance), AGM-88G HARM
(Active RADAR homing); AGM-154A/C Stand-Off Weapon
(A model: Inertial Navigation System and Satellite guidance, C model: Additional Terminal Infrared Seeker)
Air-to-Ground Munitions: 125/225/450/900kg Direct-Attack Munitions
(Laser and Satellite guidance), CBU-150/300 Wind-Corrected, Combined Effects Munitions (CEM)Combat SystemsAN/APG-100 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar
offers a low-observable, active-aperture, electronically-scanned array that can track multiple targets in all weather conditions as well as act as the aircraft's navigation radar. The AN/APG-100 changes frequencies more than one thousand times per second to reduce the opportunities of being intercepted and jammed effectively. The radar can also focus its emissions to overload and enemy sensors, giving the fighter a limited electronic-attack capability.
The radarís information is processed by two Aequatian Electronics Dynamics-built Integrated Processor Units (IPUs)
. Each IPU operates at twelve billion instructions per second and has five hundred megabytes of memory. Information can be gathered from the radar and other onboard and offboard systems, filtered by the IPU, and displayed with an easy interface, allowing for maximum operational awareness for the pilot. The system's software is composed of over two million lines of code, most of which concerns processing data from the radar. The APG-100 radar has a range of two hundred forty kilometres, planned upgrades will allow a range of four hundred kilometres or more in narrow beams.
Aequatian Aerospace Industries "Crystal Ball" Infrared Search and Tracking Suite (IRST)
allows the aircraft to detect and move to engage targets at close range without detection thanksto the fighter's use of stealth technology for reducing its radar signature and without the use of the APG-100 system.AN/ASQ-220 HARM Targeting Systems (HTS)
AN/AAS-38 Laser Spot Tracker Pod/Laser Rangefinder-Designator
AN/ALR-90 Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)
AN/ALQ-215 Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures (ATIRCM)
AN/AAR-60 Common Missile Warning System (CMWS)
AN/APX-115 Identification Friend or Foe Set (IFFS)OOC:
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