posted on Jun, 27 2008 @ 02:17 PM
As one of my favorite subjects, I have previously written posts regarding
the need for high-performance and stealthy gunship/atttack aircraft that
would combine the survivability of the A10 Warthog, with the 80,000 lbs
lift capacity of the C-130 Hercules.
I have suggested we combine attack and recon missions into one single
aircraft platform that has the following capabilities:
1) Using a combination of advanced multiple Infra-red, Starlight and
gyroscopically stabilized optical cameras (i.e. six cameras - one for each
directional axis i.e. front, rear, left, right, top, bottom) that have at
LEAST HDTV resolutions of 1920 by 1080 pixels at 60 frames per second
progressive frame (i.e. non-interlaced) and the ability to automatically
use built-in vision recognition software that can track and recognize
1000+ objects in real-time on an any camera in starlight, IR and
optical modes in closeup (wide-screen fish-eye view 200 meters or less)
and in long-distance (greater than 5000 meters) viewpoints.
2) The engines need to be field replaceable in under 2 hours
and be sand & bird ingestion resistant JET engines for high-subsonic
(with supersonic supercruise capability) operations along with a
high-pressure fuel system for 12 to 18 hour loiter times
and special software for automatic ground-hugging,
follow-the-terrain flying at near mach speeds. (550 mph+)
i.e. press the joystick to the ground and set your ceiling
to just above tree-top and let the flight software
do the flying and object/terrain avoidance
at low-levels at less than 200 feet.
3) We need to be able to have multi-modal weapons
that deliver combinations of weapons including JDAMS,
dumb bombs of 250lbs to 2000 lbs, cruise missiles
and Hellfires to be targetted and dispatched at the
press of a button and at any ceiling from 100 feet to
4) The weapons bays need to be field removable and re-installable
using a common lift and attach mechanism to allow re-arming
of 80,000 lbs of munitions within 30 minutes or less.
Weapons bays need to be ALL internal with an in-flight deployment
system that will not overly degrade the stealthy nature of the craft,
yet still be fast-deploy and survivable from small-arms fire.
5) The landing gear should use high-performance TWEEL technology
with active suspension (special computer-controlled auto-levelling
gas shocks) to allow use on dirt, gravel and semi-muddy runways
or roadways of less than 2500 feet in length.
6) Low-radar, accoustic and visual observability, ECM, and
built-in jamming gear is obligatory plus high-survivability using
ceramic and carbon-fibre composite construction and armouring
on the outer skin and surrounding the cockpit/critical systems areas.
7) For low-level attack missions, TWO .50 cal Gatling guns
mounted on retractable gyroscopically-stabilized gunmounts
located at the front and rear underside of the craft to allow
independent multi-directional targetting and attack at low
levels from 100 feet to 10,000 feet.
8) On each the side of the craft, a gyro-stabilized anti-tank
howizter needs to be mounted for low-level tank-busting and
Once you do ALL THIS IN ONE SINGLE AIRCAFT PLATFORM,
THEN YOU TRULY have a worthy recon/attack craft....and
may I suggest the name of:
(as in Attack/Recon Craft that comes quietly and stings hard)