Bomber and Ground Attack Aircraft Catalog [MT: ZDI]

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Bomber and Ground Attack Aircraft Catalog [MT: ZDI]

Postby Atlantica » Fri Apr 24, 2015 4:47 pm

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Z.D.I. B-5 Archer Tactical Bomber Platform
Destruction at faster velocity. Destruction even in the air. All possible with the B-5.


UNIT COST: $320,000,000
DPR: $156,000,000,000

The Zeus Defense Industries B-5 Archer is a twin-engine, supersonic, stealth tactical bomber designed for service in the Federal Eastern Union Air Force and/or Navy. The design was originally planned to be a infiltration strike aircraft which concept was similar to the F-111, but it has evolved as a tactical bomber and weapons platform today.

A concept similar to the cancelled FB-23 which participated in the USAF's Interim Bomber program, the B-5 is a capable medium bomber that continues the line of tactical strike aircraft that started from the F/A-26E Thunder Eagle. Inspired from the F/A-26E, the B-5 Archer has brought emphasis to the concept of a 'missile hauler' in air combat: coupling higher speeds and long range with advanced sensors and long-range missiles, the B-5 Archer is able to play the role of a missile hauler in air combat. Because of this unusual role, the B-5 was designated as the 'Archer' when it first came to service.

  1. History
    1. Development
    2. Operational History
  2. Design
    1. Configurations
    2. The Cockpit
    3. Armament
    4. Avionics and Electronics
  3. Variants
  4. Specifications
  5. Current Operators
  6. Purchase Costs



When the F/A-26E had just started development, the research team at Zeus Defense Industries. while also developing a replacement for the FEUAF's aging F-111 Aardvarks and some of the Su-34 Fullbacks, started thinking what the future of air combat might look like. They envisioned the future of air combat as something that one would be 'required to do a lot, with not so much'. In other words, they foresaw future air combat as a situation in which fifth-generation fighters may be numerically disadvantaged against fourth-generation fighters and possibly be defeated. To compensate for this, the research team at Zeus Defense Industries found their solution from medieval warfare - that is, the English longbow. The research team was astonished in the method how the English longbow was able to kill troops from far distances while still ensuring victory. Applying this in modern combat, the R&D team came together with a new bomber concept that later became the blueprint of the B-5 Archer.

First flying in 2008, the B-5 Archer showed astonishing results in subsequent combat tests done by the Federal Eastern Union Air Force. During combat tests, the B-5 showed robust capabilities in long-range anti-surface strike, long-range maritime patrol, rapid tactical strike, close air support and most importantly, missile hauling. The B-5 saw first service in 2012 in the Federal Eastern Union Air Force's 301st Strike Wing, alongside the F/A-26E. Since June 2014, the Federal Eastern Union Navy has also ordered the B-5 in order to replace the naval attack roles of the aging P-3C and supplement the Naval Air Wing's F-26 Black Eagles.

Operational History

Since its service in the Federal Eastern Union Air Force and Navy, the B-5 Archer played several roles in terms of war deterrence, naval attack (through long-range anti-ship missiles) and tactical strike. Although 'tactical strike' has not been proven yet, they played an important role during the Celibraean Strait Crisis of 2013, when twelve FEUAF B-5 Archers, alongside several F-26C Advanced Black Eagles, flew hourly patrols in the area, standing like a symbol against anyone that dared to challenge the Federal Eastern Union.

In 2015, Navy B-5 Archers were deployed to bases in New Educandi, in order to effectively counter the newest naval bases that were built in the nation by Topsail Empire, which posed an explicit threat to the Greater Eastern Imperium and its allies.



The two-dimensional TVC on the B-5.
The B-5 Archer is an unconventional-looking aircraft - it features diamond-shaped wings with its frontal edge lengthened, a profile with considerable area-ruling to reduce drag in trans-sonic speeds, along with a V-tail to reduce radar cross-section. The cockpit providing side-by-side seating for a crew of two, the B-5 Archer proves itself as an efficient, capable tactical bomber. As it may have to operate deep within enemy airspace, stealth has been the top priority in designing the B-5, though external armaments are needed for larger cruise missiles.

The B-5 Archer is powered by two ZDI F201-400 afterburning turbofan engines - engines that were primarily designed to power the B-5 Archer. Featuring a maximum thrust of over 60,000 lbf each, the ZDI F201-400 is capable of making supercruise possible with the B-5, adding to its high-speed infiltration and high-speed escape capabilities without sacrificing range. In order to enhance flight control capabilities, the B-5 employs limited thrust vectoring - however, this is limited to two-dimensional thrust vectoring, as three-dimensional thrust vectoring is not required, for that the B-5 is not designed to go into a dogfight.


The B-5 Archer features a large flight deck for its two crew. Because the B-5 was expected to fly in long-range strikes, much of the design work inside went into crew comfort. The two crew members sit side by side, with the pilot-commander to the left and navigator/operator of weapons to the right in ZDI35B ejection seats, a modification from the ZDI35 seats from the F-27. An advantage of the side by side cockpit is that duplicate instruments are not required for each pilot. Since long missions require comfort, the advanced pressurization control systems allow operation up to 11,000 meters without the need of oxygen masks, which can be a game changer when it comes to emergency or combat situations. The crew members have room to stand and move about the cabin during long missions - in fact, the space between the seats even allows them to lie down beneath the seats and on the corridor, if necessary. This design philosophy of crew comfort in the B-5 Archer has come from the Su-34 - which it was going to partially replace.


Though it is not designated as an aircraft that is to deal with air combat, the B-5 Archer follows the design philosophy continued from the Su-34 and the F/A-26E: even if it may be a strike aircraft, a tactical aircraft needs a gun. For such reasons, the B-5 Archer uses a Mauser BK-27 27 mm Gun with 120 rounds. Though a total of 150 rounds, like the Eurofighter Typhoon, was considered, the B-5 Archer remained as a bomber, meaning that it would not need as much rounds as a fighter needs.

To fulfill its roles as a missile hauler, the B-5 Archer, as a tactical bomber platform, carries a large load of air-to-air missiles. It is capable of arming itself with 14 BVRAAM's in its internal bays alone. If one uses external under-wing hardpoints, the number increases to 26. With missiles of such amounts, the B-5 Archer is able to ripple-fire it towards enemy fighters, bringing destruction upon enemy ranks and chaos against the enemy. This technology has become greater with the aid of datalinks from VLO fighters and/or UCAV's - those with superior sensors relay the data to the nearest B-5 Archer, and the B-5 Archer ripple-fires them against larger numbers, proving its worth in modern air warfare.

However, becoming an air missile hauler is not the only thing the B-5 Archer is capable of: it is also capable of providing anti-surface strikes as a tactical bomber. Its internal bays can hold various weaponry, ranging from small-diameter bombs and unguided glide bombs to laser-guided bombs and some air-launched cruise missiles - if this is coupled with the B-5's supersonic capability, the B-5 Archer becomes a deadly tactical bomber. Furthermore, its external hardpoints can hold multiple rocket pods, precision-guided munitions and other weaponry necessary for close air support. In naval combat configuration, they are capable of holding up to four P-800 Yakhont or BrahMos missiles, making it a very capable aircraft when it comes to naval strike. With its armament, the B-5 stands as a very potent tactical bomber.

Avionics & Electronics



General Specifications
  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 29.4 m
  • Wingspan: 17.3 m
  • Height: 9.14 m
  • Empty weight: 35,000 kg
  • Max. takeoff weight: 87,600 kg
  • Powerplant: 2 x ZDI F201-400, each delivering 27,000 lbf of dry thrust/48,000 lbf each at max.
  • Internal fuel capacity: 18,800 kg
  • Payload: 32,000 kg

  • Maximum speed: Mach 2.2
  • Cruising speed: Mach 1.4 (subsonic: Mach 0.9)
  • Range: 7,300 km
  • Combat radius: 3,602 km
  • Service Ceiling: 23,000 m
  • Thrust-weight ratio: 0.58

  • Gun: 1 x Mauser BK-27 27 mm gun, with 120 rounds
  • Internal Bays: 3 x Internal Bays, holding up to 5,000 kg each.
    • Air-to-Air Loading: 14 x BVRAAM's
    • Air-to-Surface Loading: Up to 30 x Small Diameter Bombs
  • External Hardpoints: 4 x hardpoints, holding up to 4,100 kg each.
    • Air-to-Air Loading: 12 x BVRAAM's
    • Air-to-Surface Loading: 4 x BrahMos Anti-Ship Missiles/16 x Small Diameter Bombs
    Munitions: Capable of using all ZDI, NATO and Russian munitions, as well as cruise missiles.

  • Rayman AN/APG-100 Offensive Long-Range Combat Radar (OLCR): 280 km against a 1m2 target, 450 km for RWR
  • SDD-100 flares to counter IR missiles
  • Paladin AN/AAQ-43E Evolved Distributed Watcher System (EDWS) - takes roles of MLD, RWR, IRST
  • Paladin AN/ASQ-347E 'Poseidon' Electronic Warfare Suite
  • Paladin AN/ASQ-550 Defensive Combat Management System
Last edited by Atlantica on Tue Jul 28, 2015 2:05 am, edited 19 times in total.
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B-11 Condor Strategic Bomber [MT: ZDI]

Postby Atlantica » Fri Apr 24, 2015 5:30 pm

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Z.D.I. B-11 Condor Strategic Bomber
Hell from above the clouds. Death from the skies.


UNIT COST: $640,000,000 (B-11A)
DPR: $180,000,000,000

The B-11 Condor is a heavy strategic bomber manufactured by Zeus Defense Industries, which incorporates stealth and speed for deep strike missions. Featuring a low radar cross-section and infrared signatures, as well as a maximum speed of over Mach 1.78 (and a cruising speed of Mach 1.05), the B-11 Condor is able to punch through enemy airspace, launch devastating attacks against enemy targets, and immediately streak out of enemy airspace afterwards. Although it was designed for potential nuclear warfare, it remains able to carry out conventional strike missions, wherever it is required.

Development of the B-11 Condor began in the early 1980's, when there was a requirement for the Federal Eastern Union Air Force to procure a large strategic strike platform that can 'punch through enemy airspace, hit the targets and escape quickly'. Zeus Defense Industries, forming a consortium with Kronos Inc., participated in the bid, eventually winning it by 1993. After the bid was won, Zeus Defense Industries designed the airframe, stealth features and brand-new engines, while Kronos Inc. built the sophisticated flight control system, avionics and a few countermeasures. The first prototype flew in 1999, while the first production variant of the B-11, named the B-11A, reached initial operation capability (IOC) in the Federal Eastern Union Air Force in February 6th, 2008. Since then, the B-11 Condor has stood on the center of the Federal Eastern Union Air Force's strategic strike capabilities, while being a part of its nuclear deterrence forces.

The B-11 Condor features a variable sweep-wing configuration, four turbofan engines, two vertical tails and an airframe shaped like an isosceles triangle. The wings can sweep from 15 degrees to 67.5 degrees (full forward to full sweep). The full forward sweep is used for takeoff and landing, while the aft sweep is used for general subsonic/supersonic flight. The larger, broader airframe compared to other supersonic bombers results in greater lift, making it able to fly in faster speeds and in higher altitudes. In addition, it is powered by four ZDI F152-100, a slightly-enlarged, enhanced version of the ZDI F151-200, which powers the F-27 Ghost Bird.

Although pictured with external hardpoints (which can hold up to 36,000 lbs of ordnance) in the above picture, the B-11 Condor generally carries its munitions within its internal bay, which can hold up to 40,000 lbs, or 18,000 kg of various ordnance. Capable of storing such munitions inside its internal bay, the B-11 Condor can deliver deadly munitions from above, before the enemy knows it. However, a notable feature present on the B-11 Condor is that it can also carry air-to-air missiles to play the role of a 'missile truck' in air-to-air warfare: while sensor-superior aircraft, such as fighters and UCAV's stay ahead of the bomber and detect/aim the targets, the data is relayed to the B-11 Condor, which fires a salvo of air-to-air missiles, devastating the enemy. Lessons learned from the proposed B-1R Lancer, the B-11 Condor has integrated active electronically-scanned array (AESA) radar, a datalink and other featured deemed necessary for its role.


General Characteristics

  • Crew: Three (Commander (Pilot), Copilot, Weapons Systems Officer)
  • Payload: 60,000 kg (Internal + External)
  • Length: 46.5 m
  • Wingspan:
    • Extended: 42.1 m
    • Swept: 24.2 m
  • Height: 10.4 m
  • Empty weight: 88,000 kg
  • Loaded weight: 149,000 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 225,000 kg
  • Powerplant: 4 × ZDI F152-100 Afterburner Turbofan Engines
  • Dry thrust: 23,000 lbf each
  • Thrust with afterburner: 44,000 lbf each


  • Maximum Speed: Mach 1.
  • Cruising Speed: Mach 1.05
  • Range: 13,000 km
  • Combat radius: 6,500 km
  • Service ceiling: 21,000 m


  • Internal: 3 x Internal Weapons Bays, holding up to a total of 40,000 lbs (18,000 kg) of munitions, including air-to-air missiles
  • External: 6 x External Hardpoints, holding up to a total of 36,000 lbs of munitions

Avionics & Countermeasures

  • 1 x Rayman AN/APG-199 Offensive Multirole AESA radar
  • Paladin AN/AAQ-43K Evolved Distributed Watcher System-K(EDWS-K) - takes roles of MLD, RWR, IRST
  • Paladin AN/ASQ-347K 'Poseidon-K' Electronic Warfare Suite
  • Paladin AN/ASQ-550 Defensive Combat Management System
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