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A battlewalker from the Dark Nova Roleplaying Game


After the various rounds of crushing defeats on the ground by the Freemen during the Free Systems Alliance's bid for independence, the North American Union was left reeling. The Freemen militias had managed to take on and defeat one of the biggest and oldest superpowers in known space. Battlefield analysis detailed the perfect blend of layered heavy armour, speed, agility, and precise, brutal firepower used by the Freemen to gain the upper hand. While undoubtedly aided by other nations in this effort during the war- the Ahruga openly admitted as much, and intelligence indicates that both the Australio-Pacifica Coalition and Andali Confederation were selling military-grade munitions nanites and virtual blueprint systems for mass production- the walkers and powered armour were unquestionably designed and built by the Free Systems Alliance.

Learning from this painful lesson, the NAU quietly initiated a subtle industrial espionage campaign that netted them an impressive insight into Freeman armour manufacturing. The first battlewalker fielded based on this tech was the Grizzly assault walker, but the American military planners also noticed a glaring gap between their powered armour suits and the Grizzly. Thus was the North American Union's very first support walker- the Cougar- brought to life.

Unlike assault walkers, which largely move around the battlefield at a distance as artillery support, support walkers provide heavy firepower to infantry units engaged on the front lines. They must be tough, fast, agile, and heavily shielded to survive these engagements. Being between fifteen and twenty feet tall, support walkers are giant walking bullseyes begging to be shot if they slow down. Thus, the emphasis on agility and speed is much higher than in assault walkers. That being said, it is inevitable that support walkers WILL get the snot pounded out of them, by small arms and man-portable heavy weapons especially, so they are even more heavily shielded than assault walkers.

The Cougar is a design that, shockingly, actually works. The Grizzly was the result of nearly seventy years of horrid military engineering steered by political committees and agendas, and took seven decades to produce a viable walker out of the mess that was the Arbalest. The Cougar, on the other hand, had no precedent, and came off the factory floor in late 2317 as a viable, well-balanced combatant.

One of the most notable design elements of the Cougar is her asymmetrical weapons loadout. The left weapons nacelle contains two potent AP lancers, and the "shoulder"/torso area houses the Cougar's compliment of 16 SRMs in a four-volley launcher, and 12 LRMs in a six-volley battery. The opposite nacelle contains a 150mm APPC, one of the first anti-proton particle projection weapons fielded on an American walker due to past issues with reactor drain, and a conventional particle beam weapon. The right "shoulder"/torso mounts the only other HVMAC Gauss cannon fielded by the NAU to date, but it is a smaller, rotary-barrel model, only 20mm as opposed to the Grizzly's 30mm. Ironically, the Cougar carries far more ammunition for its HVMAC than the Grizzly, making the weapon more effective on this model of walker over the long haul.

Center-hull weapon systems have not been overlooked, either. A 50mm anti-personnel light PPC is mounted in the nose under the cockpit nose. Just behind the cockpit, in a recessed area, is a light AP lancer ball turret for anti-missile defense. A second such ball turret is in the rear near the ENWO modules.

Speaking of those, the Cougar does something rather innovative- it mounts a substantial amount of Electronic and Network Warfare Operations (ENWO) equipment, ranging from signal displacers and holographic emitters to fool targeting sensors all the way up to a built-in VR chair in the gunnery seat for remote netjacking operations. Comm jammers and encrypted comm gear, as well as a variety of other ECM/ECCM gear- come standard on the Cougar.




A collaboration between :iconjepray: 's pen-n-paper art mastery and my digi-fu. Basically, I made a frankenmech that came out looking pretty slick, IMHO, to fix an issue we had with the original design so it didn't go to waste.

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FICTIONAL HISTORY

When Shepard obtain the SR2 from Cerberus, always try to investigate the technology of the ship, and all that he obtain was send to the Alliance. Later, thanks to EDI and his team, he can send much information to the Admiral Hackett.

From this information, Hackett obtain the approbation of design 2 ships with this technology, but with upgrades.

Little time later, 2 concept ships was approved for construct, the new SR3 Class and a more little ship, the SRC Class.

Later, when the SR2 arrive, the Alliance investigates more, and starts upgrade in the SR2.

SR3

The SR3 Class is a new Frigate, based on the best of SR1 and SR2. The dimension of this new ship is more little that the SR2, because was create in base to the alliance requirement, where not exist commodities like the Cerberus ship, and with the idea of reduce the crew.

The SR3 have the body with the design of the SR1, and the Thrusters, wings and fins based in the SR2 Design.

The first ship and prototype, was the ship called Occitania, that proved that this ship accomplish all requeriment of the Alliance that they wanted.

Only 4 ship could be constructed from this class, before the arrive of the Reapers (Occitania, Salamina, Anzio and Debrecen).

The SR3 have more power that the SR2, and was used in the Reapers wars in “Shot and run” tactical.

WEAPONS

2 Thanix Cannon: More big that the SR2 cannons, and thanks to some upgrades, the SR3 cannon have near to 60% more power that SR2 Thanix cannon. The Cannon in the SR3 are mounted in the wings (not retract). It used in Large and medium combat.

5  Rapid Mass Accelerator Cannons: 5 little mass Acceleration, up to the Hangar, that fire little bullet (5 kg) but with a fast cadence of fire and speed. One fire not produce a lot of damage, but many can produce severe damage in the target. These weapons can fire 2 bullet per second. It used in Closed and Medium combat.

16 Gardian Cannon: 10 at front, 6 at Back. It a new weapons, that can fire concentrated energy pulse laser, that penetrate the shield and produce more damage that the Gardian defense system, but less than the other weapons. This weapon is used in closed combat.

Gardian Defense System: The ship has 18 Gardian nodules (protect the 360°), that can fire laser to destroy missiles and destroy or damage fighters. Is possible fire to other big ship, but the damage is very low, but can penetrate the shields. It used in Closed Combat.

Mines (Optional): The Ship can carry mines, and the quantity depend of the cargo bay space available.

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No copyright infringement intended.


The ship is a mod that i did by request of :iconthe-joeblack: , but later i apply some upgrades

Tools: Blender 2.49b, XNALara, Photoshop

Model not available for download
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Fear the Bone!

F/A-45N Angel Shark VF-103 Jolly Rogers

The custom design of the Indonesian IFX-45R Advanced Aquila [link] for United States Navy's Carrier Based Strike (Stealth) Fighter.

The aircraft's landing gear and arrested hook has been modified for use of frequent carrier landing and magnetic catapult launcher.

After gave up their F-14B Tomcats and F/A-18F Super Hornet, VF-103 began transition to the F/A-45N Angel Shark and transfer to Carrier Air Wing Seven.


General Specification:

Crew: 2 (pilot and recon/navigator officer)
Role: Multi-role Stealth Fighter
Length: 21.7 m
Wingspan: 15.9 m
Height: 7.15 m
Power-plant: 2 Revised Lambda Power LTF 5500V-3D afterburning with three dimensional thrust-vectored turbofans of 550 kN each.
Fuel capability: 10,500 kg

Performance:

Maximum speed: Mach 5+
Supercruise speed: Mach 2.5
Service ceiling: Classified
Maximum g-load: 9+ g

Armament:

Guns: Two GAU-22/A Equalizer 25 mm (0.984 in) 4-barreled gatling cannon, 520 rounds.

Hardpoints: 8 total: 6 under-wing, and 2 under-fuselage with a capacity of 17,750 lb (8,050 kg) external fuel and ordinances.

Internal Weapon Bay:
Large Bay:
Equipped with internal rotary launcher with a wide variety of ordnance, including air to air missiles, air to surface missiles, air to ground missiles, bombs, and FAEs, or fuel air explosives.

Side Bay:
Short to medium range of air to air missiles

Others:
Flares/infrared decoys dispenser pod.
chaff pods.
Electronic countermeasures (ECM) pods.
LITENING III laser targeting integrated pods.
Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance Pod System (TARPS)
Up to 2 drop tanks for ferry flight or extended range/loitering time.

Avionics
Euroradar CAPTOR-S AESA Radar.
Passive Infra-Red Airborne Tracking Equipment (PIRATE).
Lambda Electronic Division AN/AAQ-78 Distributed Aperture System (DAS) missile warning system.
Sentry Alliance AN/ASQ-539 (Sentinel) electronic warfare system.
EADS Multifunction Advanced Data Link (MADL) communication system.
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Like the title says, a WWII tech-level heavy ground attack fighter.

Armed with 4 fixed forward-firing 20mm cannon, 2 more 20mm cannon in a rear-firing turret, and a magazine-fed 75mm cannon.

Crew of two - pilot and navigator/rear gunner (who can also reload/unjam the 75mm cannon magazine in flight)

The twin-boom layout is designed to improve the field of fire for the tail-gun (hence the absence of a central tailplane)
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McDonnell Douglas TR-3B TRINITY

The TR-3B is what many claim to be, a nuclear powered flying triangle, capable of phenomenal speeds. Some even claim that it was made using alien technology... reverse engineered from alleged captured space-craft.


This mysterious black triangle has reportedly been sighted at various locations all over the world.
The TR-3B is commonly presumed to be the product of the "Aurora" black project. According to various sources, it is the most classified of top secret projects.


Edgar Fouche, an avionics expert, who claims to have worked at area 51 and knows others who have seen the TR-3B, has revealed some of the TR-3B 's technology. From his presentation we know the following: It is "alien looking", pitch black, triangular, seen at the Groom Lake facility, settles vertically on the tarmac, it is massive and measures about 600 ft across, radiates a corona of silver-blue light, the first US vehicle to use "quasi crytals" in its outer skin, it is funded by the NRA NSA and CIA, on radar the TR-3B can appear to be almost anything from a bird to a small plane, it is nuclear powered, has a Magnetic Field Disruptor which is a circular accelerator, the circular accelerator is mercury based, rotates at 60,000 rpms, pressurized at 250,000 atmospheres and supercooled to 150 degrees kelvin, this results in the TR-3B becoming 89% lighter and also reducing G forces by the same amount.


Here is an account of what I saw: Two gigantic "plasma" circles, one fluorescent green circle, and another white cricle, which seemed to collide (somehow it seemed as if one circle went infront of the other one in a downwards direction) in the sky, and that was then followed by an enormous flash(may have been 2 flashes) which covered the entire horizon, no sound at all. I witnessed this event one night, about 1.30am, circa 1999-2000, when the US navy was located in the Adriatic sea, at the time of the Serbia-Kosovo conflict. I was standing on my terrace in Split, Croatia, it was a warm night and I was looking out over the Adriatic sea.


My guess would be that the light source of the round "plasma" circles was located somewhere in the central Adriatic, south-west of the island of Vis, between Croatia and Italy. I had no idea what the lights were, I quickly woke up my brother in the other room, and I told him of what I had seen, we then waited and watched but there wasn't a repeat event.


I had no idea as to what it could have been, until recently, when I came across footage of a TR-3B which was apparently filmed over Paris: The black triangle slowly comes into view, stops mid-air and then tilts as if to allow the pilots to have a ground view, then a white circular light radiates from its center, causing a perfect white circle and subsequent flash (exactly the same as what I had seen)! This footage which some viewers claim to be a hoax, seems very convincing to me: I actually think its real. What really convinces me is the round light... it appears 2 dimensional, not 3 dimensional,(just like a spherical white street lamp, which seems 2 dimensional from a distance, but is actually 3 dimensional) and the circle isn't a glow with fuzzy edges, it is a circle with a defined edge, as if the light source is contained. And that's exactly what I saw that night.


Roll over the image below to see my flash version of what I saw,
it is fairly accurate, but the flash at the end was bright white and flashed horizontally.
It is interesting to note that an enormous triangle UFO was sighted by many people on the island of Pag, Croatia, in 1967. Various police patrol radio conversation transcripts bare testimony to the event. A drawing was put together by people who saw the object, and it looks alot like the TR-3B. The object apparently made it's way over the island, slowly and at low altitude.

Some people claim that the "black triangle" TR-3B is a NWO police enforcement vehicle, and that it's true purpose is yet to be made public, through some future course of events. It is also intresting to note that there were a number of sightings of the TR-3B over Belgium... Belgium is apparently the center of the worlds banking elite and NATO. Some people also claim that TR-3Bs are often seen travelling in pairs... and often seen over war-zones.

Anti gravity technology advances began gathering pace, coincideing with the infamous confiscation of Nikola Tesla's personal research and theory notes. Soon after, anything to do with antigravity, research etc... became top secret, confidential, and it is anyones guess as to what they had discovered...

TR-3A

Other sources suggest the existence of a subsonic stealthy recconnaissance aircraft, which is reportedly designated the TR-3A, although its actual designation and mission remain unclear.<1> Recently, it has been posited that the aircraft was designed to collect and transmit near-real-time digital photo information directly to F-117As for immediate tactical applications. The TR-3A reportedly has a range of more than 5,000 kilometers and the ability to operate at both low and high altitudes.<2>

The aircraft has been reportedly observed flying with KC-135 aerial tankers, F- 117 stealth fighters and T-38 aircraft. Its engines are said to run more quietly than the muffled General Electric F-404 powerplants on the Stealth fighter, which may explain how an aircraft of this type could elude detection for some time. Because of their vantage point, ground observations were unable to determine whether any vertical control surfaces jut from the aircraft's back.<3>

The TR-3A, if it exists, may have a slightly larger planform, possibly up to 42 feet long with a 60-65 foot wingspan. It is suggested that:<4>

"About 25-30 of the special reconnaissance aircraft -- designated the TR-3A 'Black Manta' -- could be placed in service eventually, based at Holloman AFB, NM, and Tonapah, Nev. Initial TR-3As are collected with F-117As, although housed separately in larger hangars. Several TR-3As are believed to have been deployed temporarily to Alaska, Britain, Panama and Okinawa. More recently, they are believed to have supported F-117A operations in the Persian Gulf war."

During Operation Desert Storm, the TR-3A's secret identity could have been protected by limiting it to F-117A support.<5> At one point, for instance, Saudi Arabian air force Northrop RF-5s were requested to augment USAF RF-4C operations. One could thus infer that TR-3A data were not distributed widely for use by other than F-117As.<6>
The Public Record

Apart from press reports, there is essentially no open-source information supporting the existence of such an aircraft. Indeed, what evidence does exist would tend to support the contrary proposition, that there is no such program.

During the debate in 1989 over the cancellation of the SR-71, General Michael Dugan, then serving as commander of US Air Forces in Europe, suggested that a new stealthy high-altitude, low-speed aircraft, possibly unpiloted, might take up some of the slack created by the termination of the SR-71.<7>
TR-3A
<8>

Another Air Force source suggested that:<9>

"There might be some thoughts about using low-observable platforms for that mission, but we are not doing that right now."

During 1991 Lockheed made a major effort to convince the Congress to support a billion dollar program to build an additional 24 F-117A aircraft, and to purchase equipment that would enable the F-117A to perform reconnaissance missions.<10> The aircraft would be modified to carry the ATARS camera system in one weapons bay, and a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) in the aircraft's other weapons bay. This palletized installation would permit the aircraft to be converted back to the attack configuration in about four hours.

Although the proposal was endorsed by the Senate Armed Services Committee, it was fiercely opposed by the Air Force, which ultimately prevailed in eliminating funding for the project.

The operational characteristics of the proposed reconnaissance version of the F- 117 are virtually identical to those that have been suggested for the TR-3A. Unavoidably, this episode raises questions about the plausibility of the existence of the TR-3A.

It is very difficult to understand how Lockheed could engage in a very public controversy involving the Air Force, and Sam Nunn, chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, regarding production of a reconnaissance version of the F- 117A, if the company were already involved in the production of a virtually identical aircraft, the TR-3A.

While it might be imagined that perhaps this episode might be explained by a decision by the Air Force to cancel the TR-3A, and that Lockheed was hoping to restart the F-117A production line in compensation, there is no evidence to support such an interpretation. And such an assumption would run counter to the assertion that the TR-3A had already achieved operational status by the time of Desert Storm.

Confirming the earlier reports, during the course of this episode one Air Force source noted that:<11>

"They tried to sell this idea to the Air Force back in 1987. The service wasn't looking for a stealthy reconnaissance aircraft back then and it isn't looking for one now."

Based on this record, the existence of the TR-3A must be regarded as suspect, unless one is prepared to accept the proposition that this entire episode, involving a large number of senior government and corporate officials, was merely part of an elaborate cover and deception operation, intended to obscure the existence of the TR-3A.
Budget and Financial Data

The assertion that mystery aircraft like the TR-3A exist implies that some item in the Defense budget can be arguably associated with the program. A not- implausible accounting can be made that suggests an identifiable source of funding that may be attributed to the TR-3A stealth aircraft program. The existence of this budget item significantly bolsters the case for the existence of this program.

Prior to 1989, much of the funding for the B-2 Advanced Technology Bomber was contained in an Air Force Aircraft Procurement line item designated Other Production Charges. This line item was aggregated in a budget activity designated Aircraft Support Equipment and Facilities, which included such items as Common Ground Equipment, for which roughly half a billion dollars was budgeted in the mid-1980s, as well as other items such as War Consumable, and Industrial Responsiveness.

The comparable Navy budget activity also provided roughly half a billion dollars for Common Ground Equipment during this period. But it is interesting to note that while the Navy allocated approximately $50 million for Other Production Charges (indicative that there is indeed something that actually consists of Other Production Charges, whatever such a miscellaneous category might encompass), the Air Force allocation for Other Production Charges had peaked at over $3.5 billion by 1987. This mystery was solved with the FY 1989 budget, which for the first time provided unclassified budget figures for the B-2. The Other Production Charges line dropped nearly $2 billion from the previous year.
Table 1
Stealth Aircraft Budget

Actual Actual Estimated
FISCAL B-2 B-2 B-2 Other
YEAR Procurement Advanced Production
Procurement Charges

1980 669
1981 50 801
1982 410 1,046
1983 820 988
1984 1200 1,413
1985 2100 1,877
1986 2400 1,941
1987 3200 3,514
1988 0 0 3600 2,977
1989 2,484 313 1,075
1990 1,638 425 563
1991 2,054 295 460
1992 2,456 455 547
1993 3,145 463 686





Table 2
B-2 Annual Cost Estimates
Then-year dollars (millions)

C3I Paine Nisbet Shapiro AVERAGE
Report Webber


R&D TOTAL TOTAL TOTAL TOTAL
FY
1981 50 50
1982 410 410
1983 850 1,110 701 624 820
1984 1,335 1,325 1,120 1,060 1200
1985 2,610 2,000 2,020 1,764 2100
1986 2,215 2,405 2,500 2,425 2400
1987 2,970 4,150 2,800 3,000 3200
1988 2,935 4,760 3,500 3,300 3600



* Dennis begins with the Air Force's figure of $36.6 billion in FY81 dollars, applies DOD inflation factors, and uses the accepted spendout rate formula for Air Force aircraft to arrive at these numbers for ATB procurement. Table taken from Congressional Research Service report on ATB, 4 November 1987.

Shapiro and Nisbet from Armed Forces Journal International/October 1987 P.26

But the solution of this mystery revealed an enigma -- even without the Stealth Bomber, Other Production Charges received over $1 billion in 1989, and about half a billion each year thereafter. That the remaining activity in this account covers sensitive activities was confirmed by the House Appropriations Committee in 1992, when it noted that the explanation of its $118 million reduction from the $686 million request was itself classified.<12>

A careful review of the Air Force budget fails to disclose any other program of comparable magnitude which could account for this level of expenditure. All other major Air Force programs, such as the Advanced Tactical Fighter, MILSTAR, and the Advanced Cruise Missile, have discreet and identifiable line items that account for their budgets. While the Other Production Charges line item probably included funding for the F-117A program in the early 1980s, more recent activity under that program is inconsistent with a half-billion dollar annual procurement expenditure.

The recent funding level of the Other Production Charges line item is strongly suggestive of a continuing program to procure additional stealth aircraft, and is consistent with published accounts of the TR-3A program.

This connection is further strengthened by the similarity in magnitude between the funding level of Other Production Charges, and the cash flow stream and employment at Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Group.

Like Al Capone, black aircraft may be uncovered not by sightings or hard testimony, but by an audit trail. If more money is flowing into a particular company's coffers than can be explained by the amount of aircraft or other hardware being produced, one may infer that some project is being financed that the public is not privy to. As early as 1988, for example, financial analysts printed sales estimates for Lockheed's Aeronautical Systems Group that far exceed any income explained by the firm's known programs. According to one analysis:<13>

"... Bernstein & Co. provided year-by-year Lockheed revenues for 'stealth programs' (plural) that showed increases from $563-million in 1982 to $1.126 billion in 1988, leveling off at $752-million annually in 1990 through 1992."

Another analysis noted that Lockheed's:<14>

"... Aeronautical Systems Group, based in Burbank, Calif., will receive more than $1.1 billion in 1988 government funding that cannot be attributed to any known program... Also, there are more cars in the division's parking lot than can be accounted for by employees of known programs, indicating the possible existence of a new and secret project."

Lockheed's Advanced Development unit is believed to have about 4,000 employees on its payroll, even though TR-1 and F-117A production and YF-22A prototype construction have been completed.<15> What are all these people working on?

While the production of the F-117A stealth attack aircraft has been completed, it was reported that up to a billion dollars a year is still being consumed by Lockheed Systems Co, at Burbank, CA.<16>

A study of this question by Kemper Securities analyst Lawrence Harris noted that Lockheed's revenues from classified aircraft programs was approximately $400 million in 1991:<17>

"Our analysis of Lockheed Skunk Works (Advanced Development Co.) sales suggests that despite the completion of the production portion of the F-117A and TR-1 programs, Skunk Works revenues have remained fairly robust...

Lockheed officials deny these reports, however, and offer a not-implausible explanation for the financial discrepancies. Ben Rich, President of Lockheed Advanced Development Projects Company (the Skunk Works), observed:<18>

"I have heard and read about Aurora, and I do not know what Aurora is. And it is not what we are doing in the Skunk Works. There are a whole bunch of programs out there, lots of them are sensor programs. And that is where we are applying our expertise."

Despite these denials, it is intriguing to note that the roughly half-billion dollars of unexplained Lockheed revenue neatly matches the half-billion dollars of unexplained expenditure in Other Production Charges.
Observer Reports
It is unclear whether there are any observer reports associated with the TR-3A.
Interpretation

It is suggested that the TR-3A aircraft evolved from a number of 1970s era classified programs aimed at developing both a deep-interdiction strike fighter and a companion vehicle to gather target location data.<19> It appears that a plethora of black programs based on stealth techniques were recommended to the services and intelligence agencies between 1976 and 1983.<20> These included:<21>

"...the Air to Surface Technology Evaluation and Integration (ASTEI) program; created to develop concepts for an advanced deep interdiction fighter.... the Covert Survivable In-weather Reconnaissance/Strike (CSIRS) program, which was to yield two separate stealth aircraft designs.... A THAP demonstrator, which made its first flight from the secluded Groom Lake, Nev., facility in 1981. The company reportedly received a follow-on Air Force contract in 1982 to build what was to become the TR-3A, based on the THAP concept."

The single-pilot Tactical High Altitude Penetrator (THAP) design concept was a spanloader airframe design approximately 38 feet long. THAP's wingspan was 56 ft and it stood approximately 14 ft. high and had a maximum takeoff weight of 55,000 to 60,000 pounds.<22> The original THAP design reportedly relied heavily on radar-absorbing material (RAM) -- as well as blended, curved surfaces -- to reduce its radar cross section. This would contrast with the faceted surfaces of the F-117A and would probably result in a heavier aircraft than today's stealth fighter. The long-range reconnaissance mission, however, is more forgiving of extra weight than the combat mission.<23>

Another potential explanation for the triangles reportedly speeding about over the western United States is that these craft are really "proof-of-concept vehicles for the Navy's now canceled A-12 attack plane, an older technology demonstrator for the B-2 or a not-off experimental prototype."<24> Some speculate that an entire "classified fleet" of these large-winged concept demonstrators exist."<25>

The existence of a few such unique technology demonstrators is more readily reconciled with the existing evidence than would the existence of a fleet of TR- 3B aircraft. It would readily explain some of the reported sightings of unusual aircraft.

It has been suggested that the TR-3B was used in conjunction with the F-117A during Desert Storm. But this is difficult to reconcile with the nature of the targets attacked by the F-117A, which were fixed targets, such as command posts and air defense stations. These targets were carefully studied and selected during the months prior to the initiation of the air campaign. Thus it is difficult to understand precisely what function the TR-3B would have been performing to assist the F-117A, which certainly had no need for additional target acquisition support. In the absence of a more explicit suggestion as to the precise relationship between the roles of the TR-3A and the F-117A, the existence of a fleet of operational, battle-tested TR-3As must be regarded as suspect.
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The next concept for my future game project. This time it's the 'Fast race'. Ships of this faction tend to be faster than the others, but have less defense (tanking) capabilities.
In lower right corner you can see the original Star Temple TD artwork as a comparison.

other factions for same project:
'Shield race' concept

'Standard race' concept

'Heavy race' concept


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Modular space plane for Kerbal Space Program, based of Arca Space's E-111 Excelsior design. 8434 Tris, more information and download (when it's available) at my Space Ark thread on the KSP forum.

I havn't actually played the game, but I've been doing some part building for it.

This plane connects together out of nine pieces; Command Module, decoupler, fuel tank, engine, 2 wings, 2 control surfaces and a drop tank, and attaches flush to make a smooth even surface.

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This mech is my own design, loosely based on my earlier 'Fox' mech [link] .
I created it for the 'Mech War' art fight.
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After the downfall of nations, most major corporations have some sort of private military detail under their command to defend their installations, personnel and subsidiaries. However, the corporate militaries, radically fine-tuned to fight low-intensity, urban fourth generation warfare, are an extremely expensive enterprise.

Thus, much of the equipment of defunct national militaries is used and modified to fit the new nature of warfare to fit R&D costs. While not as effective as specifically designed machines, the upgrades to old equipment are cheaper. Consolidated Defense And Resources, an American industrial supercorporation originating in California that controls most of the former US tri-state area and the rust belt, has upgraded the old M1A2 Abrams tanks of the army of its former nation to adapt to this new form of warfare and form the backbone of its relatively small tank force.

Modifications include:

*Stripping most of the armor and lightening of the chassis. The tank is now largely armored by titanium plating ceramic composite blocks and NERA, after having its depleted uranium strike plates removed.
*Replacement of the Honeywell ATG gas turbine with two twin air-cooled three-phase 1210hp electric engines driven by large banks of lithium batteries arranged throughout the tank.
*Upgrading of the turret to be unmanned as well as to include an autoloader for the new 110mm smoothbore ETC gun. Now all crewmembers sit side-by-side in the frontal chassis section.
*Radical upgrading of the tank's C4ISR capabilities to include live-update battlefield networking with units from all branches as well as allied armies.
*Addition of Boomerang and BOSS surveillance systems.
* Replacement of the M2HB with an M312, integration of a CROWS mount.
*Addition of active infrared camouflage.
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