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The HF-3 is a family of aircraft designed by Japan for interception, air superiority, ground attack, and naval operations.

This is a rare aircraft, intended as a multipurpose fighter with exceptional maneuverability characteristics. It has variable-sweep wings, moving canards, folding wings, and as a complex turbine and trust vectoring system. It requires a skilled pilot to take advantage of its abilities. Payload space is limited, due to the space taken up by mechanical systems. It carries small missiles and must sometimes rely on its cannon. Newer versions have hardpoints on the rear top, and on the stationary wing stubs where the swing mechanism is housed. Swiveling hardpoints on the wings have been experimented with but not implemented yet. Various versions have been offered for export, but, due to their price, remain rare. The name is often abbreviated as HF-KT or KT.

In foreign service it is known as the Lampades.

Types

HF-3T3 (first service model)
HF-3T4 (updated, some mechanical issues fixed, external hardpoints)
HF-3T5 Karasu-Tengu II (improved stealth characteristics, two tail fins)
HF-3T4X Plus (experimental version with swiveling hardpoints on wings)
HF-3T45 Karasu-Tengu II+ (Theoretical HF-3T5 with swiveling hardpoints)
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Country of Origin: Empire of Japan
Role: Bomber
Designer: Nakajima
Crew: 2
Other Users: China (captured models)

Armament:
1x Type 120 25mm Cannon
2x Short Range IR AAMs
2,000 ILBs of Ordnance
-Type 6 Kaiten Anti-Ship Missile
-Type 10 1000 ILB Laser Guided Bomb
-Type 5 500 ILB Laser Guided Bomb
-Iron Bombs
-Cluster Bombs/Bomblett Dispenser

The Empire of Japan rolled out the Nakajima B20 series of aircraft in the mid-1960s. Much like the abortive American effort to create a fighter that could be used by both the Navy and Air Force (the F-111 which proved an excellent low level bomber) the B20 was built in both a naval and ground based model. The IJN model was known as the Sea-Wing with the Japanese Air Force calling their model the Sky-Wing. Both versions of the B20 would see combat in the former Dutch East Indies, as the post-colonial government collapsed. Japan moved in to annex the oil rich area in 1967. Sea-Wings flying of Japanese carriers provided strikes against the various factions inside the islands. Some worked, not effectively in a close air support role for Imperial Marines during the campaign. Losses were light for the naval Sea-Wings.

Initially the Sea-Wing was armed with conventional free fall iron bombs and rocket pods. However the start of World War III heralded a new generation of increasing accurate precision weapons. As America, the Soviets, and Europeans all retooled their aircraft and tactics to incorporate these, Japan found itself falling behind. Through various methods, legally and illegally, the Japanese military industry acquired various samples of new precision guided munitions (PGM). Using their own technology the Japanese arms makers were able to produce their first laser guided bomb shortly before the end of the Third World War.

This new generation of weaponry required upgrades to be made to the Sea/Sky-Wing fleet. A laser targeting pod with thermal and LLAMPS abilities was equipped to most of the precision strike units inside the IJN. New surface search and ground scanning radars were built into the B20Ns. The ground scanning radar allowed the Sea-Wing to fly dangerous nap of the Earth attack missions. These upgrades made the B20N an all-weather day or night bomber. By the late 1980s the upgraded Sea-Wing fleet could also carry large bomblett dispersing pods on their centerline hard-point (a copy of the European Tornado’s). Two Type 6 anti-ships missiles could be carried by the Sea-Wing for naval strike roles.

The major combat test for the Sea-Wing came when the Imperial government decided to go to war with the Russian Republic in 1990. As part of their surprise attack, Sea-Wings launched from the Giga carriers in the Sea of Japan to bomb the airfields up and down the Russian Pacific coast and Russian Pacific Fleet bases. Covered by Tengu fighters the Sea-Wings devastated the Russian Air Force bases, using runway cratering weapons and taking out hardened shelters with LGBs. As long as Japanese aircraft controlled the skies, the B20N operated quite effectively against the Russian forces in the Far East. However the Sea-Wing proved less effective when deployed in contested air environments. Designed as a bomber, the Sea-Wing had no real dogfighting ability requiring escorting fighters or a low level approach.

When the war expanded to include the United States of America, the IJN found itself up against an equal opponent. B20Ns and Air Force B20s took heavy losses when attacking American and Allied targets during the war. The heaviest losses and most specular success for the Sea-Wings came during the Battle of Guam. Admiral Shirada led four Giga carriers in an effort to destroy the American 7th Fleet and force the U.S. into negotiations to end the war in the Pacific. The first battle of super-carriers, the Carrier Strike Force launched a massive attack against the USN carriers once it was learned they were operating southeast of Guam.

Nearly one hundred IJN aircraft battled against the USN fighter screen and fought through the Ticonderoga air defense cruisers and their Burke class destroyer counterparts. Ten Sea-Wings managed to launch their ASMs and severally damage the carrier Hornet. Several more American cruisers and destroyers were sunk as well. The losses among the Japanese planes were heavy, over sixty percent. Much worse was the surviving pilots found that while they attacked the Americans, a USN strike against their own carriers had led to the destruction of two of their own carriers. As the battle continued the remaining Sea-Wings managed to sink the damaged Hornet, but the Combined Fleet lost another carrier.

Many of the remaining Sea-Wings for the rest of the war were based on land with their Air Force counterparts. Another distinction of the B20N was it was one of the first aircraft used in suicide operations against the Allied fleets. Kamikaze attacks were first launched by a Sea-Wing unit based in Formosa against the Enterprise carrier group, supporting the battle for the Philippines. Sixty aircraft among them twenty B20Ns loaded with explosives penetrated the carrier group’s defenses and sank six ships. A Sea-Wing speared into the side of the Enterprise knocking it out of the war for several months.

All the remaining Sea-Wings not in Japanese Defense Force hands are used by the Republic of China. Most were captured in the last few days of the war.
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This is an hybrid ship concept. Is an aircraft with defense / attack capabilities. Hope enjoy it!
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Portfolio stuff #2
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A scale model of the German Pfalz D3a, a kit from Wingnut Wings, a company owned by Peter Jackson!
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Naginata Cruiser

Country of Origin: Empire of Japan
Builder: Kure Naval Arsenal-IHI Corporation
Crew: 350

Armament:

1x 127mm Multipurpose Cannon
Type 20 Funryu SAM (30x Bow VLS, 60x Aft VLS)
Type 15 Kaiten Anti-Ship SSM (5x Bow VLS, 5x Aft VLS)
Type 4 Land Attack Missiles (5x Bow VLS, 5x Aft VLS)

6x Type 10 Shinya Anti-Ship Torpedoes
6x Type 5 Anti-Submarine Torpedoes
4x 20mm CIWS (two guns per system, bow and aft)

Aircraft: 2x Ku-55 Helicopter

During the Third World War the era of big gunned and armored ships was done with. Japan which had stayed neutral during the conflict between the USSR and Allies, watched the large naval battles in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Engagements were fought over the horizon with guided missiles and strikes by carrier aircraft carrying more missiles. IJN intelligence staffs studied the carrier operations of the Americans and their European Allies, plus the Soviet efforts to destroy carriers. A massive report was prepared for the commanders of the Combined Fleet and then the head of the IJN. Recommendations were made on improvements and new weapons that would be needed by the Combined Fleet.

One of the first of these new weapons was the Naginata missile cruiser. Japan had been experimenting with missile armed ships during World War III but had not built a dedicated warship designed with that in mind. The Naginata would have the same role as the American Ticonderoga Aegis Cruisers plus an additional surface strike role. A late minute addition to the cruiser’s design was that of low observable technology. The success of American ‘stealth’ platforms in the last stages of World War III had revealed how powerful such technology could be. Although not a true stealth design the Naginata would be harder to find on surface search radar.

The first duty of the Naginata was air defense. To achieve this, the Japanese created their version of the Aegis combat system, the Kami radar and Type 20 Funryu SAM. A phased radar system it allowed for a full automatic mode to defend the Imperial Fleet’s carrier striking groups from mass air and missile attacks. Offensive fire power came from the ten Kaiten anti-ship missiles. A clone of the American Harpoon, it allowed IJN ships to attack others up to 90 miles away. In the tradition of the IJN the Naginata retained anti-ship torpedoes, the Shinya. Anti-submarine warfare was conducted with the ship’s sonar systems and two Ku-55 Helicopters. These helicopters could scout for the ship and attack submarine or surface targets with ASW torpedoes and SSMs.

By 1990 tensions in the Pacific were at an all time high. The Empire of Japan was suffering economic difficulties with the United States and Europeans. Both sides had begun to buy more of their goods from the growing economic powerhouse that was the Republic of China. After years of corruption and turmoil the ROC had finally managed to get its house in order. Now the Chinese were able to offer many of the goods and services that Japan had, for lower value. At the same time Japan’s industries and more importantly the military demanded more oil and resources. An ample supply of these items lay in Siberia. Oil and mineral fields discovered there by the Russians had helped revitalize their economy.

Prince Tatsu along with War Minster Yamata convinced Emperor Yoshiro that it was time for Japan to assume its place as the premier superpower over the Americans and Europeans. They purposed taking the riches in Siberia from the Russians and then using these resources to eventually make them the sole owners of the Pacific Ocean. The Emperor agreed and the Pacific War began on June 22, 1990. Some of the first shots of the war were fired by Naginata cruisers, cruise missiles against Russian airfields and bases in the Far East.

The Naginatas in the opening months of the Pacific War screened the Combined Fleet as its aircraft and amphibious forces assaulted Siberia and the Kutwang Army Group moved into Siberia. The Russian forces a shadow of their former selves were unable to mount effective resistance. Air and naval strikes destroyed the Russian Pacific Fleet, except for its submarines. Mostly the Naginata ships defended against the occasional air attack and conducted ASW sweeps with other IJN destroyers and frigates. The ships would see more action as the war expanded.

America and Europe had no wish to see Japan steal the Siberian resources from the Russians. As a result both began to offer covert assistance to the Russians. US naval forces conducted increased training and moved more ships into position to cover the IJN forces in the western and southern Pacific. Tokyo was upset at the covert support and American positioning. Prince Tatsu said it was time to drive the Americans from the Pacific once and for all. He and the military drafted plans to invade the Philippines (ending the one hole that existed in the Empire) and destroy American naval power. They would take the Northern Marianas Islands then engage and defeat the USN. Washington seeing its forces humbled and looking at a long bloody battle to retake the Pacific would acquiesce to the New World Order.

Japan’s decision to expand the war resulted in the largest series of naval battles the world had ever seen. Naginata cruisers led the attack on the Philippines and a Japanese surface group was responsible for the devastation inflicted upon the Australian Navy in the First Battle of the Coral Sea. Despite the success the Japanese achieved in the opening stages of the war, they were now at war with the United States and European Alliance. America had more naval warfare experience than the IJN.

Based on wargames against their own Aegis platforms, the USN knew the best way to take down phased radar platforms like the Naginata. Submarines were often best, and air attacks using HARM missiles and drones also worked. The Naginatas were not invincible and thus could not make the Japanese carrier strike groups invulnerable. Of the thirty Naginata cruisers built by Japan, twenty-five were sunk during the course of the war. They fought in every major engagement, The First Coral Sea, Philippines Campaign, The Battle of Guam, Second Coral Sea, and the Home Islands. The remaining Naginatas now serve in the Japanese Republic’s Navy.

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Alright this is the first Japanese combatant from Red Alert 3. Just so you all know my version of Red Alert 3 lacks the craziness that occurs in the game. No time travel is involved and this in fact occurs after Red Alert and RA2. The Empire of the Rising Sun is just the Empire of Japan. Since WWII was fought against the USSR in RA, the Empire never falls. Thus leading to a modern Pacific War fought in the early 1990s. (For more on this TL check out my RA3 Map in the gallery!)

The Naginata is based on the modern Japanese Self-Defense Force Kongo destroyers and modern warships. I’ve created it to be basically the Japanese counterpart to Ticonderoga CCG. Unlike my two Russian RA2 warships I drew this on from scratch! Only piece I used from Shipbucket is some antenna stuff at the top of the Naginata’s mast. You might note I did not copy the standard Aegis billboard radars, I instead to make it look different copied the latest Chinese billboard radars.

Please leave me some feedback in addition to faving, thanks a lot!
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Country of Origin: Empire of Japan
Role: Interceptor/Fighter
Designer: Mitsubishi
Crew: 1
Other Users: Iran, China (captured models)

Armament:
1x Type 112 20mm Cannon
2 to 4x Short Range IR AAMs
4 to 6x Medium to Long Range AAMs

In the late 1970s the Imperial Japanese Navy sought out a new carrier based interceptor. Requirements for the new fighter included a heavy missile load, high speed, and variable geometry wings. The Soviets, Americans, and Europeans had all fielded or begun fielding aircraft with this ability (MiG-23/F-14/Tornado). Mitsubishi created of the famous A6M Zero, won the contract over Nakajima’s prototype. The first production models reached IJN pilots’ hands by 1980. It was given the name Tengu, part bird and human.

Smaller than the American F-14 Tomcat the plane was just as fast and maneuverable. It was far superior to anything in the Soviet and then Russian arsenal. Pilots loved its high speed. At the front of the Tengu was the powerful radar system which allowed for searching for targets up to a hundred miles away. Airborne refueling and drop tanks could extend the Tengu’s range. Working with airborne radar off the Giga carriers the Tengu was an excellent interceptor, volleying its long range missiles. A major disadvantage of the Tengu though was the ability to fire and forget missiles. All the medium and long range weapons used by the IJN were semi-radar homers, requiring the Tengu to keep its own radar on the target (unlike the AIM-54 Phoenix). To make up for this problem the Japanese deployed excellent ECM and jamming systems in their carrier air groups. Shorter range combat was conducted with IR all aspect targeting missiles. Normally a Tengu would carry four heat seekers and four radar guided weapons. However the arsenal varied depending on the mission. Combined with Nakajima Sea-Wing bombers, Acihi fighter bombers a Japanese carrier wing had as much striking power as an American one, and far more than a European wing.

The Tengu achieved its first kills in the hands of Japanese pilots during an incident with China. In June of 1981 the Republic of China was conducting naval maneuvers south of the Japanese controlled island of Formosa. The carriers Akagi and Kaga of the 1st Carrier Division were part of a Japanese force off the island. Six Chinese MiG-23s were harassed by a pair of A19 Tengus. One of the ROC pilots fired and the battle began. One Tengu was lost and the other called for back up. In the resulting air battle all six ROC Floggers were lost; along with three MiG-29 Fulcrums that joined the action. Japanese reinforcements consisted of two more Tengus, just three A19s shot down nearly an entire squadron of Chinese planes. Over the 1980s several more ‘incidents’ occurred between Japanese planes and Russian and Chinese ones. In nearly every case the Tengu came out ahead.

The Tengu went to actual war on June 22, 1990. The Kido Butai (Japan’s carrier fleet) launched its first air attacks against the Russian Pacific Fleet bases at 5:03AM. Squadrons of Tengu fighters covered the approach. The initial opposition consisted of nearly obsolescent MiG-23s which the Tengu fighters handled easily. As the Russian forces recovered the Far East command sent in more elite Su-27, MiG-31 and upgraded MiG-29s. The resulting air battles ended in an 8:1 kill to loss ratio for Japanese. The Russians lost control of the airspace above the Far East and Japanese forces moved on their objectives.

Japanese aircraft also lead the attack against the Philippines shortly after it was discovered that the Americans were giving covert assistance to the Russian Republic. Here they faced U.S. aircraft for the first time in combat. Due to the surprise attack, the F-15s based at Clark AFB were at a disadvantage and suffered heavy losses to the Tengu. The first clash of the F-14 Tomcat and Tengu occurred during the Second Battle of the Coral Sea. Task Force 77 from the U.S. 7th Fleet moved to cover the transfer of Australian troops to New Guinea. USN fighters provide CAP for the Australian/American force. The F-14s had the advantage at long range with the Phoenix missile. Although designed to kill Russian bombers the missile preformed okay against fighters as well. At closer ranges however the Tomcat and Tengu were evenly matched. In the end the Second Coral Sea was an Allied victory. The K/L ratio was in favor of the USN but only at 3:1.

The Tengu would continue to fight for the remainder of the Pacific War. However the plane did not fail the Empire, but the system to support it. Japan’s pilot training program had not been forced to operate under the stress of a full blown war. Even during Japanese participation in World War II, the losses never exceeded the pool of experienced pilots. The Pacific War, with its fronts in Russia, the Philippines, Dutch East Indies, and then the Indian Ocean as the Europeans joined the effort exhausted the Japan’s core of experienced pilots. One of the most critical losses was the Battle of Guam. Four of the Kido Butai’s carriers and a supporting invasion force moved on Guam. Admiral Shirada’s goal was to draw out the U.S. 7th Fleet and destroy it.

Russian intelligence however uncovered the Japanese battle-plan. This information allowed the Americans to stage an ambush. The Japanese strike groups moving to bomb Guam were suddenly confronted not with the base’s own fighters, but the fighter power of three USN carriers. Countless Tengu’s, Nakajima Sea-Wings, and other IJN planes were shot down. In the resulting battle Admiral Shirada was lost along with three of the four Japanese carriers. With these ships and planes went the elite of the IJN aviators. Japan would never recover from the lost of these men. In the following battles of the war, Japan’s pilots were less and less experienced. By the end of the war the USN’s K/L ratio was 20:1.

With the end of the Pacific War, Japan has been banned from having any carriers for an undetermined time. The remaining Tengu A19s are all based on land and part of the Naval Aviation component of the JMSDF. Other users of the Tengu include the Islamic Republic of Iran. The IRIAF has an entire fighter wing of Tengu’s know locally as the Falcon. American and European intelligence sources cannot determine how many of the aircraft are still flying. The Republic of China had captured quite a few Tengu’s on Formosa (modern day Taiwan) following their invasion of the island. Of these examples only two squadrons remain flying today.
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The USV-3 'Abdul-Muhsi' is a space combat drone created and sold at low cost to the developing nations of the late 21st Century.

Launched from inexpensive single-use rockets in North Africa and South America, the drone blasts into orbit to intercept enemy targets. As it enters range, the protective shell of the launch vehicle falls away to reveal the weapon systems. If the target attempts to defend itself a small countermeasure capsule rockets away, taking guided missiles with it. When within striking distance the high powered laser opens fire on the objective, destroying it by superheating the fuel tanks or electrical systems.

With the laser fired, the power systems are fused and can never be used again. The drone then fires its engines one last time and enters a decaying orbit, destroying itself as it re-enters the atmosphere. Although expensive compared to simply launching a missile, the Abdul-Muhsi enjoys some success as it is immune to most anti-missile countermeasures, and with its long range laser does not have to be launched accurately to destroy its target.
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SYNDICATE concept - tactical boat

Vehicle concept I did when I worked on Syndicate for Starbreeze Studios - published by EA Games.

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According to “もしもWEAPON”, the source of KX-03 are Kawanishi aircraft's technical report No541,544,566 ”500ton class flying boat study. The IJN ordered Kawanishi to study 500 ton class flying boat in the beginning of 1943.
Overall length;162m, Span;180m, Height;35.4m, Wing area;1,150square meter,
Gross weight;460ton, Range;18,520km, Payload;900 soldiers with normal equipments,
Engines; Ne201 turbo prop engine(7,000hp + static thrust 900kg/each engine)×12(total 132,000hp),
Ne330 jet engine×6(total equivalent 7,920hp), crews;24.
BTW according to another book"Kikka (miki shobo) ISBN4-89522-276-4 C0053 " Ne201's power was 1,870hp.(7,000hp is too large for Ne201,)
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