A catalogue of CGU aircraft, top view. Scale is six pixels : one meter.
Some notes: The most common type of propulsion plant is the Nuclear Aircraft Engine; aircraft requiring high performance and long loiter times and range will have a miniature nuclear reactor installed, the heat of which is used to ignite the compressed air in a turbofan, rather than using jet fuel. This eases the strain of logistics significantly. Some aircraft, however, still use conventional turbofans; lower bleeding-edge performance requirements are exchanged for rugged reliability in attack and reconnaissance drones as well as some other aircraft. A couple aircraft used high-performance turboprops for power, but these are not often used outside of special duties.
A note on naming and numbering conventions- all of them are named after some kind of shark or ray; typically, "S" as a prefix to the primary mission designation indicates space-usability, and as such are almost always Navy and Marines aircraft. Everything else is Army and Marines. Most manned aircraft can theoretically be auto-piloted by a VI or brick AI program and integral VI's perform most ECM on normally-manned aircraft.
The PAS-05E Dingo-class Powered Assault Suit. The larger and more powerful counterpart to the Powered Combat Suit, the PAS is built more along the lines of older powered armours, with conventional electric motors and myomer bundles to enhance strength and speed rather than a reactive fluid layer. With layers of heavy armour integrated to the suit, that added strength is necessary. While more powerful than the PCS, the Dingo suit is bulkier, though not quite as bulky as vintage Imperial powered armours; this limits its tactical availability to open field engagements, space combat, or direct assaults of fortified positions. However, it is able to carry and use weapons normal soldiers in the PCS would not be able to- the example in the picture is an 18.1mm automatic rifle. Other weapons include a 13mm Gauss Rifle, a Free Electron Laser, a Linear Plasma Projector Rifle, a 7.92mm rotary machine-gun, or an 105mm Recoilless Rifle. In addition to standard infantry weapons. Even so, its bulkiness has prevented its mass adoption by the Army, and is used more for special forces and Waffen-SG troops.
- been a long stretch since I was able to sit down and do any carving, finally got this one done. I'm not sure why but this one has a very South Asian feel to me. Maybe the lil squiggly detail on the left(reminds me of Thailand) and the reverse reverse barb sort of reminds me of something you would see in Indian carving.
Carved from cow bone and lashed with wax coated linen cord. Will post the link to the etsy sale as soon as I get it online. 45 + 5 bucks shipping.
Depicted here is test pilot Catherine 'Charity' Castiglione with the Southern Cross industrial consortium's prototype heavy mobile suit, the SCV-25 'Orion,' prior to one of its in-house performance evaluation runs.
Lt. Castiglione wears a special hardsuit designed specifically for mobile suit testing. The suit is armoured and has a larger number of medical monitors and biometric sensors which measure and record the wearerís physiological conditions in real-time. The suit is fully EVA-rated, functions as a pilot's g-suit and can provide basic medical assistance during high-g maneuvers and other physically strenuous situations. The suit also carries a back-up recording unit for the mobile suit's testing, evaluation and diagnostics systems as a precaution against the loss of the mobile suit itself.
The subject of the image is the first of two prototypes constructed for testing & evaluation. This example is currently devoid of weaponry except for the head-mounted integrated rotary pulse lasers, which can be independently elevated from -10 to +80 degrees. Mounted on the headís left hardpoint is a 'dazzle' pod, designed to jam and overload targeted optronic systems with a low-powered laser rapidly strobing between multiple frequencies and wavelengths. In this case, the pod was being used to test for possible 'fratricide' effects with the mobile suitís own multi-frequency optronic systems. A larger pair of torso-mounted cooling systems, which restrict the mobile suitís waist articulation, have been temporarily fitted in lieu of the smaller, standard production units.