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AUV-50 Dragon
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Published: March 3, 2012
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AUV-50 Dragon
Attack/Utility VTOL
Assault/Transport Tiltrotor Aircraft
Medium/Heavy Airlift

Length: 74 ft
Wingspan: 74 ft
Height: 24 ft
Armament: (1) 25mm Cannon
(2) Bay (4 hardpoints per bay + 4 Stinger/Hellfire Hardpoints)/(32 Stinger/Hellfire Hardpoints)
(2) Wing-Pylon Hardpoints
Defensive Weaponry: (3) .50 Caliber Chain Guns (Side/Rear Doors)
(1) Undercarriage TROPHY System
Flares, Chaff
Radar Range: (Fore) 150 mi
(Sides) 40 mi
(Rear) 40 mi
Empty Weight: 38,000 lbs
Loaded Weight: 52,000 lbs
Max Takeoff Weight: 89,000 lbs
Powerplant: (2) Rolls Royce VX-560 Engines
(2) General Electric SVX-51 Engines
Max Speed: 420 mph
Range: 1,000 mi
Ceiling: 42,000ft
Crew: 3 (Pilot/Gunner-EW/Crew Chief)
Deployment: 24 Soldiers
Other Notes: 2 Bottom opening Rappel-doors

Designed to replace other utility helicopters, the surprisingly stable Dragon dwarfs most other helicopters, mainly in girth. It can even handle small vehicles in it's bay, provided the seating is removed or folded up. Needless to say, when supporting or transporting troops for ground combat missions, it makes an easy target. This aspect was sighted early on, and to counter RPG and other shoulder-mounted Anti-Air fire, it supports an enhanced TROPHY system, able to counter anything that might fire at it from the sides or below, though the top is still somewhat vulnerable from closer distances.
It maintains enough personal weaponry within it's bays to clear out any SAM or Anti-Air sites on it's initial entry, as well as having it's 25mm chain gun for any enemy personnel that might stand in it's way, which is able to track nearly as fast as the gunner can move his head to target with it.
With the advent of improved digital systems relieving much of the load of the operators, the gunner and crew chief both act as Electronic Warfare specialists as well, able to defend against enemy vehicles and SAMs.

For carrier operations, the AUV-50 Dragon can also maintain a good deal of the carrier's necessary Carrier On-Board Delivery Operators, though it's range is not as extensive as previous aircraft; new models are in the works for the UV-50B, which will cover such needs, as well as Midair Refueling, and an EV-50B, which will cover Midair Refueling and AWACS needs.
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CitrusRepublic's avatar
CitrusRepublicHobbyist Digital Artist
hey


The Falcon from Halo: Reach.
Afterskies's avatar
AfterskiesHobbyist Interface Designer
This certainly isn’t that, though it was inspired by it.
knight281's avatar
Do you plan to expand on this or your other vtol or helo designs? 
filament16's avatar
filament16Hobbyist Interface Designer
I love your level of detail and style... it really fits the story I'm putting together
acebird1234's avatar
acebird1234Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool bird.Wish I had one.
SplinteredMatt's avatar
SplinteredMattStudent General Artist
One of my favourite tiltrotor designs. Nice work!
meugen06's avatar
meugen06Hobbyist
Very good design.
KahunaSniper's avatar
KahunaSniperHobbyist Writer
Wow. I'm very impressed with this design. Just a question though. Does the 25-Mike have a 365-degree turnabout rating? I ask because you made it sound like the gun was slaved to the gunner's helmet, but I was thinking it would be more operational capable by giving it a 360 turnabout with mounted standard/thermal cameras. Correct me if I'm wrong or if there would be a technical issue. =)
Afterskies's avatar
AfterskiesHobbyist Interface Designer
Both; it can be slaved to the pilots helmet, or "disconnected," for a full turn radius.
KahunaSniper's avatar
KahunaSniperHobbyist Writer
Sweet deal! Great work on the design.
Afterskies's avatar
AfterskiesHobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks you guys. I was so worried about not making it look like the Osprey, as it started looking like it, that I think I instead made it look like a cross between the Halo's Pelican and Hornet...
Deuce777's avatar
Deuce777Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't worry about how it looked kinda like an V-22, because that's the case with pretty much every Tilt-Rotor.

As for the looks themselves, it looks like an RAH-66 Comanche mixed with a UNSC Falcon. Also, the fact that the 74-foot length would mean that canopy is a tad big it totally excusable, because if you're able to get up to altitudes of up to 42,000ft, almost 10,000ft higher than Everest, you'll want to enjoy the view! But in all seriousness, a TILT-ROTOR at approximately 8 miles is hugely impressive, even if there's turboprops on those nacelles as well. If we ever build something with similar specs to this, the V-22's days are limited, VERY limited!

Let's just hope we'd be able to make an electric model that could work on Mars, because that would speed up colonization immensely.
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XRaiderV1Hobbyist Digital Artist
outstanding!
HandofManos's avatar
HandofManosHobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent work indeed I do like the details of the interior as well. It gives it an extra dimension.
timberfox15's avatar
this is a great vehicle
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