Allied Reporting Name: Derecho
Type: Aerospace Fighter
Place of Origin: Dominion of Risallas
Designer: Wanlaweyn-Lokori Military Design Department
Designed: Nlolunji 16th, 2104 AEC
Deployed: Ncaba 28th, 2110 AEC
Produced: 2109 AEC to present (8,000,000 total)
Mass: 22.68 metric tons (25.0 tons)
Length: 16.15 m (53ft)
Wingspan: 10.9 m (35ft, 6 in)
Height: 5.18 m (17ft)
Crew: 1 (training version has 2)
Protection: 4.72 metric tons of Aerospace grade Galactinum armor plating (5.2 tons)
Engine: 1 × Light ATF reactor with HERON propulsion system (2.49 metric tons/ 2.75 tons)
Movement Type: Flight
Speed: 4,082.4 km/h maximum (Mach 3.3, Atmospheric)/ 31.5 IKN.
Acceleration: 3,776.9g (space)
Sensors & Electronics:
1 × Arke Electronic Warfare Suite
1 × PADD Sensor Suite
1 × 76.2mm S.P.E.A.R. AGML (Front)
2 × DRAIL, L-Type 2/18 (Left-Front)
2 × DRAIL, L-Type 2/18 (Right-Front)
4 × 15.0mm AMS-AGML (Fuselage)
The WL-110 Oṣuvua, is a solid design with a respectable track record of operations. In an era where many armchair generals would question the validity of continuing to deploy aerospace fighter assets, the simplest answer is cost. The production cost of a single WL-110 is an eighth that of a single NT-17 deep space fighter. The cost in maintenance is also much lower, and to have a WL-110 airborne on standby costs far less per hour than having a any DSF do the same job. There is also the fact that the WL-110 can loiter for hours, with no real degradation of its lethality, this makes it especially potent in a ground support or local interception role. The Dominion deploys WL-110’s to every planetary garrison, with a focus on garrisons that have terrain that is difficult enough to limit the effectiveness of ground-based strike assets.
Overall the WL-110 is a reliable machine, it is more agile than the WL-89 but is understandably slower because the aircraft has a different combat objective. The WL-110 Oṣuvua is built around an internal frame work that maximizes protection and structural rigidity against the expectation of thousands of atmospheric exits and entries over the course of a service life that per unit is expected to be on average sixty years. A total of 5.25 tons of Galactinum type L armor cover the aircraft with no true weak spots to be seen as the armor is largely evenly distributed. The cockpit module, fuselage and frontal areas of the craft have slightly thicker armor to cope with ground to air fire that the WL-110 Oṣuvua is likely to experience in normal operations. The power plant powering the WL-110 Oṣuvua’s sublight propulsion systems is a Lodwar ‘Sechur’ Class 6-25 ambient temperature fusion reactor which is a reliable unit specifically rated for vehicles in the 20 to 30-ton range. The reactor powers the WL-110 Oṣuvua’s HERON propulsion system which unlike the civilian models produces very little of the ‘Saint Elmo’s fire’ effect on the rear portions of the wings. This is simply because the field emissions surfaces used in the system are far better shielded and don’t need to bleed excess energy off like civilian models do. HERON is a very reliable means of propulsion because it is immune to electromagnetic pulse and ionic interference, it is damage-insensitive and civilian aircraft have landed with large sections of wing missing which is a testament to the stability of the system. Armament on the WL-110 Oṣuvua consists of a single nose-mounted S.P.E.A.R. AGML, which is supported by two pairs of DRAIL, L-Type 2/18 kinetic energy weapons offset in the forward arc and two 15mm AGML-AMS systems in the fuselage. The primary weapons loadout is backed up by an electronic warfare system and full sensor capabilities which is more than sufficient for the fighter’s intended role as a planetary interceptor with ground attack capabilities.
The wide deployment of the WL-110 Oṣuvua has guaranteed that it has seen combat in one form or another on numerous worlds. The most recent conflict occurred during the Davian Insurgency after the territory of the Divine Davian Empire was split in two. The Davian insurgents within a span of three months had proven themselves to be much more than a nuisance. They rallied local populations with false displays of invulnerability to weapons fielded by ‘the foreigners’ committed acts of sabotage that delayed recovery and then would use subterfuge to claim that foreign nations could not help the locals recover in the post Voi Con era.
A confrontation involving the WL-110 Oṣuvua occurred on an agricultural world called Plei Me. The planet itself was somewhere in size between a planetoid and a full planet which limited its utility because of its unusual orbit around a hot gas giant which meant that for at least half of the year on the planet, it was effectively a long hot summer. The rest of the year the planet was known to be warm but acceptable due to its constant low humidity. The Davians originally colonized the world because it had all the right climate conditions for growing grains. Plei Me’s topography was still fairly mountainous which meant that farms would be placed in the long fairly valleys. Since rivers and streams often crisscrossed the valleys irrigation was easy enough that there was no need for sophisticated pumping stations to move water. The population of Plei Me barely noticed when things started going wrong for the Divine Davian Empire, and they barely took note when the Battle of Voi Con happened. The splitting of the empire, was noticed on Plei Me, but the people were indifferent to it, they were for the most part simple farmers on an agricultural world, they already were not going to starve, and given their strong religious beliefs, as long as they could peddle their grain and live a simple existence it didn’t much matter what flag was on the flag pole at the end of the day. In truth, the population of Plei Me for the most part wanted to be left alone until it was time to ship their surplus out. The planet of Plei Me was within the Dominion’s section of the allied occupation zone and since Dominion’s Sector Command was not unfamiliar with the sentiment of Plei Me’s population, they did not interfere with the day to day activities of the population. The Dominion opted not to place a garrison on the world simply because it would be too culturally intrusive but they did negotiate to purchase the surplus grain the world was producing so that the local economy would be stable and resistant to the insurrection that was going on in other regions.
Unfortunately, the Dominion did not expect to be troubled by the Davian Confederation, let alone on a strategically insignificant world such as Plei Me. This was a tactical error as Commander Nhu, still stung by the events on Vinh at the battle of Thahn roughly a month earlier set her sights on Plei Me where she expected the Dominion to have a small garrison that she could easily defeat. Commander Nhu quietly assembled a force mainly comprised of two brigades of infantry supported by a number of modern Davian tanks and other armored vehicles that were recently stolen from a depot. Combined, Commander Nhu effectively had two motorized infantry brigades supported with two companies of armored vehicles which by her reasoning was more than enough to flatten a small Dominion garrison. The commander found it fairly easy to gather troops this time around because the target a world with an atmosphere and lots of food, the need for pressurized EVA suits was a serious limitation on Vihn. Commander Nhu arrived on Plei Me just a few weeks after her retreat from Vihn. Her finalized landing force added a company of Mechanized walkers designed for use in scouting which was a clear adaptation to what she had learned from the battle on Vihn. Commander Nhu’s dropships were better than the ones she used on Vihn, but still not exactly cutting edge. The very dropship she fled Vihn with was present and she would use it as her command center. As her ships touched down on Plei Me, the Insurgency was in full swing, and battles were being fought all over territories of the Allied and AURA corridors. Upon landfall Commander Nhu rallied her forces and immediately overran the nearest major civilian center, a town called Da Lat thirty miles north of her landing zone. Having learned from her last encounter with Dominion forces she left a fair-sized vanguard around the landing zone and deployed scouts in the surrounding hills to ensure that her landing zone could not be attacked by surprise.
When Commander Nhu herself barged into Da Lat’s town hall to demand the surrender of the Dominion forces she was sure had a garrison on world, the Commander was told that the Dominion did not have a military presence. Despite all evidence she was presented with Commander Nhu felt that the locals were clearly stalling for time to alert the garrison and with that, she ordered her troops to systematically sack Da Lat. The smoke from the burning city could be seen for miles in every direction and the few who escaped to tell what happened told of the cruelty Commander Nhu brought on the inhabitants of the town and the surrounding country side. In the Commander’s mind, the Dominion would have to come out of hiding and fight eventually, she was certain they were present, and her troops were becoming bolder in their depravity as they saw this as proof they could defeat the foreign menace. The pillaging of small towns and hamlets went on for almost three weeks with several counties virtually in ruins. The locals were simple farmers and had nothing effective to fight the invaders with. Hunting rifles were good if you were out for game hunting but ineffective against military issued body armor. A few farmers had plasma projectile firing mustketoons but these antique weapons were slow firing. Even though they could fire six shots, the recharge time per chamber and the need to load specialized primer rods in each made them no match for the rebel’s high rate of fire plasma-based assault rifles. The invasion spread rapidly as hamlets and small towns fell left and right some surrendering without any resistance. Eventually when it became apparent that the locals could not handle this situation, they broke their normal isolationist stance to call for help.
Sector command once appraised of the situation on Plei Me, and the danger it posed, assembled a task force from whatever was available with whatever troops that were not deemed mission critical. This meant that the unit in question would be assembled ad hoc, they would at the very least be a stopgap until a more unified force could arrive. Sector command located five platoons of reservists equipped with WL-103 Ishib medium tanks and their logistical element and diverted them. Several reservist mechanized infantry units also were diverted to the same rally point just one FTL jaunt outside of the Solar system where Plei Me was located. Utilizing a rapid transit maneuver Sector command quickly transported and reassigned the recently promoted Captain Ferjai Ironsi, whom commanded the garrison on Vihn to the same rallying point that the infantry and armor were sent to. At the rally point waiting for the arriving forces was a single Warren Class frigate outfitted to operate as an ultra-light carrier. The DRAN-Samar was an auxiliary naval warship by technicality. It was outfitted to act as a self-sufficient fast reaction asset and its crew was mainly comprised of Navy reserve personnel. While the ship was not as well armored as a Camden class, it made up for it in point defense and the ability to maneuver rapidly. There was also the fact that it’s elongated hull had room for up to eight externally docked dropships. As soon as all elements were at the rally point and docked with the DRAN – Samar, Captain Feraji wasted no time in informing his troops of the situation and what kind of enemy they were up against. He urged caution because he did not know what Commander Nhu’s forces were equipped with specifically. He also pointed out that the distress call was days old, and by now the city it came from, My Tho could have been overrun, they were going to land a distance away to avoid the risk of an ambush. Within three hours Operation- Royal Flush began with the Samar jaunting into FTL and appearing one full parsec above Plei Me. The Captain of the Samar was no stranger to combat deployments and put the ship on a course that kept it as obscured as possible, the vessel approached Plei Me from the side of the planet opposite the fighting while managing it’s sublight propulsion so that it emitted the least detectable energy signature possible. The trip to the planet took four hours, and then another two to slowly creep into a position on the dark side of the planet to disengage the dropships. Once they were free the Samar moved forward on an agreed upon course and transmitted a pre-recorded message for Commander Nhu. It was a simple message; an offer to Commander Nhu to surrender, Captain Ferajai did this in a mocking tone specifically because he knew the commander would likely recognize his voice, if not his name. As if to goad the Commander, he stated that by defeating the commander once, he got him promoted, and he figured that a second time would also. He bet in the message that by kicking her ass a few more times he might be a general by the end of the year. Commander Nhu listened to the message from the arriving Dominion forces and found it galling, her enemy from Vihn had arrived here to fight her. This was perfect, he was full of himself, her troops were not the irregular rabble he probably expected. Given the facts that were available she accounted for the vehicles he used on Vihn as well as his probable strategy there. The roles were reversed, she just had to hold the line until it was time for a flanking maneuver which was limited by the terrain and the high mountain peaks. She had heavier tanks with reasonably experienced crews, this would be quite a fight. The first thing she had to ascertain the size and composition of the enemy force. All she knew was that her forces spotted eight dropship engine flares which told her a similar sized force was arriving. First, she would use the KT-TS hussar light tanks to perform reconnaissance in My Tho and the surrounding area, since the enemy had clearly landed close to the town but not in it. As her light tanks sped across the valley towards their reconnaissance positions Commander Nhu began to move her heavier elements towards My Tho.
Meanwhile at the Dominion’s landing zone, eight Dropships settled on the bare rocky ground. The area was picked because the landing would cause no damage here and the exposed bedrock was thick enough that the weight of the transport dropships would not fracture it. Captain Feraji ordered his forces deployed with an air of urgency as he expected Commander Nhu to attack at any moment. He had the armored cars and lighter armored vehicles disembark first so that he could establish both reconnaissance positions and a defensive picket line to detect and slow down enemy forces. Behind that, he employed hard light holographic decoy tanks that were created by remote drone emitters. The vehicles intentionally matched those he had employed on Vihn with one major difference. All of the fake armored vehicles matched the all-energy variants of the chassis so that the decoy tanks could fire very real looking AGML weapons. This was all a ruse to buy time so that the Captain could get his WL-103 Ishib medium tanks deployed and so that his combat engineers could finish building the temporary airfield that would handle the Captain’s plan for catching Commander Nhu off guard. High above the battlefield the complement of aerospace fighters aboard the Samar were being prepared for a dead drop type launch. All of the fighters were WL-110 Oṣuvua type aerospace fighters which was at this point was an ASF that had been in service with the Dominion for thirty years. On cue, the Samar dropped its fighters and began it’s acceleration into a position where it could provide live intelligence to the Dominion ground forces below. By 8:22 am, the temporary ‘airport’ was completed and the WL-110’s let gravity do the work as they slowly tumbled towards Plei Me. Meanwhile on the ground the battle had begun, Commander Nhu’s reconnaissance force smacked into screening elements of Captain Faraji’s lighter assets about 9 kilometers north west of My Tho and weapons fire was exchanged in earnest. As the two forces tangled, Commander Nhu assessed the information she was getting, the enemy had clearly landed a fair distance outside of the city, perhaps to prevent damage to it. That they now had a warship of some sort in orbit was troublesome, but would they use it? The ugly thing was just there lurking like a poorly veiled threat, why, capturing it would make for a great prize. Commander Nhu quickly hatched a plan that involved the use of several of her faster dropships, she would send up her elite to board and take that warship then…turns its guns on this wretched Captain and then claim the planet for the Confederation. Little did she know that twenty-four high speed daggers were falling from orbit, and that alone would change her plans in just one hour.
As per the Captains plan, the Dominion’s scouting elements had begun to fall back as the holographic decoys were being destroyed rapidly enough that the enemy had begun a steady advance towards the Dominion’s landing zone. The Confederation’s D3-THN Saint Giong Heavy tanks supported by XT-CL Swordsman tanks simply had more firepower than the scout elements and the decoys obviously were not holding up.
The initial confrontation line fell back to the secondary line and then further back each time stalling and sending the worst damaged vehicles to the rear. Over the course of an hour, the Dominion effected a fighting withdrawal that ceded twenty kilometers to the Confederation forces. As Commander Nhu pressed her own unit’s weight and firepower advantage, the armored cars she was pursuing which separated her Swordsman MBTs from the support of the heavier Saint Giong tanks. The armored cars moved to a predetermined line of defense and used their target designators to illuminate the heavier tanks where possible for support fire. It was at this very moment Commander Nhu made her biggest mistake, she ignored the warnings of her subordinates and focused more on the group of her dropships making a hard burn towards the enemy warship in orbit and not how strung out her armored units were becoming as the Saint Giong heavy tanks were more than a kilometer behind the faster Swordsman tanks. Commander Nhu watched as her dropships closed to within a few thousand kilometers of their objective when they were detected by the warship in orbit. She watched almost to the detriment of all else as her dropships closed to within a few thousand kilometers of the target only to have it turn to present broadside open up with point defense and make its own hard burn into a higher orbit. The dropships tried to pursue, but this thing it moved like, like it wasn’t a warship…not enough mass. It was then one of her dropships spotted the ships identifier prefix before the point defense blasted the dropship out of the sky. There painted on the hull it was a warren class, a cargo ship! This thing wasn’t a warship at all and its cargo was the force she was fighting… ‘Oh no!’ was Commander Nhu’s first thought as she looked to the battle on the ground and watched as the first Saint Giong exploded. No where in Commander Nhu’s calculations was there any anticipation of the Dominion using air support.
Overhead the dagger-shaped WL-110 Oṣuvua burst from the cloud cover overhead and began to rain precision AGML fire down on the heavier confederation tanks. In the first pass seven Saint Giong tanks were destroyed. In the second pass another five were rendered inoperable. The WL-110 Oṣuvua’s however did suffer losses as three WL-110’s were brought down by surface to air fire. The surviving aircraft reduced in additional number by two ASF’s having to ditch due to system failure, now made five more attack runs over the enemy formation even after they had run out of heavy tanks to attack. The Dominion’s Medium tanks were an effective match for the Swordsman tanks but the support of the WL-110 Oṣuvua’s made the fight much easier. Commander Nhu began to issue orders to organize her troops but it was too late, the Dominion’s forces rallied around medium tanks of a type she had never seen before now supported by a fighter that she had never seen prior; the tables had turned dramatically. Commander Nhu had lost the initiative just that quickly, and called for what was left of her forces to make a fighting retreat, against fresh forces and fire support that she could not counter; this battle was a loss. The remaining aerospace fighter squadrons of WL-110 Oṣuvua continued harassing Commander Nhu’s forces as they retreated past My Tho with short breaks for pilot fatigue and equipment maintenance. Commander Nhu’s forces learned to dread the distinctive high-pitched whine of the WL-110 Oṣuvua as they made their final approach during an attack. The fighters earned a nickname, “Howling Death” by the Confederacy. It would take another four weeks of mop up operations to finally liberate Plei Me of Confederation forces. Unfortunately, Commander Nhu managed to escape with roughly thirty percent of her original forces. After the attack, and the relatively quick liberation of Plei Me, the local government asked for a permanent garrison on world as many were shaken by the barbarity of the confederation. The Dominion graciously agreed, and built what would come to be called by the locals as Hoi An fortress which centers on a more permanent airfield. A permanent assignment Of two squadrons consisting of twelve WL-110’s each is assigned to the garrison and designated Vigilance Red and Vigilance Gold squadrons.
There are two known variants of the WL-110. The WL-110-C exchanges the S.P.E.A.R. AGML for a standard 76.2mm AMGL and uses the spare tonnage to add two 15mm AGML-AMS systems. The DRAILs are replaced with four 15mm AGML-8G APW directed energy weapons. The other primary variant of the WL-110 switches the armament out adding two weapons pylons with a carry weight of .8 tons each and installs two additional AGML-Anti-missile systems and uses a nose mounted 76.2mm AGML along with two 50.8mm AGML directed energy weapons. *Nlolunji is the 2nd month of the year and, Ncaba is the 8th month of the year and is analogous to February and August on the Gregorian calendar respectively.
[OOC Note: The Dominion defines an Aerospace fighter as an aircraft that primarily operates in a planet’s atmosphere but is able to make escape velocity and operate in space with equal efficiency. Aerospace fighters never have shields or FTL propulsion. This is in contrast to the Deep Space Fighter which has either FTL propulsion or shields but never both. Likewise, a true starfighter will have both FTL propulsion and shields.][ Credits for names and units:
KT-CS Hussar Light tank
XT-CL Swordsman MBT
D3-THN Saint Giong heavy tank
These armored vehicles belong to NhinoNhino.]