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A Republique RP-26C Nova takes off from Mont Verde AB.

Historically, Wesca has been a nation under pressure. To the west, was the geographic and military powerhouse, Strojia, whose territory spanned 8 time zones. To the east and south, Wesca has had to content against numerous continental powers. Fortunately for Wesca, these borders have been secured by jagged mountain passes, with the nation's only true weakness, being naval assault from across the Diaz Sea to its north. That is, until the 20th century invention of flight.

The Strojian's were the first to capitalize this. During the Second Great Powers War (GPW2),Strojian forces used subterfuge and surprise to raid major Wescan airfields and airborne troops to cut off and neutralize mountain garrisons. Only with the immediate support of neighboring nations and an overseas expeditionary force led by Raehill, was Wesca able to recover.
Wesca took these lessons to heart post GPW2 and their aircraft development reflected this. Two strategies were developed in response.

The first was to build a system of camouflaged and dispersed airfields. Should another Strojian surprise attack happen, there would be less of a chance that the Wescan airforce (WAF) be destroyed on the ground. Secondly, the aircraft themselves would be designed to operate under rugged conditions and in high threat environments. As a result, aircraft had reinforced landing gear and redundant systems. Everything from twin engines to back up flight control systems were employed.
These qualities served the WAF into the jet age, with the RP-18 Comet and RP-22 Meteor types acquitting themselves well in service.

But by the 1970s, the mass expansion of the Strojian airforce began to worry WAF planners. By sheer numbers, the Strojian's had a 5 to one numerical advantage over the WAF, with those numbers being composed of increasingly sophisticated aircraft. The development of the RP-26C Nova was to counter these developments. Decidedly a blank check project, the Nova was built to give a decisive advantage to the WAF.

The Nova was designed to outfly any opponent with it's Mach 2.5 speed and an airframe designed to withstand 9G maneuvers. Furthermore, it could also out fight any opponent with it's payload of 10 missiles. That said, WAF pilots put a priority on survival tactics, using long range missiles to reduce enemy numbers and the Nova's speed to withdraw to more secure airspace. Short take off and landing training and fast reloading/refueling drills were a constant in WAF service. Though capable of it, dogfighting would only be encouraged if an area absolutely had to be defended.

These combination of aircraft and tactics would be put to the test during the 1989 Diaz Strait crisis. Though heavily outnumbered, Nova pilots used their BVR missiles and ECM jamming pods confuse and pick off Strojian attackers. Strojian forces replied by launching cruise missiles against WAF airbases, only to realize that the Wescans had more dispersed airfields than estimated. Embargoed by the international community and unable to gain a military advantage, Strojia settled on ceasefire within 2 weeks of outbreak of hostilities.

Length: 55.77 ft.
Span: 40.22 ft
Height: 16.4 ft.
Weights
Empty:  28,000 lbs
Max T/O: 68,000 lbs
Performance
Max Speed: Mach 2.5, clean, Mach 1.8 Operational.
Range: 1,061 nmi combat range. 3,000 nmi with external tanks.
Service Ceiling: 65,000 ft
Powerplant
2 x Reyes-Motola P88Bravo turbofans generating 14,590 dry thrust, 23,770 lbs with afterburner, each.
Armament
1 x 30mm cannon + 10 hardpoints and 1 center-line fuel pylon. Can carry up to 16,000 lb of stores.

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eta-gamma-14's avatar

Boys, we've got a job to do. Sync your missiles and cannon to your headsets, and pray we'll get back in time for supper.

Shohndon's avatar

Thanks Warrior!

Your welcome 🙏