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|Mechanic: Plus UN 05A: Flying Wing|
Caption: With an overall length of about 70-80 m, the bomber can suspend several target drones that have an overall length of 12-13 m.
The AVF development project (Project Supernova), which determined the Earth Unified Forces Next Main Variable Fighter, advanced on the planet Eden. In this project, Shinsei Industry's YF-19 and General Galaxy's YF-21 prototypes, repeatedly underwent performance experiments that were just like actual combat and they competed for the seat of the next main aircraft. The 8 Engine All-Wing Giant Bomber was enlisted into those performance experiments as support aircraft.
The 8 Engine All-Wing Giant Bomber, as it's name suggests, doesn't have such things as a body or nose, as all-wing aircraft are composed only of wing. As a result, the bomber takes on a vast under-wing space, and has a structure where not just missiles, but also several fighter craft can be suspended under it. This ability is utilized when the bomber is operated as the mother-ship of unmanned "Target Drones" in simulated combat.
Caption: The target drones that are being transported by the bomber are thrown into simulated combat with the YF-21.
Caption: The aircraft that belong to the Unified Forces are coloured black.
Attached To: The Unified Forces
Overall Length: 70-80 m
Weight: under investigation
Drive Engine: under investigation
Loadable Aircraft: 4x Target Drones
8 Engine All-Wing Giant Bomber
Caption: Five 8-engine All-Wing Giant Bombers were put into the YF-21's performance experiment, and they shouldered the burden of transporting the unmanned aircraft for the simulated combat.
Caption: By operating this aircraft, it wasn't necessary for the Target Drones to fly to the test airspace by themselves.
This craft emulates the characteristic of a conventional all-wing aircraft. Other than the length that the flying wing adopted, which is longer compared to common fighter aircraft, it has a streamlined form that has few uneven surfaces. As a result, air resistance was kept to a minimum, and even though it is as large as it is, the bomber itself maintained its manoeuvrability. Also, the bomber has four hooks for the suspension of fighter aircraft under the wing.
This craft features both ends of the underside of the wings turning toward the rear of the fuselage and bending backwards. This is thought to be a device that ensures the stability of the aircraft. A Target Drone is suspended under the left wing.
The illustration shows the side (top image) and bottom (bottom image) of the aircraft. The lack of unevenness in such places as the sides and bottom also stands out, and one can grasp that the bomber has a smooth form. It is thought that the bomber has excellent stealth performance because there are few parts that reflect such things as radar.
The Target Drone is the fighter aircraft that was committed to the YF-21's performance experiment. In addition to the beam gun in nose of the remote controllable unmanned aircraft, it can have 6 missiles installed on the wings. 20 Target Drones were committed to the experiment in order to judge the YF-21's evasion of enemy fire and its dogfighting abilities.
Caption: New High-Manoeuvre missiles where loaded onto the Target Drones in the sortie and shot at the YF-21 as a way to ascertain the YF-21's enemy fire avoidance abilities.
Caption: Although 20 Target Drones drew near the YF-21 under Commander Millard Johnson's instructions, they were shot down one after another.
Right: The bottom of the Target Drone. One can understand that there are two stabilizers installed on the large bulge in the middle of the underside of the aircraft.
Caption: The Target Drone can have 2 missiles installed on the tips of the main wings, and two pairs of missiles on the top and bottom of the inner part of the wings. A beam gun is installed in the underside of the nose.
Right: The airframe when viewed from the front. Sensor parts are installed in the nose.
Right: The airframe when viewed from the rear. One can understand that the thruster parts are installed in the center of the underside of the airframe.
The Transportation Hook
Down: It is used when the Target Drone is attached to the 8-Engine All-Wing Giant Bomber. The hook, which is installed in the top of the airframe's torso, stands up and is constructed to hang on a pylon.
Down: Connected to the 8-Engine All-Wing Giant Bomber Target Drones that are switching over to independent flight after disconnecting from the 8-Engine All-Wing Giant Bomber. The hook in the top part of the fuselage is also stowed away.