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The F-14 Tomcat was developed by Northrop Grumman as the replacement for the F-4 Phantom fighter used by the US Navy. The Tomcat began development in 1968 in place of the F-111 Aardvark and entered service with the US Navy in 1972. The US Navy overhauled and upgraded the Tomcat several times over the course of the Tomcats long life, from the F-14A to the F-14B, and finally the F-14D.
With the inauguration of Earth Unified Government in January of 2001, and the establishment of Earth United Nations Forces military equipment was needed immediately before the new technology developed from the crashed ASS-1 (Alien StarShip One,) was fully developed, tested and put into general use. The United Nations Armed Forces took tried and tested equipment such as the Tomcat, and other already existing military hardware to equip its forces. The Tomcat was kept in its primary role as a carrier borne interceptor and was intended to be replaced by the VF-1 Valkyrie upon its completion, which was estimated to be 2008. This fitted the plans of the Tomcat excellently as over a decade before the US Navy has planned to keep the F-14 Tomcat in use until that date when it would be replaced with the newer F/A-18 Hornet and the new Joint Strike Fighter which was under development.
Despite its age the Tomcat is a much revered and loved aircraft, both by its Pilots and RIO's, (Radar Intercept Officers,) and by the public. Hollywood has cast the Tomcat in many films, including the 1980's film TopGun where the Tomcat itself was the real star of the film. Despite being over 30 years old the Tomcat has shown itself to be a hardy and reliable fighter that can take an immense amount of punishment. Time and time again it has returned from dogfights that would have felled other fighters, were it not for the Tomcats large size and bulk. With its replacement, the VF-1 Valkyrie, (a fitting replacement as the first US Navy Squadron to recieve the Tomcat was Squadron VF-1, the Wolf Pack,) the 38 million Dollar fighter will undoubtedly go to rest in museums and the hands of private collectors.
Based on the American F-14 fighter, the F-14A+ is an aircraft whose performance has been improved by using a portion of Over Technology. It was used as the main fighter of the Unified Forces. It's basic configuration, which features variable swept wings, was inherited by such VFs as the VF-0 and VF-1.
The fighter's main duty, as a two-seater fighter, was fleet defence and covering the VF-0 et al strike forces.
F-14A++ Tomcat (OTM Improved Aircraft)
The F-14 is a carrier-borne fighter aircraft from the former American Navy, which had its maiden flight in 1970. In proportion to its large build as a carrier-borne aircraft, the F-14 had a long cruising range, and also excelled in its armament carrying capacity. Entering the 21st century, OTM improvements were applied to the F-14, and it took an active part in the conclusion of the Unification War.
The F-14X is the general term for the F-14 that have had OTM improvements applied to them. The F-14X, which was used as an OTM verification aircraft for the VF-1, played an active role up to the final stage of the end of the Unification War in 2008. The real aircraft cannot be seen now due to the First Interstellar War, which caused the Earth to suffer devastating damage.
Verification data from the F-14X was implemented into the VF-0, and it achieved its maiden flight astoundingly quickly [due to that].
The F-14A, which were used for a lot of things as a remodelling bed, also became the the F-14A++ (or F-14A+2), which was given OTM improvements, on top of exchanging the engines to ones that were equal to the ones in the active duty F-14D.
Carrier-based Multi-Role Strike Fighter
Grumman Aerospace Corporation
One Pilot & one RIO, (Radar Intercept Officer,) both wearing Tactical Life Support System
MDC BY LOCATION:
Engines 120 each
(1) Main Body 200
Cockpit Section 150
Wings 85 each
Tails 40 each
Auxillery Fuel Pods 60 each
- (1) Destruction of the main body will shut the unit down completely.
- FLYING, FIGHTER CONFIGURATION:
- Mach 2.34 (1,544 mph) max speed at 10,000 m or higher above sea level. Max altitude of 56,000 m, with a rate of climb of 30,000 m per minute.
- MAX ENGINE THRUST:
- 12,150 kg x2 from engines.
- 16.0 ft (4.8 m)
- 64 ft (19 m) with wings unswept, 38 feet (11.4 m) with wings swept.
- 61 ft 9 inches (18.6 m), 19.10 m (F-14A++)
- Empty: 40,104 lbs, 18.19 t [the numeric value is for the F-14A itself] (F-14A++)
- Fully loaded Weight: 74,349 lbs
- Unit Cost: $38 million (US Navy)
- Small compartment behind pilot & RIO's seats for personal belongings.
- POWER PLANT:
- Two General Electric F110-GE-400 Turbofan engines with afterburners giving 12,150 kg of static thrust per engine. Engine: TF30-P-412 x2 (F-14A++)
1. GENERAL ELECTRIC VULCAN M61A-1 20 MM AUTOCANNON:
Internally mounted on the forward port side of the fuselage the 6 barrelled cannon is the only internally mounted weapon of the F-14 Tomcat. Fitted within its fuselage position it is capable of only firing at targets directly in front of the Tomcat.
- PRIMARY PURPOSE: Anti-Aircraft
- SECONDARY PURPOSE: Ground Assault
- RANGE: 4000 feet (1,200 m)
- DAMAGE: 2D6 M.D. per single blast (25 rounds), 4D6 per long blast (50 rounds)
- RATE OF FIRE: Equal to the pilot's combined number of attacks.
- PAYLOAD: 675 rounds
2. WING HARD POINTS (8):
The F-14D Tomcat has eight hardpoints for carrying ordnance; four on the fuselage, and two each side under the fixed section of the wings. The normal loadout for the F-14D Tomcat is 4x Sidewinder, 2x AMRAAM, 1x Phoenix. It should be noted that although the F-14 Tomcat is capable of carrying six AIM-54C Phoenix missiles at one time, is unable to land on an aircraft carrier while carrying them, as the missiles obstruct the Tomcats ability to land safely.
Refer to Missile FCS 00 for details.
1 per hardpoint:
- AIM-54C Phoenix: up to 6
- AIM-120 AMRAAM: up to 6
- AIM-9M Sidewinder: up to 6
- External Fuel Tank: the tanks are used to extend the cruising range, and are dropped when the vehicle enters combat.
3. ECM JAMMER
Used to defeat hostile radar, the ECM (Electronic Counter Measures), the jammer will confuse all radar so that the fighter can not be detected or locked onto with radar guided weapons. This does not give away the position of the fighter but it does let the enemy know that they are there. The only way that it can be defeated is with ECCM, (Electronic Counter-Counter Measures.)
- PRIMARY PURPOSE: Block Enemy Radar
- RANGE: 30 miles
- RULES: Confuses all radar within 30 miles, but can be defeated by ECCM, if the ECCM operator gets a higher Sensory Instruments percentage roll against the ECM operator.
4. CHAFF/FLARE DECOY DISPENSORS:
Located in the rear middle section of the F-14's fuselage are the counter-measures dispensors. Triggered by the pilot they will release either a chaff cloud or single flare depending on what the pilot chooses. They are used to confuse enemy missiles attacking the Tomcat. Smart missiles get a 20% bonus when rolling on the below chart.
01-50 Missile/s detonated by Chaff/Flare
51-75 Missile/s loses track of target and veers away in wrong direction, (may lock onto another target)
76-00 No effect, missile is still on target
- Payload: Twenty of each type
STANDARD EQUIPMENT FOR THE GRUMMAN F-14 TOMCAT:
- DIGITAL FLIGHT SYSTEM: The F-14D Tomcat, the latest version of the F-14 and the model used by the UN Armed Forces, utilises the GEC Marconi Digital Flight Control System, (DFCS,) replacing the original Analog Flight Control System, (AFCS.) The new DCFS provides the F-14 with enhanced stability in flight and increased manouverability bringing it closer to more modern fighters such as the F/A-18 Hornet, or the vastly superior VF-1 Valkyrie that will replace it.
- AUTO-PILOT: The F-14 is equipped with a computerized auto-pilot, allowing the pilot to relax or even sleep during long voyages. The auto-pilot can be programmed with a single destination or a complex flight plan involving multiple speeds, directions, and destinations. The onboard computer will alert the pilot when the fighter is near its destination, and can also be set to automatically signal when sensors detect objects near the fighter.
- COMBAT COMPUTER W/HUD DISPLAYS: The F-14 is equipped with a Kaiser AN/AVG-12 Head-Up Display (HUD) co-located with an AN/AVA-12 vertical situation display and a horizontal situation display linked into the radar and a combat computer can store and analyze data during combat with hostile forces. The Kaiser AN/AVG-12 Head-Up Display (HUD) takes up the forward cockpit canopy of the F-14 allowing the system to display large amounts of data to the pilot and even highlight enemies and missile attacks with overlaid graphics. The combat computer tracks and identifies specific enemy targets, and has a database of over 500 images stored in memory.
- EJECTOR SEATS/HOMING SIGNAL: The pilot and RIO's seats are Martin Baker NACES zero/zero ejection seats designed to eject the pilot and RIO in the event of a catastrophe. They must be manually operated to fire, however either the pilot or RIO can cause the ejection of both seats in the event of one of the crew being incapacitated. The pilots carry homing devices within small radio's within their flightsuits into the event of them having to ditch. These radio/homing signals have a range of 100 miles.
- LASER TARGETING SYSTEM: Range: 100 miles (160 km). Part of the LANTIRN system which allows the F-14 to deliver laser-guided bombs for air-to-ground missions.
- OPTICS: CAMERA: Range: 30 miles (48 km). A Northrop AN/AXX-1 Television Camera Set (TCS) is used for visual target identification at long ranges. Mounted on a chin pod, the TCS is a high resolution closed circuit television system with two cockpit selectable Fields Of View (FOV), wide and narrow. The selected FOV is displayed in the cockpit and can be recorded by the Cockpit Television System. It is used for both reconnaisance, and to assist in target aquisition in air to ground attacks.
- OPTICS: INFRARED: The Infrared Search and Track System (IRSTS) is a system developed by the US Navy which provides long range detection in the long wave infrared spectrum of both subsonic and supersonic targets.
- OPTICS: NIGHTVISION: Range: 2000 feet (610 m). BAE SYSTEMS Catseyes Nightvision goggles provide nightvision for the pilot and RIO. These passive light image intensifiers emit no light of their own, but relies on ambient light which is electronically amplified to produce a visible picture.
- TARPS: The Tomcat carries a Tactical Air Reconnaissance Pod System (TARPS), which carries a Recon/Optical KS-87B forward or vertical frame camera, and a low-altitude panoramic view KA-99 camera, together with a Lockheed Martin AN/AAD-5 infrared linescanner. The pod is equipped with a digital imaging system for the transmission of near real-time imagery to the aircraft carrier command centre via a secure UHF radio data link. To supplement TARPS, F-14s are also being fitted with a fast tactical imagery (FTI) system, which is a line-of-sight system for targeting and reconnaissance.
- COUNTER-MEASURES: The F-14 is equipped with the BAE Systems Integrated Defense Solutions, and Lockheed Martin AN/ALE-39 and AN/ALE-29 chaff, flare and decoy dispensers. The Tomcat also has a Raytheon AN/ALR-67(V)4 radar warning system and BAE Systems Information & Electronic Warfare Systems (IEWS) AN/ALQ-126 jammer. (See under Weapon Systems for details.)
- IN-FLIGHT REFUEL: The Tomcat is fully capable of refueling in mid-air due to a forward mounted in-air refuel nozzle which allows the fighter to refuel and thus extend its operational range. The F-14 can fully refuel all of its internal tanks, and external tanks as well through this method.
- ARRESTOR HOOK: As a carrier based aircraft the F-14 Tomcat must use arrestor hooks and carrier based arrestor wires to land on a carrier. The fighter is unable due to a lack of VSTOL ability to land without it.
- RADAR: 150 mile (240 km) range. The Raytheon AN/APG-71 Digital Radar gives the Pilot and RIO clear and concise information on all objects within radar range. Linked to the AN/ALR-45 radar warning and control system, and the Magnavox AN/ALR-50 radar warning receiver the radar paints enemies and attacks against the F-14.
- RADIO COMMUNICATION: Long range, directional communications system with satellite relay capabilities. Range: 600 miles (960 km) or can be boosted indefinitely via satellite relay.
- STANDARD SURVIVAL KIT: All fighter pilots flightsuits come equipped with a portable survival equipment. The equipment includes a small waterproof radio/homing signal, a medium-sized flashlight, two hand flares, one rocket flare, a compass, infrared distancing binoculars, a small mirror, a pocket knife, dehydrated and concentrated food (can be stretched into a five day supply for one person) and basic first aid items (aspirin, bandages, disinfectants, etc.)
- TACTICAL LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEM: The F-14's cockpit features pressurized air feeds to the pilot and RIO's flight suits that provides them with pressurized breathing. The flight suit also promotes blood circulation even during high-g turns, thus decreasing the possibility of pilot's blacking out in combat.
COMBAT BONUSES FOR GRUMMAN F-14 TOMCAT TRAINING:
BASIC FIGHTER COMBAT TRAINING
Basic training for non-pilot military personnel.
1 attack per melee (plus those of the pilot).
Add one additional action/attack at levels three, nine, and fifteen.
+1 to strike.
+1 to dodge.
+1 to roll with a punch or fall with an impact, reducing damage by half.
Critical strike same as pilot's hand-to-hand.
ADVANCED F-14 TOMCAT COMBAT TRAINING
Advanced training for military pilots.
2 attacks per melee (plus those of the pilot).
Add one additional action/attack at levels three, six, eleven, and fifteen.
+2 to strike
+5 to dodge
+2 to roll with a punch or fall with an impact, reducing damage by half.
Critical strike same as pilot's hand-to-hand.
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