Greater Alenia: proving we've got no idea what "overkill" means. Actually, we do: it's what happens when you drop a bomb on someone.
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The Sokol is a single seat strike helicopter. To be specific, it's a "Fast Tank Hunter", which is a nice way of saying that it's a helicopter that can kill anything it can see, several things it can't and is faster than something that dangerous has any right to be.
Quite mobile, too.
The BTO is essentially a flying tank; it has a single, powerful and well protected engine in the fuselage. Rather than a fragile and power-sapping tail rotor, it uses a NOTAR system that simply accellerates the exhaust and uses it to counter the torque of the rotor. It can land safely with half the fuselage shot off. The armour is the sort of thing most people would fit to a tank. Not a very large tank, but still. Quite advanced; not "tank cannon" advanced, but certainly enough to stand up to most AA cannons long enough for the pilot to find a hiding place. Straight out of the factory, it comes with an even dozen missiles; two pods containing four U-35 "Molnija" ATGMs each and a four tube launcher capable of fitting anything in the ever-popular multirole TK "Akula" family. And twin 14mm Alenian calibre superheavy machineguns, just to round things out.
So, summed up: the ATGMs can kill off any eight sane tanks you care to name, (not counting those PCU behemoths), the machineguns can thoroughly perforate most APCs, IFVs, transport vehicles and helicopters, and the TKs do whatever they're configured to do.
To clarify: TK "Akula" missiles are very adaptable. The warheads are configured for the task expected, so they can be fitted with flechette bundles for soft targets, thermobaric warheads for uncooperative buildings, high explosive for semi-hardened targets and a variety of anti-tank warheads.
There's also one that's showing great promise for 'removing' superheavy tanks in the works, because eventually the PCU's going to lose one in good enough condition for someone (hack Texas sneeze) to reverse engineer and we all know those guys'll sell weapons to anyone if they think they'll get used on the PCU. They're like the Warsaw Pact in the Cold War: "Guns, Comrade? Promise to use them on the filthy decadent imperialist West and we'll throw in some tanks, too."
Sensors: quite average. This isn't a scout 'copter. The sort of things this attacks are typically either incapable of moving or so very easy to detect there's no point trying to hide them. Has anyone ever been snuck up on by a tank? I don't think so.
Middle-of-the-line IR system in the nose. And some cameras, so the pilot can see where he's going.
Countermeasures: also average. The flight profile is typically "how low can you go", so they aren't needed much.
Six bladed rotor = agile and fast. Certainly more so than quite a few similar craft.
The lack of a tail rotor helps. One of those can suck up 30% of a helicopter's engine power. The fan in a NOTAR still uses some power, but not nearly as much.
Typically, a Sokol can outrun larger, less specialized gunships with ease.
Not to say you'd want to get into a dogfight with one, not if you valued whatever gunship you chose to send after it.
Some people call it ridiculous, putting so much in the way of weapons and armour on what amounts to an oversized scout helicopter. Those people are usually the ones who can't afford one, or happen to be on an export "black list".
The Sokol will likely end up being one of the more valuable helicopters in the Alenian airforce.
So far, the upgraded Hinds and Havocs have proven sufficient against weakened or disorganized threats, such as Kazakhstan and what few units could be diverted to the Chinese Western Front, but they wouldn't work against a ready opponent. Well, they'd work, but they wouldn't exactly be ideal. Losses would probably be rather high.
To be honest here, they're large and clumsy. They're highly adaptable, but when it comes to flying down city streets, canyons and valleys to dodge ground fire, there's a rather large risk of smacking into something hard and unyielding.
The rotors fold for easier storage, and, of course, to let the pilot out.
Ground crew are needed for that, as all the pilot can do is undo the locks that keep them from doing that during flight.
Of course, he can get out if he wants, it's just that it'd be something of a squeeze.
So far, ten of them have been completed, and certain factories both in the Heartland and Kazakhstan are being retooled to produce them.
Six of the completed ones are being exported to Mongolia, as part of a weapons-for-resources arrangement. Just so they can decide if they actually want them.
Nice SNOT work. I never did get good at SNOT building, despite multiple attempts. The heli looks a little chubby overall, but I assume it's meant to be that way. Most small helicopters are somwhat rounded.
Quoting Awesome-o-saurus The Not-So-Great
Pretty. But I'd hate to see what a barrage of AA missiles could do to it. Luckily, that's not really a worry for you if we remain on good or neutral terms.
Nap Of The Earth flight profile. Wouldn't be much of a problem even if we weren't on good or neutral terms. It's pretty much the only area other than agility and VTOL where a helicopter is better than a jet.