The EAF Air Force needed a jet that was in-expensive, efficient, and could carry out any task with relative ease. The YH-37 "Heron" was what was created on this whim. With the capacity to take out Air units, destroy underground bunkers, wipe out enemy infantry units, and bomb enemy encampments, the YH-37 "Heron" is a full on war machine. The Heron was designed to do all of these tasks and more fairly well, not specializing in any, but performing well in all. Rookie pilots in the EAF learn to fly a Heron first, before moving on to a specialization. The YH-37 is equipped with two AGM, or Air-to-Ground-Missiles, as well as a bomb bay that can carry 13k pounds of ordnance, more than enough to blow away the enemies standing in its way. It is also equipped with two 45 caliber machine guns. placed adjacent to the air intakes. The YH-37 "Heron" is capable of speeds of Mach 2, which at this point in history is fairly slow compared to some of the other jets in service; however, it's streamline body and delta wing configuration make for an extremely maneuverable plane that is capable of breath-taking maneuvers, making the Heron a formidable adversary. All in all, this plane can do almost everything with relative ease, and still look bad-ass.
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Here, the air intakes, the AGMs, and the 45 caliber machine guns can be seen. These weapons give the Heron a massive power to size ratio, and the air intakes lead to massive plasma propulsion engines, a new technology for the EAF, and one that massively expands the Heron's capabilities.
A view of the 3 engines, one large engine centered on the ships forward axis, and 2 located on the wings. An unorthodox configuration, but one that gives the YH-37 it's versatility.
A side view of the Heron. As can be seen here, it is streamline and looks very much like a cross between a fighter jet and a sturdy bomber.
The pilot block of the YH-37. The Pilot Trooper that resides within is well protected.
A view of the Herons landing gear. The nose of the ship drops down to hold the plane up, as well as allow the pilot to get in and out quickly. The part of the nose that touches the ground is coated in an extremely durable material known as Diridium, to keep from the nose grinding down during landing and take off.
The napalm bombs that the Heron drops on its targets. Although small, the napalm is pressurized, allowing for a great volume of napalm to be held in the bomb itself. The bomb explodes about 500 ft. above the ground, spraying its targets with the instantly igniting substance. The bomb can also be detonated upon impact, creating massive damage in a small area.
A final look at the Heron and its ordnance. Hope you liked it!
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