In 2024, the Imperial Lego Air Force specified a requirement for a new fast jet trainer to replace the VL Yure training Aircraft. The Hydra soon entered service in the Imperial Air Force, Imperial Navy Aviation and the Imperial Marine Corps.
The Hydra has been used for intermediate and advanced portions of the Imperial Navy Aviation/Marine Corps Student Naval Aviator strike pilot training program at the Imperial Navy Aviation Academy, in Espada. The Hydra had not been designed for carrier operations and numerous modifications were required to make it carrier-suitable. These included improvements to the low-speed handling characteristics and a reduction in the approach speed, more robust and wider landing gear with catapult tow bar attachment and an arresting hook. The naval version also features a two-wheel nose landing gear.
Standard armament included a 37mm ENA-75 autocannon in the fuselage centreline gun pod, with four wing hard-points for bombs, ground attack missiles and air-to-air missiles. Two hard-points are plumbed for 2 external fuel tanks and it can be air refuelled.
The Hydra is extremely manoeuvrable and fully capable of battlefield operations. More info and images about the Imperial Lego Air Force, please click here!
Length: 14,2 m
Wingspan: 11,4 m
Height: 4.23 m
Wing area: 19.50 m²
Empty weight: 3,115 kg
Loaded weight: 5,800 kg
Max. takeoff weight: 9,100 kg
Powerplant: One V-230 jet engine; 30,2kN thrust
Maximum speed: 1,100 km/h
Combat radius: 1210 km lo-lo-lo profile, gun pod, underwing weapons and two drop tanks
Ferry range: 3,740 km
Service ceiling: 15,330 m
Rate of climb: 67 m/s
Guns: One 37mm ENA-75 autocannon in the fuselage centreline gun pod
5 Hard points: 4 pylons under-wing, 1 under fuselage;
Up to 3,700 kg of weapons including:
Rockets: 4 rocket pods with 4 152mm rockets each.
4-8 AA-2006 “Fire-Dragon” medium range missiles;
4 AA-2020 Valkyria medium-short range missiles for self-defence.
4 AA-2004 Vampire self-defence air-to-air missile;
2 D.D.N. Heavy anti-ship missiles;
2-4 D.D.B. medium anti-ship missiles.
6 AT-2009 Imperium anti-tank missiles.
Various unguided bombs, Laser or TV guided bombs, bombs up to 2000kg.
Other: ECM protection pod, Pave Spike Laser designator pod, Buddy refuelling pack or Drop tanks for extended range/loitering time