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ENA VL-900 Firewave . The new naval VTOL strike fighter . The ENA VL-900 (also know as “Firewave”), is a supersonic vertical takeoff/landing (VTOL) fighter aircraft, initially built by the "Vila Disparador" Airplane Factory as "VL-800 Fireline” and later rebuilt by “ENA” as a new fighter, with more powerful engines, increased range, bombload and a large AESA multi-mode radar. More info and images here, please click! When the "Fireline VL-800" entered in service, it was soon discovered that it lacked the speed, range and firepower required for naval operations. While a more capable aircraft to replace the VL-800 was not created, it was decided to ask to “ENA Company” to refurbish the VL-800 into a new fighter, as the company had already done before with the Nemesis and its conversion to the Stealth fighter "Thanatos”. ENA withdrew the wing of the VL-800 by replacing it with a delta wing canard type, introduced a new more aerodynamic nose with a powerful AESA radar and the most important development off all, replace the main engine for a different model three times more powerful. The new fighter soon proved to be a 5 stars fighter for the Imperial Navy and the Fuzileiros Imperiais (Imperial Marines). Apart from having a vectorable engine in the rear used for flight, two smaller and less powerful engines are housed in the front portion of the aircraft and used for take-off, landing and some combat maneuvers. All three engines are controlled through an interlinked digital system, which is capable of controlling both engine start-up as well as modulating the thrust of all three engines during landing and hovering flight. Twin tandem reaction control jets are positioned at the wingtips, while a swiveling yaw jet is positioned under the nose. The Firewave will probably be replaced by a new Stealth VTOL in the near future, probably a VTOL version of the new Gryphus Stealth fighter. More info and images here, please click! General characteristics Crew: 1 Length: 18.36 m Wingspan: 10.105 m Height: 5.00 m Wing area: 45.7 m² Empty weight: 13,450 kg Max. takeoff weight: 24,500 kg Powerplant: 1 × R-930 lift/cruise turbofan Dry thrust: 150 kN Thrust with afterburner: 230 kN Lift engines: 2x K500 turbojets 89.7 kN thrust each) Performance Maximum speed: Mach 2.25 (2,400 km/h, 1,490 mph); Range: 2,600 km Ferry range: 5,000 km Service ceiling: 23,500 m Rate of climb: 13,000 m/min Armament Guns: Two external 20mm ENA-45 guns. 10 Hard points: 8 pylons under-wing, 2 under fuselage; Up to 5,700 kg of weapons including: Rockets: 4 rocket pods with 4 152mm rockets each. Air-to-air Missiles: 8 AA-2042 “Empire´s Spear” medium-long range missile; 4 AA-2020 Valkyria medium-short range missiles for self-defence. 4 AA-2004 Vampire self-defence air-to-air missile; Air-to-ground missiles: 2 (max: 4) D.D.N. Heavy anti-ship missiles; 8 D.D.B. medium anti-ship missiles. 6 (sometimes 10) AT-2009 Imperium anti-tank missiles. 14 AT-2040 “Vulcan” air-to-ground tactical missiles; 2 LG-1000 munitions dispensers missiles; 2-4 AT-1500 “Titan” heavy air-to-ground tactical missiles; Bombs: 12 “Excalibur” Anti-runway bombs; 2-4 Valhalla Television-guided glide bombs; 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. Hope you like it! More info and images here, please click! Please rate or comment! ^^ Eínon

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