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F-101 Rakshasa by Ergrassa F-101 Rakshasa by Ergrassa
type: fighter-interceptor
manufacturer: a lot

in service: 2276-present
country of origin: Islamic Union
used by: Islamic Union

unit cost: about 100k geo

length: 9.9 orbiter; 3.5 reentry

diameter: 3,0 meters

height of ELS: 36.0 meters

weight: 6.9 tonnes orbiter; 0.8 tonnes reentry

crew: 2

armor: 50 / 50 / 10

armament (energy): 450 KWt laser (0.5 sec pulse)

armament (kinetic): none (in standard config)

armament (guided): 8 M595 Ferret MRAAM

armament (unguided): none

propulsion: 1 Pratt & Whitney CM-500 (2,1G thrust at full load, 5.5G thrust almost empty)

interstellar drive: none

variants: a lot (here shown 2470-s interceptor variant)
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nordicberserk Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
I like this design. I think it has the perfect blend of functionality and style.
It feels like something we would put together to fight an alien invasion if it happened in our time.
Alternatively, it could be used to defend a collony on a new planet.
highwindwarrior1988 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey Ergrassa... what kind of lifting stage does it use?
Ergrassa Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
First and second stages are LOX/Kerosene rockets, and orbiter uses MMH/N2Oin fighter/bomber and late interceptor variant and nuclear salt-water engine in early interceptor variant.
highwindwarrior1988 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
morbiusx33 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Cool. Evocative of a Gemini spacecraft.
rkraptor70 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist
Erm... is there only one vessel made by the Islamic Union?
ShadowHyperreal Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
K, now THIS looks like it's just around the corner.
mikusingularity Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
Great realistic design!
Marrekie Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
Nicely done. Looks a lot like the Gemini spacecraft.
JazzLizard Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool design! I could see this as being something built in the near future :D
zaku1986 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks very original and realistic. Great work.
TerranAbassador Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
A nicely realistic design. Faved.
Corias Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
In Islamic union, you don't launch aeroplanes into space, but space launches aeroplanes into you.
xxVectorZeroxx Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
in space, there is no need for aerodynamics.
JazzLizard Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
If you think about it too, when dealing with opponents armed with laser weaponry, a curved hull would better scatter an incoming beam.
xxVectorZeroxx Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
depends on how realistic your going for, beam weaponry would not be used in any RL militaries direct combat with other vessels. at maximum, they are used for anti missile and mortar defenses.
JazzLizard Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yet. The more powerful THEL and MTHEL weapons that they're developing will be able to down aircraft within the near future, and with the way technology is progressing, I wouldn't doubt we'll be seeing common weaponized lasers very soon. I own a one-watt laser pointer that can permanently blind a man at a mile, it's a small step from that to something capable of vaporizing the water in your skin and causing small explosions.
xxVectorZeroxx Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
combustion based weapons are easier and cheaper to mass produce. theres no need to produce 20 thousand dollar laser rifles when 6 thousand dollar carbines get the job done more effectively. but you may be right, back in the 1600s or so, gun technology could barely break though knights armor, and accuracy was nonexistent. look at em now... but i still say advanced technology like that wouldnt be commonly used due to expense and repair costs. its also pretty easy to armor against laser weaponry.
Ovni-the-UFO Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
There's a need if it's going to be re-entry capable. And some laws of structural design will result in aerodynamic shapes anywhos. :U
xxVectorZeroxx Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
true. its completely non standard for a fighter though, id never seen a dual atmosphere fightercraft in this style before. so points for creativity.
Techy-Ben Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Really early flying wings and some of the new small shuttle replacements are great for some creative inspiration.

This looks a lot like a Dragon capsule. But with a lot more bite! ;)
Ovni-the-UFO Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
Non-standard? The Russians built something like this once (well...they weren't fighters, they were space stations, but you get the idea! x3). Three of them, IIRC.

In truth, this is probably the closest thing to real life space warcrafts.
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