Typhoon Ground Attack Fighter
Length: 37 meters
Height: 8 meters
Wingspan (retracted): 20 meters
Wingspan (extended): 35 meters
Mass: 172 metric tons
Life Support: 24 hours (primary systems); 48 hours (reserve systems)
Armament: 1 x Mk XX-series 50mm seven-barrel Mass Driver (2,800 rounds); 4 x Mk IX 35mm Plasma Guns (480 rounds); 2 x Scorpion Anti-Fighter Missiles; 16 x Striker Ground Attack Missiles; 1 x Hauberk Anti-Missile System
Shield Generators: Classified
Maximum Sub-Light Thrust: 8-g’s
Operating Duration: 16 hours
Cargo Storage Space: None
Notes: Although not much larger than a Warhawk in dimensions, the Typhoon is far more massive, thanks primarily to the heavy armor thickness and massive weapon systems it carries. Although only moderately shielded, this ground attack fighter carries armor that would not be out of place for a 235 metric ton Havoc. Designed expressly for the Imperial Shock Legions, the Typhoon is slow, its weapons ill-suited to the lightning fast meeting engagements that characterize orbital and deep space fighter encounters, but it is extremely tough and maneuverable at low altitudes within a planetary atmosphere. There is a two-man crew consisting a pilot and WSO, but in the Typhoon the two sit side-by-side, rather than inline. Armaments consist of sixteen modified Striker missiles carried in internal weapons bays—smaller than a Scorpion AFM, these weapons are nearly useless in space, but are extremely effective against ground targets, having a range of ten kilometers and carrying a 350-kilogram warhead. Alternatively, the Striker Air-to-Ground munitions can be replaced by a single HELL bomb. Two Mk XI Plasma Cannons are carried in each wing, placed in the wing roots. But the main gun is the Mark XX 50mm seven-barrel mass driver in the nose. This extremely heavy weapon can penetrate the shields of ground combat vehicles as if they did not exist, and the rapid fire nature of the weapon, plus the impact of the shells on the lighter top armor of the vehicle, can destroy most armored fighting vehicles with a single burst. Effective range is limited to 8,000 meters within an atmosphere (225 kilometers in space) and the Mark XX can unleash a staggering 3,000 rounds per minute. For self-defense against hostile fighters, the Typhoon also carries a pair of Scorpions in internal weapons bays. Since the main threat to ground attack craft such as the Typhoon comes from SAMs (surface-to-air missiles), this strike fighter is perhaps the only one in existence equipped with the Hauberk AMS installed on so many ground combat vehicles. The lack of sufficient range and power, plus the sheer speed, stealth, and ECM of the Scorpion makes the Hauberk useless in space (or against Scorpions in the atmosphere, for that matter), but against ground launched SAMs, the system works well. Mounted in the tail, the Hauberk is fully automated and will attempt to engage any missile locked onto the Typhoon, but can only engage missiles that approach from behind the fighter. Like the Banshee and the Warhawk, the Typhoon carries a light EM-spectrum jammer, capable of adjustment by the WSO. Defensive systems include a pair of chaff dispensers (8 shots each) and a pair of flare dispensers (forty high-intensity flares, normally dispenses five flares in rapid sequence when triggered). In addition to the internal weapons bays for Strikers, the Typhoon carries a dozen external hardpoints beneath the variable-geometry wings, plus one more on the centerline. Each of these hardpoints can mount a Striker, a laser guided bomb (available in 250-, 500-, 750-, and 1,000-kilograms), a sub-munitions cluster bomb (holds 36 sub-munitions), a HELL bomb (gravity fusion warhead with a yield of 20-kilotons), a fuel tank, or a countermeasures pod (contains chaff dispenser with four shots and a flare dispenser with twenty high-intensity flares). The fighter cannot reenter an atmosphere with an external load, but suffers no penalties to acceleration or maneuverability even with full loadout.
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