corp:ni-kishi_aerospace_corporation:cavalier

The Ni-Kishi Aerospace Corporation XFA-101 Starfighter Project's A model, nicknamed “Cavalier” is the single seat fighter-bomber of the Ni-Kishi Aerospace XFA-101 Series of space superiority craft. Built in the Ni-Kishi Aerospace Corporation's Price Factory in Soran Nast, Kowloon, this craft is designed to accommodate almost any mission. It is used primarily by the Kowlooni Royal Order of the Shield, but is used extensively in the private defense market due to its relative easy maintenance procedures and ease of obtainability. It is known to be an easy aircraft to fly, but very demanding on the pilot in complex flight.

Type: Starfighter
Operators: Shield of Kowloon, Numerous Private Licenses
Manufacturer: Ni-Kishi Aerospace Corporation
Production: Ongoing
Active: 352
Reserve: 110
Building: 8 per calendar month
Planned: Production continuing.
Introduced: Prototype 3005 GSC, Full Production 3008 GSC

Crew: 1
Maximum Capacity: 1

Length: 52.4 feet, (15.96 meter)
Width: 35.9 feet, (10.95 meter)
Height: 17.3 feet, (5.28 meter)
Displacement: 24,000 pounds1)

Powerplant: Two Ni-Kishi Aerospace LX-500X 'Lancer' MicroFusion Engines
Fuel: Deuterium-Tritium Fuel Mixture

Armor: 4 inch Titanium Plating
Shields: Ni-Kishi Aerospace SS-100XL 'StandOff' Hull-Fitting Shields

Energy Weapons:

* Ni-Kishi Aerospace LR-500F Light Laser Repeaters x3 2)

* Ni-Kishi Aerospace LR-800F Medium Laser Repeaters x2 3)

Projectile Weapons:

* 4 External Missile/Bomb Hardpoints

* 4 Internal Missile/Bomb Hardpoints 4)

History

The Coastline Aerospace XFA-101 Starfighter Project, codenamed CASPr was originally planned as an Alliance Starfighter to act as a jack of all trades fighter bomber for the The Interstellar Alliance Navy. The starfighter featured a impressive native laser weapon setup with five total systems, three in the nose and two heavier ones on the wing tips. In terms of hardpoints, the CASPr hid four external, removable pylons which could fit missile and bomb racks to increase payload in exchange for an increased radar cross section. To combat this, the CASPr contained a small internal ordnance bay which could fit four standard Alliance missiles, four standard air-to-ground bombs, or two long-lance torpedoes. The impressive ordnance package was one of the primary selling points to its competitors, but despite this the cost of production was high and the size of the craft was large compared to its contemporaries. This led to the CASPr being rejected across the board and Coastline Aerospace being bankrupt within the month.

Desperate for money, Coastline Aerospace took their plans and prototypes and sold the designs to the fledgling Wangdaio Colonies, setting up a factory on Kowloon in the industrialized outskirts of Soran Nast. Fearing a publicized discovery of the Colonies possessing Alliance technology, CEO Gavin Price renamed Coastline to Ni-Kishi Aerospace Group and bought both the Alliance freight company Eagle Interstellar Freight and the smaller yet veteran Kowlooni Heavy Transport and reformed Ni-Kishi Aerospace into the Ni-Kishi Aerospace Corporation. When the blackout cut off the border colonies from the capital. Ni-Kishi's factory was locked down to prevent rebel Heise operatives from taking the production line. Over the next five years, Ni-Kishi's internal security division worked with the Kowloon Interim Colonial Government to keep the peace through air superiority. This led to the Corporation's coffers to grow and the pilots they hired to keep themselves fed and protected.

When Tai Pan reattached Kowloon into it's empire, Ni-Kishi was paid to aid in the development of Taianese starfighters and in addition to restarting the production of the CASPr, now renamed XFA-101 and nicknamed the Cavalier by its pilots due to it's service in the Blackout, Ni-Kishi Aerospace was fair off in terms of stability. When the Kowloon Special Region was formed, Ni-Kishi's factory was reassigned o produce replacement equipment for the Shield of Kowloon's aging Colonial surplus. This led to a further increase in purchases of the XFA-101 by both the Shield as well as the numerous lords and ladies of the Solarity. The XFA-101 Cavalier is still a common sight today by both Shield and private mercenary pilots alike, having benefited from both colonial stubbornness and boosted Alliance technology.

External Appearance

Being designed for both orbital and suborbital flight, the XFA-101 series features an aerodynamic design. Using both leading-edge slats as well as traditional ailerons and flaps on the wings and a single vertical stabilizer with powerful rudder, it also has leading canards to allow for extreme and precise atmospheric maneuvering. The twin, vector-thrust engine nozzles allow for spacial movement that rivals even the best of aerospace technology. Sleek and stylish, this craft is anyone's key to victory

At the front, the XFA-101 has a military-grade radar and avionics package covered in Ni-Kishi's secretive designs covered in an armored and shielded radome to maximize protection. With a cockpit using strong, sealed, and double-sided tempered glass cockpit designed to take a beating from almost any angle. The primary airframe is coated in titanium plating that itself is covered in radar-resistant paint. It's armor, while substantial to its class, is top secret but has been proven to shake lighter rounds easily if they break through your shields.

The wings are not just for aerodynamics, they also hold the weapon packages as well as fuel. Internal fuel tanks close to the fuselage have auto-weighting systems to keep the aircraft as balanced as possible5). The aircraft carries powered pylons, for combat packages as well as external fuel systems, equipment, and storage modules for those long hauls between touchdowns. These pylons can be easily removed when not in use and almost as easily reattached when you need to bring the pain train.

The XFA-101's fuselage also has another feature that continues its popularity with armed forces and private forces alike, a interior underside payload bay. Able to carry four standard length missiles, bombs, or even two long lance-style anti-capital ship torpedoes, the internal bay is never forgotten by the combat-related pilot. For those who do not go with a fighting stance, the bay can be retrofitted as a light cargo bay, using the internal pylons as hanging racks for most modern light shipping containers and baggage.

Internal Arrangement

The XFA-101 has a robust, yet simple cockpit layout that allows even a single pilot to manage most of the craft's systems on the fly. Three Multifunction Displays are laid out on the forward bulkhead along with the standard gauges and alerting lights. To the pilot's left is the throttle quadrant and Hand-On-Throttle-And-Stick6) style buttons that allow for systems to be managed without the hand leaving the throttle or stick. On the pilot's right is most of the electronics like the radio equipment, cockpit lighting controls, as well as the breakers.

Additional Information

Cockpit based on Eurofighter Typhoon


1)
Empty
2)
Nose Mounted
3)
Wing Tip Mounted
4)
Fits Two Anti-Capital Torpedoes
5)
Barring weapon loads
6)
HOTAS
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