F-8 Shrike

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F-8 Shrike
F-8M.png
Diagram of the F-8M variant circa 1672 AN
Type Multi-role strike aircraft
Place of origin Shireroth Shireroth
Introduced 1559 AN
Number built 2,100 (1,908 rebuilt and airworthy)
Designed Pre-1559 AN
Manufacturer Allied Production Matrix
Length 19.75 m
Wingspan 14.01 m
Empty weight 20,152 kg
Loaded weight 36,872 kg
Powerplant 1x OAH R-15B-300 afterburning turbojet
Maximum speed 2,415 km/h (Mach 2.27)
Sortie range 1,300 km
Ferry range 2,500 km
Service ceiling 18,000 m
Rate of climb 260 m/s
Armaments
Defensive measures
  • ES-13 radar warning receiver
  • ES-14 RF countermeasures
  • ES-24: chaff jamming countermeasure system
Avionics
  • ES-12 hyperbolic radio navigation system
  • ES-20 sensor/laser designator
  • ES-27 "Froyalan" radar


A venerable multi-role strike aircraft. This probably needs an article.

Overview

Although the airframe design is 110 years old (first production model entering service with the Shirerithian military circa XI.1559 AN) the Shirerithian habit of replacing parts as they wore out - effectively creating a new aircraft over time - combined with the relative technological stagnation of human societies on Micras had the effect of far extending the service life of the Shrike beyond that which might be reasonably assumed. The aircraft was intended to be phased out of service and replaced by the F-10 Carnifex and GAV(P)-5 Nereid under modernisation plans which were put into abeyance by the advent of the White Plague and the Modanese Emigration in the late 1660's. As such the aircraft remains in widespread use with the Imperial Shirerithian Air Forces until such time as the political leadership in Shirekeep effects a definitive reorganisation of the armed forces.

Operational history

Shireroth

Number in Shirerithian service as of 1669: 1,788.

Early history

Sxiro-Jingdaoese confrontation

For an aircraft of its age the Shrike acquitted itself well during the War of Lost Brothers - most notably Operation Medusa, the suppression of air and missile assets in Western Jingdao by the combined air forces of Shireroth and Natopia. The Shrikes' agile but sturdy airframes were well suited to violently twisting low-level approach runs, whilst the modular adaptability of the old planes' fire control hardware allowed them to equip the latest Natopian precision-guided bombs with relatively few modifications, blessing the Shrikes with some success in the stand-off toss bombing of Jingdaoese airfields - a role for which they were not strictly designed. Notably the Shrike contingent of Operation Medusa suffered only half the losses of the supposedly more advanced N-1s providing top cover escort despite the Shrikes being in closer proximity to Jingdaoese fighters and ground fire - a testament to their robust construction, the rugged simplicity of their flight controls and the dependability of their low-tech cannon armament in close-range dogfights.

Hoenn

Number in Hoennese service as of 1669: 120

The F-8, along with many other surplus items of Shirerithian weaponry accumulated during the Sxiro-Jingdaoese Confrontation were made available to the Hoennese Realm under the terms of the Sxiro-Hoennese Treaty of Friendship[1].

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