F-16F Scamp

     Country of Origin: United States

     Type of Aircraft: Fighter/Bomber    

     Notes: Though based on a real experimental aircraft, this is a work of fiction. (There is, in fact, an F-16E and F-16F -- they are fairly recent developments of the F-16 series.  This F-16F is not the real-life F-16F.)

     Fictional Notes: This was originally an experimental development of the F-16C Fighting Falcon.  These aircraft were produced to equip one USAF squadron of aircraft stationed in England, and it was this type of aircraft that the Twilight War's highest scoring ace, Captain Pamela Wagner, piloted to 49 kills before being shot down over Poland in 1999.  The Scamp uses more powerful engine coupled with a large-area cranked arrow wing, and carries more electronics and fuel.  The Scamp may be overloaded to 8.76 tons if 600 liters less fuel are carried per 450 kg extra weight carried.  The aircraft has a large number of hardpoints, 2 of which may be used only for electronics pods, two of which may be used only for air-to-air missiles or electronics pods, and 6 of which may only be used for air-to-air missiles. 

     The F-16F Scamp does not exist in the Merc 2000 timeline.

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$7,957,688

AvG

6.8 tons (see text)

21.77 tons

1

30

Radar, VAS

Shielded

 

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Mnvr/Acc Agl/Turn

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Ceiling

5023

1256 (90)

NA  314  10/6  100/60

7440

960

19800

 

Combat Equipment

Minimum Landing/Takeoff Zone

RF

Armament

Ammo

All Weather Flight, HUD, Look-Down Radar, Track While Scan, Auto Track, Multitarget (4), Terrain Following Radar, Radar Warning Receiver, Flare/Chaff Dispensers, ECM, IR Uncage, Target ID

750/480m Hardened Runway

+5

20mm Vulcan, 25 Hardpoints

500x20mm

 

F-19A Ghostrider

     Country of Origin: United States

     Type of Aircraft: Stealth Attack Aircraft    

     Notes: The first I heard of this "aircraft" was in the Tom Clancy book Red Storm Rising.  His Ghostrider was based upon what the rumored capabilities of the F-117A Nighthawk were at the time (early 1980s), to include the designation "F-19A."  (The moniker "Ghostrider" was Mr. Clancy's own invention.)  Most of these rumored capabilities, as well of the appearance of the F-117A, were simply wrong.  JD Webster's Air Superiority series of games fleshed out these rumored capabilities.

     Fictional Notes: This stealth aircraft, rumored but rarely seen, is a second-generation stealth aircraft used by the US for reconnaissance and attack of highly defended targets.  It was rarely flown from base to base for security reasons, but was often delivered to bases inside a C-5 Galaxy cargo aircraft.  The aircraft has flat bottom, blended wings, advanced ECM, and construction of radar-absorbent materials.  Weapons are carried in internal bays and do not contribute to drag.  The aircraft's stealth features mean that attempts to guide radar missiles, as well as attempts to detect it with radar, are four levels more difficult.  (If a weapon bay is open, attempts are two levels more difficult.)  Attempts to detect it with IR, and guide IR missiles to it, are three levels more difficult.  Unlike the F-117A, the F-19A has an air-to-air capability.

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$13,519,570

AvG

2.95 tons

35 tons

1

36

Radar, Image Intensification, FLIR

Shielded

 

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Mnvr/Acc Agl/Turn

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Ceiling

2108

527 (185)

NA  132 5/4  50/40

4800

8647

18300

 

Combat Equipment

Minimum Landing/Takeoff Zone

RF

Armament

Ammo

Radar Warning Receiver, Flare/Chaff Dispensers, ECM, Auto Track, HUD, IR Uncage, Look-Down Radar, Terrain Following Radar, Track While Scan, Target ID

1200/1500m Primitive Runway

+5

20mm Vulcan, 6 Weapon Bays

600x20mm

 

F-29 Wildcat II

     Country of Origin: United States

     Type of Aircraft: Fighter/Bomber

     Note: Though based on a real experimental aircraft (the X-29), this is a work of fiction, something I made up myself.  I based the capabilities partially on some air combat computer games, partially on a fictional aircraft developed (believe or not) on an toy aircraft made for the GI Joe series of toys, and partially on the projected capabilities of a combat version of such a design, and partially on real-life capabilities of the X-29.

     Fictional Notes: (for Twilight 2000 Only) This was the result of a militarized experimental aircraft, the X-29. It is a radical design with wings swept sharply forward, a deliberately destabilized center of balance, and canards at the front. As the X-29 development program and its militarization were a bit further along when production was ordered, the F-29 has a bit more bells and whistles than the F-31, and more of them were built (about 40). Though some were sighted in the skies of Europe, most of them never made it out of North America, where they were one of the most dangerous adversaries of the Mexicans, Cubans, and Russians. They cannot quite match the maneuverability of the F-31, but are larger aircraft able to carry more stores and fuel.

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$8,117,262

AvG

5.58 tons

23.38 tons

1

30

Radar, VAS

Enclosed

 

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Mnvr/Acc Agl/Turn

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Ceiling

3840

960 (110)

NA  240  12/7  120/70

3160

6589

16764

 

Combat Equipment

Minimum Landing/Takeoff Zone

RF

Armament

Ammo

All Weather Flight, HUD Interface, Track While Scan, Auto Track, Multitarget (3), Radar Warning Receiver, Look-Down
Radar, Flare/Chaff Dispensers (20), ECM, IR Uncage, Target ID, Laser Designator

800/530m Hardened Runway

+5

20mm Vulcan Autocannon, 7 Hardpoints

720x20mm

 

F-31 Vector

     Country of Origin: United States

     Type of Aircraft: Air Superiority Fighter

     Notes: Though based on a real experimental aircraft (the X-31), this is a work of fiction.  The story of how I made up the F-31 is basically the same as that of the F-29, above.

     Fictional Notes: (Twilight 2000 Only) This aircraft was developed as a war emergency measure from the X-31 EFM (Enhanced Flight Maneuverability) prototypes that were flying at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The main attribute of the Vector is its ability to fly with stability at very high angles of attack, done with a combination of thrust vectoring, advanced fly-by-wire controls, and deliberate destabilization along with computer-aided controls. The result is an aircraft that very often outmaneuvers its pilot; occasional GLOC (G-induced Loss of Consciousness) if a factor that pilots of the Vector figure in when flying their aircraft in its most extreme maneuvers. It is one of only two aircraft with enough maneuverability to successfully execute the Herbst Angle of Attack maneuver (also known as the J-Turn), where the aircraft uses a deliberate sudden stall to radically change the aircraft’s direction of flight without an accompanying reduction of engine power levels. It is also capable of flying at up to 75 degrees of angle of attack. The Vectors built after the order was given by the Department of Defense never made it out of North America during the Twilight War, but Mexican and Cuban pilots, and Russian pilots flying over Alaska were known to curse it’s very existence, as the F-31 eventually racked up a 28-to-1 kill ratio, a ratio that might have been higher were there more aircraft over North America to shoot down.

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$6,821,976

AvG

3.86 tons

11.09 tons

1

21

Radar, VAS

Enclosed

 

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Mnvr/Acc Agl/Turn

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Ceiling

3185

796 (110)

NA  199  14/7  140/70

2364

6769

12200

 

Combat Equipment

Minimum Landing/Takeoff Zone

RF

Armament

Ammo

All Weather Flight, HUD Interface, Track While Scan, Auto Track, Multitarget (2), Radar Warning Receiver, Flare/Chaff Dispensers, ECM, IR Uncage, Target ID, Laser Designator

735/485m Hardened Runway

+4

20mm Vulcan, 7 Hardpoints

740x20mm

 

MiG-35 Falroth

     Country of Manufacture: Russia/Soviet Union

     Aircraft Type: Fighter/Bomber

     Notes: Though based on a real experimental aircraft (the MiG 1.44), this treatment is a work of fiction (done by yours truly).  Russia would dearly love to build a fighter based on the MiG 1.44, but may never have the money to do it.

     Fictional Notes: This mutlirole fighter was rumored as early as the early 1990s, but its existence was not confirmed until the Twilight War. It is a twin-tailed "double-delta" design, with a large wing and canard foreplanes. It is a very advanced stealth design with good air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities. The Falroth is 3 levels harder than normal to detect with radar or guide weapons to it with radar, and two levels harder to detect or guide weapons with radar. The internal weapon bay is normally taken up with air-to-air weapons, but it is large and can hold up to 1.5 tons. Unfortunately, development was long and expensive, and until just before the Twilight War, there were no plans to mass-produce the MiG-35; therefore, numbers of the MiG-35 were limited to less than 75 copies. Popular nicknames in the West were "ATFski" and "Raptor Killer."

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$14,832,032

AvG

5 tons

31.75 tons

1

32

Radar, FLIR, VAS

Shielded

 

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Mnvr/Acc Agl/Turn

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Ceiling

7334*

1224 (110)

NA  306  11/7  110/70

6625

13317

17000

 

Combat Equipment

Minimum Landing/Takeoff Zone

RF

Armament

Ammo

All-Weather Flight, Radar Warning Receiver, Flare/Chaff Dispensers, ECM, Auto Track, HUD, IR Uncage, Look-Down Radar, Track while Scan, Active Jamming, Laser Designator, Target ID, Multitarget (4)

600/430m  Hardened Runway

+4

30mm-3 Autocannon, 1 Weapon Bay, 8 hardpoints

330x30mm

*The MiG-35 is supercruise-capable.

 

MiG-37 Ferret

     Country of Manufacture: Russia/Soviet Union

     Aircraft Type: Stealth Attack Aircraft

     Notes: Though there have long been rumors of a "Russian Stealth Fighter," the "MiG-37 Ferret" I used to come up with these statistics was actually the product of the imaginations of designers at Revell, a manufacturer of model airplanes.

     Fictional Notes: The MiG-37's existence was not confirmed until the Twilight War, though there were rumors of overflights in China, Alaska, and the Middle East as early as 1992. It is a first-generation stealth aircraft, as the US F-117A. The aircraft's fuselage, like the F-117, is composed of facets designed to reflect radar away instead of back to its source. The exhaust is cooled through a thermal brick system and by auxiliary inlets in the rear. Attempts to detect through radar or guide radar-guided missiles to it are three levels more difficult than normal; attempts to detect it by IR sources (including Passive IR, Active IR, FLIR, or Thermal Imaging) are two levels more difficult than normal. If a weapon bay door is open, improve radar chances against it by two levels. The Ferret uses weapon bays that do not expose its weapons to radar emissions. This aircraft is a bit larger and more powerful than the F-117A, and it is possible that spies got information from the Nighthawk program. It was never known how many of these aircraft the Russians had, since they were used only against high-value targets and taken from base to base in An-124 Condor aircraft. They were rarely encountered during the Twilight War, however, and mostly used for reconnaissance. Unlike the F-117A, the Ferret does have an air-to-air capability.

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$8,708,501

AvG

2.2 tons

23.99 tons

1

36

FLIR, Radar

Shielded

 

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Mnvr/Acc Agl/Turn

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Ceiling

2668

667 (140)

NA  167  4/2  40/20

4500

5374

17000

 

Combat Equipment

Minimum Landing/Takeoff Zone

RF

Armament

Ammo

Radar Warning Receiver, Flare/Chaff Dispensers, ECM, IRCM, HUD, Look-Down Radar, Terrain-Following Radar

1300/1600m Primitive Runway

+4

30mm Autocannon, 4 Weapons Bays

400x30mm

 

R-5D

     Country of Origin: United States

     Type of Aircraft: Multirole Stealth Aircraft

     Notes: This is a work of fiction, as far as I know…It is based on the various rumors of the Aurora's capabilities.

     Fictional Notes: (Twilight 2000) This hypersonic fighter/reconnaissance aircraft was rumored for over a decade before the Twilight War, but its existence was not confirmed until many years after it. Known by many designations and names over the years, such as Senior Citizen, Senior Trend, Senior Ice, Grandfather, XR-7, Darkstar Mike, Darkstar November, and SR-91; but perhaps the name it was known to the most people was "Aurora." It never officially had any assigned name, and even the designation R-5D was simply made up in order to call the aircraft something. The R-5D was high-speed scramjet-powered aircraft primarily designed for long-range strategic reconnaissance, but also with a limited role as an interceptor and air interdiction vehicle; details are still sketchy, but R-5D aircraft are believed to be responsible for several mysterious aerial intercepts of aircraft over Russia and the Middle East, including the shoot-downs of the aircraft of the Russian President in 1999, mysterious downings of almost a dozen enemy AWACS aircraft in critical areas, and the "Nuclear Warhead From Nowhere" that destroyed the North Korean 22nd Tank Division while located near the Chinese border in 1997. It is described as an "extreme stealth" aircraft, virtually invisible to most means of detection; it is 4 levels harder to detect by radar or IR methods or to guide weapons to it by these methods. Due to an experimental light-absorbing paint job, it is even one level harder to detect by visual means. However, the R-5D is known to make a distinctive double-bang noise when it is in the vicinity, and this sound is 50% likely to be heard when the R-5D is within 50 kilometers. Though it takes very specific atmospheric conditions, R-5D are also known to leave a distinctive "doughnuts-on-a-rope" contrail, a set of contrail rings connected by a slim, though conventional contrail. Though the R-5D could burn regular jet fuel, best performance was achieved on a liquid hydrogen/methane mix, and speed is limited to one half the values below unless the special fuel is used. The only external hardpoints are for drop tanks; if these tanks are carried, all speeds are limited to one-half the maximum speeds, and stealth efficacy if reduced by two levels. The remaining stores are kept in weapons bays. It is not believed that any R-5Ds were shot down, though 2 were lost in accidents before the war; a total of 6 are known for sure to have been built, though there may have been as many as twice this number in existence.

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$23,028,004

AvG, or H/M

3.83 tons

32.5 tons

2

80

Radar, LIDAR, FLIR, VAS

Shielded

 

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Mnvr/Acc Agl/Turn

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Ceiling

(H/M) 6600, (AvG) 3300

(H/M) 1650, (AvG) 825, (175)

NA  (H/M) 413/(AvG) 207  5/4  50/40

20400

(H/M) 23520, (AvG) 47040

40000

 

Combat Equipment

Minimum Landing/Takeoff Zone

RF

Armament

Ammo

Radar Warning Receiver, Flare/Chaff Dispensers, HUD Interface, IR Uncage, Look-Down Radar, Auto Track, Track While Scan, Target ID, ECM, IRCM, All-Weather Flight, Satcom Radio, Secure Radios, Deception Jamming, Laser Designator, ELINT Gear

2800/1500m Hardened Runway

+5

2 Hardpoints (Drop Tanks Only), 6 Weapon Bays

None

 

Su-47 Flatfoot

     Country of Manufacture: Russia/Soviet Union

     Aircraft Type: Fighter/Bomber

     Note: Though based on a real experimental aircraft (the S-37 Berkut), this treatment is a work of fiction.  Whether or not the Russians will ever have the money to take the Berkut out of what is basically an advanced prototype stage is anybody's guess, though they have already assigned the designation "Su-47" to any possible future production version, and Sukhoi is reportedly working hard to come up with the money to make a production version a reality.

     Fictional Notes: Known to the Russians as the Berkut (Golden Eagle), the Su-47 was a mysterious aircraft until late in the Twilight War, with isolated sightings being made here and there in encounters that were usually to the detriment of NATO or Coalition pilots. Mostly employed in Europe, some Berkuts were encountered in the Middle East, and there were even a few reported over Alaska and western Canada. Estimates of the total number available to the Russians range from about 10 to over 25. Captain Pamela Wagner, the Twilight War’s highest-scoring ace, claims that a tangle with a Berkut lead to her being downed over Poland in August of 1999. The Berkut is a radical design that draws from stolen data on the X-29 program in the US, using composite construction, swept forward wings, and an unstable configuration controlled by computers. The Su-47 has an internal weapon bay that can carry 1.5 tons. The fuselage is a modified Su-37 Flanker series, and thrust vectoring has been added to the exhaust. The Berkut has a RAM (Radar-Absorbent Material) coating to its fuselage that gives a one level detriment to attempts to detect or guide radar weapons to it. Avionics are perhaps the most advanced of any applied to a Russian fighter. The Su-47 has been reported flying in angles of attack of up to 70 degrees, and is capable of extremely difficult maneuvers such as Pougachev’s Cobra and the Herbst Angle of Attack Maneuver. All in all, the Su-47 was a fighter much dreaded by Western pilots, and thankfully, not often seen. The four conformal underfuselage hardpoints may only be used for air-to-air missiles; the two on the wingtips may only be used for air-to-air missiles or electronics pods.

 

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$15,357,864

AvG

8 tons

34 tons

1

48

Radar, FLIR, VAS

Enclosed

 

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Mnvr/Acc Agl/Turn

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Ceiling

4976

1244 (110)

NA  311  13/8  130/80

13860

14666

18000

 

Combat Equipment

Minimum Landing/Takeoff Zone

RF

Armament

Ammo

All-Weather Flight, Radar Warning Receiver, Flare/Chaff Dispensers (20), ECM, Auto Track, HUD Interface, Look-Down Radar, IR Uncage, Track While Scan, Secure Radios, Multitarget (6), Target ID, IR Suppression, VG Nozzles, Active Jamming

1200/750m Hardened Runway

+4

GSh-301 30mm-3 Autocannon, 1 Weapon Bay,14 Hardpoints

150x30mm