Condor Helicopter Project
The Condor is a heavy-lift helicopter designed for troop or supply
transportation in bulk, such as resupplying ships at sea. It is the backbone to
Utania's Caiman marine-to-land ships.
The Condor is a joint development between the Zartanian and Utanian
governments, and both nations have manufacturing facilities. However, helicopters
are not widely employed in the Empire, leaving Utania the main user of the Condor.
The Condor is a multi-purpose, heavy-lift helicopter with little
armour and low combat capability but with a large capacity and heavy lifting
power that makes it the soaring workhorse of the Army and Navy.
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The jointly-developed Utanian-Zartanian Condor transport helicopter is the
heavy-lift workhorse of the Utanian Navy and Army. With an infantry capacity of 44,
ambulance capacity for 24 stretchers, and lifting capacity of 13.9 tonnes, the
Condor is the ultimate transportation helicopter.
The Condor is a twin-turbine, tandem-rotor helicopter, the only one of its
kind on Vexillium. With robust design, speeds of up to 265 km/h and range 426 km
fully-loaded, the Condor can carry almost 14 tonnes large distances quickly, providing
substantial benefits over road-based resupply methods.
The Condor is also an all-weather, day/night, night vision goggle transport of combat
troops, supplies, and equipment during amphibious and subsequent operations ashore,
and is therefore one of the the main helicopters aboard the
Utanian Caiman warship.
The Utanian government initiated the Condor Project in cooperation with the
Zartanian Government and her military suppliers with the core objective to provide a
high-lift helicopter for ship-to-shore operations aboard the Caimans, plus to provide
rapid troop deployment for the Army's 4th "Rapid Response" Division.
The Condor, with its troop carrying and heavy lift capabilities, can deploy an
entire platoon, or can carry a Scorpion APC to battle. With the Caiman's humanitarian
mission purpose, the Condors will be able to carry 13,900 litres of fresh water, or
pre-prepared meals for up to 20,000 persons.
The Condor is undeniably one of the core units to Utanian forces, and provides
the lowest cost-to-carrying capacity in the world market.
The Utanian government originally ordered 100 largely Zartanian-built Condors
at a cost of Û3 billion, and has replicated manufacturing facilities in Utania.
However, with cost reductions in the Utanian military, to date, UMAC is presently
providing only ten Condors per year.
There is a ZC1,500,000 royalty owed to Zartania's government for each Utanian-built
|* Under contract with Zartanian suppliers|
Length (rotors unfold): 30 m
Length (body): 13.8 m
Width (body): 4.5 m
Height: 5.8 m
Weight (self): 10.6 tonnes
Weight (max): 22.68 tonnes
Power and Speed:
Max ext. load: 13,900 kg
Climb-rate (loaded): 7.73 m/s
Speed (loaded): 265 km/h
Range (loaded): 426 km
Crew and systems:
Crew: 2 pilots; crew chief; mechanic or 2 gunners
Capacity: 44 seated, 24 stretchers
Possible armaments: Two 7.62mm side-mounted machine guns
The first order of 100 Condor Helicopters largely manufactured in the Greater Zartanian
Empire was costed for 1.5 billion Zartanian Crowns, an average of Û30 million each.
Since then, manufacturing facilities have been moved to Utania, and costs have been
reduced to a projected Û20 million.
This design is entirely borrowed from the Boeing CH-47 "Chinook" helicopter,
with a few minor modifications, in case anyone was thinking of poaching me to commence
a career in helicopter design engineering. ;-)