Firecat Project

The Construction of an all-weather, all-purpose fighter bomber that can complete air superiority, interdiction and close air support tasks.

The Firecat fighter was first developed by engineers of the Guwimithian Empire armed forces, in Luka. With the collapse of the Empire, many of those engineers, working alongside Utanian engineers, have continued their work on the fighter with the full backing of the Utanian Government.

The Firecat fighter is designed as an all-purpose fighter bomber, allowing it roles as diverse as air superiority and air interception and interdiction, escort, ground support, and bombing specific targets. The fighters will provide the backbone of defence of Utania's borders, her airspace and seas.

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The Firecat was recently put through its paces over the seas 200km south-east of Utan Krysaror (the Utanian capital city). The tests were air-to-air combat tests with the Espectro II fighters, and launch and landing tests aboard Utania's Warbird-class aircraft carrier, the UDK Usyastae.

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Utania's Firecat fighter jet is the continuation of the design and engineering works commenced by the previous regime, but relies now on the technical know-how and engineering prowess of the Utanian people.

  • Utanian-designed
  • Zartanian aircraft design advisors
  • Utanian construction
  • A fighter built to rival the greatest airforces in the world
With an executive order, and guarantee of funds, President restarted work on the Firecat fighter on Friday, January 19th, 301ap. Now, with an engineering and construction crew of over 4,000 personnel, based in Luka, the Firecat is the country's premier military engineering exercise.

The fighters are designed to equal the best in the world's air fighting capability in order to provide Utania with the strongest possible air defences. Recent combat simulation tests against the Lendosan Espectro II fighters have determined that this faith in the Firecats is well-founded.

A fleet of 200-400 Firecat fighters are planned, with 40 specifically designed for use on the UDK Usyastae or "Knight" aircraft carrier, and the possibility of VTAL capability for use on the Caiman warships in the future. Thereafter, exports of the Firecats may be considered.

Utania's Firecat fighter will provide the backbone for Utanian air superiority and defensive capabilities for the next twenty to twenty-five years. It will provide an enormous measure of security for Utania's future.

The challenge for Utania's Air Force and Naval Air will now be to train the required fighter pilots, a minimum of four hundred required, and technical staff who will provide the maintenance and equipment expertise for the duration of the fighters.

The Firecats project is already underway with construction targets allocated by President Okarvits as follows. The Utanian Armed Forces anticipate that they will be on target for full replacement of the Lendosan Espectro II fighters by mid-304ap.
Year Target Compl. Cost ea.
301ap 25 9 Û38m
302ap 10 18 Û43m
303ap 30 37 Û38m
304ap 40 43 est. Û32m
305ap 75 - Proj. Û30m
306ap 75 - Proj. Û30m
307ap 75 - Proj. Û30m
308ap 75 - Proj. Û30m
TOTAL 405 107 ~Û12.9 bn

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Technical specifications:

Dimensions:
Length:   19.1m
Wingspan:   11.8m
Height:   5m
Maximum takeoff weight:
27.9 tonnes

Power and Speed:
Thrust:   9,000 kg (19,840 pounds)
From:   Two turbojet engines with afterburners
Speed:   2500+ km/h
Ceiling:   18.2 km
Range:   2050 km

Crew and systems:
Crew:   Pilot; Electronic warfare officer
Radar systems:   fire-control radar
Armaments:
one 20mm cannon
8 air-to-air missiles
or other missile combinations incl. air-to-ground
plus fuselage centerline bomb rack and four pylon bomb racks capable of carrying 5,600 kg of general purpose bombs
Countermeasures:
barrage jammer, noise/deception jammer, ECM pod, IR countermeasures system
Mission radius:
700 to 930 km

Cost:
Considerable pressure has been applied to keep the cost of the Firecat project down. However, significant development-related cost blow-outs have been experienced in 302ap, pushing the per unit price of the fighters to Û45 million. While the President has since accepted that the target price of Û10 million per unit was unrealistic. UMAC is applying best practises to reduce the per unit cost to Û25 million, which it anticipates achieving in two years.

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This design is entirely borrowed from the US F-4 Fighter, with a few minor modifications, in case anyone was thinking of poaching me to commence a career in aircraft design engineering.  ;-)