Orkeka AH-1 Project

UMAC's Orkeka helicopter project is a joint-development project with Zartanian armament manufacturers to design and build a powerful assault helicopter for fast-moving, ground-support or tactical target-elimination operations.

The Orkeka ("lightning") attack helicopter is a state-of-the-art flying fortress, that forms the basis of Utania's lightning-fast, counter-invasion capabilities. It is designed for close-combat operations, with a 3 hour, 150km combat range, and swift and versatile maneuverability to avoid any manner of "surprises" a dynamic battlefield can present.

The Orkeka attack helicopter is designed as an all-purpose assault vehicle for anti-armour, close-combat ground support operations. It is armed with up to 76 aerial rockets, 16 air-to-air missiles or combinations of both, plus a 1200-round 30mm chain-fed cannon.

At the heart of every Orkeka fighting vehicle is two 1.41 MW engines that will propel this 7 tonne beast to a 280 km/h cruising speed or perform evasive climb-rates of up to 11 metres per second.

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Utania's Orkeka assault helicopter is the world's most advanced engineering producing a fighting vehicle with awe-inspiring firepower and powerful maneuverability.

Utania's Orkeka ("Lightning") assault helicopter is a state-of-the-art attack craft for a wide variety of roles from close-combat support of ground forces, to anti-tank assaults. Equipped with up to 16 air-to-surface, 16 air-to-air, 76 70mm folding-fin rockets or combinations therein on four weapon-pylons.

Engineered to withstand powerful G-forces, the Orkeka is capable of rapid maneuvers, but also ground-level and/or zero-speed assaults. It combines awesome speed, exceptional maneuverability, state-of-the-art radar and counter-measure systems, with devastating firepower.

The Orkeka is simply a two-man battalion.

Strategically speaking, the Orkeka was originally conceived by Military Chief of Staff General Arthur B. Arjaat to form the backbone for Utania's revolutionary 4th "Rapid Response" division, a unit that would be the second-line of defence after the country's border guards. The 4th Division would launch a powerful and lightning-fast counter-offensive against any invading force that would neutralise its key advancing units.
In other words, if an invading force came with a powerful network of tanks at the fore, the 4th Division should be able to deploy against the tanks within 48-hours, and with a fleet of Orkekas, destroy the forward armoured units thus, hopefully, ending any enemy plans for a rapid -- or any -- invasion.

Since then, the Army has realised the potential of the Orkekas in a wider variety of close-combat support roles, providing support in ways that armoured vehicles may not be able, destroying targets that cannot be reached by land forces, and are too insignificant for an air force assault.
The Army plans to expand the Orkeka force to strengthen the 4th Division, and to expand the Army's aerial assault capabilities to other units, such as the 10th Peacekeeping Division.

The Orkeka attack helicopter is designed with the realities of the battlefields in mind. In a highly dynamic battlefield situation, instant adaptability is key to success. With 2.8MW in two powerful engines, the Orkeka is capable of fantastic maneuverability that will provide pilots with up to 11 metres a second climb-rate, three degrees of rotation, and counter-measures to confuse and evade hostile ground fire.

The engines also provide a 280 km/h cruising speed or 3km per minute assault speeds. Orkeka in flight

The Orkeka is designed for robustness, too. With a highly-engineered alloy chassis and multiple levels of redundancy, the Orkeka is designed to continue operation despite modest ground impacts with some structural damage. And with redundant systems and armour it can also endure a substantial burst of small-arms ground fire.

With a 400 km cruising range, the Orkeka can reach distant battlefields without the need to refuel, and with a three-hour and 150 km combat range, the helicopter's support base can be a safe distance behind the battlefield.

The Orkeka has the firepower to deliver a crushing blow against any enemy, and with the maneuverability to counteract the surprises that battlefield situations present, the robustness to endure the rigours of warfare, the range to spend considerable time in support operations, the AH-1 assault helicopter is Utania's long-term solution to close infantry support and powerful counter-invasion strikes.

The Orkeka -- Utania's lightning strike.

There is a ZC4,000,000 royalty owed to Zartania's government for each Utanian-built Orkeka exported.

The Orkeka project is already underway with construction targets allocated by President Hope as follows. When complete in 309ap, the Utanian Army will have the largest air-cavalry force in the world.

Year Target Compl. Cost ea.
302ap 40 40 Û40m*
303ap 20 20 Û40m*
* Under contract with Zartanian suppliers
304ap 10 10 Û40m
305ap 40 - Proj. Û40m
306ap 40 - Proj. Û35m
307ap 40 - Proj. Û35m
308ap 40 - Proj. Û35m
TOTAL 230 70 ~Û8.6 bn
Technical specifications:

Dimensions:
Length:   17.7m
Wingspan:   5.2m
Height:   4.6m
Takeoff weight:
6.8 tonnes

Power and Speed:
Power:   Two 1.41 MW engines
Speed:   280 km/h
Ceiling:   3.4 km
Range:   400 km
Endurance:   3 hours

Crew and systems:
Crew:   Pilot; Electronic warfare officer
Radar systems:   fire-control radar
Armaments:
one 30mm cannon
8 air-to-air or anti-tank missiles, 76 x 70mm rockets, or combinations
Countermeasures: [classified]
Mission radius:
150 to 200 km

Cost:
The first order of 60 Orkeka manufactured in the Greater Zartanian Empire was costed for 1.2 billion Zartanian Crowns, an average of Û40 million each. Since then, manufacturing facilities have been replicated or moved to Utania, and costs are expected to be similar. UMAC is applying best practises to reduce the per unit cost to Û35 million, which it anticipates achieving within two years.

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This design is entirely borrowed from the US AH-64 Apache helicopter, with a few minor modifications, in case anyone was thinking of poaching me to commence a career in aircraft design engineering.  ;-)