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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1935 on: August 04, 2018, 10:51:29 am »
Ukroboronprom UV-1 Merlin - 39th Tactical Aviation Squadron, Ukrainian Air Force, 2018

The 'National Reorganization Process' was the rather grand name used by it's leaders for the military dictatorship that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983 following the coup d'état of March 1976 and towards the late 1970's the military junta started an ambitious project to create three indigenous combat aircraft consisting of the FMA IA 63 Pampa trainer/attack aircraft, the IA 67 Córdoba light attack bomber and the SAIA 90 air superiority fighter. By 1980, FMA (Fabrica Militar de Aviones) and Dornier had already developed a working relationship as a result of their combined development of the FMA IA 63 and for the SAIA 90 they established a second project office in the city of Córdoba for the development, production and marketing of a new fighter aircraft design based on a preliminary design by Dornier which could then be adapted by FMA to the requirements of the Argentine Air Force.

Dornier's design bore an overall likeness to the F/A-18 Hornet but featured a trapezoidal wing shape and was smaller overall and considerably lighter thanks to an even higher composite content. FMA estimated a lengthy development period of about10 years with a first flight of the prototype in 1989 and with deliveries following about two years later and this was judged to be acceptable. However, by 1981 FMA was in serious financial difficulties which led to Dornier exiting the partnership leaving FMA desperately searching for new partners during 1981 to 1983 including Aermacchi-Aeritalia, McDonnell Douglas and Fairchild but Argentina's severe financial problems saw the project placed on indefinite hold by President Raúl Alfonsín in January 1984. Despite this, the Chiefs of the General Staff of the Argentine Air Force secretly diverted funds from other areas of their budget into the project to keep the SAIA 90 alive during the hyperinflation of the late 1980's. In July 1989 the incoming President Carlos Menem promised to strengthen the Argentine Armed Forces and successfully tackled inflation with the 'Convertibility Plan' allied to a series of privatisations allowing him to announce on July 9th, 1992 that the SAIA 90 project would be relaunched as an indigenous project called ACA'96 (Avión de Combate Avanzado 1996) to replace the fighter fleet before the turn of the century.

The Belavezha Accords of December 1991 declared that the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics effectively ceased to exist and established the Commonwealth of Independent States as a successor entity. From this promising new beginning, relations between Russia and the Ukraine slowly deteriorated with disputes over the Crimea and then the city of Sevastopol due to it's role of being the home port of the Black Sea Fleet. Finally, a major dispute flared up over energy supplies and the Ukraine's huge gas debt arrears to Russia were paid off by the transfer of the nuclear-capable weapons that Ukraine inherited from the USSR and the Tu-160 strategic bombers and Su-27 fighters. During 1994 the Ukrainian Government sought a multi-role fighter aircraft that would not align them to either Russia or the West and identified the promising FMA ACA'96 design as being the best choice and opened up diplomatic talks with the Argentinian Government about licence-production of the ACA'96 in the Ukraine. With the Argentinian economy on another downward spiral agreement was quickly reached and the Kharkiv State Aviation Manufacturing Enterprise (later part of Ukroboronprom) was selected as the production facility but with all development and testing continuing to be done in Argentina. The prototype ACA'96, by now designated as the FMA IA 96, took to the air on May 25th, 1996 and finally entered service with the Argentine Air Force on November 20th, 1999.

In Ukrainian service the aircraft is designated as the UV-1 'Merlin' and production aircraft entered service in 2002 with the 39th Tactical Aviation Squadron based at Vasylkiv, Kiev Oblast in Central Ukraine.















There's a strong Argentinian presence in the 'Strike Fighters' community and one of the oldest full package campaigns is a Malvinas mod which includes the terrain. Most of the indigenous Argentinian aircraft have been produced and the SAIA 90 was released by 'AleDucat' back in 2009 and was quickly followed by a couple of 'what if' skins by 'torno' including this Fuerza Aérea Argentina skin which I just needed to overspray and add decals. I've previously shown it as a Soviet 'Hornetski' and thought I'd use Ukrainian markings this time around leading to a most convoluted backstory!

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1936 on: August 05, 2018, 10:45:15 am »
Sukhoi Su-39 'Frogfoot-B' - Vietnamese People's Air Force, 2016













I'm having a trawl through the SF1 archives (I can only run SF1 on XP) and re-discovered this lovely 'Super Grach' with an equally lovely Soviet camo to which I've just added some stock VPAF markings.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1937 on: August 06, 2018, 10:13:45 am »
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McDonnell Douglas A-4E Skyhawk - 339 Mira, Hellenic Air Force, 1990
I love the Hellenic Air Force camo... :wub:
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I love that design!
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Vietnamese Frogfoot/Frogfeet
« Reply #1938 on: August 07, 2018, 11:23:40 am »
Super Grach is nice but could do with some (Russian equivalents of) TERs or MERs.

Agreed. I got a bit lazy as 'Red' aircraft don't have them unless you do some editing of at least two config' files and some modders over complicate weapon stations (with good intent I must add). So here are a few more shots and with a different camo;








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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Vietnamese Frogfoot/Frogfeet
« Reply #1939 on: August 08, 2018, 04:40:05 am »
Now that hits the spot.
And the camo is fantastic.
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Vietnamese Frogfoot/Frogfeet
« Reply #1940 on: August 08, 2018, 08:04:38 am »
Now that hits the spot.

I dunno, I think it's slightly under-armed. :-\



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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1941 on: August 10, 2018, 08:45:51 am »
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Whilst doing this one I had a nagging sense of déjà vu and only afterwards I realised that I'd done it before. Never mind. It was 2014 and I've passed a lot of water since then. I think I called it A-9B back then and did South Vietnamese and USAF versions.

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Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1942 on: August 11, 2018, 09:55:59 am »
Northrop F-5F Tiger II - 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron, 58th Tactical Fighter Wing, USAF, 1983













Because they had the T-38 Talon I thought that the USAF didn't buy any F-5F's but apparently they did, so I guess it's only the scheme that's a 'what if'.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1943 on: August 12, 2018, 07:37:35 am »
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This just needed some overspray over the painted-on Serbian finflash and a re-coloured rear fuselage from red to orange plus some new IAC roundels with orange at the bottom as that's what most photo's show.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Marineflieger Panthers
« Reply #1944 on: Yesterday at 09:14:59 am »
Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm Panther - Marineflieger 1, Deutsche Marine, 2007

Formed as the result of several mergers in the late 1960's the German aerospace manufacturer Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (MBB) became an integral part of the Panavia consortium designing and building the swing-wing Tornado for the air forces of Germany, Italy and the UK. But as early as 1975, MBB began to conduct research into the field of stealth aircraft and during 1981 MBB began developing a design for a viable stealth aircraft supported by funding from the German government. The resultant design was known as 'Project Lampyridae' (Firefly) and independently of American stealth research the Lampyridae used a similar 'faceted' design approach to Lockheed's 'Have Blue' technical demonstrator and the subsequent F-117 Nighthawk stealth attack aircraft. However, shortly after the existence of the Lampyridae project was revealed to the United States (during a technical exchange meeting at MBB's Ottobrunn facility in Bavaria in 1986) the Lampyridae project was suddenly terminated for unspecified reasons but diplomatic pressure on the part of the United States has long been assumed.

MBB's dissatisfaction with this decision was short-lived when they were unexpectedly given an invitation to participate in the Grumman X-29 Forward Swept Wing project. The X-29 was a project to design and test a forward-swept wing fighter with canard control surfaces and other innovative aircraft technologies such as the use of computerised fly-by-wire controls and the use of composite materials to control the aeroelastic divergent twisting experienced by forward-swept wings and to reduce weight. The first X-29 took to the air in 1984 and the two X-29s were flight tested during the remainder of the decade but whilst the programme was an overall success there was some disappointment that the X-29 did not demonstrate any noticeable  increase in agility - primarily due to the flight control system being moderated to prevent any excessive pitching rotation that could cause the aircraft from departing out of control and/or suffer structural damage. MBB could see that a combination of the stealth qualities of their Project Lampyridae allied to a forward swept-wing design but with larger control surfaces (and faster control surface actuators) would lead to an operational agile stealth fighter aircraft. In 1990, and with the backing of the German government, they launched 'Project Panther' to design and built a new multi-role stealth fighter for the German Air Force and Marineflieger with a projected in-service date of 2002.

Using the excuse of reunification costs Chancellor Helmut Kohl made an election promise to cancel the Eurofighter and in mid-1991 German Defence Minister Volker Rühe withdraw Germany from the Eurofighter project and quietly diverted Germany's Eurofighter funding into Project Panther. To avoid the problems associated with concurrently developing a new airframe and a new engine, MBB selected the logical off-the-peg choice of the General Electric F110-GE-132 afterburning turbofan rated at 17,000lbs dry thrust and 32,000lbs thrust with afterburner and the Panther's closely spaced twin engines incorporate MBB designed 2D pitch-axis thrust vectoring nozzles with a range of ±20 degrees. These engines give the Panther a thrust-to-weight ratio greater than unity when in a typical combat configuration and without external stores the aircraft can achieve 'supercruise' to about Mach 1.2 and exceed Mach 2.0 with afterburner.

Development moved swiftly during the mid-1990's and the first prototype 'Panther 01' (one of an eventual eleven engineering and manufacturing development aircraft) was unveiled at Ottobrunn, Bavaria on April 1st, 1998 taking to the air on August 15th, 1998 and appearing at the Farnborough air show during the following month where it appeared in the static park before making a low-speed flypast and departure on the final day. The first production contract was signed on January 2nd, 1999 for 170 Panther ADV aircraft (optimised for air defence) and 180 Panther IDS aircraft (optimsed for strike/attack) although differences between the two are confined to avionics and the two variants share virtually identical airframe and propulsion systems. In 2002, a major programme review saw a decrease in the overall number of aircraft to be procured from 350 to 280 and a multi-year procurement plan was implemented to stretch out production with an acceptable increase in the system unit cost (aircraft, training and spare parts) from €70 million per aircraft to €85 million per aircraft although this had further increased to €90 million per aircraft by 2005.

Entering service with Marineflieger 1 in 2006 the Panther currently serves with the German Air Force and Marineflieger and has been exported to Denmark, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates and is currently in the running to replace the Finnish Air Force's ageing F/A-18 Hornets in the so-called HX Fighter Programme with a decision now scheduled to take place in 2021.

















This is the fictional KF-2 Hammer a very futuristic looking beast released quite a few years ago now and the very talented modder* really went to town with an 'arcade' flight performance that's right off the scale, an amazing 'glass' cockpit, a suite of stunning fictional weapons to fill it's internal weapons bays and several excellent skins. I've used a 'cut and shut' masking technique to combine elements of his black, gray and light grey skins to create this Tornado-ish Marineflieger skin and used new contemporary decals to complete the look. It really needs Kormorans under the wings but non-stock weapons are offline until I get back to SF2 later this year but this will give me a chance to come back to this one.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1945 on: Yesterday at 11:09:32 am »
MBB Lampyridae









I thought I'd show a few piccies of the MBB Lampyridae referred to in my backstory for the MBB Panther. I have no problems naming this talented modder as it's my fellow South Walian 'russouk2004' who seems to be taking an extended break away from the Strike Fighters community. I hope he comes back some day!