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Airplanes of the Imperium

The following is a list of airplanes in use by the Leonistisches Imperium and will be expanded as new planes appear and more details become known.

F148 "Kranich"

An older design, this is one of the most elegant looking aircraft in Lazarus. Most notable for its variable sweep wings which allow for a more "delta"-like shape in supersonic cruise, while the aircraft looks less unusual on approach and landing with the wings fully extended.

Type: Supersonic airliner
Role: VIP transport, luxury airliner
Length: 56 m
Wingspan: 49 m (fully extended)
Crew: 3 pilots
Seats: Up to 210 in an all "business class" configuration (the economy class is outlawed in Leonism as a crime against humanity)
Cruise speed: Mach 1.5
Service ceiling: 18000 m
Range: 10500 km
Armament: None. VIP transport versions are sometimes equipped with anti-missile systems, a mixture of "chaff" and "flares".

R21 "Spatz"

A reconaissance plane that excels at that role and little else.

Type: Military high-altitude manned recon aircraft
Role: Scout, strategic espionage
Length: 31 m
Wingspan: 45 m
Crew: 1 pilot
Seats: 2
Cruise speed: 800 km/h
Service ceiling: 22000 m
Range: 6600 km
Armament: None. It is full of high-resolution cameras though.

R22 "Falke"

Multirole combat aircraft of conventional design. A "T" variant exists (Träger), modified for aircraft carrier use.

Type: Jet fighter
Role: Fighter, Interceptor, Light bomber
Length: 18 m
Wingspan: 10 m
Crew: 1 pilot
Cruise speed: Mach 1.6
Service ceiling: 16000 m
Range: 1500 km
Armament: 4x LLR18 air-to-air missiles, 4x LBR55 air-to-surface missiles, 16x UR50 unguided 50 mm rockets, 2x MK66 66mm machine cannons with 200 shells each.

R44 "Würger"

Advanced fusion-reactor powered aerospace fighter. While already fielded in increasing numbers, the currently built design is actually preliminary and lacks many advanced components planned for the final version. It is already exceptionally powerful.

Type: Fusion-powered aerospace fighter
Role: Heavy long range fighter. Space fighter. Missile boat.
Length: 29 m
Wingspan: 19 m
Crew: 1 pilot
Seats: 2
Cruise speed: about 7000 km/h
Service ceiling: Unlimited
Range: 50000 km in the atmosphere, much longer in space
Armament: 24x LLR19 air-to-air missiles, 16x LBR55 air-to-surface missiles, 4x ASR33 anti-ship missiles, 96x UR50 50 mm unguided rockets, 2x 5 MW "Illuminator" Lasers.

T140 "Schildkröte"

Conventional high-wing medium-sized military transport plane, capable of ferrying up to 100 fully armed combat troops or 2 wheeled armoured vehicles.

Type: Military transport aircraft
Role: Mid-range troop transport
Length: 40 m
Wingspan: 41 m
Crew: 2 pilots
Seats: 104
Cruise speed: 790 km/h
Service ceiling: 11000 m
Range: 7900 km
Armament: 1x 5 MW "Illuminator" point defense laser. Anti-missile system.

T190 "Mammut"

Six-engined oversized transport aircraft for bulky cargo. Ugly yet capable of carrying up to 300 tons of cargo.

Type: Military transport aircraft
Role: Long-range strategic air transport, cargo aircraft for bulky cargo
Length: 78 m
Wingspan: 80 m
Crew: 2 pilots, 2 technicians
Seats: Up to 330 when installed. Usually a majority of the seats are removed for additional cargo space.
Cruise speed: 830 km/h
Service ceiling: 9900 m
Range: 14000 km
Armament: Anti-missile system.