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Drone Inventory
An archive of drones used by Alteran forces in the early 21st Century

With tensions escalating between the global powers, many nations have begun to look at different methods
of projecting power. With the Alteran military having a purely voluntary recruitment stance - getting enough manpower has constantly
been an issue for the nation. But as the country moves into the 21st Century, new developments in artificial intelligence, manufacturing
methods and computer miniturization have allowed the nation to look into the use of drones within the military. Whilst still in their
infancy, many of the listed projects below are officially adopted programmes - with some currently fielding drones in limited capacity
or are in a stage of development or early field-testing.

Caelius Dynamics VT-21


Early prototype of a VT-21 in horizontal
flight trials with the Alteran Navy

Country of Origin

Alteran Republics

Manufacturer

Caelius Dynamics

Role

Tilt-rotor Multirole UAV

Control

Semi-Autonomous
Remote Control

Status

In Service

Length

10.7 m

Height

2.9 m

Wingspan

18.5

Range

2,600 km

Payload

Air-to-Air
Air-to-Surface
Electronic Surveillance

During the development of the VT-10 and VT-15 series, Caelius Dynamics began to explore alternative applications for their tilt-rotor technology. As many militaries voiced interest in utilizing more drones - especially nations with limited manpower reserves - Caelius Dynamics sunk significant development costs into a single scaled prototype. Upon viewing the demonstration in 2015, the Alteran Self Defence Force green-lit the project; seeing much potential within its armed forces.

The VT-21 series uses tiltrotors to take off vertically and transition to high-speed forward flight, enabling performance unachievable with just rotorcraft or fixed-wing aircraft. It leverages technologies which Caelius Dynamics previously utilized for the VT-10 and VT-15 for the Future Vertical Lift program, and the VT-18, another smaller unmanned tiltrotor developed in 2008. The aircraft is capable of performing a variety of missions including electronic warfare, persistent fire support, airborne early warning (AEW), and resupply. Caelius Dynamics is particularly interested in the Alteran Maritime Defence Force – Unmanned Expeditionary Capabilities (AMUXC - pronounced "a-mux") concept to perform the tasks of support and attack aircraft while operating from amphibious assault ships to complement and escort the VT-10 and VT-15.

Whilst the A.M.D.F. are beginning to receive units from Caelius Dynamics, the units won't be fully "theatre capable" until early 2021; though the Council for Defense is adamant that ships equipped with VT-21s would "capable of deployment ... within weeks of delivery".

Design Features


The Caelius Dynamics VT-21 requires a two-man aircraft team, giving the aircraft capability to provide 24/7 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) over a given area - with minimal requirements for manpower. Although the aircraft is unmanned, it currently is not capable of complete autonomous control; autonomy is given only to core flight controls and waypoint following. Caelius Dynamics is working with co-developer Kinetic Sciences and Applications for a fully autonomous design, which could operate for remote strikes or work as a drone "wingman" alongside other A.S.D.F. aircraft. Whilst KSA has made some success with smaller scale drones using the "Wingman" concept, the company forecasts it won't be implemented in combat-ready drones until 2023 at the earliest.

The VT-21 is designed to weigh 16,000 lb (7,300 kg) empty and carry 13,000 lb (5,900 kg) of fuel, weapons, and sensors for a maximum gross weight of 29,000 lb (13,000 kg). While the VT-10 and VT-15 use two engines located within the tiltrotor pylons, the VT-21 will have a single-engine housed in the fuselage generating 5,000-6,000 shp (3,670-4,410 kW), about as much as the VT-10's engines. The power from the engine is then translated to the mechanisms within the wing. The design uses tiltrotors to take off vertically and transition to high-speed forward flight, enabling performance unachievable with just rotorcraft or fixed-wing aircraft.

Unlike the VT-10 and VT-15, the VT-21 has a V-shaped tail and one long wing piece mated to the top of the fuselage as well as retractable tricycle landing gear. This design feature came from the post-production design studies of the VT-15 - as engineers toyed with the idea of a different style of tail. To enable size compatibility with most modern naval vessels, the wing and rotors swivel along the fuselage, helping to reduce the aircraft's footprint; two folded up VT-21s can fit inside one Oakoms O.364 transport aircraft.

The aircraft has a cruise speed of 250 knots (290 mph; 460 km/h), a top speed of 300 knots (350 mph; 560 km/h), and a service ceiling of 25,000 ft (7,600 m), with a combat radius of 450 nautical miles (520 mi; 830 km) and time-on-station of 11–15 hours while carrying a 600 lb (270 kg) payload. Combat range is set to 1,400 nmi (1,600 mi; 2,600 km) for 17 hours on internal fuel, and it has the capability for aerial refuelling as well as carrying external fuel tanks. The aircraft can support an internal mission payload of 2,000 lb (910 kg) and can sling-load 9,000 lb (4,100 kg). The VT-21 is equipped with three internal payload bays, a centerline payload, and the capability to house up to two underwing pylons per side for various payloads including additional fuel, radar systems, LiDAR modules, sonobuoys, JAMM/JAMM-ER air-to-air missiles, LAMBS and Black Orchid.

Variants


VT-21

The first production version of the VT-21 series. Modular design that can accommodate a variety of mission roles for civilian and military purposes.

Sub-Variants

  • VT-21 R - Military spec. reconnaissance drone; capable of utilizing a variety of sensors and survellance equipment

  • VT-21 AT - Military spec. attack/support drone; using its internal bays and sling-load points to carry a variety of air-to-ground missile and smart weapon systems

  • VT-21 MR - Maritime spec. attack/recon drone; fitted with anti-ship/submarine radar and weapons

Liveries


Link
Blank base model VT-21

Link
Alteran Republics VT-21 MR
of the Alteran Maritime Defence Force

AAe Sparrow OC.1


Display aircraft of the AAe Sparrow OC.1, armed,
with engine cover removed (for display purposes)

Country of Origin

Alteran Republics

Manufacturer

Alteran Aerospace

Role

Autonomous Multirole UAV

Control

Autonomous
Semi-Autonomous
Remote Control

Status

In Service

Length

5.0 m

Height

1.6 m

Wingspan

12.0 m

Endurance

~20 hours

Payload

Air-to-Air
Air-to-Surface
Electronic Surveillance

The Alteran Aerospace Sparrow is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by the Alteran company AAe. The Sparrow was AAe's first serious attempt at developing an unmanned drone - which saw development begin in early 2002. The Sparrow was developed in Ludlum, Altera. The Sparrow's airframe is based on the motor glider project that was the original creation of several AAe engineers in their spare time - to test and improve large wingspan technology. Its first flight was in December 2004 at the Ludlum test range where much of the test flight programme has been undertaken. Sparrow was also the first UAV to fly in the UK with the flight being certified by the Civil Aviation Authority (Alteran Republics).

The first vehicles were produced in 2005, which had a maximum takeoff weight of 450 kilograms (990 lb) and a payload of about 150 kilograms (330 lb). However, the first production example weighed about 750 kilograms (1,650 lb). The first production models for the Alteran military were delivered in November 2007, with the Alteran Ground Defense Force and Air Defence Force accepting them into service in February of 2008. The endurance of the production variant is up to 20 hours. The drones have seen extensive use in the ongoing campaign in the Central Canal district, used to monitor terrorist activity and - on numerous occasions - carry out airstrikes.

Design Features


The first prototype of Sparrow was jet-powered. It uses the lightweight powerplant to produce the required thrust - the engine being a development produced by Rowlands specifically for the prototype. It had a mass of 350 kilograms (770 lb), which included the engine and basic takeoff configurations. AAe quickly realised that a piston engine-powered Sparrow had better payload and endurance than the original prototype and subsequently discontinued its development.

Powered by a Rowlands piston engine, the second prototype featured a larger, modified composite airframe with higher endurance and payload. When fitted with the dummy surveillance system, the aircraft's top speed was around 125 knots. By 2004, AAe had started pursuing an AR civil certification licence for the Sparrow-OC (Operational Capability) standard of aircraft featuring a completely new airframe and the AAe Systems-supplied Surface Telemetry, Aerial Reconnaissance (STAR) suite. OC status was granted later that year and trials with the Alteran military quickly resumed.

Variants


Sparrow AAe OC.1

The first production version of the OC.1 series. Modular design that can accommodate a variety of mission roles for civilian and military purposes.

Sub-Variants

  • OC.1 R - Military spec. reconnaissance drone; capable of utilizing a variety of sensors and survellance equipment

  • OC.1* R - Military spec. reconnaissance drone; similar to OC.1 R spec, but with an improved engine for greater endurance (+ ~4 hours)

  • OC.1 AT - Military spec. attack/support drone; using its external bays and sling-load points to carry a variety of air-to-ground missile and smart weapon systems

  • OC.1* AT - Military spec. attack/support drone; similar to OC.1 AT spec, but with improved engine for greater endurance (+ ~4 hours)

  • OC.1 MR - Maritime spec. attack/recon drone; fitted with anti-ship/submarine radar and weapons

  • OC.1* MR - Military spec. spec. attack/recon drone; similar to OC.1 MR spec, but with an improved engine for greater endurance (+ ~4 hours)

Liveries


AAe Sparrowhawk OC.2


Display aircraft of the AAe Sparrowhawk OC.2

Country of Origin

Alteran Republics

Manufacturer

Alteran Aerospace

Role

Autonomous Multirole UAV

Control

Autonomous
Semi-Autonomous
Remote Control

Status

In Service

Length

10.1 m

Height

2.5 m

Wingspan

21.8 m

Endurance

~16 hours

Payload

Air-to-Air
Air-to-Surface
Electronic Surveillance

Piggy-backing on the success and design profile of the OC.1 Sparrow, the Sparrowhawk is - essentially - a development of the OC.1 Sparrow. Alteran Aerospace unveiled their "Sparrowhawk" in 2006 solely as a UAV technology demonstrator to evaluate a full-sized unmanned combat vehicle - known specifically under the categorization of "Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle" (UCAV). The UCAV class is similar to the basic UAV/drone in most respects through evolved to the extent that it supports the delivery of precision-guided munitions. These aircraft are generally of larger dimensions with more advanced in-flight systems and greater internal volume for fuel (extending operational ranges) and mission payloads.

However, following the development's unveiling, many national governments and agencies expressed great interest in the design - spurring AAe to develop the aircraft further. A finalised design was unveiled in 2007, named the Sparrowhawk OC.2. Production of the drone began in 2008, with models delivered to the A.A.D.F. in 2009. To date, the Sparrowhawk program has produced multiple aircraft, many of which were delivered to the Alteran Air Defence Force.

Design Features


The Sparrowhawk program is Alteran-led initiative and centred along with the prospect of defining a reusable, long-range, deep-penetrating UAV combat-minded system. As such, the vehicle was specifically designed with high endurance and long-range performance in mind along with a modular payload capability (including support for weapons delivery). As with other growing UAV programs, the Sparrowhawk intends to operate largely autonomously while relying on satellite communications for its self-positioning. User interaction will allow for overrides but the Sparrowhawk will be independent in its navigation, landing and take-off procedures. While headed by AAe Systems, the program also includes major industry players such as Conway and Rowlands. Avionics includes the Conway MX-20 series imaging system and the AAe Systems-supplied Surface Telemetry, Aerial Reconnaissance (STAR) suite.

The external profile of the Sparrowhawk is largely conventional and essentially mimics a manned aircraft through the domed front section houses operational systems instead of a cockpit. The fuselage is well-contoured for aerodynamic efficiency and includes low-set, straight wing appendages. The rear section of the fuselage is tapered and mounts a "T-style" tail unit. The Sparrowhawk is propelled by a pair of Rowlands engines arranged in a "pusher" configuration and seated in individual nacelles along the fuselage spine just ahead of the tail unit. The undercarriage is wheeled traditionally and fully retractable. The wing assemblies are designed to support external munitions across six hardpoints.

The overall length of the Sparrowhawk prototype is 65 feet while the airframe sits empty at 2,200lbs with a listed maximum take-off weight of 19,800lbs. Power is served through 2 x Rowlands turboshaft engines developing 380 horsepower each. Currently, the Sparrowhawk showcases a top speed of 345 miles per hour with a cruise speed in the vicinity of 230 miles per hour and features a mission endurance time of up to 30 hours before requiring resupply.

Variants


Sparrowhawk AAe OC.2

The first production version of the OC.2 series. Modular design that can accommodate a variety of mission roles for civilian and military purposes.

Sub-Variants

  • OC.2 R - Military spec. reconnaissance drone; capable of utilizing a variety of sensors and survellance equipment

  • OC.2* R - Military spec. reconnaissance drone; similar to OC.2 R spec, but with an improved engine for greater endurance (+ ~4 hours)

  • OC.2 AT - Military spec. attack/support drone; using its external bays and sling-load points to carry a variety of air-to-ground missile and smart weapon systems

  • OC.2* AT - Military spec. attack/support drone; similar to OC.2 AT spec, but with improved engine for greater endurance (+ ~4 hours)

  • OC.2 MR - Maritime spec. attack/recon drone; fitted with anti-ship/submarine radar and weapons

  • OC.2* MR - Military spec. spec. attack/recon drone; similar to OC.2 MR spec, but with improved engine for greater endurance (+ ~4 hours)

Liveries


Link
Blank AAe Sparrowhawk OC.2

Link
AAe Sparrowhawk OC.2 of the
Alteran Republics' A.G.D.F.

Gimstán Robotics GRd.8


Field trial models of the GRd.8 SW(HMG)
(foreground) and GRd.8 LG (background)

Country of Origin

Alteran Republics

Manufacturer

Gimstán Robotics

Role

Tracked Multirole UGV

Control

Semi-Autonomous
Remote Control

Status

Field Trials

Length

2.8 m

Height

1.0 m

Width

1.6

Endurance

12/15 hrs

Payload

LMG, HMG, ATGM,
30mm Autocannon,
40mm Grenade Launcher

Operationally proven during several exercises, experiments, and the anti-insurgency mission the Central Canal District – the Gimstán Robotics GRd.8 is a multi-role unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) intended to reduce the number of troops on the battlefield. The GRd.8's modularity enables it to be rapidly configured from having a transport function to being weaponized, performing ordnance disposal, or supporting intelligence operations according to the nature of the mission.

Design Features


Gimstán Robotics GRd.8, unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), is a ground-based armed drone vehicle designed largely for military applications and is built by Gimstán Robotics in Altera. The vehicle is intended to provide support for dismounted troops by serving as a transport platform, remote weapon station, IED detection and disposal unit etc, with the vehicle’s open architecture gives it multi-missions capability.

The main purpose of the transport variant (GRd.8 LG) is to support on-base logistics and provide last mile resupply for fighting units on the front line. It supports infantry units by reducing their physical and cognitive load, increasing stand-off distance, force protection and survivability. The range of Combat UGVs, including the GRd.8 LMG, HMG and AGL40 variants, provide direct fire support for manoeuvre forces acting as a force multiplier. With an integrated self-stabilizing remote-controlled weapon system, they provide high precision over wide areas, day and night, increasing stand-off distance, force protection and survivability. Combat UGVs can be equipped with a light or heavy machine guns, 40 mm grenade launchers, 30mm autocannons and Anti-Tank Missile Systems.

The GRd.8 ISR UGVs have advanced multi-sensor intelligence-gathering capabilities, whose main purpose is to increase situational awareness, provide improved intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance over wide areas and battle damage assessment capability. GRd.8 ISR units are currently being trialled by Alteran Defence Forces and Customs Agencies along the canal in the CCA. The system can effectively enhance the work of dismounted infantry units, border guard and law enforcement agencies to collect and process raw information and decrease the reaction time for commanders. Additionally, GRd.8 is capable of firing conventional machine gun ammunition or missile rounds.

Variants


Gimstán Robotics GRd.8

The first production version of the GRd.8 series. Modular design that can accommodate a variety of mission roles for civilian and military purposes.

Sub-Variants

  • GRd.8 SW (LMG) - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with remote turret for mounting a Light Machine Gun

  • GRd.8 SW (HMG) - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with a remote turret for mounting a Heavy Machine Gun

  • GRd.8 SW (ATGM) - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with a remote turret for mounting an Anti-Tank Missile Launcher

  • GRd.8 SW (AC30) - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with remote turret for mounting a 30mm Autocannon

  • GRd.8 SW (AGL40) - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with remote turret for mounting a 40mm Grenade Launcher

  • GRd.8 LG - Military spec. Logistic UGV; fitted with flatbed and cage to carry equipment for a heavily armed squad or platoon of infantry

  • GRd.8 MC - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with flatbed, cage and protect ammo-rack for infantry mortar system

  • GRd.8 LMG - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with a remote turret for mounting a Light Machine Gun

  • GRd.8 CASEVAC - Military spec. Logistic UGV; fitted with flatbed and stretcher racks for medical equipment and up to two wounded personnel

  • GRd.8 ISR - Military spec. Reconnaissance UGV; fitted with a case, charging and monitoring station for use of a nation-specific surveillance drone

  • GRd.8 MUGV / GRd.9 - Commercial spec. Multi-purpose UGV; flatbed and a modular case for a variety of civilian applications including the fire-fighting, search and rescue, forestry, building and energy sectors

Liveries


Gimstán Robotics GRd.12


Field trial models of the GRd.12 RCV (AC30-AT)

Country of Origin

Alteran Republics

Manufacturer

Gimstán Robotics

Role

Tracked Multirole UGV

Control

Semi-Autonomous
Remote Control

Status

Field Trials

Length

6.0 m

Height

2.2 m

Width

2.9

Endurance

~120/150 hrs

Payload

HMG, ATGM,
25/30/50mm Autocannon,
105mm Autoloading Gun

The Gimstán Robotics GRd.12 Remote Combat Vehicles are a recent development from Gimstán Robotics, intended to support and in some cases - replace - manned mechanized units. The GRd.12 considerably raises troop survivability and lowers lethality risks by increasing standoff distance from enemy units, as the GRd.12 can be controlled remotely from a nearby command vehicle - or via satellite over long distances. As the GRd.12 is still in early development, is designed to be easily upgradeable and with low maintenance costs in mind.

With the long-term plan for the Alteran military to reduce it's manpower requirements on the frontline, the GRd.12 was developed to help achieve that goal. The GRd.12 RCV is intended to support mechanized units, by replacing or supplementing manned combat vehicles, or can act as a wingman to main battle tanks - similar to the A.A.D.F.'s "Loyal Wingman" drone project. The vehicle can be outfitted with several 25 mm to 50 mm autocannons or even 105mm rifled main guns.

The GRd.12 provides equal or overmatching firepower and tactical usage compared to traditional Infantry Fighting vehicles. It can be utilized to localize and engage lower range targets and provide flanking support, considerably raising troop survivability and lowers lethality risks by increasing standoff distance to enemy units.

Design Features


The Gimstán Robotics GRd.12 is 6 meters long, 2.9 meters wide and 2.2 meters high, at the top of the turret, and weights 12 tonnes. For comparison purposes, most Infantry Fighting Vehicles are approximately 6.8 meters long, 3.2 meters wide and 2.8 meters high, weighing around 35 to 40 tonnes.

The GD.12 RCV can reach a maximum speed on road of 80 km/h, its series hybrid propulsion system providing a better mobility thanks to higher acceleration, while the inherently reduced fuel consumption provides a range of 600 km.

Operating alongside Infantry Fighting Vehicles, the GRd.12 can accompany the infantry without putting at risk the IFVs, carrying a weapon of the same calibre, as it can be fitted with a turret able to host up to a 50 mm calibre cannon, the lightweight chassis not affecting accuracy up to this calibre even when firing on the move. The Alteran military has been extensively testing the vehicle in its mechanized infantry formations and has begun trials using the vehicle in its "Loyal Wingman - Ground" programme.

Variants


Gimstán Robotics GRd.12

The first production version of the GR.12 series. Modular design that can accommodate a variety of mission roles for civilian and military purposes.

Sub-Variants

  • GR.12 RCV AA - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with remote turret for self-contained radar and anti-air weapons (missiles and/or autocannons)

  • GR.12 RCV ATGM - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with a remote turret for mounting a dedicated Anti-Tank guided missiles

  • GR.12 RCV R105 - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with a remote turret for mounting a dedicated rifled 105mm autoloading gun

  • GR.12 AC25/30/50 - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with a remote turret for mounting a 25/30/50mm Autocannon

  • GR.12 RCV M120 - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with a remote turret for mounting a 120mm motar

  • GR.12 RCV H155 - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with a remote turret for mounting a 155mm howitzer

  • GR.12 RLG - Military spec. Logistic UGV; fitted with flatbed and cage to carry equipment for a heavily armed squad or platoon of mechanized infantry/vehicles

  • GR.12 RaART - Military spec. Radar UGV; fitted with artillery/counter artillery radar

  • GR.12 RaAER - Military spec. Radar UGV; fitted with medium/long range aerial radar

Liveries


Team Umbra "MeNUCA" OC.4


Early CGI of the Maritime variant of MeNUCA, "Nimrod"

Country of Origin

Alteran Republics
Domanania

Manufacturer

Alteran Aerospace
Halitron Defense Industries

Role

Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)

Control

Autonomous (Possible Development)
Semi-Autonomous
Remote Control

Status

Preliminary Trials

Length

13.4 m

Height

2.9 m

Width

23.0 m

Endurance

20 hours

Payload

x4 Hardpoints (Internal)
x6 Hardpoints (External)

Team Umbra "MeNUCA" (Medium Networked Unmanned Combat Aircraft) is an unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) aircraft currently in development by Team Umbra in Altera and Domanania; a collaboration between Alteran Aerospace and Halitron Defense Industries. The programme was the first effort of the Team Umbra, which aimed to join the expertise in aerospace and drone technology provided by both nations and focus them on new generations of drones and aircraft. MeNUCA itself is a development of both the Albatross UCAV from Domanania, and the AAe OC.2 Sparrowhawk.

The aircraft was originally designed to operate independently, operated from a remote station to carry out surveillance and strike missions against targets in hostile territory. However, as this was the role currently carried out by the Albatross, Team Umbra knew they had to take the design further. One of the first and main concerns was the aircraft's range and endurance, as well as networking with other stations and aircraft, and the possibility to develop the aircraft further.

Design Features


The MeNUCA, developed by the Team Umbra team, whose objectives include designing and building Unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) faster by developing better design tools and maturing and leveraging commercial manufacturing processes to reduce build time and cost. The original role of the MeNUCA was to carry out surveillance and strike missions behind enemy lines. However, as the design developed, Team Umbra expanded the scope of its role to included aerial patrol and maritime patrol; dubbed "Arbiter" and "Nimrod" respectively

MeNUCA "Arbiter" was designed to act as a "loyal wingman" that is controlled by a parent aircraft to accomplish tasks such as scouting or absorbing enemy fire if attacked - the concept would be developed further into a high-mobility technology demonstrator: the LiNUCA. In the Arbiter configuration, the aircraft would be capable of patrolling and escorting larger aircraft within friendly skies - freeing up assets for deployment elsewhere. Fitted with radar and a range of sensor and defensive suites, the aircraft wouldn't be capable of dogfighting - would capable of engaging aircraft at range; either automously or remotely controlled.

MeNUCA "Nimrod" was a development of the strike variant; to be operated from large aircraft carriers or land-bases to patrol, detect and (albeit limitedly) engage enemy naval assets. Equipped with a range of sensors, sonar buoys and some strike weapons, the Nimrod would work in tandem with other patrol stations or aircraft to search, detect, monitor and engage both surface and submerged vessels.

Variants


Team Umbra "MeNUCA" OC.4

The first production version of the LiNUCA series. Modular design that can accommodate a variety of mission roles for military purposes.

Sub-Variants

  • MeNUCA OC.4 "Arbiter" - Multi-role UCAV; modular weapons bay and standard equipment for land-based aerial missions

  • MeNUCA OC.4 "Nimrod" - Multi-role UCAV; modular weapons bay and standard equipment for maritime-based aerial missions

Liveries


Link
Blank base model MeNUCA OC.4

[img]-[/img]
Alteran Republics LiNUCA OC.4 "Arbiter"
of the Alteran Air Defence Force

[img]-[/img]
Alteran Republics LiNUCA OC.4 "Nimrod"
of the Alteran Maritime Defence Force

Team Umbra "LiNUCA" OC.5


CGI of the Maritime variant of LiNUCA

Country of Origin

Alteran Republics
Domanania

Manufacturer

Alteran Aerospace
Halitron Defense Industries

Role

Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)

Control

Autonomous (Possible Development)
Semi-Autonomous
Remote Control

Status

Under Development

Length

11.7 m

Height

2.9 m

Width

7.8 m

Range

3,900 km

Payload

x6 Hardpoints (Internal)
x4 Hardpoints (External)

Team Umbra "LiNUCA" (Light Networked Unmanned Combat Aircraft) is an unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) technology demonstrator currently in development by Team Umbra in Altera and Domanania; a collaboration between Alteran Aerospace and Halitron Defense Industries. In April 2019, the aircraft was chosen as a technology demonstrator for the Alteran Air Defence Force's Light Networked Unmanned Combat Aircraft concept which was first conceptualised in 2015 by the Alteran Air Defence Force.

The aircraft is designed to operate alongside manned fighter aircraft, including the Gaelfighter Tempest, P.125 Falcon, P.117 Super Pochard, P.123 Osprey and P.129 Merlin, with a range of weapons and sensors to offer them increased protection, survivability and information. Alteran Aerospace, which is based in Altera, is the aircraft's prime contractor. Full scale flight trials began in late 2020, with field testing and acceptance into service expected to commence in the early 2020s.

Design Features


The LiNUCA, developed by the Team Umbra team, whose objectives include designing and building Unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) faster by developing better design tools and maturing and leveraging commercial manufacturing processes to reduce build time and cost. The role of the LiNUCA is to escort the P.123, P.125 or P.129 during combat missions, and to be able to deploy weapons or surveillance systems.

The LiNUCA was designed to act as a "loyal wingman" that is controlled by a parent aircraft to accomplish tasks such as scouting or absorbing enemy fire if attacked. Equally, the aircraft will also be able to be deployed as part of a swarm of drones, with or without direct pilot control, featuring stealth technology with a trapezoidal fuselage with a chined edge, V-tail, and an S-shaped air intake.

Though initial designed to be semi-autonomous; with some control handed over to their parent aircraft - the long-term plan for the LiNUCA is to give the aircraft full-autonomous functionality. The Loyal Wingman project was conceived to not only amplify the firepower and capability of the armed forces, but also to address the manpower issues that have recently plagued the defence forces.

Variants


Team Umbra "LiNUCA" OC.5

The first production version of the LiNUCA series. Modular design that can accommodate a variety of mission roles for military purposes.

Sub-Variants

  • LiNUCA OC.5 A - Multi-role UCAV; modular weapons bay and standard equipment for land-based aerial missions

  • LiNUCA OC.5 M - Multi-role UCAV; modular weapons bay and standard equipment for maritime-based aerial missions

Liveries


Link
Blank base model LiNUCA OC.5

Link
Alteran Republics LiNUCA OC.5 A
of the Alteran Air Defence Force

Link
Alteran Republics LiNUCA OC.5 M
of the Alteran Maritime Defence Force


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Drone Inventory
An archive of drones used by Alteran forces in the early 21st Century

With tensions escalating between the global powers, many nations have begun to look at different methods
of projecting power. With the Alteran military having a purely voluntary recruitment stance - getting enough manpower has constantly
been an issue for the nation. But as the country moves into the 21st Century, new developments in artificial intelligence, manufacturing
methods and computer miniturization have allowed the nation to look into the use of drones within the military. Whilst still in their
infancy, many of the listed projects below are officially adopted programmes - with some currently fielding drones in limited capacity
or are in a stage of development or early field-testing.

Caelius Dynamics VT-21


Early prototype of a VT-21 in horizontal
flight trials with the Alteran Navy

Country of Origin

Alteran Republics

Manufacturer

Caelius Dynamics

Role

Tilt-rotor Multirole UAV

Control

Semi-Autonomous
Remote Control

Status

In Service

Length

10.7 m

Height

2.9 m

Wingspan

18.5

Range

2,600 km

Payload

Air-to-Air
Air-to-Surface
Electronic Surveillance

During the development of the VT-10 and VT-15 series, Caelius Dynamics began to explore alternative applications for their tilt-rotor technology. As many militaries voiced interest in utilizing more drones - especially nations with limited manpower reserves - Caelius Dynamics sunk significant development costs into a single scaled prototype. Upon viewing the demonstration in 2015, the Alteran Self Defence Force green-lit the project; seeing much potential within its armed forces.

The VT-21 series uses tiltrotors to take off vertically and transition to high-speed forward flight, enabling performance unachievable with just rotorcraft or fixed-wing aircraft. It leverages technologies which Caelius Dynamics previously utilized for the VT-10 and VT-15 for the Future Vertical Lift program, and the VT-18, another smaller unmanned tiltrotor developed in 2008. The aircraft is capable of performing a variety of missions including electronic warfare, persistent fire support, airborne early warning (AEW), and resupply. Caelius Dynamics is particularly interested in the Alteran Maritime Defence Force – Unmanned Expeditionary Capabilities (AMUXC - pronounced "a-mux") concept to perform the tasks of support and attack aircraft while operating from amphibious assault ships to complement and escort the VT-10 and VT-15.

Whilst the A.M.D.F. are beginning to receive units from Caelius Dynamics, the units won't be fully "theatre capable" until early 2021; though the Council for Defense is adamant that ships equipped with VT-21s would "capable of deployment ... within weeks of delivery".

Design Features


The Caelius Dynamics VT-21 requires a two-man aircraft team, giving the aircraft capability to provide 24/7 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) over a given area - with minimal requirements for manpower. Although the aircraft is unmanned, it currently is not capable of complete autonomous control; autonomy is given only to core flight controls and waypoint following. Caelius Dynamics is working with co-developer Kinetic Sciences and Applications for a fully autonomous design, which could operate for remote strikes or work as a drone "wingman" alongside other A.S.D.F. aircraft. Whilst KSA has made some success with smaller scale drones using the "Wingman" concept, the company forecasts it won't be implemented in combat-ready drones until 2023 at the earliest.

The VT-21 is designed to weigh 16,000 lb (7,300 kg) empty and carry 13,000 lb (5,900 kg) of fuel, weapons, and sensors for a maximum gross weight of 29,000 lb (13,000 kg). While the VT-10 and VT-15 use two engines located within the tiltrotor pylons, the VT-21 will have a single-engine housed in the fuselage generating 5,000-6,000 shp (3,670-4,410 kW), about as much as the VT-10's engines. The power from the engine is then translated to the mechanisms within the wing. The design uses tiltrotors to take off vertically and transition to high-speed forward flight, enabling performance unachievable with just rotorcraft or fixed-wing aircraft.

Unlike the VT-10 and VT-15, the VT-21 has a V-shaped tail and one long wing piece mated to the top of the fuselage as well as retractable tricycle landing gear. This design feature came from the post-production design studies of the VT-15 - as engineers toyed with the idea of a different style of tail. To enable size compatibility with most modern naval vessels, the wing and rotors swivel along the fuselage, helping to reduce the aircraft's footprint; two folded up VT-21s can fit inside one Oakoms O.364 transport aircraft.

The aircraft has a cruise speed of 250 knots (290 mph; 460 km/h), a top speed of 300 knots (350 mph; 560 km/h), and a service ceiling of 25,000 ft (7,600 m), with a combat radius of 450 nautical miles (520 mi; 830 km) and time-on-station of 11–15 hours while carrying a 600 lb (270 kg) payload. Combat range is set to 1,400 nmi (1,600 mi; 2,600 km) for 17 hours on internal fuel, and it has the capability for aerial refuelling as well as carrying external fuel tanks. The aircraft can support an internal mission payload of 2,000 lb (910 kg) and can sling-load 9,000 lb (4,100 kg). The VT-21 is equipped with three internal payload bays, a centerline payload, and the capability to house up to two underwing pylons per side for various payloads including additional fuel, radar systems, LiDAR modules, sonobuoys, JAMM/JAMM-ER air-to-air missiles, LAMBS and Black Orchid.

Variants


VT-21

The first production version of the VT-21 series. Modular design that can accommodate a variety of mission roles for civilian and military purposes.

Sub-Variants

  • VT-21 R - Military spec. reconnaissance drone; capable of utilizing a variety of sensors and survellance equipment

  • VT-21 AT - Military spec. attack/support drone; using its internal bays and sling-load points to carry a variety of air-to-ground missile and smart weapon systems

  • VT-21 MR - Maritime spec. attack/recon drone; fitted with anti-ship/submarine radar and weapons

Liveries


Link
Blank base model VT-21

Link
Alteran Republics VT-21 MR
of the Alteran Maritime Defence Force

AAe Sparrow OC.1


Display aircraft of the AAe Sparrow OC.1, armed,
with engine cover removed (for display purposes)

Country of Origin

Alteran Republics

Manufacturer

Alteran Aerospace

Role

Autonomous Multirole UAV

Control

Autonomous
Semi-Autonomous
Remote Control

Status

In Service

Length

5.0 m

Height

1.6 m

Wingspan

12.0 m

Endurance

~20 hours

Payload

Air-to-Air
Air-to-Surface
Electronic Surveillance

The Alteran Aerospace Sparrow is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by the Alteran company AAe. The Sparrow was AAe's first serious attempt at developing an unmanned drone - which saw development begin in early 2002. The Sparrow was developed in Ludlum, Altera. The Sparrow's airframe is based on the motor glider project that was the original creation of several AAe engineers in their spare time - to test and improve large wingspan technology. Its first flight was in December 2004 at the Ludlum test range where much of the test flight programme has been undertaken. Sparrow was also the first UAV to fly in the UK with the flight being certified by the Civil Aviation Authority (Alteran Republics).

The first vehicles were produced in 2005, which had a maximum takeoff weight of 450 kilograms (990 lb) and a payload of about 150 kilograms (330 lb). However, the first production example weighed about 750 kilograms (1,650 lb). The first production models for the Alteran military were delivered in November 2007, with the Alteran Ground Defense Force and Air Defence Force accepting them into service in February of 2008. The endurance of the production variant is up to 20 hours. The drones have seen extensive use in the ongoing campaign in the Central Canal district, used to monitor terrorist activity and - on numerous occasions - carry out airstrikes.

Design Features


The first prototype of Sparrow was jet-powered. It uses the lightweight powerplant to produce the required thrust - the engine being a development produced by Rowlands specifically for the prototype. It had a mass of 350 kilograms (770 lb), which included the engine and basic takeoff configurations. AAe quickly realised that a piston engine-powered Sparrow had better payload and endurance than the original prototype and subsequently discontinued its development.

Powered by a Rowlands piston engine, the second prototype featured a larger, modified composite airframe with higher endurance and payload. When fitted with the dummy surveillance system, the aircraft's top speed was around 125 knots. By 2004, AAe had started pursuing an AR civil certification licence for the Sparrow-OC (Operational Capability) standard of aircraft featuring a completely new airframe and the AAe Systems-supplied Surface Telemetry, Aerial Reconnaissance (STAR) suite. OC status was granted later that year and trials with the Alteran military quickly resumed.

Variants


Sparrow AAe OC.1

The first production version of the OC.1 series. Modular design that can accommodate a variety of mission roles for civilian and military purposes.

Sub-Variants

  • OC.1 R - Military spec. reconnaissance drone; capable of utilizing a variety of sensors and survellance equipment

  • OC.1* R - Military spec. reconnaissance drone; similar to OC.1 R spec, but with an improved engine for greater endurance (+ ~4 hours)

  • OC.1 AT - Military spec. attack/support drone; using its external bays and sling-load points to carry a variety of air-to-ground missile and smart weapon systems

  • OC.1* AT - Military spec. attack/support drone; similar to OC.1 AT spec, but with improved engine for greater endurance (+ ~4 hours)

  • OC.1 MR - Maritime spec. attack/recon drone; fitted with anti-ship/submarine radar and weapons

  • OC.1* MR - Military spec. spec. attack/recon drone; similar to OC.1 MR spec, but with an improved engine for greater endurance (+ ~4 hours)

Liveries


AAe Sparrowhawk OC.2


Display aircraft of the AAe Sparrowhawk OC.2

Country of Origin

Alteran Republics

Manufacturer

Alteran Aerospace

Role

Autonomous Multirole UAV

Control

Autonomous
Semi-Autonomous
Remote Control

Status

In Service

Length

10.1 m

Height

2.5 m

Wingspan

21.8 m

Endurance

~16 hours

Payload

Air-to-Air
Air-to-Surface
Electronic Surveillance

Piggy-backing on the success and design profile of the OC.1 Sparrow, the Sparrowhawk is - essentially - a development of the OC.1 Sparrow. Alteran Aerospace unveiled their "Sparrowhawk" in 2006 solely as a UAV technology demonstrator to evaluate a full-sized unmanned combat vehicle - known specifically under the categorization of "Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle" (UCAV). The UCAV class is similar to the basic UAV/drone in most respects through evolved to the extent that it supports the delivery of precision-guided munitions. These aircraft are generally of larger dimensions with more advanced in-flight systems and greater internal volume for fuel (extending operational ranges) and mission payloads.

However, following the development's unveiling, many national governments and agencies expressed great interest in the design - spurring AAe to develop the aircraft further. A finalised design was unveiled in 2007, named the Sparrowhawk OC.2. Production of the drone began in 2008, with models delivered to the A.A.D.F. in 2009. To date, the Sparrowhawk program has produced multiple aircraft, many of which were delivered to the Alteran Air Defence Force.

Design Features


The Sparrowhawk program is Alteran-led initiative and centred along with the prospect of defining a reusable, long-range, deep-penetrating UAV combat-minded system. As such, the vehicle was specifically designed with high endurance and long-range performance in mind along with a modular payload capability (including support for weapons delivery). As with other growing UAV programs, the Sparrowhawk intends to operate largely autonomously while relying on satellite communications for its self-positioning. User interaction will allow for overrides but the Sparrowhawk will be independent in its navigation, landing and take-off procedures. While headed by AAe Systems, the program also includes major industry players such as Conway and Rowlands. Avionics includes the Conway MX-20 series imaging system and the AAe Systems-supplied Surface Telemetry, Aerial Reconnaissance (STAR) suite.

The external profile of the Sparrowhawk is largely conventional and essentially mimics a manned aircraft through the domed front section houses operational systems instead of a cockpit. The fuselage is well-contoured for aerodynamic efficiency and includes low-set, straight wing appendages. The rear section of the fuselage is tapered and mounts a "T-style" tail unit. The Sparrowhawk is propelled by a pair of Rowlands engines arranged in a "pusher" configuration and seated in individual nacelles along the fuselage spine just ahead of the tail unit. The undercarriage is wheeled traditionally and fully retractable. The wing assemblies are designed to support external munitions across six hardpoints.

The overall length of the Sparrowhawk prototype is 65 feet while the airframe sits empty at 2,200lbs with a listed maximum take-off weight of 19,800lbs. Power is served through 2 x Rowlands turboshaft engines developing 380 horsepower each. Currently, the Sparrowhawk showcases a top speed of 345 miles per hour with a cruise speed in the vicinity of 230 miles per hour and features a mission endurance time of up to 30 hours before requiring resupply.

Variants


Sparrowhawk AAe OC.2

The first production version of the OC.2 series. Modular design that can accommodate a variety of mission roles for civilian and military purposes.

Sub-Variants

  • OC.2 R - Military spec. reconnaissance drone; capable of utilizing a variety of sensors and survellance equipment

  • OC.2* R - Military spec. reconnaissance drone; similar to OC.2 R spec, but with an improved engine for greater endurance (+ ~4 hours)

  • OC.2 AT - Military spec. attack/support drone; using its external bays and sling-load points to carry a variety of air-to-ground missile and smart weapon systems

  • OC.2* AT - Military spec. attack/support drone; similar to OC.2 AT spec, but with improved engine for greater endurance (+ ~4 hours)

  • OC.2 MR - Maritime spec. attack/recon drone; fitted with anti-ship/submarine radar and weapons

  • OC.2* MR - Military spec. spec. attack/recon drone; similar to OC.2 MR spec, but with improved engine for greater endurance (+ ~4 hours)

Liveries


Link
Blank AAe Sparrowhawk OC.2

Link
AAe Sparrowhawk OC.2 of the
Alteran Republics' A.G.D.F.

Gimstán Robotics GRd.8


Field trial models of the GRd.8 SW(HMG)
(foreground) and GRd.8 LG (background)

Country of Origin

Alteran Republics

Manufacturer

Gimstán Robotics

Role

Tracked Multirole UGV

Control

Semi-Autonomous
Remote Control

Status

Field Trials

Length

2.8 m

Height

1.0 m

Width

1.6

Endurance

12/15 hrs

Payload

LMG, HMG, ATGM,
30mm Autocannon,
40mm Grenade Launcher

Operationally proven during several exercises, experiments, and the anti-insurgency mission the Central Canal District – the Gimstán Robotics GRd.8 is a multi-role unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) intended to reduce the number of troops on the battlefield. The GRd.8's modularity enables it to be rapidly configured from having a transport function to being weaponized, performing ordnance disposal, or supporting intelligence operations according to the nature of the mission.

Design Features


Gimstán Robotics GRd.8, unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), is a ground-based armed drone vehicle designed largely for military applications and is built by Gimstán Robotics in Altera. The vehicle is intended to provide support for dismounted troops by serving as a transport platform, remote weapon station, IED detection and disposal unit etc, with the vehicle’s open architecture gives it multi-missions capability.

The main purpose of the transport variant (GRd.8 LG) is to support on-base logistics and provide last mile resupply for fighting units on the front line. It supports infantry units by reducing their physical and cognitive load, increasing stand-off distance, force protection and survivability. The range of Combat UGVs, including the GRd.8 LMG, HMG and AGL40 variants, provide direct fire support for manoeuvre forces acting as a force multiplier. With an integrated self-stabilizing remote-controlled weapon system, they provide high precision over wide areas, day and night, increasing stand-off distance, force protection and survivability. Combat UGVs can be equipped with a light or heavy machine guns, 40 mm grenade launchers, 30mm autocannons and Anti-Tank Missile Systems.

The GRd.8 ISR UGVs have advanced multi-sensor intelligence-gathering capabilities, whose main purpose is to increase situational awareness, provide improved intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance over wide areas and battle damage assessment capability. GRd.8 ISR units are currently being trialled by Alteran Defence Forces and Customs Agencies along the canal in the CCA. The system can effectively enhance the work of dismounted infantry units, border guard and law enforcement agencies to collect and process raw information and decrease the reaction time for commanders. Additionally, GRd.8 is capable of firing conventional machine gun ammunition or missile rounds.

Variants


Gimstán Robotics GRd.8

The first production version of the GRd.8 series. Modular design that can accommodate a variety of mission roles for civilian and military purposes.

Sub-Variants

  • GRd.8 SW (LMG) - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with remote turret for mounting a Light Machine Gun

  • GRd.8 SW (HMG) - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with a remote turret for mounting a Heavy Machine Gun

  • GRd.8 SW (ATGM) - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with a remote turret for mounting an Anti-Tank Missile Launcher

  • GRd.8 SW (AC30) - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with remote turret for mounting a 30mm Autocannon

  • GRd.8 SW (AGL40) - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with remote turret for mounting a 40mm Grenade Launcher

  • GRd.8 LG - Military spec. Logistic UGV; fitted with flatbed and cage to carry equipment for a heavily armed squad or platoon of infantry

  • GRd.8 MC - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with flatbed, cage and protect ammo-rack for infantry mortar system

  • GRd.8 LMG - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with a remote turret for mounting a Light Machine Gun

  • GRd.8 CASEVAC - Military spec. Logistic UGV; fitted with flatbed and stretcher racks for medical equipment and up to two wounded personnel

  • GRd.8 ISR - Military spec. Reconnaissance UGV; fitted with a case, charging and monitoring station for use of a nation-specific surveillance drone

  • GRd.8 MUGV / GRd.9 - Commercial spec. Multi-purpose UGV; flatbed and a modular case for a variety of civilian applications including the fire-fighting, search and rescue, forestry, building and energy sectors

Liveries


Gimstán Robotics GRd.12


Field trial models of the GRd.12 RCV (AC30-AT)

Country of Origin

Alteran Republics

Manufacturer

Gimstán Robotics

Role

Tracked Multirole UGV

Control

Semi-Autonomous
Remote Control

Status

Field Trials

Length

6.0 m

Height

2.2 m

Width

2.9

Endurance

~120/150 hrs

Payload

HMG, ATGM,
25/30/50mm Autocannon,
105mm Autoloading Gun

The Gimstán Robotics GRd.12 Remote Combat Vehicles are a recent development from Gimstán Robotics, intended to support and in some cases - replace - manned mechanized units. The GRd.12 considerably raises troop survivability and lowers lethality risks by increasing standoff distance from enemy units, as the GRd.12 can be controlled remotely from a nearby command vehicle - or via satellite over long distances. As the GRd.12 is still in early development, is designed to be easily upgradeable and with low maintenance costs in mind.

With the long-term plan for the Alteran military to reduce it's manpower requirements on the frontline, the GRd.12 was developed to help achieve that goal. The GRd.12 RCV is intended to support mechanized units, by replacing or supplementing manned combat vehicles, or can act as a wingman to main battle tanks - similar to the A.A.D.F.'s "Loyal Wingman" drone project. The vehicle can be outfitted with several 25 mm to 50 mm autocannons or even 105mm rifled main guns.

The GRd.12 provides equal or overmatching firepower and tactical usage compared to traditional Infantry Fighting vehicles. It can be utilized to localize and engage lower range targets and provide flanking support, considerably raising troop survivability and lowers lethality risks by increasing standoff distance to enemy units.

Design Features


The Gimstán Robotics GRd.12 is 6 meters long, 2.9 meters wide and 2.2 meters high, at the top of the turret, and weights 12 tonnes. For comparison purposes, most Infantry Fighting Vehicles are approximately 6.8 meters long, 3.2 meters wide and 2.8 meters high, weighing around 35 to 40 tonnes.

The GD.12 RCV can reach a maximum speed on road of 80 km/h, its series hybrid propulsion system providing a better mobility thanks to higher acceleration, while the inherently reduced fuel consumption provides a range of 600 km.

Operating alongside Infantry Fighting Vehicles, the GRd.12 can accompany the infantry without putting at risk the IFVs, carrying a weapon of the same calibre, as it can be fitted with a turret able to host up to a 50 mm calibre cannon, the lightweight chassis not affecting accuracy up to this calibre even when firing on the move. The Alteran military has been extensively testing the vehicle in its mechanized infantry formations and has begun trials using the vehicle in its "Loyal Wingman - Ground" programme.

Variants


Gimstán Robotics GRd.12

The first production version of the GR.12 series. Modular design that can accommodate a variety of mission roles for civilian and military purposes.

Sub-Variants

  • GR.12 RCV AA - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with remote turret for self-contained radar and anti-air weapons (missiles and/or autocannons)

  • GR.12 RCV ATGM - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with a remote turret for mounting a dedicated Anti-Tank guided missiles

  • GR.12 RCV R105 - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with a remote turret for mounting a dedicated rifled 105mm autoloading gun

  • GR.12 AC25/30/50 - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with a remote turret for mounting a 25/30/50mm Autocannon

  • GR.12 RCV M120 - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with a remote turret for mounting a 120mm motar

  • GR.12 RCV H155 - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with a remote turret for mounting a 155mm howitzer

  • GR.12 RLG - Military spec. Logistic UGV; fitted with flatbed and cage to carry equipment for a heavily armed squad or platoon of mechanized infantry/vehicles

  • GR.12 RaART - Military spec. Radar UGV; fitted with artillery/counter artillery radar

  • GR.12 RaAER - Military spec. Radar UGV; fitted with medium/long range aerial radar

Liveries


Team Umbra "MeNUCA" OC.4


Early CGI of the Maritime variant of MeNUCA, "Nimrod"

Country of Origin

Alteran Republics
Domanania

Manufacturer

Alteran Aerospace
Halitron Defense Industries

Role

Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)

Control

Autonomous (Possible Development)
Semi-Autonomous
Remote Control

Status

Preliminary Trials

Length

13.4 m

Height

2.9 m

Width

23.0 m

Endurance

20 hours

Payload

x4 Hardpoints (Internal)
x6 Hardpoints (External)

Team Umbra "MeNUCA" (Medium Networked Unmanned Combat Aircraft) is an unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) aircraft currently in development by Team Umbra in Altera and Domanania; a collaboration between Alteran Aerospace and Halitron Defense Industries. The programme was the first effort of the Team Umbra, which aimed to join the expertise in aerospace and drone technology provided by both nations and focus them on new generations of drones and aircraft. MeNUCA itself is a development of both the Albatross UCAV from Domanania, and the AAe OC.2 Sparrowhawk.

The aircraft was originally designed to operate independently, operated from a remote station to carry out surveillance and strike missions against targets in hostile territory. However, as this was the role currently carried out by the Albatross, Team Umbra knew they had to take the design further. One of the first and main concerns was the aircraft's range and endurance, as well as networking with other stations and aircraft, and the possibility to develop the aircraft further.

Design Features


The MeNUCA, developed by the Team Umbra team, whose objectives include designing and building Unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) faster by developing better design tools and maturing and leveraging commercial manufacturing processes to reduce build time and cost. The original role of the MeNUCA was to carry out surveillance and strike missions behind enemy lines. However, as the design developed, Team Umbra expanded the scope of its role to included aerial patrol and maritime patrol; dubbed "Arbiter" and "Nimrod" respectively

MeNUCA "Arbiter" was designed to act as a "loyal wingman" that is controlled by a parent aircraft to accomplish tasks such as scouting or absorbing enemy fire if attacked - the concept would be developed further into a high-mobility technology demonstrator: the LiNUCA. In the Arbiter configuration, the aircraft would be capable of patrolling and escorting larger aircraft within friendly skies - freeing up assets for deployment elsewhere. Fitted with radar and a range of sensor and defensive suites, the aircraft wouldn't be capable of dogfighting - would capable of engaging aircraft at range; either automously or remotely controlled.

MeNUCA "Nimrod" was a development of the strike variant; to be operated from large aircraft carriers or land-bases to patrol, detect and (albeit limitedly) engage enemy naval assets. Equipped with a range of sensors, sonar buoys and some strike weapons, the Nimrod would work in tandem with other patrol stations or aircraft to search, detect, monitor and engage both surface and submerged vessels.

Variants


Team Umbra "MeNUCA" OC.4

The first production version of the LiNUCA series. Modular design that can accommodate a variety of mission roles for military purposes.

Sub-Variants

  • MeNUCA OC.4 "Arbiter" - Multi-role UCAV; modular weapons bay and standard equipment for land-based aerial missions

  • MeNUCA OC.4 "Nimrod" - Multi-role UCAV; modular weapons bay and standard equipment for maritime-based aerial missions

Liveries


Link
Blank base model MeNUCA OC.4

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Alteran Republics LiNUCA OC.4 "Arbiter"
of the Alteran Air Defence Force

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Alteran Republics LiNUCA OC.4 "Nimrod"
of the Alteran Maritime Defence Force

Team Umbra "LiNUCA" OC.5


CGI of the Maritime variant of LiNUCA

Country of Origin

Alteran Republics
Domanania

Manufacturer

Alteran Aerospace
Halitron Defense Industries

Role

Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)

Control

Autonomous (Possible Development)
Semi-Autonomous
Remote Control

Status

Under Development

Length

11.7 m

Height

2.9 m

Width

7.8 m

Range

3,900 km

Payload

x6 Hardpoints (Internal)
x4 Hardpoints (External)

Team Umbra "LiNUCA" (Light Networked Unmanned Combat Aircraft) is an unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) technology demonstrator currently in development by Team Umbra in Altera and Domanania; a collaboration between Alteran Aerospace and Halitron Defense Industries. In April 2019, the aircraft was chosen as a technology demonstrator for the Alteran Air Defence Force's Light Networked Unmanned Combat Aircraft concept which was first conceptualised in 2015 by the Alteran Air Defence Force.

The aircraft is designed to operate alongside manned fighter aircraft, including the Gaelfighter Tempest, P.125 Falcon, P.117 Super Pochard, P.123 Osprey and P.129 Merlin, with a range of weapons and sensors to offer them increased protection, survivability and information. Alteran Aerospace, which is based in Altera, is the aircraft's prime contractor. Full scale flight trials began in late 2020, with field testing and acceptance into service expected to commence in the early 2020s.

Design Features


The LiNUCA, developed by the Team Umbra team, whose objectives include designing and building Unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) faster by developing better design tools and maturing and leveraging commercial manufacturing processes to reduce build time and cost. The role of the LiNUCA is to escort the P.123, P.125 or P.129 during combat missions, and to be able to deploy weapons or surveillance systems.

The LiNUCA was designed to act as a "loyal wingman" that is controlled by a parent aircraft to accomplish tasks such as scouting or absorbing enemy fire if attacked. Equally, the aircraft will also be able to be deployed as part of a swarm of drones, with or without direct pilot control, featuring stealth technology with a trapezoidal fuselage with a chined edge, V-tail, and an S-shaped air intake.

Though initial designed to be semi-autonomous; with some control handed over to their parent aircraft - the long-term plan for the LiNUCA is to give the aircraft full-autonomous functionality. The Loyal Wingman project was conceived to not only amplify the firepower and capability of the armed forces, but also to address the manpower issues that have recently plagued the defence forces.

Variants


Team Umbra "LiNUCA" OC.5

The first production version of the LiNUCA series. Modular design that can accommodate a variety of mission roles for military purposes.

Sub-Variants

  • LiNUCA OC.5 A - Multi-role UCAV; modular weapons bay and standard equipment for land-based aerial missions

  • LiNUCA OC.5 M - Multi-role UCAV; modular weapons bay and standard equipment for maritime-based aerial missions

Liveries


Link
Blank base model LiNUCA OC.5

Link
Alteran Republics LiNUCA OC.5 A
of the Alteran Air Defence Force

Link
Alteran Republics LiNUCA OC.5 M
of the Alteran Maritime Defence Force


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Combat drones are coming ... are you ready?

didn't i agree to co-develop the LiNUCA with you, or was that a different drone program?

Domanania wrote:didn't i agree to co-develop the LiNUCA with you, or was that a different drone program?

Quite possibly, in which case I totally forgot! I can add you to this aircraft and if there's any lore you'd like to add/tweak, just PM/DM me and we can adjust. Again, apologies! D:

Alteran Republics wrote:Quite possibly, in which case I totally forgot! I can add you to this aircraft and if there's any lore you'd like to add/tweak, just PM/DM me and we can adjust. Again, apologies! D:

Though having said that Domanania; Arbiter and Nimrod were going to be the next drone development; similar to the Albatross we operate; but long range.

Alteran Republics wrote:




Drone Inventory
An archive of drones used by Alteran forces in the early 21st Century

With tensions escalating between the global powers, many nations have begun to look at different methods
of projecting power. With the Alteran military having a purely voluntary recruitment stance - getting enough manpower has constantly
been an issue for the nation. But as the country moves into the 21st Century, new developments in artificial intelligence, manufacturing
methods and computer miniturization have allowed the nation to look into the use of drones within the military. Whilst still in their
infancy, many of the listed projects below are officially adopted programmes - with some currently fielding drones in limited capacity
or are in a stage of development or early field-testing.

Caelius Dynamics VT-21


Early prototype of a VT-21 in horizontal
flight trials with the Alteran Navy

Country of Origin

Alteran Republics

Manufacturer

Caelius Dynamics

Role

Tilt-rotor Multirole UAV

Control

Semi-Autonomous
Remote Control

Status

In Service

Length

10.7 m

Height

2.9 m

Wingspan

18.5

Range

2,600 km

Payload

Air-to-Air
Air-to-Surface
Electronic Surveillance

During the development of the VT-10 and VT-15 series, Caelius Dynamics began to explore alternative applications for their tilt-rotor technology. As many militaries voiced interest in utilizing more drones - especially nations with limited manpower reserves - Caelius Dynamics sunk significant development costs into a single scaled prototype. Upon viewing the demonstration in 2015, the Alteran Self Defence Force green-lit the project; seeing much potential within its armed forces.

The VT-21 series uses tiltrotors to take off vertically and transition to high-speed forward flight, enabling performance unachievable with just rotorcraft or fixed-wing aircraft. It leverages technologies which Caelius Dynamics previously utilized for the VT-10 and VT-15 for the Future Vertical Lift program, and the VT-18, another smaller unmanned tiltrotor developed in 2008. The aircraft is capable of performing a variety of missions including electronic warfare, persistent fire support, airborne early warning (AEW), and resupply. Caelius Dynamics is particularly interested in the Alteran Maritime Defence Force – Unmanned Expeditionary Capabilities (AMUXC - pronounced "a-mux") concept to perform the tasks of support and attack aircraft while operating from amphibious assault ships to complement and escort the VT-10 and VT-15.

Whilst the A.M.D.F. are beginning to receive units from Caelius Dynamics, the units won't be fully "theatre capable" until early 2021; though the Council for Defense is adamant that ships equipped with VT-21s would "capable of deployment ... within weeks of delivery".

Design Features


The Caelius Dynamics VT-21 requires a two-man aircraft team, giving the aircraft capability to provide 24/7 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) over a given area - with minimal requirements for manpower. Although the aircraft is unmanned, it currently is not capable of complete autonomous control; autonomy is given only to core flight controls and waypoint following. Caelius Dynamics is working with co-developer Kinetic Sciences and Applications for a fully autonomous design, which could operate for remote strikes or work as a drone "wingman" alongside other A.S.D.F. aircraft. Whilst KSA has made some success with smaller scale drones using the "Wingman" concept, the company forecasts it won't be implemented in combat-ready drones until 2023 at the earliest.

The VT-21 is designed to weigh 16,000 lb (7,300 kg) empty and carry 13,000 lb (5,900 kg) of fuel, weapons, and sensors for a maximum gross weight of 29,000 lb (13,000 kg). While the VT-10 and VT-15 use two engines located within the tiltrotor pylons, the VT-21 will have a single-engine housed in the fuselage generating 5,000-6,000 shp (3,670-4,410 kW), about as much as the VT-10's engines. The power from the engine is then translated to the mechanisms within the wing. The design uses tiltrotors to take off vertically and transition to high-speed forward flight, enabling performance unachievable with just rotorcraft or fixed-wing aircraft.

Unlike the VT-10 and VT-15, the VT-21 has a V-shaped tail and one long wing piece mated to the top of the fuselage as well as retractable tricycle landing gear. This design feature came from the post-production design studies of the VT-15 - as engineers toyed with the idea of a different style of tail. To enable size compatibility with most modern naval vessels, the wing and rotors swivel along the fuselage, helping to reduce the aircraft's footprint; two folded up VT-21s can fit inside one Oakoms O.364 transport aircraft.

The aircraft has a cruise speed of 250 knots (290 mph; 460 km/h), a top speed of 300 knots (350 mph; 560 km/h), and a service ceiling of 25,000 ft (7,600 m), with a combat radius of 450 nautical miles (520 mi; 830 km) and time-on-station of 11–15 hours while carrying a 600 lb (270 kg) payload. Combat range is set to 1,400 nmi (1,600 mi; 2,600 km) for 17 hours on internal fuel, and it has the capability for aerial refuelling as well as carrying external fuel tanks. The aircraft can support an internal mission payload of 2,000 lb (910 kg) and can sling-load 9,000 lb (4,100 kg). The VT-21 is equipped with three internal payload bays, a centerline payload, and the capability to house up to two underwing pylons per side for various payloads including additional fuel, radar systems, LiDAR modules, sonobuoys, JAMM/JAMM-ER air-to-air missiles, LAMBS and Black Orchid.

Variants


VT-21

The first production version of the VT-21 series. Modular design that can accommodate a variety of mission roles for civilian and military purposes.

Sub-Variants

  • VT-21 R - Military spec. reconnaissance drone; capable of utilizing a variety of sensors and survellance equipment

  • VT-21 AT - Military spec. attack/support drone; using its internal bays and sling-load points to carry a variety of air-to-ground missile and smart weapon systems

  • VT-21 MR - Maritime spec. attack/recon drone; fitted with anti-ship/submarine radar and weapons

Liveries


Link
Blank base model VT-21

Link
Alteran Republics VT-21 MR
of the Alteran Maritime Defence Force

AAe Sparrow OC.1


Display aircraft of the AAe Sparrow OC.1, armed,
with engine cover removed (for display purposes)

Country of Origin

Alteran Republics

Manufacturer

Alteran Aerospace

Role

Autonomous Multirole UAV

Control

Autonomous
Semi-Autonomous
Remote Control

Status

In Service

Length

5.0 m

Height

1.6 m

Wingspan

12.0 m

Endurance

~20 hours

Payload

Air-to-Air
Air-to-Surface
Electronic Surveillance

The Alteran Aerospace Sparrow is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by the Alteran company AAe. The Sparrow was AAe's first serious attempt at developing an unmanned drone - which saw development begin in early 2002. The Sparrow was developed in Ludlum, Altera. The Sparrow's airframe is based on the motor glider project that was the original creation of several AAe engineers in their spare time - to test and improve large wingspan technology. Its first flight was in December 2004 at the Ludlum test range where much of the test flight programme has been undertaken. Sparrow was also the first UAV to fly in the UK with the flight being certified by the Civil Aviation Authority (Alteran Republics).

The first vehicles were produced in 2005, which had a maximum takeoff weight of 450 kilograms (990 lb) and a payload of about 150 kilograms (330 lb). However, the first production example weighed about 750 kilograms (1,650 lb). The first production models for the Alteran military were delivered in November 2007, with the Alteran Ground Defense Force and Air Defence Force accepting them into service in February of 2008. The endurance of the production variant is up to 20 hours. The drones have seen extensive use in the ongoing campaign in the Central Canal district, used to monitor terrorist activity and - on numerous occasions - carry out airstrikes.

Design Features


The first prototype of Sparrow was jet-powered. It uses the lightweight powerplant to produce the required thrust - the engine being a development produced by Rowlands specifically for the prototype. It had a mass of 350 kilograms (770 lb), which included the engine and basic takeoff configurations. AAe quickly realised that a piston engine-powered Sparrow had better payload and endurance than the original prototype and subsequently discontinued its development.

Powered by a Rowlands piston engine, the second prototype featured a larger, modified composite airframe with higher endurance and payload. When fitted with the dummy surveillance system, the aircraft's top speed was around 125 knots. By 2004, AAe had started pursuing an AR civil certification licence for the Sparrow-OC (Operational Capability) standard of aircraft featuring a completely new airframe and the AAe Systems-supplied Surface Telemetry, Aerial Reconnaissance (STAR) suite. OC status was granted later that year and trials with the Alteran military quickly resumed.

Variants


Sparrow AAe OC.1

The first production version of the OC.1 series. Modular design that can accommodate a variety of mission roles for civilian and military purposes.

Sub-Variants

  • OC.1 R - Military spec. reconnaissance drone; capable of utilizing a variety of sensors and survellance equipment

  • OC.1* R - Military spec. reconnaissance drone; similar to OC.1 R spec, but with an improved engine for greater endurance (+ ~4 hours)

  • OC.1 AT - Military spec. attack/support drone; using its external bays and sling-load points to carry a variety of air-to-ground missile and smart weapon systems

  • OC.1* AT - Military spec. attack/support drone; similar to OC.1 AT spec, but with improved engine for greater endurance (+ ~4 hours)

  • OC.1 MR - Maritime spec. attack/recon drone; fitted with anti-ship/submarine radar and weapons

  • OC.1* MR - Military spec. spec. attack/recon drone; similar to OC.1 MR spec, but with an improved engine for greater endurance (+ ~4 hours)

Liveries


AAe Sparrowhawk OC.2


Display aircraft of the AAe Sparrowhawk OC.2

Country of Origin

Alteran Republics

Manufacturer

Alteran Aerospace

Role

Autonomous Multirole UAV

Control

Autonomous
Semi-Autonomous
Remote Control

Status

In Service

Length

10.1 m

Height

2.5 m

Wingspan

21.8 m

Endurance

~16 hours

Payload

Air-to-Air
Air-to-Surface
Electronic Surveillance

Piggy-backing on the success and design profile of the OC.1 Sparrow, the Sparrowhawk is - essentially - a development of the OC.1 Sparrow. Alteran Aerospace unveiled their "Sparrowhawk" in 2006 solely as a UAV technology demonstrator to evaluate a full-sized unmanned combat vehicle - known specifically under the categorization of "Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle" (UCAV). The UCAV class is similar to the basic UAV/drone in most respects through evolved to the extent that it supports the delivery of precision-guided munitions. These aircraft are generally of larger dimensions with more advanced in-flight systems and greater internal volume for fuel (extending operational ranges) and mission payloads.

However, following the development's unveiling, many national governments and agencies expressed great interest in the design - spurring AAe to develop the aircraft further. A finalised design was unveiled in 2007, named the Sparrowhawk OC.2. Production of the drone began in 2008, with models delivered to the A.A.D.F. in 2009. To date, the Sparrowhawk program has produced multiple aircraft, many of which were delivered to the Alteran Air Defence Force.

Design Features


The Sparrowhawk program is Alteran-led initiative and centred along with the prospect of defining a reusable, long-range, deep-penetrating UAV combat-minded system. As such, the vehicle was specifically designed with high endurance and long-range performance in mind along with a modular payload capability (including support for weapons delivery). As with other growing UAV programs, the Sparrowhawk intends to operate largely autonomously while relying on satellite communications for its self-positioning. User interaction will allow for overrides but the Sparrowhawk will be independent in its navigation, landing and take-off procedures. While headed by AAe Systems, the program also includes major industry players such as Conway and Rowlands. Avionics includes the Conway MX-20 series imaging system and the AAe Systems-supplied Surface Telemetry, Aerial Reconnaissance (STAR) suite.

The external profile of the Sparrowhawk is largely conventional and essentially mimics a manned aircraft through the domed front section houses operational systems instead of a cockpit. The fuselage is well-contoured for aerodynamic efficiency and includes low-set, straight wing appendages. The rear section of the fuselage is tapered and mounts a "T-style" tail unit. The Sparrowhawk is propelled by a pair of Rowlands engines arranged in a "pusher" configuration and seated in individual nacelles along the fuselage spine just ahead of the tail unit. The undercarriage is wheeled traditionally and fully retractable. The wing assemblies are designed to support external munitions across six hardpoints.

The overall length of the Sparrowhawk prototype is 65 feet while the airframe sits empty at 2,200lbs with a listed maximum take-off weight of 19,800lbs. Power is served through 2 x Rowlands turboshaft engines developing 380 horsepower each. Currently, the Sparrowhawk showcases a top speed of 345 miles per hour with a cruise speed in the vicinity of 230 miles per hour and features a mission endurance time of up to 30 hours before requiring resupply.

Variants


Sparrowhawk AAe OC.2

The first production version of the OC.2 series. Modular design that can accommodate a variety of mission roles for civilian and military purposes.

Sub-Variants

  • OC.2 R - Military spec. reconnaissance drone; capable of utilizing a variety of sensors and survellance equipment

  • OC.2* R - Military spec. reconnaissance drone; similar to OC.2 R spec, but with an improved engine for greater endurance (+ ~4 hours)

  • OC.2 AT - Military spec. attack/support drone; using its external bays and sling-load points to carry a variety of air-to-ground missile and smart weapon systems

  • OC.2* AT - Military spec. attack/support drone; similar to OC.2 AT spec, but with improved engine for greater endurance (+ ~4 hours)

  • OC.2 MR - Maritime spec. attack/recon drone; fitted with anti-ship/submarine radar and weapons

  • OC.2* MR - Military spec. spec. attack/recon drone; similar to OC.2 MR spec, but with improved engine for greater endurance (+ ~4 hours)

Liveries


Link
Blank AAe Sparrowhawk OC.2

Link
AAe Sparrowhawk OC.2 of the
Alteran Republics' A.G.D.F.

Gimstán Robotics GRd.8


Field trial models of the GRd.8 SW(HMG)
(foreground) and GRd.8 LG (background)

Country of Origin

Alteran Republics

Manufacturer

Gimstán Robotics

Role

Tracked Multirole UGV

Control

Semi-Autonomous
Remote Control

Status

Field Trials

Length

2.8 m

Height

1.0 m

Width

1.6

Endurance

12/15 hrs

Payload

LMG, HMG, ATGM,
30mm Autocannon,
40mm Grenade Launcher

Operationally proven during several exercises, experiments, and the anti-insurgency mission the Central Canal District – the Gimstán Robotics GRd.8 is a multi-role unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) intended to reduce the number of troops on the battlefield. The GRd.8's modularity enables it to be rapidly configured from having a transport function to being weaponized, performing ordnance disposal, or supporting intelligence operations according to the nature of the mission.

Design Features


Gimstán Robotics GRd.8, unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), is a ground-based armed drone vehicle designed largely for military applications and is built by Gimstán Robotics in Altera. The vehicle is intended to provide support for dismounted troops by serving as a transport platform, remote weapon station, IED detection and disposal unit etc, with the vehicle’s open architecture gives it multi-missions capability.

The main purpose of the transport variant (GRd.8 LG) is to support on-base logistics and provide last mile resupply for fighting units on the front line. It supports infantry units by reducing their physical and cognitive load, increasing stand-off distance, force protection and survivability. The range of Combat UGVs, including the GRd.8 LMG, HMG and AGL40 variants, provide direct fire support for manoeuvre forces acting as a force multiplier. With an integrated self-stabilizing remote-controlled weapon system, they provide high precision over wide areas, day and night, increasing stand-off distance, force protection and survivability. Combat UGVs can be equipped with a light or heavy machine guns, 40 mm grenade launchers, 30mm autocannons and Anti-Tank Missile Systems.

The GRd.8 ISR UGVs have advanced multi-sensor intelligence-gathering capabilities, whose main purpose is to increase situational awareness, provide improved intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance over wide areas and battle damage assessment capability. GRd.8 ISR units are currently being trialled by Alteran Defence Forces and Customs Agencies along the canal in the CCA. The system can effectively enhance the work of dismounted infantry units, border guard and law enforcement agencies to collect and process raw information and decrease the reaction time for commanders. Additionally, GRd.8 is capable of firing conventional machine gun ammunition or missile rounds.

Variants


Gimstán Robotics GRd.8

The first production version of the GRd.8 series. Modular design that can accommodate a variety of mission roles for civilian and military purposes.

Sub-Variants

  • GRd.8 SW (LMG) - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with remote turret for mounting a Light Machine Gun

  • GRd.8 SW (HMG) - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with a remote turret for mounting a Heavy Machine Gun

  • GRd.8 SW (ATGM) - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with a remote turret for mounting an Anti-Tank Missile Launcher

  • GRd.8 SW (AC30) - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with remote turret for mounting a 30mm Autocannon

  • GRd.8 SW (AGL40) - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with remote turret for mounting a 40mm Grenade Launcher

  • GRd.8 LG - Military spec. Logistic UGV; fitted with flatbed and cage to carry equipment for a heavily armed squad or platoon of infantry

  • GRd.8 MC - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with flatbed, cage and protect ammo-rack for infantry mortar system

  • GRd.8 LMG - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with a remote turret for mounting a Light Machine Gun

  • GRd.8 CASEVAC - Military spec. Logistic UGV; fitted with flatbed and stretcher racks for medical equipment and up to two wounded personnel

  • GRd.8 ISR - Military spec. Reconnaissance UGV; fitted with a case, charging and monitoring station for use of a nation-specific surveillance drone

  • GRd.8 MUGV / GRd.9 - Commercial spec. Multi-purpose UGV; flatbed and a modular case for a variety of civilian applications including the fire-fighting, search and rescue, forestry, building and energy sectors

Liveries


Gimstán Robotics GRd.12


Field trial models of the GRd.12 RCV (AC30-AT)

Country of Origin

Alteran Republics

Manufacturer

Gimstán Robotics

Role

Tracked Multirole UGV

Control

Semi-Autonomous
Remote Control

Status

Field Trials

Length

6.0 m

Height

2.2 m

Width

2.9

Endurance

~120/150 hrs

Payload

HMG, ATGM,
25/30/50mm Autocannon,
105mm Autoloading Gun

The Gimstán Robotics GRd.12 Remote Combat Vehicles are a recent development from Gimstán Robotics, intended to support and in some cases - replace - manned mechanized units. The GRd.12 considerably raises troop survivability and lowers lethality risks by increasing standoff distance from enemy units, as the GRd.12 can be controlled remotely from a nearby command vehicle - or via satellite over long distances. As the GRd.12 is still in early development, is designed to be easily upgradeable and with low maintenance costs in mind.

With the long-term plan for the Alteran military to reduce it's manpower requirements on the frontline, the GRd.12 was developed to help achieve that goal. The GRd.12 RCV is intended to support mechanized units, by replacing or supplementing manned combat vehicles, or can act as a wingman to main battle tanks - similar to the A.A.D.F.'s "Loyal Wingman" drone project. The vehicle can be outfitted with several 25 mm to 50 mm autocannons or even 105mm rifled main guns.

The GRd.12 provides equal or overmatching firepower and tactical usage compared to traditional Infantry Fighting vehicles. It can be utilized to localize and engage lower range targets and provide flanking support, considerably raising troop survivability and lowers lethality risks by increasing standoff distance to enemy units.

Design Features


The Gimstán Robotics GRd.12 is 6 meters long, 2.9 meters wide and 2.2 meters high, at the top of the turret, and weights 12 tonnes. For comparison purposes, most Infantry Fighting Vehicles are approximately 6.8 meters long, 3.2 meters wide and 2.8 meters high, weighing around 35 to 40 tonnes.

The GD.12 RCV can reach a maximum speed on road of 80 km/h, its series hybrid propulsion system providing a better mobility thanks to higher acceleration, while the inherently reduced fuel consumption provides a range of 600 km.

Operating alongside Infantry Fighting Vehicles, the GRd.12 can accompany the infantry without putting at risk the IFVs, carrying a weapon of the same calibre, as it can be fitted with a turret able to host up to a 50 mm calibre cannon, the lightweight chassis not affecting accuracy up to this calibre even when firing on the move. The Alteran military has been extensively testing the vehicle in its mechanized infantry formations and has begun trials using the vehicle in its "Loyal Wingman - Ground" programme.

Variants


Gimstán Robotics GRd.12

The first production version of the GR.12 series. Modular design that can accommodate a variety of mission roles for civilian and military purposes.

Sub-Variants

  • GR.12 RCV AA - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with remote turret for self-contained radar and anti-air weapons (missiles and/or autocannons)

  • GR.12 RCV ATGM - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with a remote turret for mounting a dedicated Anti-Tank guided missiles

  • GR.12 RCV R105 - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with a remote turret for mounting a dedicated rifled 105mm autoloading gun

  • GR.12 AC25/30/50 - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with a remote turret for mounting a 25/30/50mm Autocannon

  • GR.12 RCV M120 - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with a remote turret for mounting a 120mm motar

  • GR.12 RCV H155 - Military spec. Combat UGV; fitted with a remote turret for mounting a 155mm howitzer

  • GR.12 RLG - Military spec. Logistic UGV; fitted with flatbed and cage to carry equipment for a heavily armed squad or platoon of mechanized infantry/vehicles

  • GR.12 RaART - Military spec. Radar UGV; fitted with artillery/counter artillery radar

  • GR.12 RaAER - Military spec. Radar UGV; fitted with medium/long range aerial radar

Liveries


Team Umbra "MeNUCA" OC.4


Early CGI of the Maritime variant of MeNUCA, "Nimrod"

Country of Origin

Alteran Republics
Domanania

Manufacturer

Alteran Aerospace
Halitron Defense Industries

Role

Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)

Control

Autonomous (Possible Development)
Semi-Autonomous
Remote Control

Status

Preliminary Trials

Length

13.4 m

Height

2.9 m

Width

23.0 m

Endurance

20 hours

Payload

x4 Hardpoints (Internal)
x6 Hardpoints (External)

Team Umbra "MeNUCA" (Medium Networked Unmanned Combat Aircraft) is an unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) aircraft currently in development by Team Umbra in Altera and Domanania; a collaboration between Alteran Aerospace and Halitron Defense Industries. The programme was the first effort of the Team Umbra, which aimed to join the expertise in aerospace and drone technology provided by both nations and focus them on new generations of drones and aircraft. MeNUCA itself is a development of both the Albatross UCAV from Domanania, and the AAe OC.2 Sparrowhawk.

The aircraft was originally designed to operate independently, operated from a remote station to carry out surveillance and strike missions against targets in hostile territory. However, as this was the role currently carried out by the Albatross, Team Umbra knew they had to take the design further. One of the first and main concerns was the aircraft's range and endurance, as well as networking with other stations and aircraft, and the possibility to develop the aircraft further.

Design Features


The MeNUCA, developed by the Team Umbra team, whose objectives include designing and building Unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) faster by developing better design tools and maturing and leveraging commercial manufacturing processes to reduce build time and cost. The original role of the MeNUCA was to carry out surveillance and strike missions behind enemy lines. However, as the design developed, Team Umbra expanded the scope of its role to included aerial patrol and maritime patrol; dubbed "Arbiter" and "Nimrod" respectively

MeNUCA "Arbiter" was designed to act as a "loyal wingman" that is controlled by a parent aircraft to accomplish tasks such as scouting or absorbing enemy fire if attacked - the concept would be developed further into a high-mobility technology demonstrator: the LiNUCA. In the Arbiter configuration, the aircraft would be capable of patrolling and escorting larger aircraft within friendly skies - freeing up assets for deployment elsewhere. Fitted with radar and a range of sensor and defensive suites, the aircraft wouldn't be capable of dogfighting - would capable of engaging aircraft at range; either automously or remotely controlled.

MeNUCA "Nimrod" was a development of the strike variant; to be operated from large aircraft carriers or land-bases to patrol, detect and (albeit limitedly) engage enemy naval assets. Equipped with a range of sensors, sonar buoys and some strike weapons, the Nimrod would work in tandem with other patrol stations or aircraft to search, detect, monitor and engage both surface and submerged vessels.

Variants


Team Umbra "MeNUCA" OC.4

The first production version of the LiNUCA series. Modular design that can accommodate a variety of mission roles for military purposes.

Sub-Variants

  • MeNUCA OC.4 "Arbiter" - Multi-role UCAV; modular weapons bay and standard equipment for land-based aerial missions

  • MeNUCA OC.4 "Nimrod" - Multi-role UCAV; modular weapons bay and standard equipment for maritime-based aerial missions

Liveries


Link
Blank base model MeNUCA OC.4

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Alteran Republics LiNUCA OC.4 "Arbiter"
of the Alteran Air Defence Force

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Alteran Republics LiNUCA OC.4 "Nimrod"
of the Alteran Maritime Defence Force

Team Umbra "LiNUCA" OC.5


CGI of the Maritime variant of LiNUCA

Country of Origin

Alteran Republics
Domanania

Manufacturer

Alteran Aerospace
Halitron Defense Industries

Role

Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)

Control

Autonomous (Possible Development)
Semi-Autonomous
Remote Control

Status

Under Development

Length

11.7 m

Height

2.9 m

Width

7.8 m

Range

3,900 km

Payload

x6 Hardpoints (Internal)
x4 Hardpoints (External)

Team Umbra "LiNUCA" (Light Networked Unmanned Combat Aircraft) is an unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) technology demonstrator currently in development by Team Umbra in Altera and Domanania; a collaboration between Alteran Aerospace and Halitron Defense Industries. In April 2019, the aircraft was chosen as a technology demonstrator for the Alteran Air Defence Force's Light Networked Unmanned Combat Aircraft concept which was first conceptualised in 2015 by the Alteran Air Defence Force.

The aircraft is designed to operate alongside manned fighter aircraft, including the Gaelfighter Tempest, P.125 Falcon, P.117 Super Pochard, P.123 Osprey and P.129 Merlin, with a range of weapons and sensors to offer them increased protection, survivability and information. Alteran Aerospace, which is based in Altera, is the aircraft's prime contractor. Full scale flight trials began in late 2020, with field testing and acceptance into service expected to commence in the early 2020s.

Design Features


The LiNUCA, developed by the Team Umbra team, whose objectives include designing and building Unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) faster by developing better design tools and maturing and leveraging commercial manufacturing processes to reduce build time and cost. The role of the LiNUCA is to escort the P.123, P.125 or P.129 during combat missions, and to be able to deploy weapons or surveillance systems.

The LiNUCA was designed to act as a "loyal wingman" that is controlled by a parent aircraft to accomplish tasks such as scouting or absorbing enemy fire if attacked. Equally, the aircraft will also be able to be deployed as part of a swarm of drones, with or without direct pilot control, featuring stealth technology with a trapezoidal fuselage with a chined edge, V-tail, and an S-shaped air intake.

Though initial designed to be semi-autonomous; with some control handed over to their parent aircraft - the long-term plan for the LiNUCA is to give the aircraft full-autonomous functionality. The Loyal Wingman project was conceived to not only amplify the firepower and capability of the armed forces, but also to address the manpower issues that have recently plagued the defence forces.

Variants


Team Umbra "LiNUCA" OC.5

The first production version of the LiNUCA series. Modular design that can accommodate a variety of mission roles for military purposes.

Sub-Variants

  • LiNUCA OC.5 A - Multi-role UCAV; modular weapons bay and standard equipment for land-based aerial missions

  • LiNUCA OC.5 M - Multi-role UCAV; modular weapons bay and standard equipment for maritime-based aerial missions

Liveries


Link
Blank base model LiNUCA OC.5

Link
Alteran Republics LiNUCA OC.5 A
of the Alteran Air Defence Force

Link
Alteran Republics LiNUCA OC.5 M
of the Alteran Maritime Defence Force


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Combat drones are coming ... are you ready?

This feels a bit way too quick. Like you seem to be ahead of the US and Russia and stuff with all this

Aizcona wrote:This feels a bit way too quick. Like you seem to be ahead of the US and Russia and stuff with all this

No deployment, still in development. The dates are actually behind where the US firms are, but we're slightly ahead of the British.

Alteran Republics wrote:No deployment, still in development. The dates are actually behind where the US firms are, but we're slightly ahead of the British.

Ah alright, that’s a lot of R&D money. But it’s cool stuff

Dormill and Stiura wrote:Welcome to TWI, friend!

Make yourself at home and read up on the welcome dispatch to orient yourself. Feel free to ask any of us for tips if you want to as well.

Yes sir. Thank you.

Aizcona wrote:Ah alright, that’s a lot of R&D money. But it’s cool stuff

Altera is hardly foreign to ridiculously expensive in-development projects

Ainslie wrote:Altera is hardly foreign to ridiculously expensive in-development projects

Case in point the freaking triple shuttle thing.

I actually might have a minecraft problem

Did I really miss a superficial popularity contest? For shame.

Dormill and Stiura wrote:Case in point the freaking triple shuttle thing.

Which actually isn't as expensive as you think it is ...
In fact I selected it BECAUSE it was projected to be cheaper than the Apollo missions. But we won't get into that ...

Ainslie wrote:Altera is hardly foreign to ridiculously expensive in-development projects

Got to spend to stay ahead!

Corindia wrote:I actually might have a minecraft problem

No such thing

Alteran Republics wrote:Which actually isn't as expensive as you think it is ...
In fact I selected it BECAUSE it was projected to be cheaper than the Apollo missions. But we won't get into that ...

yeah but the Apollo missions worked and were real is the thing, you gotta assume some ludicrous cost overruns for anything that wasn't implemented

Corindia wrote:I actually might have a minecraft problem

Only problem is too little Minecraft

Corindia wrote:yeah but the Apollo missions worked and were real is the thing, you gotta assume some ludicrous cost overruns for anything that wasn't implemented

u jst jelly

Ainslie wrote:Altera is hardly foreign to ridiculously expensive in-development projects

The plan has, and always will be, to go multinational with these sorts of projects. The trouble is between a mixture of me not asking as often as I used to, and not many people coming forward, the projects sit quietly on the "Made in Altera" counter.

Well looks like I’ll have plenty of game time, tore the meniscus in my right knee.

Alteran Republics wrote:The plan has, and always will be, to go multinational with these sorts of projects. The trouble is between a mixture of me not asking as often as I used to, and not many people coming forward, the projects sit quietly on the "Made in Altera" counter.

Yeah I have a ton of multinational in name only projects that have reverted to being just mine due to CTEs, it's a pain to deal with tbh.

Wellsia wrote:Well looks like I’ll have plenty of game time, tore the meniscus in my right knee.

That sucks man, heal up quick

Alteran Republics wrote:The plan has, and always will be, to go multinational with these sorts of projects. The trouble is between a mixture of me not asking as often as I used to, and not many people coming forward, the projects sit quietly on the "Made in Altera" counter.

Corindia wrote:Yeah I have a ton of multinational in name only projects that have reverted to being just mine due to CTEs, it's a pain to deal with tbh.

Dial me up and I'll see what D&S can provide for multinational projects.

Corindia wrote:Yeah I have a ton of multinational in name only projects that have reverted to being just mine due to CTEs, it's a pain to deal with tbh.

feel free to come to me. We promise not to steal all the designs :)

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