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AUV-50 Dragon by Afterskies AUV-50 Dragon by Afterskies
AUV-50 Dragon
Attack/Utility VTOL
Assault/Transport Tiltrotor Aircraft
Medium/Heavy Airlift

Length: 74 ft
Wingspan: 74 ft
Height: 24 ft
Armament: (1) 25mm Cannon
(2) Bay (4 hardpoints per bay + 4 Stinger/Hellfire Hardpoints)/(32 Stinger/Hellfire Hardpoints)
(2) Wing-Pylon Hardpoints
Defensive Weaponry: (3) .50 Caliber Chain Guns (Side/Rear Doors)
(1) Undercarriage TROPHY System
Flares, Chaff
Radar Range: (Fore) 150 mi
(Sides) 40 mi
(Rear) 40 mi
Empty Weight: 38,000 lbs
Loaded Weight: 52,000 lbs
Max Takeoff Weight: 89,000 lbs
Powerplant: (2) Rolls Royce VX-560 Engines
(2) General Electric SVX-51 Engines
Max Speed: 420 mph
Range: 1,000 mi
Ceiling: 42,000ft
Crew: 3 (Pilot/Gunner-EW/Crew Chief)
Deployment: 24 Soldiers
Other Notes: 2 Bottom opening Rappel-doors

Designed to replace other utility helicopters, the surprisingly stable Dragon dwarfs most other helicopters, mainly in girth. It can even handle small vehicles in it's bay, provided the seating is removed or folded up. Needless to say, when supporting or transporting troops for ground combat missions, it makes an easy target. This aspect was sighted early on, and to counter RPG and other shoulder-mounted Anti-Air fire, it supports an enhanced TROPHY system, able to counter anything that might fire at it from the sides or below, though the top is still somewhat vulnerable from closer distances.
It maintains enough personal weaponry within it's bays to clear out any SAM or Anti-Air sites on it's initial entry, as well as having it's 25mm chain gun for any enemy personnel that might stand in it's way, which is able to track nearly as fast as the gunner can move his head to target with it.
With the advent of improved digital systems relieving much of the load of the operators, the gunner and crew chief both act as Electronic Warfare specialists as well, able to defend against enemy vehicles and SAMs.

For carrier operations, the AUV-50 Dragon can also maintain a good deal of the carrier's necessary Carrier On-Board Delivery Operators, though it's range is not as extensive as previous aircraft; new models are in the works for the UV-50B, which will cover such needs, as well as Midair Refueling, and an EV-50B, which will cover Midair Refueling and AWACS needs.
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filament16 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I love your level of detail and style... it really fits the story I'm putting together
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Tulmur95 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Nice VTOL.
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acebird1234 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool bird.Wish I had one.
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SplinteredMatt Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student General Artist
One of my favourite tiltrotor designs. Nice work!
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meugen06 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist
Very good design.
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KahunaSniper Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. I'm very impressed with this design. Just a question though. Does the 25-Mike have a 365-degree turnabout rating? I ask because you made it sound like the gun was slaved to the gunner's helmet, but I was thinking it would be more operational capable by giving it a 360 turnabout with mounted standard/thermal cameras. Correct me if I'm wrong or if there would be a technical issue. =)
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Afterskies Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Both; it can be slaved to the pilots helmet, or "disconnected," for a full turn radius.
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KahunaSniper Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Sweet deal! Great work on the design.
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Afterskies Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks you guys. I was so worried about not making it look like the Osprey, as it started looking like it, that I think I instead made it look like a cross between the Halo's Pelican and Hornet...
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XRaiderV1 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
outstanding!
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