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FA-53 Shrike by Afterskies FA-53 Shrike by Afterskies
F/A-53 Shrike
Stealth Fighter/Attack Aircraft, Short Take Off/Landing

Length: 69 ft
Wingspan: 37.8 ft
Height: 14.5 ft
Armament: (1) 20mm Cannon
(1) Bay (8 hardpoints per bay)
(2) Intake Bays (2 hardpoints)
(4) Wing-Pylon Hardpoints
Radar Range: (Fore) 220 mi
(Sides) 70 mi
(Rear) 70 mi
Empty Weight: 30,000 lbs
Loaded Weight: 70,000 lbs
Max Takeoff Weight: 88,000 lbs
Powerplant: (2) General Electric/Rolls Royce F137 (48,000 lbs w/ afterburner)
Max Speed: Mach 2.9
Range: 2,800 mi
Combat Range: 1,200 mi
Max g: 9.6+
Ceiling: 64,000ft

The Shrike was designed to be the leading edge of the new-age cutting-edge fighters. Stealth, vectored thrust, heavy firepower, enhanced communication, and range. The Shrike was designed to give it all without a sweat.
Able to operate as a "swarm," each fighter transmitting it's own data to the others via UHF, such that an entire squadron can operated, albeit with limitations, without an AWACS.

Each fighter is designed to, as well, work in coordination with a UCAV; the Weapon Systems Officer also works to control the UCAV, automation giving him and the pilot more than enough control of their own aircraft.

As for stealth, the F/A-53 utilizes the lessons learned from multitudes of other aircraft. The tail fins disperse the heat plumes from the engines, which is already shielded by the fuselage of the aircraft from the ground to prevent SAMs from getting a fix on the fighter.
Using fly-by-wire, the fighter is most superb at vertically oriented maneuvers, with it's wing's control surfaces being in-line with the engines, as well as being located behind the center of gravity.

EDITS:
1A- Body widening to give the fuselage a more "coke bottle" shape characteristic of supersonic fighters, as well as make the payload and range more reasonable. Description added.
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914four Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Avro Arrow II? :-)
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White-Reaver Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
The "NAVY" got cut off a bit... >_>
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Afterskies Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks for noticing. It for some reason does that whenever saving it as a .png file. Fixed.
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White-Reaver Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
No problem. Nice sleek plane, came out well.
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Yumaboy1814 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
I wish my fighters were that good
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bagera3005 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
nice but its bit thin
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Afterskies Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I intended it to be a bit thin. It's longer than quite a few fighters; actually, I'm going to edit the lengths again, because my original figures I calculated are probably more correct than what I have now.
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