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OAD-2L3 Armed Gunship by Svaros

OAD-2L3 Armed Gunship

Svaros

13 October 2021 at 19:22:27 MDT

The OAD-2L3 aerospace shuttle is the latest effort from Imperial Light and Machine Works (ILMW) to create a small transport capable of surviving most environments capable of fire support. The design entered service is a four-engine design, with two wingtip mounted engines capable of full 180-degree travel for maneuvering. The other two provide both forward thrust additional lifting power when hovering. This makes a fast, easy handling yet maneuverable design.


Armament is provided by an OCP-4T2 24mm revolver cannon capable of 700 rounds per minute from a retractable turret. These fire 24x72mm dual-purpose rounds can make quick work of lightly armored vehicles and infantry. Additional built-in armament is provided by a VLS system that can provide long-range attacks against fortifications and armor. It can be reloaded quickly and in flight thanks to the quick load mechanism. Armor is a composite tub that can resist 24mm rounds in the cockpit and crew compartment. Additional weapons can be mounted to the wings, including a combination of heavy missiles, rockets, gun pods, and air-to-air missiles.


Able to fit a squad of 12 fully loaded marines or a fireteam of four and a light vehicle inside, it offers the Tolesian Commonwealth flexibility that is hard to beat. If unable to carry it inside, the transport can carry up to a TLU-5 family of utility vehicles slung underneath. Further enhancing this ability is the unloading ramp at the rear and two side doors. Additional weaponry may also be mounted in the doors or ramp for fire support.


Unlike fictional dropships, the OAD-2L3 cannot enter or exit the atmosphere on its own. On entry, the dropship needs a special inflatable heat shield and ballute pack that detaches once the craft is out of the danger zone. For the opposite, ILMW explored many exotic options to get the dropship back into space before settling on tried and true solid-fuel rocket boosters. These can power the dropship through a planet's atmosphere, and the shuttle's own engines, which can operate in a vacuum thanks to thrusters and combined cycle operation, take over. It's a simple, elegant if primitive, solution. Once spent, the boosters are ejected, and they can be recovered or scuttled depending on the situation.


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Done by the ever wonderful hard_lighter. Thanks again!


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