The M61C Artemis SPAA provides theatre wide air defence of the CARA battle group.
About this creation
Next turret variant is the M61C Artemis SPAA. Of the turret variants, this is my favourite. I took influence from the Russian Tunguska SPAA and German Gepard SPAA. Initially it was going to be a symmetrical arrangement of weapons, but then I figured there was no need for two THELs and put both AA guns in one mount. I also wanted the appearance of a big ammunition drum on the rear and a chain of ammo. That worked out pretty well.
I played around with the lighting on this one and I'm not entirely satisfied with the more diffused look. I'm still learning as I go so bear with me.
The forward cylinder on the front is the tracking radar. The shields on either side are from Brickforge.com and form part of the tracking array.
Tactical High Energy Laster (THEL) mounted on the left turret. Larger with longer range than the version seen on the Cerberus.
Left front turret: millimeter-wave radar common to the Ares and Cerberus. Right front: LADAR, aft turret: Long-range tracking radar. Also seen are the smoke grenade launchers above the forward tracking radar and microwave pulse generators on either side of the centre forward tracking radar for self defence.
Duel 60mm anti-aircraft gun. Note the ejection ports on the left and ammo belt. High rate of fire.
The ammo magazine takes up most of the aft turret.
Ammo belt for the AA gun. I used the old-style rubber hose to link the rounds together, the newer plastic hose was too rigid to make this work.
THEL heat sinks.
I debated whether I'd include missile launchers on the Artemis. But, like any arms race, missiles are getting faster and harder to hit with new anti-missile technology. So, twelve surface to air missiles it has.
Wow, just wow.
So let's see, first the Cerberus, then the interior, then artillery, NOW ANTI-AIRCRAFT! I am amazed at the amount of detail you put into your builds. I can't wait to see what you do next!