"He who stands, lives, and he who sleeps, dies."
And he who flies kicks butt.
I apologize in advance for blurry photos.
About this creation
In 2033, as tensions arose around the world, New Zealand found itself surrounded by hostiles. PLAN ships controlled the Pacific, and the small navy NZ possessed could not counter them. Therefore, the NZ high command once again turned to Pacific Aerospace to design a shipborne helicopter that could take out entire ships with a single pass. This was coupled with a NZA development project for a heavy attack and reconnaissance chopper. Thus, the best of both worlds were combined to bring you... the Maori.
Crew: 2 (pilot, and gunner)
Length: 20.51 m
Rotor diameter: 15.6 m
Height: 5 m
Empty weight: 6,500 kg
Loaded weight: 9,000 kg
Max. takeoff weight: 11,433 kg
Powerplant: 2 × General Electric T700-GE-701D producing around 3500 bhp.
Fuselage length: 12.06 m
Rotor systems: 5 blade main rotor, 3 blade tail rotor
Never exceed speed: 375 km/h
Maximum speed: 398 km/h
Cruise speed: 325 km/h
Range: 500 km
Combat radius: 510 km
Ferry range: 2000 km
Service ceiling: 6,400 m
Rate of climb: 13.7 m/s
Guns: 1× 25 × 137 mm M242 Bushmaster Chain Gun with 1,150 rounds
Hardpoints: Three pylon stations on the stub wings..
Rockets: 70 mm air-to-ground rockets (guided and unguided)
Missiles: Typically 8 dual-mode ATGM.
Avionics: RONNOC Industries AN/APG-33 Deathbow fire-control radar, ALIEN sensor, MAD systems, rear sonar system.
Here we have the rear 3/4 view, showing the tail rotor and the sonar attachment, along with the exhaust vents and rear landing gear.
The Maori on deck, about to take off. Rotors are on.
The advanced ALIEN pod (Advanced Location, Infrared Electro-magnetic, Navigation) This targets heat and electromagnetic signatures and sends the data straight to the crew. This is good for the gunner as it helps target fast-moving on-foot enemies.
And here's the heavenly mailman: the 25mm NZBushmaster cannon. A modified version of the original Bushmaster , this cannon packs quite a punch at 500rpm. Seeing as the chopper only carries 1150 rounds of ammunition on board, this rate is not used often.
Just a quick shot of the interior. The pilot sits above and behind the gunner, and all his systems connect to the windscreen, including weapons systems. The gunner, along with his advanced sights, controls only the NZBushmaster.
Here we have the rear rotor detail (not my greatest work). However, connected to the rotor is the chopper's advanced sonar system for tracing the path of submarines. It can penetrate 60 m underwater, and in tests for detecting land mines, 9m of earth.
Here's the shot everyone's been looking forward to. From right to centre, we have the Mk. 33 torpedo, capable of tracking submarines over wide areas, a 70 mm rocket pod carrying a combination of both laser-guided and unguided rockets, so properly jamming it is impossible. Next, we have four dual-mode anti-ground missiles. I say anti-ground because these missiles have a special treat; they can lock onto infrared signals as well as laser ones. Along with a dual armor-peircing and fragmentary warheads, this means it can target groups of hostile soldiers and eliminate them in a similar fashion to a stand-off missile. Deadly rain just got a whole new meaning.
And of course, the NZBushmater in the centre.
A Maori takes off. I had to fold the gear forward, otherwise the stupid thing would keep falling off the glass.
Underside of the helicopter, showing the landing gear and the sneaky crew compartment.
On board a NZ aircraft carrier, an F/A-18F crew chats with their chopper opposites.
An unfortunately blurry shot of the gunner's seat, showing the sighting system.
And for those of you who scoff at my method... IT WAS FRIGGIN' IMPOSSIBLE TO DO IT ANY OTHER WAY, 'KAY?
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