While the Republic of Talo was well equipped to go into a war, they felt that their air forces could use some touching up, to better supplement troops on the ground. Close air support is an important back up to have available for ground forces in any situation. Strictly for these purposes, Talian aircraft manufacturers, Samuel Koenig, went back to the drawing board on the KU-95, to create a "gunship" version. Basically, it's a KU-95 with large sections cut out of the body to place an assortment of deadly cannons and gatling guns. Dubbed the "Super Tempest," a KU-95A can fly around a battlefield and shell the opponent with armor piercing gatling gun fire and high velocity sabot rounds from its interchangeable heavy cannons. Also, to improve the defensive capabilities of the KU-95A, three pulse laser auto turrets have been integrated into the body to shoot down approaching enemy aircraft. While the KU-95A is an extremely effective weapons platform, it is still fairly slow and susceptible to enemy fighters. When the job needs to get done quickly and silently, the air force sends in the Scepter. The GCU-100 Scepter strike UAV is the most advanced close support craft ever devised. It runs on the same thrust vectoring nuclear reactor powered scramjet engines as the Maverick, it also uses the same linear inductive landing gear, similar radar, stealth, and jamming technology, and it's even designed by the same man as the Maverick, but beyond that, things are very, very different. The scepter can wing-load nearly twice that of the Maverick and the same goes for its internal weaponry bays, its Gatling gun is twice as powerful, and its pulse lasers have a much different firing sequence. This is because this fighter was invented for the sole purpose of close air support. Granted, unladen, the Scepter could easily hold its own in a dogfight, but it allows that position to the Maverick, which was made for air to air combat. Even more incredible than this aircrafts atmospherical combat capabilities, it along with the Maverick have the ability to launch and operate in space, similarly to the orbital bombers. It is with these new aircraft that Talo enters the war on much steadier feet.
About this creation
I don't think I need to tell you that that is a LOT of bombs!
The ATG-5 gatling gun and the M777 Howitzer cannon.
Thank you for viewing my friends. I've been very very busy lately as you can see. Doesn't really look like my schedule will be clearing up anymore at the rate this war is progressing. Anyways, If you have any constructive criticism please feel free. Although my creations really have been turning into more of complaint boxes anyways...
These are all outstanding builds! The Tempest is now a truly fearsome plane! Still, it'll require some escort :P But the Scepter, definetly your best aircraft to date, at least IMO. Keep up the great work!