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Wereling

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Boeing Jump Bomber "Interdictor"
« on: 14 November 2021, 10:42:53 »
Boeing Jump Bomber Interdictor

Mass: 20 tons
Frame: Unknown
Power Plant: 180 Fusion
Cruising Speed: 97.2 kph
Maximum Speed: 151.2 kph
Armor: Vehicular Stealth
Armament:
Manufacturer: Federated Boeing Interstellar
     Primary Factory: Delavan
Communication System: Unknown
Targeting & Tracking System: Unknown
Introduction Year: 3088
Tech Rating/Availability: E/X-X-F-E
Cost: 643,060 C-bills

Overview

The "Interdictor" variant of the Boeing Jump Bomber was created in 3090 in the Federated Suns as a response to rising tensions between that nation and its neighbors. The Federated Suns had suffered badly over the previous decades, sending much of its combat power to face the Clans, then facing the FedCom Civil War and Jihad.

During that time tensions with the neighboring Capellan Confederation, Dracons Combine, and Taurian Concordat had been reduced by external threats, but following the defeat of the Word of Blake and establishment of the Republic of the Sphere, the Federated Suns found that its resources were severely depleted.

One area that the AFFS found it was particularly deficient in was in conventional aircraft. The AFFS had come to rely on the Boeing Jump Bomber for planetary air support. Following the bio-weapon attack on Galax in 3070, Federated Boeing Interstellar was unable to continue the production of the aircraft.

While FBI moved most of its production lines to Delavan, the jump bomber was not one of the lines that was re-started. In 3080 the AFFS officially requested that FBI do so. By this time FBI had become the Federated Suns premiere manufacturer of pocket WarShips, a relatively new and far more lucrative area of manufacture for FBI than that of conventional aircraft. FBI had little interest in re-starting the lines for something as low-margin as a turbine powered conventional aircraft, and so instead they proposed a re-designed variant of the Jump Bomber as the model that should be the production standard moving forward.

Capabilities

FBI dubbed the proposed new model the Jump Bomber “Interdictor”, proposing it as a multi-role aircraft that would be a far more capable air support asset compared to its parent. Like its parent it would not contain any integral armament, however Boeing had come to regard external stores as the primary weapons system of their original aircraft, and the proposed to augment those stores with a large internal ordinance bay.

This bay would give the new version of the Jump Bomber a great deal more flexibility than its predecessor. It would allow the aircraft to carry its normal external stores, plus either a quartet of conventional bombs or a pair of Arrow-IV style munitions.. Like the external stores, these could be simple “dumb” bombs, cluster munitions, or even laser-guided.

However, the addition of the internal bomb bay allowed the Interdictor a great deal more flexibility in terms of carried ordinance. Boeing intended that this bay could also be used to carry air-to-air munitions. While the standard variant of the Jump Bomber had been armed with a pair of light air-to-air missiles as early as 3073, the internal bay of the Interdictor meant that it could carry as many six of those missiles including external stores. It could also carry a pair of Arrow-IV air-to-air models, giving it an out-sized punch against even the toughest enemy targets.

The creation of this ordinance bay did require a significant change to the aircraft. The petrochemical powered turbine that had been the heart of the original model was replaced by a fusion plant. Boeing was aware that the additional expense of this new engine might be considered an issue, so they decided to take the Interdictor even further upmarket.

To allow for additional survivability FBI equipped the Interdictor with a Guardian ECM suite. To enhance it further they proposed to equip it with cutting-edge vehicular stealth armor. This would theoretically allow an Interdictor to easily slip into standoff range of most of its targets.

History

The Interdictor variant of the Boeing Jump Bomber is an exercise in what might have been. The Interdictor was indeed impressive, the additional technologies proposed would have more than quadrupled the cost of the aircraft even aside from the costs of funding a new production line for FBI. In addition, the cost of training planetary militias to maintain the complicated and expensive fusion plant, ECM suite, and stealth armor were not seen to be worth the expense.

Instead the AFFS simply replaced the Jump Bomber with the less capable but readily available Raubvogel produced in the Lyran Alliance, combined with additional use of the venerable Defender conventional fighter. More advanced planetary militias would also purchase an aircraft somewhat similar to the Interdictor, the Drake Stealth Fighter produced by Basantapur Fine Metals.
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Type: Boeing Jump Bomber
Technology Base: Inner Sphere (Experimental)
Tonnage: 20
Battle Value: 167

Equipment                                          Mass
Engine                        180 Fusion           10.5
    Safe Thrust: 9
    Max Thrust: 14
Structural Integrity:         9                       
VSTOL Equipment:                                    1.0
Heat Sinks:                   10                      0
Fuel:                         320                   2.0
Cockpit                                               2
Armor Factor (Vehicular Stealth)16                      1

                           Armor   
                           Value   
     Nose                    5     
     Wings                  4/4   
     Aft                     3     


Weapons
and Ammo              Location   Tonnage  Heat   SRV  MRV  LRV  ERV
ECM Suite               FSLG      1.5      -      -    -    -    - 
2 Cargo (1 ton)         FSLG      2.0      -      -    -    -    - 

This unit has the following quirks: Internal bomb bay, difficult to maintain, non-standard parts

Edited to fix a few sentences.
« Last Edit: 15 November 2021, 08:07:32 by Wereling »

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Re: Boeing Jump Bomber "Interdictor"
« Reply #1 on: 14 November 2021, 14:12:41 »
It really needs another quarter ton of armor to resist a Large Laser from the Nose and a Medium from Aft.  It should be possible to take that out of fuel with Fractional Accounting.

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Re: Boeing Jump Bomber "Interdictor"
« Reply #2 on: 14 November 2021, 20:32:09 »
Got to love it, when your "update" model, so exceeds the need of the model that you end up selling less.   :thumbsup:

How effective is Stealth Armor on Aircraft?

Dropping the Stealth Armor and ECM, adding a .5 ton of armor, and ERML and keeping that Internal Bombbay.. 

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Re: Boeing Jump Bomber "Interdictor"
« Reply #3 on: 14 November 2021, 21:45:55 »
Got to love it, when your "update" model, so exceeds the need of the model that you end up selling less.   :thumbsup:

How effective is Stealth Armor on Aircraft?

Dropping the Stealth Armor and ECM, adding a .5 ton of armor, and ERML and keeping that Internal Bombbay..

Honestly i have no idea how effective it is. I just felt like arming it wasn't in the spirit of being a variant of the Jump Bomber. If it had integral weapons i feel like it would be more of a Guardian variant.

I'm glad you like the flavor. I had in mind something like the F-20 Tigershark where it was much more effective than it's forerunner, but not developed for other reasons.

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Re: Boeing Jump Bomber "Interdictor"
« Reply #4 on: 14 November 2021, 23:28:06 »
The jump bomber is a favorite conventional of mine, reminding me of the stealthy Canberra fighter.  This version gets everything right, and adds stealth and an internal bomb bay.  While im not a fan of the 1/2 endurance from switching to a fusion engine, something had to give to get the tonnage for ecm; on the other hand the 2 tons of extra bombs can also provide some extra fuel.

With no weapons, the BV is a nice 167, so more than the original at 64 but the new capabilities make up for it.  I can see this stealth version surviving where the original gets shot down.  2 thumbs up from me

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Re: Boeing Jump Bomber "Interdictor"
« Reply #5 on: 15 November 2021, 01:24:17 »
You should also make sure that Dragoncat sees this...  He has been doing a conventional aircraft racing series, and this could do well there.

And the idea of arming this, well I have hardtime not mounting energy weapon on anything with Fusion Powerplant.   And given this is an upgrade not that if it should engage in combat but sometime..  and I hope someone will answer is Stealth Armor effective on aircraft?
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Re: Boeing Jump Bomber "Interdictor"
« Reply #6 on: 16 November 2021, 00:39:41 »
For the version armed with energy weapons, obviously if you drop the 2 ton internal stealth bomber bay you can put 2 er medium lasers.  I would say that version is an "interceptor" though, not a jump bomber--I wouldnt want to put bombs on it, Id put LAA missiles and have it dog fight, thus it probably warrants a whole different design.  I quite like the unarmed 'f117-esque' stealth bomber here as is.

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Re: Boeing Jump Bomber "Interdictor"
« Reply #7 on: 16 November 2021, 01:17:55 »
Got to love it, when your "update" model, so exceeds the need of the model that you end up selling less.

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