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Corvus by jflaxman Corvus by jflaxman
The Corvus was originally built to provide close air support, destroying armour and artillery while allies on the ground advanced. Given the new emphasis on countering insurgency, the Corvus has been redeployed against more elusive targets: arms suppliers, training camps, rogue warlords and their closest aides.

Design Features:

- As a dedicated ground attack aircraft, the Corvus sacrifices speed for firepower and resilience. The main wing is built around internal reinforcing spars that run straight between the tips and the twin booms help strengthen the tailplane. The long and narrow air intakes are encased in a wedge that shields them from ground fire and offers further reinforcement. The heavily armoured fuselage contains the cockpit, engines, targeting systems, main gun and ammunition hopper. Compared to most jet aircraft, the Corvus has a poor top speed, rate of climb and service ceiling, but these are less important when attacking targets on the ground.

- The semi-retractable undercarriage is built to take hard landings on rougher frontline airstrips that may be attacked themselves. The front wheel is beneath the cockpit and the main wheels are in the underwing booms. The raised air intakes are less likely to ingest ground debris and the high wings reduce the risk of weapons striking obstacles.

- A large heat suppressor helps mask jet exhaust; the twin booms and tailplane also shield it from some angles. The booms are armed with flares and chaff as a defence against missiles. These were built to counter advanced weapons and make the Corvus almost immune to the cruder substitutes more often carried by insurgents.

- The main missile armament is carried on six underwing hardpoints. These were originally armed with specialised warheads, but against less advanced opponents smaller, cheaper types suffice. The six pods shown here are packed with light unguided rockets; losses in power and accuracy are countered through sheer volume of fire. The high wing puts them closer to the pilot’s eye level so aiming feels more natural and small corrections can be easily made.

- The Corvus is perhaps best known for its cannon armament. The standard 30mm is useful against mobile targets due to its high rate of fire. The less common 50mm has a lower rate of fire but longer range and hitting power, making it more effective against well defended static emplacements. Both have also seen some use against slower kinds of aircraft.
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eltf177 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
This is really cool!
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averlonelybullet Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
seems like a mix between a canberra or venom british jet fighters and a helipcopter's rocket pods
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Quesocito Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very cool
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JDunk1971 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
THAT is what the OV-10 Bronco SHOULD have been if not for USAF interference.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Interesting design, even from the thumb I could see the Bronco and Frogfoot pedigree. :dummy: Overall it looks like an effective design that'd work well, although the inlets look like they might suffer airflow problems at high AOA unless they had auxillary doors in the under-surface. :p
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Jgunenn Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
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ONI-Defense Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do I spot the Su-25 and the OV-10 Bronco in this beauty?
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
You're right on both counts!
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Emilion-3 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
IMpressive.
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Hoborginc Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
Excellent! The Takeda clan will now be unstoppable.
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Jburns272 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great concept. I like the design and enjoyed reading the background text.
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MightyBOBcnc Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Ooh yeah 'dem rocket pods. :datass: 
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wbyrd Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
So This is what happens when you leave an OV-10 bronco, and an A-10 alone with a few gallons of hi-test....:D

Great design, and well thought out write up.
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FollowinTheBlackBird Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work on this. You always have plenty of information in your comments. I think it is that I like most about your work.
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CanRay Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Writer
Very, very nice!  :D
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Shockwave9001 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn awesome!!
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
Thanks!
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Shockwave9001 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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Broadshore Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting aircraft concept.

Mixture of the Vampire and the OV-10 Bronco.
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USSZumwalt Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
I was just thinking that it resembled the Bronco
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
The Bronco and Vampire both influenced this design. There's a hint of the Sukhoi 25 here as well. I set out to create a ground attack aircraft that wasn't an obvious A-10 knockoff!
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Antarasol Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting and well-thought design.

The wing profile doesn't give much ascending force. Is this intentional? I have no idea about military planes wing profiles I must admit, I just noticed the fact while watching the image.

The idea to have cheaper weapons fits IMO, since a new big war will be very expensive and countries will have to revert to cheaper weapons and equipment soon.
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
You've got an eye for details! The underside of the wings would be flat, though it isn't clear from this angle due to the slightly rounded tips.

It's sometimes been said that countries prepare to fight their last wars again while ignoring new developments. Using state-of-the-art hardware designed to win another world war against insurgents has not been very cost effective and we're definitely seeing more emphasis on cheap alternatives like drones.

There's also renewed interest in smaller, cheaper strike aircraft like the Vietnam-era Bronco, one of the planes that inspired this piece. Against less advanced opponents several of them might achieve more than a single world-class tankbuster.
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Badass awesome!
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hunterN05 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oooo nice~ :D

That is an impressive looking jet, I approve.

I love those rocket pods, loads of fun they are! :D Bearing down on the enemy launching a couple of those and boom ya dead!

I like the angle as well, really shows that it is kicking ass! :D

Sorta looks like a glider kinda, like those form World War 2 that were towed into enemy territory.

I love this world! its so screwed up! :D APOCALYPSE!

Keep it up! :D
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Thanks! The rocket pods are based on the ones you see on many Russian aircraft, but the plane itself owes more to older Western types like the Bronco and Vampire.

A jet-powered strike aircraft seems like overkill against insurgents - a lot of real-world armies get by just fine with turboprops! The faction this one belongs to isn't known for subtlety though.
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hunterN05 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're welcome my friend! :D

I love dem rocket pods! so frigging awesome! really? neat!

Hehehe, is there such a thing? XD but yeah I love this plane! its got a neat design!

Keep it up man! :D
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SaltyCowdawg Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks remind me of an OV10 from the Vietnam era...

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jflaxman Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
That was a big influence! It's clearest in the wings and tailboom. There are subtler hints of the DH 100 and the Su 25 here too.

I've seen a lot of ground attack concepts that are based on the A-10. By all accounts it's a great plane but I felt like trying something different!
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SaltyCowdawg Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like it a lot.  I have fond memories of the Bronco.  Tried to buy one from the AF when they went into the scrap yard.   I think they all succumbed to the scrapper in the end. 
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
The Bronco wouldn't have made a bad civilian runabout. Some time back a pilot at Bankstown Airport, Sydney, had managed to score a MiG 17. It was fast by all accounts, but its economy and payload must have been terrible.

There's been talk of resurrecting the Bronco (or designing a modern equivalent) as a cheap counter-insurgency aircraft. It's a shame to hear so many were scrapped, by all accounts they did the job well.
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