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Roc Variants by jflaxman Roc Variants by jflaxman
The Roc is a large helicopter that serves many different roles on the modern battlefield. A variety of modules can be fitted to the primary airframe, allowing the same Roc to be used in missions normally assigned to several types of specialised aircraft.

1 - Standard Pattern: The primary airframe houses two engines which drive a forward and aft rotor. Ramjets may be fitted to the tips of the blades to increase performance, typically at high altitudes or when lifting heavy loads. Rocs normally carry a crew of three Ė a pilot, co-pilot/forward gunner, and a flight engineer/rear gunner. They are usually armed with a 20mm cannon in a swivelling chin turret and two rear-firing 7.62mm machine guns, though these weapons may be removed for short-haul heavy lifting in secure territory.

Rocs are ruggedly constructed, with more emphasis on reliability than fine engineering, and are easily maintained in the field. They are armoured well enough to withstand light weapons fire, though their low top speed and service ceiling leaves them vulnerable to faster aircraft, especially if attacked from above.

The Rocís most notable feature is the large hull aperture, which allows rapid loading, lifting and deployment of up to 12 tons of equipment. The spine linking the forward and aft compartments is built around three horizontal pylons with triangular cross-bracing to maximise strength and rigidity. Rocs are used to move anything from light vehicles and shipping containers to portable bridges and building supplies. Their VTOL capabilities let them take these almost anywhere.

2 - Transport: Purpose-built modules protect the Rocís payload and improve flight handling. This version lets the aircraft carry up to 50 infantry, who access the module through rear and side doors. Troops can jump from the Roc using parachutes or be landed at strategic checkpoints; in the latter case the module may be removed and left behind to serve as a shelter or barricade. Several of these modules can be left around a forward base to aid perimeter defence.

3 - Suppression: These Rocs saturate targets with fire at relatively short ranges. They have heavier cabin armour, cowlings on the air intakes, more solidly built rotor heads and twice the standard armament. The module itself houses four 12.7mm chainguns in armoured sponsons and tubes for launching chaff and flares. These Rocs often work in unison with transports, eliminating ground resistance while others drop or land their troops.

4 - Support: Rocs fitted with these modules are used for long-range attacks. Even at low altitudes, they can locate and strike targets long before ground forces can. A variety of rockets can be launched from the external tubes, which are reloaded from the hull. Four 30mm autocannons deliver more fire at shorter ranges and can be used for strafing runs. While specialised gunships have largely replaced land armour in modern warfare, heavier weapon platforms like this serve as aerial artillery.

5 - Chemical: This module consists of a pressurised hopper with external spraying rods. These Rocs release flame retardants, defoliants, smokescreens or biochemical weapons over large swathes of territory, protecting ground forces from harm or condemning them to a hideous fate. Regardless of their payload, these Rocs are especially hated by the enemies they face, and captured crews can expect harsher treatment than those of other variants.

6 - Extraction: These variants lift casualties from hostile or contested zones. This version is used for marine rescue and carries searchlights, flares and life rafts to aid downed pilots and shipwreck survivors. The long antenna in the nose can pick up faint distress signals, and the external winch and lifebuoy is used to lower and raise personnel. These Rocs always carry medics and their modules can double as field hospitals.

7 - Massive Ordnance: This module has clamshell doors and provision for a 10 ton bomb. This may be filled with high explosives for deep bunker penetration or aerosol agents for surface blasts. In both cases parachutes are used to give the Roc enough time to get clear. While primarily designed as weapons, these bombs can also be used to create large shell craters in thick forests or urban environments, providing instant airfields for other Rocs to operate from.
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mobiusoneblaze Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I want one
putrick Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
#7 is "holy crap!" ;)
mobiusoneblaze Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The Tarhe helicopter used in Veitnam had a bomb to clear forest to make a landing zone
MrBlazeDemingo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student Interface Designer
this is actually a good idea! :D
rushvin Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
I would worry about variant 4's recoil. If the auto cannons do not have enough recoil compensation the spine frame could start to warp from the stress.
jflaxman Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
This is an older piece, and I'd do a lot of things differently now. I'd assumed a large skycrane could take the recoil of 4x30mm cannons (which would be fired in alternate pairs) if the old Stuka could handle 2x37mm in its BK 37 variant. You've still made a valid point! Nose-mounted cannons would be stronger and more accurate. The US didn't have much luck with super-heavy Chinook gunships, so #3 and #4 are both pretty suspect. I still like the idea of a modular VTOL transport though.
rushvin Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
I would agree but I always wonder how long the spine and the clamps to hold the various modules will hold out.
Other vehicles have the whole frame for supporting while the way you have the modules would have just the spine. Long term wear and tear could cause failure.

I wonder if having rods inserted in the bottom sides could adjust the issue with them helping with load support. Or having interlocking rods from module to module, and to frame so not all the support is needed at the top.
schoggi555 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
aka Chinuuk...
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ArmamentDawg Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Delete the forward engines- if the rear engines ingest their exhaust, they'll stall, and the aircraft will crash.
jflaxman Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Good point. This is an old pic and I got lazy with the cutting and pasting. I've kept the forward engines, but the exhaust outlets now match the pattern on the CH-47 Chinook.
CUTANGUS Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
A great modular concept. Congratulations!
Javajunkie1976 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
Now you just need to work up a design proposal and submit it to the military! Simple.
JTHMFrAeK Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the designs, man. You've got a real eye for this stuff. I haven't finished reading through the entire description yet but I'm going to get around to it.
Gunnut51 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
It reminds me of the Eagle Transport from Space 1999.
The-Last-Dragon-Kni Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. This is a very cool bird. Ill read teh whole later but its a very sleek design.
halonut117 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
God damn it, these are amazing. Wish I'd thought of this
NanoAngel Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
These are some of the best Chinooks i have ever seen. Im glad Rotor Vehicles are etting attention :D
Emilion-3 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I could use this
MrCod Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Wait, I think five and six are switched in the description.
jflaxman Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
They were. Thanks for the tip-off.
Brownez-Koekoez Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
unspacy Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
OMG design ever !!
Dandabug Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Love the designs - dark, oppressive helicopters will always hold a cruel and terrifying presence in the world of warfare. The chemical variant is definitely my favorite - I've always had an affinity for cruel and unusual warfare devices.

Two short critiques: I think a forward high-pressure spray-nozzle would suit the Chem-ROC quite well (on a rotating base for maximum targeting area). Think of it like the nozzles used by fire-fighting helicopters that spray a narrow stream over long distances to penetrate buildings. It would allow them to poison or burn enemy troops holed up in garrisons.

Second critique is actually just a correction: you've mixed up 5 & 6 in your description. I spent a while trying to figure out how the ChemROC sprayed toxins out of that little flotation ring.
jflaxman Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
A spray nozzle fitted to the Chem-Roc would make a terrifying Suppression variant. The existing version's more of a support weapon. Spraying would necessitate moving closer to enemy positions, but it would make the payload more effective and less susceptible to weather conditions.

5 and 6 were indeed mixed up, as another keen-eyed viewer noted.
awe4fire Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
very creative idea for a new generation. combination chinook and a sky crane
95ACgrfs1228 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Future Chinooks :iconexplodelaplz:
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