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Veyon Hecate by jflaxman Veyon Hecate by jflaxman
Veyon Industries’ Hecate is the most advanced fighter yet deployed; only the CMIC Broadsword is a close competitor. Its supermaneuverability stems from an unorthodox airframe combined with first-rate avionics. While the Broadsword’s armament gives it the edge at longer ranges, the Hecate’s agility makes it deadly at close quarters.

Design Features:

- The Hecate’s airframe incorporates many proven stealth concepts, notably recurring angles and sharp leading and trailing edges. Further innovations include a lifting fuselage and rear-mounted forward-swept wings. These improve fast handling and generate less wingtip drag than their swept-back equivalents. The drawbacks of the forward-swept wing – greater instability and increased airframe stress – have been largely overcome through fly-by-wire control systems and improved materials. The Hecate nonetheless remains a relatively fragile fighter, relying on agility more than resilience for survival.

- The paired engines are widely spaced to further improve rates of turn through differential and/or vectored thrust. This feature is a two-edged sword; performance on one engine is worse, and in event of systems failure wholly manual control is almost impossible.

- The twin tails provide redundancy, and their coarse dihedral reduces radar signature. Their positioning also helps to mask the heat from the jet outlets.

- A high domed cockpit gives the pilot a commanding all-round view, and the polarised glass helps block out bright light at high altitudes. Additional sensors negate blind spots and further enhance the pilot’s awareness.

- The main missile armament is carried internally, though two underwing hardpoints provide room for further augmentation. These are positioned near the fuselage to minimise stress; the Hecate’s forward-swept wings are ill-suited to tip-mounted systems.

- The advanced flechette cannons employed on slower Veyon aircraft are not used on the Hecate due to the risk of engines ingesting sabots at high speeds. A bulkier but equally lethal 20mm chaingun combines high-volume, close-range fire with jam-free reliability.
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CrazyGobb 2 days ago  New member Hobbyist General Artist
I love this design. :)
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SDU-7 Feb 4, 2014  New member
looks very cool
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:iconalderfek:
Mighty fine design !
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:icondavid-cgb:
Nice Fighter, could even be used today in the USAF
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Antarasol Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the design, looks very cool. Will definitely make a great fighter for a movie or video game!

Some notes:

"The twin tails provide redundancy, and their coarse dihedral reduces radar signature. Their positioning also helps to mask the heat from the jet outlets."

The relatively flat and big wings give a strong signature at least for ground based radar stations. Not sure if the tails will help much there.

The hottest is not the outlet, but the gas stream behind the outlets. The tails can only mask a bit of that from certain angles. Heat seeking missiles most likely will try to home in from above, so the masking effect is minimal.

"The advanced flechette cannons employed on slower Veyon aircraft are not used on the Hecate due to the risk of engines ingesting sabots at high speeds. A bulkier but equally lethal 20mm chaingun combines high-volume, close-range fire with jam-free reliability."

Feels a bit disappointing. I had expected a more sci-fi type aircraft, and more sci-fi type weapons. How about 20mm autocannons? Or low calibre gauss rifles? Gauss rifles are sci-fi, but close enough to current technology.
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:iconjflaxman:
Thanks for the feedback! I like to keep the science hard when it comes to war machines. The Hecate shares a lot of attributes with real fifth-generation fighters, though they'll no doubt be improved on one day!

The flat, big wings could briefly give off a strong signature to units directly above or below, but as with most stealth designs the sharp outline and low profile reduce detectability outside visual range.

The masking effect of the tails would indeed be minimal, but still better than none at all (as was the case with most earlier fighters).

I'm with you on the last point, and may revise the armament. Gauss rifles would be more in keeping with Veyon technology - this faction's equipment is meant to be highly advanced but hard to produce!
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Antarasol Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If you like near-future technology, in regard to engines you can also look at pulse detonation engines (good for up to mach 5 or a bit more):

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulse_de…
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:iconrobbe25:
Looks tom me like you've tried a new, more natural/realistic-looking style here (at least to me as a layman). Very nice!
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:iconjflaxman:
Cheers! This is my second digital painting - earlier works were photoshopped drawings (colours being added in Multiply and Soft Light layers). Keith Thompson can pull it off, but it never really worked for me. I felt a lot of work was lost under digital glazes and the process only got more frustrating as the original drawings improved.

Painting's very different and I'm still learning as I go. It's no longer all about lines, but solid shapes and blocks of colour. I'm also using harder brushes. The Fireshark was largely based on several classic Cold War aircraft, but the Hecate's mostly speculative!
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daStig177 Jan 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Holy shit dude when did you start drawing jets?  These are gorgeous!  
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