The Karakovic was named after the large, ungainly wading birds that hunt crabs in the expansive marshes to the south of Golgorod - a region that became a grave for many an invading army. These heavily armed and armoured aircraft are dedicated tank killers, though they are equally effective against lighter vehicles, supply lines and artillery. When given adequate protection against more agile enemy fighters, Karakovic squadrons cut bloody swathes through Tarkavian ground forces while shrugging off opposing fire.
- Short nose and triangular fuselage improve the pilot's downward view, aiding target acquisition.
- Large control surfaces ensure effective handling at low speeds. Airbrakes give the pilot the option of making slower attack runs, allowing more time to aim and fire.
- The primary autocannon can destroy most tanks with a single round, especially if they are engaged from above and behind where their armour is weakest.
- Hardpoints in the wings can be fitted with smaller caliber machine guns, bomb racks or unguided rockets for use against softer targets.
- The pilot and gunner sit in a heavily armoured "bath" which shields them from ground fire. The engines derive added protection from large armoured air intakes, while more delicate vents and radiators are positioned on top of the cowlings.
- A pair of rear-facing machine guns gives the Karakovic a fighting chance against attacks from behind and above. The inverted tail unit permits a wider arc of fire.
- If the rudder is destroyed, the tail planes' coarse dihedral provides some directional control, though the Karakovic is prone to yaw - more so if one engine loses power. Low stalling speeds ensure the crew have a good chance of surviving crash landings outside enemy territory.