Bell/Rockwell FL-200 Mastiff Laser-equipped High Altitude Interceptor
FL200_tia3p92.jpgI. Dimensions:
Length: 10.8 meters.
Height: 3.2 meters.
Wingspan : 7.5 meters.
Dry Weight: 11.5 metric tons.
II. Service History:
Served with the UNAF from 2003-2009 after being replaced by the VF-1 and QF-3000.
III. Type:
1-man high altitude interceptor.
IV. Propulsion:
Main Engine: 2 x Rolls Royce variable cycle chemical afterburning hypervelocity turbojets. Top intakes
Secondary Engine: 4 x [small booster engines] with side intakes.
Protoculture generator
2 Protoculture cells
V. Performance:
Maximum speed : Mach 5.5 above 15km
Stall speed : 140 kph.
Range (typical) : 1500 km
Maximum altitude : 26.1 km
Design-g limits : 7 g
Powercell Endurance: 10 minutes from laser cannon
VI. Electronics:
Radar System:
Hughes AWG-20 X-band pulse-Doppler radar, providing long-range detection and tracking of targets at all altitudes, as well as extensive surface search, attack, navigation, and mapping modes.
Optical tracking:
Thomson LT-3 multi-frequency laser ranger/designator
Zeiss FOI-8 infra-red imaging sensor and low-light level camera system in retractable optic blister under the cockpit.
Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):
Elettronica Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)
OlDelft Infra-red Warning Receiver (IRWR)
Westinghouse ALQ-200 active radar jammer
Chaff dispenser
Active missile jammers.
VII. Armament:
1 x Mauser RoV-5 laser cannon capable of firing 1000 pulses per minute with a peak power 1 megawatt. The system was prone to overheating if firing maintained for too long of a duration.
Ventral weapons bay containing 4 hardpoints capable of holding any of the following:
178mm AIM-120C Scorpion long range missiles
320mm Dagger long range missiles
300mm Stiletto multi-purpose long range missiles
VIII. Armor:
The skin of the Mastiff is composed of treated steel plate. The skin provides excellent protection against small grenade and shell fragments, good protection against small arms fire, and poor resistance to heavier infantry weapons, such as the 12.7mm machinegun round, as well as from fragments and near misses from higher caliber weapons. The Dragon provides full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using an overpressure cockpit environment activated by radiation and hazardous chemical sensors, or manually when biological warfare conditions are anticipated. The internal consumables supplies can provide atmosphere for eight hours maximum.

IX. Development:
This limited production run fighter/interceptor was displayed on the tarmac during the SDF-1 launching ceremonies. This fighter was the first production fighter to use laser armament, hence the 'L' included in the designation, with a protoculture-powered laser cannon replacing the integral gunpod previously contained in fighters. With the mass production of the VF-1 and destroid series, the 'L' designation was dropped on future models to reduce the proliferation of nomenclature.

This small lifting body fighter contains an internal weapons bay for aerodynamics and stealth considerations capable of holding four missiles to complement the laser cannon. The problematic laser cannon and limited missile payload kept the Mastiff from a large production run and the introduction of the Ghost and Valkyrie fighters supplanted this utility of this interceptor.

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