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McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II
Beauty and the beast, pleasure and pain, the ultimate mount for a BF2 jet pilot. Carrying a devastating loadout of weaponry, the Harrier in the hands of a good pilot will win any dogfight hands down due to their superior maneuverability. But beware, they can be unforgiving to an unskilled pilot who may suddenly find himself painted all over the nearest hill. The British invented the original Harrier, licensed it to the US who improved on it and built it into the AV-8B, which impressed the British enough to license the new technology back as their own GR.7 version. Want to win? Choose the Harrier.

AH-64 Apache
The Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) AH-64A Apache is the Army's primary attack helicopter. It is a quick-reacting, airborne weapon system that can fight close and deep to destroy, disrupt, or delay enemy forces. The Apache is designed to fight and survive during the day, night, and in adverse weather throughout the world. The principal mission of the Apache is the destruction of high-value targets with the HELLFIRE missile. Both tough and devestating, the apache when used to it's full potential is a perfect example of why the USMC has the cutting edge on the battlefield.

General Dynamics F-16 / F-16LG Falcon
The F-16 was a very successful attempt at producing a light low-cost fighter that could hold its own in any role, and there wouldn't be an aircraft enthusiast alive who doesn't instantly recognise its distinctive shape - the wing/fuselage blending, bubble canopy, and the yawning chin intake. AIX's has been upgraded a little from its Allied Intent form, and comes in two variants - the basic F-16, which carries a pair of iron bombs and two rocket pods.

F16 LG

A note on the JASSM (Joint Attack Strategic Standoff Missile) carried by the F-16LG - this is an autonomous intelligent form of cruise missile, meaning that it can be fired without a lock. It will slowly climb until it detects a target, at which point it will home in. If the target is destroyed by another means, the JASSM will resume its climb/seek behaviour until it expends its fuel and self-detonates. It may be tempting to fire these off randomly, hoping for spam kills, but be warned - the JASSM is a greedy missile, and if none of the enemy make a valid target, then one of your own will do. Best used with care! The AIX JASSM flies much slower than the real one, has a gaudy paint job, and emits a beeping noise to alert any potential victims. Why? Because it has one of the largest explosion radii and does more damage than any other airborne payload. Hear beeping? Get out and run.

Both F-16 types carry sidewinders for air defence.


F-117a Nighthawk

The Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk is a stealth ground attack aircraft operated solely by the United States Air Force. As a product of the Lockheed Have Blue stealth prototype program, it became the first operational aircraft initially designed around stealth technology. Designed for ground pounding missions, the f117a has little hope in an air to air engagement but relies on stealth as a means to survive.



Notar (NO TAil Rotor) Little Bird

NOTAR, an acronym for NO TAil Rotor, is a relatively new helicopter anti-torque system. Fitted with twin miniguns, dual hydra pods and incredible agility, the Notar is capable of out-maneuvering all other combat heli's in the sky. Its weaknesses come in the form of a relatively low armour count, but makes up for it in spades for getting into tight spaces fast.
There is also a transport version of the Notar with side bars for inserting up to 5 combat ready troops deep within enemy lines. This fast method of troop insertion is an excellent tactic for capturing areas quickly and quietly to provide forward command posts for the rest of the team.


Fairchild A-10 'Warthog'

A unique solution to the ground-support question, the Thunderbolt II - otherwise known as the Warthog - was basically designed around its Avenger cannon, but also carries Maverick missiles, bombs, heatseekers, and Hydra rockets. In the interests of fairness to the opposing armies, the AIX A-10 is not quite the 'flying tank' like its real life counterpart, but it certainly has very large teeth. It is manoeverable enough to bite back when threatened in the air too, so don't be fooled by its 'ground attack' label.



Fairchild A-10b "Grandslam"

This aircraft is a deliberate departure from reality, and was born from one of our tester's wishes to "do some carpet bombing like you could in BF1942." and was voted into the mod by the rest of the testers. Triple-ejector bomb racks such as these do exist, and the A-10 is probably capable of carrying such a load, however I am unaware of such a combination existing in real life. If accurate bomb placement is secondary to getting outta there real quick, this plane is for you. However, the bombs cannot be pickled off separately - each drop contains the full salvo of fifteen small bombs, and it carries no guided air to ground weaponry. For this reason, the standard A-10 is still the more formidable of the two A-10 types.


MEC Aircraft

Mirage III

Built by the French Dassault company, the Mirage III is a delta-winged fighter/ground-support aircraft that was exported to the air forces of many nations, including those of the Middle East. It was blooded both in this theatre and during the Falklands war in Argentinian service, and was proven to be a very able weapon though it suffered against the Harrier's superior manouverability. Another blow-in from Allied Intent, its drop tanks have been removed to make way for a pair of iron bombs. These compliment the Mirage III's rocket pods and allow it to now engage ground targets at any useful range. For air threats, it carries Archer missiles. Its two 30mm DEFA cannon complete its weapons loadout.


Yak-38 'Forger'

This carrier borne VTOL ground-attack jet was basically a panic response to the British Harrier, and as many rush-jobs are, was deficient in many areas - it had short endurance, low maximum payload weight, and abysmal reliability. In fact during some of the excercises this plane undertook, they were unable to carry any payload at all even though they had a reduced fuel load. The VTOL capability was afforded through the use of pivoting rear nozzles and two extra liftjets in the forward fuselage, unlike the Harrier's efficient single-engined system. One oustanding feature of the Forger - sadly, not available in the AIX version - was the ability to have a fully hands-free landing; the aircraft could be controlled completely by the parent carrier via a telemetry link. In the interests of player fairness, the AIX Forger has a usable payload and cannon, and no reliability problems. Its short wingspan make it extremely fast in a roll, but twitchy for the same reason. Like the Harrier, vectoring can be used in forward flight to enhance agility but due to the more complex nature of its VTOL system, is slightly slower to respond. The Forger carries no AAMs, but don't be fooled into thinking they are harmless - this also means they give no warning tone when they are lining you up in their sights.


F5 Tiger

Originally developed as a light low-cost project which became the Freedom Fighter in 1964, this aircraft underwent several redesigns in its long life before arriving as the Tiger II, which was the name officially given to the F-5E. (Another notable offshoot was the T-38 Talon trainer.) F-5s were exported to several countries, and many are still in use today. AIX's F-5 carries a three bomb payload, along with a pair of Archer AAMs for air-defence. It also has a pair of nose-mounted 20mm cannons. Its slender profile and twin engines make it hard to hit and catch, but some of the more agile jets can out-turn it in a dogfight.


Mig 23

A product of the 70's era of 'swing-wing' variable geometry fighters, the Flogger was built in very large numbers, many of which found their way into African and Middle Eastern airforces as fighters and ground-attack jets after being sold off by the Soviets.


Ka 50 Black Shark

The Black Shark (NATO reporting name 'Hokum') is a small agile single-seat attack chopper, sporting contra-rotating coaxial main rotors in place of the conventional single rotor/tail rotor arrangement. This system allows for greater speed, reliability and efficiency as well as maneuvering performance gains. The KA-50 has fully retractable landing gear, but stores are typically hung beneath wing-stubs. It is able to launch a variety of air-to-ground weapons but has no dedicated air defence apart from its fixed cannon.



China Aircraft

Mig 19 Farmer

Go on, have a good laugh - you'll giggle all the way into the ground. These elderly Chinese fighter/bombers are enduring because they are rugged and are almost unbeatable in a close-quarters dogfight (almost) because they are a small plane with 2 engines, a dynamite combination. They also pack 3x 30mm cannons as well as their Alkali missiles and 250kg bombs. Looks like this is one geriatric you won't be beating up in a dark alley...


Beriev Be-12 Chaika

The Chaika (NATO codename 'Mail') is a large amphibious aircraft which was mainly used for anti-submarine warfare (and featured a large 'sting' in its tail when used in this role) but was also used as a transport; the AIX version is the latter type, seeing as we have no submarines... The Chaika's only armament is four general purpose bombs, but unlike most other aircraft it's heat signature is too poor to allow a lock-on for a heatseeking missile. (The AIX Be-12 is strictly sea-going so don't try to land it on terra firma) It's large. It's slow. Bring a good book along.


Sukhoi Su-47 Berkut

This technology-tester prototype features an advanced forward-swept wing design, thrust vectoring and an internal weapons bay, along with several external hardpoints on the wings. The plane is Russian but we gave ours to the Chinese because they're really nice guys and wouldn't dream of hurting anyone with the two massive YJ-63 cruise missiles we hung under the wings. A pair of Archer AAMs, two Kedges, two bombs and a cannon complete the loadout of this fast and agile monster.


Su-21 Flagon

This is an upgraded version of the Su-15, with better avionics and as such can carry laser-guided missiles as well as two cannon and two bombs. (This is not to be confused with the J-8 Finback, which was also developed from the Su-15) - they are not as agile as some of the other jets, but it would be foolish to ignore them - they tend to destroy whatever they hit.


Mig 21 Fishbed

The MiG-21 is an uncomplicated but agile single-engined fighter which AIX brought over from Allied Intent and gave a very minor touch-up, in order to not deprive the PLAA of its only rocket-bearing ground attacker. It has a very distinctive but unusual combination of delta-wing matched with a conventional all-flying tailplane. It was popular with pilots and was widely exported; the Chinese also manufactured their own licensed variants as the Shenyang J-7. The MiG-21 is also the owner of one of NATO's silliest designations, Fishbed. This should give you US/UN pilots a smile or two as you spiral into the ground, after falling victim to its 30mm cannon or Archer missiles.



United Nations Aircraft

GR7 Harrier

Beauty and the beast, pleasure and pain, the ultimate mount for a BF2 jet pilot. Carrying a devastating loadout of weaponry, the Harrier in the hands of a good pilot will win any dogfight hands down due to their superior maneuverability. But beware, they can be unforgiving to an unskilled pilot who may suddenly find himself painted all over the nearest hill. The British invented the original Harrier, licensed it to the US who improved on it and built it into the AV-8B, which impressed the British enough to license the new technology back as their own GR.7 version. Want to win? Choose the Harrier.


Saab Draken

This groundbreaking aircraft first appeared in 1955, but the fact that the last examples of these in service were only retired a couple of years ago is a testament to its flexibility, ruggedness and durability. (These Drakens were of the Austrian Air Force, and the AIX Draken is painted in their colours.) The unique double-delta wing design with its unusually thick roots meant that more equipment could be carried than could be in a more conventional design of similar size. Further evidence of how excellent this plane is, was shown when it managed to out-perform the twin-engined English Electric/BAe Lightning, but using only one engine of the same type.


Saab Viggen

The Draken was a hard act to follow, but SAAB managed to top it with the Viggen. These were built between 1970 - 1990, and a delta wing/front canard arrangement was used in an attempt to give it good short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability. The large RM-8 afterburning engine required a somewhat bulky fuselage, and an odd looking undercarriage arrangement was used which allowed great strength while keeping a very low profile. This jet was the very first to feature an integrated-circuit computer as part of its avionics suite.


Mirage 2000

A further refinement of Dassault's line of Mirage fighters, AIX's rendition of this aircraft will be the French contribution to the UN air effort. Primarily used for ground support/attack, its bombs and cannon can be used on infantry and lighter targets, while four underwing laser-guided AGMs can destroy heavily armoured vehicles with precision. Two AAMs help it to defend itself against airborne threats. Handling is very similar to that of the Mirage-III.


Denel AH-2 Rooivalk

The Rooivalk is a South African attack helicopter which began service in 1999, and has several advanced features. However, the project has not had a smooth development life, being plagued by delays and budget blowouts, and some of the aircraft have been grounded pending upgrades which never seem to materialise. Regardless of these obstacles, an airworthy Rooivalk is very much a force to be reckoned with and is truly a multi-role machine. It is similar in some ways to the Apache in capability, although it is a little bit larger. Players who fly with the cockpit turned on would do well to remember just how high off the ground the pilot's viewpoint is; it is very easy to scrape into objects that the Apache would fly over unscathed (even if only by a small margin.)


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