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Model number: YFS-101
Classification: test type energy weapon-optimized fighter
Manufacturer: Browning Engineering Corporation
Operator: Browning Corp
First deployment: CY 20
Crew: 1 pilot and 1 navigator/gunner in cockpit
Length: 17 meters, wingspan 16.70 meters
Weight: 84 metric tons
Armor type: “1D” carbyne laminar armor
Powerplant: cold fusion reactor, max output 2950 KW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 5x 16,800 kg, 2x 32,600 kg, 4x 35,200 kg, 2x 25,000kg; top speed 4212 kph; maneuvering thrusters: 26
Sensors: radar, thermal, optical array; Vercingetorix laser targeting system
Fixed armaments: x2 plasma cannon, power rated at 1.3 MW, mounted under wings; x2 30mm Vulcan cannon, mounted in nose
Special equipment: A.I. operating system, transformation capability, nuclear self-detonation device
When Tesla Browning took up the aegis of Project S from the defunct Seed Corp, he endeavored to repurpose Sekaino Megami’s superweapons against the Coalition. The VCD-2would remain the centerpiece of the dread weapons system, but the destroyer lacked a viable targeting module.
The Project S team submitted several outboard targeting platform proposals. The idea of installing the Vercingetorix laser targeting system in a fighter craft emerged as a leading concept. Reasoning that a fighter’s high mobility and integrated weapons would maximize ease of deployment while affording the module built-in protection, a prototype was soon approved.
Browning Corp based the YFS-100 prototypeon Maximus Darving’s HVRJ-2 airframe. For extra defense, they added carbyne laminar armor pioneered on the XCD-001-1. These design elements enabled the fighter to perform unaided atmospheric entry from outer space, greatly extending the VCD-2’s effective range. Kazoku War ace Zane Dellister contributed a pair of wing-mounted plasma cannons to give the fighter superior offensive capabilities.
Having produced a successful proof of concept in the YSF-100, a test type unit, the YFS-101, was soon green lighted. The test type resembled the prototype almost exactly, except the HVRJ-2’s pair of nose-mounted Vulcan cannons was restored. The caliber of the weapons was increased from 20mm to 30mm, granting extra punch against small-medium support vehicles and personnel.
The YFS-101 was never intended for deployment in the field. But when a shuttle carrying the One-Series XSeed prototype crashed in the Taklamakan Desert in CY 20, Zane himself piloted the testbed fighter in a desperate bid to rescue his wife Dorothy. When Dorothy proved dead at the Socs’ hands, Zane swore revenge, culminating in a suicide strike using the YFS-101’s nuclear self-detonator.
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