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The M-112 Kestrel is a family of single-seat, multirole, VTOL stealth air & space fighters developed by the Joint Procurement Agency of the New Solar Coalition under the New Joint Procurement Program. Designed to be a 'next-generation' craft, it incorporates several highly advanced technologies which contribute to making it one of the most expensive - if not the most expensive - fighter program yet. Funding is divided between the three members of the NSC, and it is expected to be procured by the militaries of all members in large numbers.

Design

The M-112 incorporates the technological strengths of all three contributing members.

Weapons

Twin rapid-fire energy cannons are housed in the wing roots.

Three large weapons bays are integrated into the fuselage; these are capable of carrying a wide variety of weapons, such as the Particle Lance. External hardpoints can also be attached to the craft to allow for a larger weapons load, although the use of these compromises its stealth features somewhat.

Propulsion

The craft is powered by four Lunar-built NPX-57 omnidirectional gravity-engines, granting it VTOL capabilities as well as unprecedented speed and maneuverability.

In order to power the craft's systems, a cold fusion reactor is located behind the cockpit.

Stealth

The M-112 is capable of using active stealth in the radar, infrared and visual frequencies.

EW & Countermeasures

The rear of the craft houses an offensive and defensive electronic warfare system as well as standard countermeasures such as flare and chaff launchers.

Cockpit

The cockpit incorporates an Ardavian-built life support system and a pilot assistance AI system.

Though conventional backup controls exist, the primary method of flying the M-112 is via a neural helmet, this being an upgraded deveploment of the systems used in the Ardavian Aerospace Fighter and the Lunar QH-131.

In the event that the pilot must eject, the ejection seat incorporates a secondary backup life support system capable of sustaining the pilot for five hours in space. It also incorporates a small solid-fueled thruster and deployable energy heatshield in the event that the pilot ejects in orbit around a planet with an atmosphere.

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