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AIRCRAFT OVERVIEW
AIRWOLF was originally conceived and designed to look like an extraordinary executive helicopter-- nothing more. This would allow it normal airport exposure without people suspecting or comprehending its true military capabilities. It is, as its insignia suggests, a wolf in sheep's clothing.

AIRWOLF is a long-range supersonic multi role helicopter. It's an aerodynamic lifting body with a rotor system, driven by twin turbines, capable of propelling it to three hundred knots. This rotor system can be disengaged to ignite two turbo-thrust boosters, which can increase AIRWOLF'S speed to exceed mach two from sea level to 85,000 feet. AIRWOLF can rapidly slow itself by employing a reverse thruster system. Also, in some instances, AIRWOLF can deploy a drag chute (when the rotors are not engaged) which issues from a compartment in the tail.

AIRWOLF'S basic construction is of epoxy composites-reinforced with boron and graphite fibers. The crew compartment is additionally protected with honeycomb-structured lead paneling. Other major components are made of "rapid solidification aluminum castings", helping to keep the weight down. This is all skinned with ultra-thin energy-absorbing (bullet-proof) shielding.
OPERATIONAL FEATURES
GROUND MANEUVERING

The center of each landing gear wheel contains a small high-torque electric motor capable of propelling the aircraft on its own.

DOWNWASH

AIRWOLF'S powerful main rotor creates a hazardous downwash situation distressful to other close-flying aircraft and is capable (at low altitudes) of actually blowing over cars.

CREW MEMBERS

Crew members are automatically (and constantly) "monitored" for physical and neurological stress via a small device on the left side of the flight suit chest piece (physical), and through the helmet (neurological).

O.B.O.G.S.- ON BOARD OXYGEN-GENERATION SYSTEM

Creates air suitable for respiration. This enters the cabin systems from the engine- where it has been purified by heat. It is then filtered for hazardous particles and cooled for breathing.

The cabin (which is fully pressurized) can be instantly vented should the atmosphere become contaminated. Flight suit systems automatically take over if there is a cabin pressure failure.

D.E.E.C - DIGITAL ENGINE ELECTRONIC CONTROL

Fine-tunes the engine at all times and prescribes optimum engine adjustments for most efficient operations. Works with the pilot through his throttle settings (tells him what to do).

FLY-BY-LIGHT CONTROLS

Fiber-optic cable supplants electrical circuitry as the data link between computers and flight controls.

REAR BAY

Located behind Santini, this area is normally utilized to support the "missile loading rack" that supplies the ADF pod. With this rack removed, the bay can be used for personnel transport (4-crowded), a small dirt bike, supplies to be dropped, cargo, extra fuel units, some new weapon or a sky-diver. An overhead winch and cable provides rescue capabilities, supply pick-ups, etc., while hovering.

NOTE: Entry and exit to this area are via AIRWOLF's rear doors-with access to crew compartment.

FLIGHT COMMAND

In an emergency, flight command can be transferred from the cockpit back to the Electronic Data Command Center. In other words, AIRWOLF can be piloted by Santini - in the rear.
IN-FLIGHT SYSTEMS
A.S.P.J.- ADVANCED SELF PROTECTION JAMMER

A radar-jamming system that sweeps ahead of the aircraft.

DOPPLER VELOCITY SENSORS

Monitors all in-coming missiles.

T.A.D.S. - TARGET ACQUISITION AND DESIGNATION SYSTEM

After scanning a target, TADS matches its computerized information and displays it to the crew.

I.F.F- IDENTIFY-FRIEND/FOE

Every aircraft broadcasts an I.D. code which is picked up by the I.F.F. The computer identifies it and displays the code next to the appropriate radar image.

F.L.I.R. - FOREWARD-LOOKING INFRARED

Forward sweeping system that constructs an image of what's ahead for the pilot in poor visibility.

RADAR

Incorporates the most advanced type of radar called: 'SYNTHETIC APERTURE RADAR". (No information available)

NAVIGATION

Incorporates the Global Positioning System - G.P.S. (Navstar satellite)
ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE
THERMOGRAPHIC SENSOR

Detects and discriminates various heat levels of targets. Reads anything from infrared to ultraviolet.

MATRIX SCANNER

This system scans the target and discriminates various levels of atomic or molecular density. Once the computer "understands" the structure, it can produce an image of from any angle.

AUDIO SENSOR

High to low frequency detection, wide/narrow reception, reception, locking and tracking ability.

VIDEO SENSOR

Day and night sensitivity, zoom with limited pan and tilt, target locking and tracking ability.

TRANSMISSION SURVEILLANCE

Monitors all broadcasts and media: radio, TV and CB. Target locking and tracking ability.

RECORDING SYSTEM

Virtually every function and system can be 'recorded" (audio/visual) on AIRWOLF'S new COMPACT disc SYSTEM. This is a laser-disc system, utilizing a five-inch disc. While on playback, the system can be scanned or freeze-framed and can present several levels of information simultaneously, simply by skipping between multiple tracks (or bands) on the disc. If a "hard copy" is desired of particular information, the operator (pressing the appropriate button) can obtain an instant transparency or print that issues from the machine.
DEFENSE SYSTEMS
DECOY SYSTEMS

SUNBURST DECOYS - Flares ejected rearward to attract heat seeking missiles.

CHAFF DECOYS - Canisters ejected rearward that explode, showering bits of aluminum to confuse radar-guided missiles.

NOTE: These systems are stored together and launched from the rear of AIRWOLF'S avionics bays )port/starboard).

I.R. SUPPRESSORS

Venetian blinding the exhaust emissions.

I.R. JAMMER

Produces omnidirectional radiation of infrared energy to disable IR tracking. An automatic system that needs no missile approach warning. It snaps on when scanned by IR detectors.

RADAR JAMMER

Produces multi-leveled decoy signals to confuse radar.
OFFENSIVE SYSTEMS
CHAIN GUNS

Four 30-millimeter machine guns (2 per wing pod). Rounds fired per minute - variable.

CANNON

Two 40-millimeter cannon (1 per wing pod). Rounds fired per minute - variable.

NOTE: Shell casings ejected from these weapons are recovered and retained until landing.

MISSILES: ADF Pod-launched
    HELLFIRE -- 6 Short-raged air-to-surface.

    REDEYE -- 12 Short-ranged air-to-air.

    COPPERHEAD -- 6 long-ranged air-to-surface (tank-buster). These are carried in the loading-rack which is mounted in the rear bay of AIRWOLF. They are gravity-fed into their launcher: The ADF Pod (located: centerline underbelly).

NOTE: The ADF Pod is now capable of 180 degree rotation port/starboard. This provides the ability to fly past a target and fire laterally at it. To reload, however, it must return to its normal forward position.

NOTE ALSO: The ADF Pod cannot be deployed at speeds above 300 knots.

MISSILES: Side-launched
    FALCON -- 4 Long-ranged air-to-air missiles carried two to a side in compartments at either side of the ADF Pod. They are self-guided or manually guided.

NOTE: After launch, any missile can be aborted in flight
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