Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
Dragonfly (A-37) Light Attack Aircraft
Dragonfly (A-37) Light Attack Aircraft (10 tons)
Chassis : Dragonfly LAA
Power Plant : 2x 4/10 Gas Turbines
Cruise Speed : 105.6 kph (10)
Flank Speed : 165.9 kph (15)
Armor : InduArmor Light (Armor Factor 8) : 0.5 tons
Front – 2
Right Side – 2
Left Side – 2
Rear – 2
Four (4) Sperry Browning MGs (Nose)
Ammo (MG) : 200 (Body)
Bomb Rails (3 tons) : (3xRW, 3xLW : 500 kgs each)
Manufacturer : Fábrica Tragnar de Aviones, Tragnar Republic, System – Dumassas
Communications System : Echo Roar 2/3
Targeting and Tracking System : Dragon’s Target One
Note : 150,000 Cs.
Overview : The A-37 Dragonfly, or Super Tweet, is a conventional light attack aircraft developed from the T-37 Tweet basic trainer in the 2980s and 2990s by the Tragnar military. The A-37 was introduced during the initial independence wars and has remained in service ever since.
Capabilities : Designed as an all-purpose light attack, reconnaissance, liaison, cargo, and bomber aircraft designed to operate in a low-threat combat environment from rugged forward landing airstrips. It’s low silhouette is designed to assist in giving it easy lift for takeoff and landing. The Dragonfly has a high-wing tail, granting it STOL capabilities to operate from dirt airstrips. A simple jet fighter, its ease of maintenance and small size make it popular among mercenary forces for its ability to be packed in small vehicle bays for transport off-world.
The vehicle is typically deployed for scouting and on-call close air support. The bomb bay support compartment allows the vehicle to pack complicated ECM and communications equipment to expand a central HQs control. It traditionally packs six heavy bombs in addition to its four MGs, but can also carry a 1500 liter drop-tank for doubling its range.
Deployment : Produced originally as a trainer, the Dragonfly proved very rugged and versatile, and was soon built and deployed as a light attack fighter, typically in a ground-support role. Hundreds have been built, and the vehicles are still in common use, though they stopped production of the plane for the Pucara Light Attack Fighter, a dedicated ground attack fighter. Today, some nations on Dumassas still deploy the vehicle as a standard fighter, but most have been returned back to the trainer role.
Variants : Civilian models have become popular, having been stripped of weapons systems and its ammunition bays converted to an internal cargo bay. Its use as a frontier cargo hauler is facilitated by clam-shell doors located below the high tail and granting direct access to its internal 1-ton cargo bay. Cargo can also be air-dropped from this bay.