|S-1 "Broadweaver" Bomber|
|Place of origin||Noroist Axdel|
|Used by||Axdelian Air Force(historic)|
Ethalrian Air Force(historic)
Oscrelian Air Force(historic)
Nilovian Air Force
Axdel Air Force(historic)
|Wars||Auroran Imperial War Lyrevale Continuation War|
|Manufacturer||Aerial Warfare Division of Axdel|
|Unit cost||10.5 million Kiribs (1975)|
|4x 2000lb / 6x 1000lb Bombs in internal bay (S-1A)|
|4x heavy underwing pylons (S-1A & deriv.)|
6x heavy underwing pylons (S-1B & deriv.)
|Engine||2x Kersivius Turbojets|
100KN each (dry thrust)
140KN each (full afterburner)
|4,750 km (S-1A)|
|Speed||mach 2.7 at 40000ft/12000m|
mach 1.4 at sea level (S-1A)
The S-1 Broadweaver is a supersonic strike bomber designed in 1965 by Hartley Aerospace for use by the Morstaybishlian Royal Air Force as a tactical nuclear strike craft, but was rejected during development due to several technical issues and a change in doctrine moving away from the battlefield use of nuclear warheads. It was instead adopted by the Axdelian Defence Force and produced in small numbers pre-1969. After declaring independence, the bomber saw heavy use by the Noroist Axdelian Air force during the Auroran Imperial War and into the early years of the 21st century. It was one of the fastest bombers ever put into production, its incredible speed at all altitudes allowing it to outrun contemporary fighters and penetrate deep into enemy territory whilst flying at low altitudes to reduce the chance of being detected by radar. It proved instrumental in the success of many allied military operations. The plane did suffer from a low payload capacity compared to its contemporaries, an artefact of the original intention of the bomber as a tactical nuclear delivery system. Despite this it remained invaluable in SEAD missions armed with anti-radiation missiles, and later models did successfully increase the maximum payload.
S-1B and S-1C Broadweavers were exported to Ethalria, Oscrelia and Nilovia during the AIW, and post war multiple variants were tested and purchased by several other nations with close relations to Noroist Axdel. Several were captured by the Morstaybishlian Empire and her allies during the AIW and were maintained for training purposes up until 2009.
Standard version, which had a relatively meagre payload capacity of 5000kg with its four heavy underwing hardpoints and internal bay. Saw production during the early AIW, though was quickly made redundant in favour of more specialised variants. Operational range was frequently extended with the use of drop tanks on the underwing hardpoints.
Aerial reconnaissance version of the S-1A.
Heavy attack version and the most widely produced, with a greater wingspan boasting two additional heavy underwing hardpoints, hardpoints on the fuselage, and a larger internal bay. It possessed a larger operational range and far greater payload capacity than the S-1A at the cost of a lower maximum speed of mach 2.1 when unloaded, and was optimised for operations where the threat of enemy high-speed interceptors was lower.
High performance strike version. Featured high airflow intakes and newly developed low drag features which gave it improved fuel efficiency, exceptional operational range and allowing for a Mach 2.9+ maximum speed in level flight. A more powerful radar system gave it additional ability in using air-to-surface missiles and even some air-to-air capability. Suffered from excessive wear at high speeds.
Aerial reconnaissance version of the S-1C.
Highly modified ultrafast experimental prototype developed in the 1980's using rocket motors instead of turbojets and composite heat shielding as part of early research in an Axdelian spaceplane project. Three airframes produced, however one disintegrated mid-air at the undisclosed maximum speed in 1984, killing the pilot and ultimately leading to the suspension of the project.
A version of the S-1B optimised for use as a cruise missile launch platform, featuring strengthened underwing pylons and larger internal fuel tanks.
Long-range version with a much larger fuel tank slung below the fuselage and large wings similar to the S-1B though considerably more aerodynamic.
A modernised version introduced in 1990 fielding advanced digital combat suites intended to make up for relatively poor performance in the Lyrevale Continuation War.
Experimental test platform for low-observability stealth features. Only airframe built used as target practice after testing and destroyed. Recovered blueprints suggest features similar to the conceptual S-2 Stormweaver and afterburning turbofan engines instead of turbojets.