Atop Fort 470, Guardswoman Ophelia
readies a counterattack against airborne enemy troops. She’s not your
typical archer, though. No, this is an alternate steampunk universe
where everything is done elaborately grand. Behold her ultimate
weapon: ten semi-automatic crossbows mounted onto mechanical wings.
That’s why they call Ophelia the anti-aircraft angelic assassin!
Battle plans calculated on her modernized combat data assistant
(today called a tablet), she counts down to offering some pretty
heavy firepower. Her wings could potentially transform into a
backpack, diagram pending, but is it practical? Heck no! Can she ride
with them on a train? Probably not. But it’s wicked cool so who
cares? As long as Ophelia doesn’t have to clear any doorways and is
careful not to shoot herself in the head, she’s all set.
Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAIC) Z-10 Pi Li Huo (“Fierce Thunderbolt”) Attack Helicopter
Designed by the Kamov design bureau of Russia, the Z-10 serves in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), and may soon have a role in the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). It has a primary role of anti-tank, with a secondary air-to-air role.
Derived from the J-11 and Sukhoi Su-30MKK fighters bought from Russia in the 2000’s, the J-16 is intended to be China’s equivalent of the American F-15E Strike Eagle. AESA radar, updated ECM, composites, and radar-absorbing material (RAM) add a technological punch, but until higher-quality WS-10 engines are manufactured, don’t look for the aircraft to be this heavily loaded anytime soon…
People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Xian H-6K Bomber
With improved engines, a glass cockpit, and use of composites, the H-6K is an improved, license-built Tu-16 Badger. The H-6K has the bomb bay removed for extra fuel capacity and six pylons added to the wings for cruise missiles or anti-ship missiles.