O-Suzumebachi Aerial Attack Drone
Hello all. I don't know if you remember my post from the 28th July on Facebook. The one of the guy piloting a drone aircraft. Well, if you were, by any chance, wondering what kind of aircraft he was piloting, look no further. This is an O-Suzumebachi Aerial Attack Drone. O-Suzumebachi is the Japanese word for the Japanese giant hornet, or, to translate it literally, the "giant sparrow bee". Look them up, they're terrifying... More information on the O-Suzumebachi below:
O-Suzumebachi Aerial Attack Drone.
... By 3280, having overseen a massive overhaul of the Obake Neo-Zaibatsu Conglomerates’ ground forces, Admiral Sakamoto Umetaro turned his attention towards their air force. The Obake air forces were severely out-dated, and for the most part the military had been relying on support from allies, in particular the AESF, to maintain any kind of air superiority during military campaigns. Two options were available: buy new military hardware from a foreign supplier, such as the AESF’s Olympus Corporation; or encourage domestic suppliers to develop new aerial weaponry. Admiral Sakamoto promoted the latter option. To that end he initiated the Fūjin Project in 3281, tendering research contracts for the development of air superiority solutions. After much competition the contract was awarded to the Jorōgumo Corporation, who proposed the development of aerial drone technology. In 3286 they completed development of the prototype Suzumebachi aerial attack drone. This aerial combat weapon was a complete departure from standard air superiority tactics. First of all, it was mostly autonomous, operated by the Yaoyorozu no Kami hive mind AI system, which had been developed the previous year specifically for the project. Secondly, the drone was designed with the primary aim of attacking and disabling enemy airships rather than combating ground forces. The Suzumebachi proved to be a highly successful weapon, with mass production starting in late 3286, but it soon became clear that there was a need for a unit that could counter enemy armour on the ground. Therefore in 3288 Jorōgumo began working on the O-Suzumebachi, a heavier variant of the Suzumebachi. This project soon became part of the larger Dogū Project, an initiative to develop remotely piloted vehicles. Alongside the design of the hardware elements of the O-Suzumebachi, the Ningyōzukai System, a new and highly advanced interface system for the remote control of drone vehicles, was produced. Unlike the Suzumebachi, which is deployed in swarms, the O-Suzumebachi is used in small flight teams. These teams are trained to perform surgical strikes on enemy targets...
Extract from the article Clear Skies: Developments in Air Superiority Tactics in Griffith’s Defence Monthly.