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The E-456 Xiphos is a UNSC aircraft
The Xiphos is an air frame that is designed to simultaneously support battle management for air forces, ground forces, act as early Space/Airborne Early Warning and observation.
The E-456 Xiphos mounts two RADARs. One is a active electronically scanned array held in a radome above the fuselage, capable of covering a area of around 120,000 kilometers, far outside the range of every combat aircraft in the arsenal of every faction and even most warships, making its RADAR capacities on par with carriers. This RADAR can detect incoming aircraft far outside of missile range and its RADAR can be used to direct both air and ground RADAR homing missile systems to their targets. It can also pick up even well hidden air and ground emitters, allowing it to act as jam homing as well. The second is a ground facing RADAR to has a Ground Moving Target indication, fixed target indicator and synthetic aperture RADAR modes. This can cover around 113,000 kilometers and track up to 9000 ground targets. In support of all this, it can gather a variety of intelligence, usually signals/electronic intelligence, from enemy space, air, ground and sea based systems, being capable of intercepting, translating and tracking a variety of signals in the electromagnetic spectrum and gather its own composite imagery intelligence, from a mixture of aerial photographs taken with one of the two on board telescoping cameras (one produces full colour optical photos, the other produces thermal images) and ground reading RADAR outputs.
The Xiphos' primary role is battle management, and through its two RADARs can provide real time intelligence for infantry on the ground, allowing forces on the ground to patch into its intelligence gathering systems to provide increased situation awareness or guide naval fire, air engagement, air bombardment or ground based artillery systems. By using a mixture of visual and electronic observation gear, mixed with IFF signalling, and threat analysis, they can determine what kind of enemy forces are travelling in which direction and what speed and how many and rely this to friendly units. From its position at a Low Earth Orbit at 90 kilometres above the action (or at the boundary of the Thermosphere). It can provide aerial battle management, increasing situational awareness for aircraft, added stealth by allowing them to turn off their RADARs, increased range and increased terminal guidance, by feeding telemetry data to missiles. It is also a vital instrument in suppression of enemy air defences operations, being able to detect, designate and jam enemy RADAR instruments.
It is crewed by a pilot, radio operator, co-pilot, electronic warfare operator, five intelligence operators, 7 RADAR operators, 3 operators for the IMINT systems, four liaison staff dependent on the current deployment and a commander. These are all supported by a single Seventh Generation 'Dumb' A.I. who not only is designed to operate all the systems and translate them, but also aid the intelligence officers and the communication officers.
Its well shielded, studded with point defence lasers and has a highly stealthy design, which is compounded by advance Electronic Warfare and Counter Warfare systems along with stealthy design and active camouflage. As a result, even when operating at full capacity, it can be difficult to locate, visually and technically. When its systems are off line and its 'running silent' it is near impossible to detect.
The E-456 Xiphos's airframe is constructed from a basis of superplastic-shaped diffusion-adhered metal matrix composites. These light, oxidation resistant light-matrix composites are formed from high modulus and high strength gold doped zirconium oxide fibres and a titanium/aluminium laminate matrix, formed by heat bonding layers of titanium, aluminium and titanium aluminide, forming high strength crystal matrices, the results forming a high strength, yet flexible and light airframe. The skin is formed from four layered plates attached to the frame. The inside layer is a high strength carbon nanotube nanobud mesh composite, which does not melt on re-entry and protects the ship and occupants. Above this is a environmental layer, which regulates internal and external heat, preventing layers from outright melting or freezing, and protecting the occupants. The third layer is a resin bonded layer of structural titanium aluminide with a titanium mesh insert. The fourth layer is a outer layer of AEGIS tiles, built on a non-newtonian shock absorbing layer, providing thermal and oxidation protection. The cockpit is situated in titanium-AEGIS compound armoured 'tubs'. These give limited protection against enemy fire. The windscreen is bullet-proof diffusion-bonded self-regenerating stretched-acrylic, with a coating of liquid glass, with a variable electronically controlled gold tinted setting, which protects it from solar rays, laser dazzles and electronic interference. These give limited protection against enemy fire. The skin is painted with thermal diffusing paint, heat controlled hull to generate a black body exterior, infra-red suppressors on the engines, RADAR absorbent paint, liquid glass composites and LASER absorbent laminates, which when compounded with its stealth design, gives it excellent stealth abilities.
The Electronic Warfare systems consists of two pods, the AN/ALQ-57 VANGUARD jamming system, capable of intercepting and deciphering radio systems, intercepting RADAR transmissions and intercepting MASER transmissions and then tracking the source and jamming it through low detectable directed narrow ban jamming or wide area jamming, at the cost of stealth. It has the added functionality of being able to feed false information to any of the above sensor or communication systems, further confusing enemy forces or preform active cancellation, sending out directed, well timed signals on the correct wavelength to 'cancel' enemy RADAR, Radio or MASER signatures, resulting in a 'silence'. The second pod is a Electronic Protection Pod, the AN/ALQ-61 PACK RAT that interferes with enemy attempts to intercept and jam communication and detection systems by producing narrow beam 'burn outs' that confuse and jam enemy attempts to jam them. Along with that, it uses a CPU driven decryption system that protects against attempts to intercept communication systems or preform cyber warfare attacks, usually through vicious back hacks and maze barrier systems. Its tail assembly has been modified with lightweight and low impact signals receiver and directional finder.