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Development

IMF Program

The Intermediate Multirole Fighter program was launched a few months after the Osean, Advanced Strike Fighter program was halted in 1994. The Osean military required a stop gap naval fighter that was more capable than their current existing aircraft, without the expenses and time required to develop a true fifth generation airframe. General Resources Limited immediately put a bid into the program, stating an idea to improve further upon the navy's current F-14D Super Tomcats as a viable option. After a list of less than stellar proposals were received, and given GRL's substantial participation in the ASF program, the Osean navy accepted their proposal, later ordering 54 airframes for immediate military integration.

Result

After increasing program costs induced by unforeseen challenges in development, the IMF program quickly overshot their initial goals set for military production. This intern caused stress upon the Osean navy, which caused them to begin losing interest in the program, cancelling 38 airframes and instead opting to purchase more F-14Ds, F/A-18E/Fs and a few new F-18Gs. The Osean Navy later informed GRL, after continued delay that they had decided to cancel all remaining orders, and that they were to pull all funding from the program. Effectively bringing an end the IMF program, and seemingly to the aircraft itself.

Revival

After the Belkan War had drawn to a close the need for a highly advanced fighter was met with a lot critacism by the population of Osea, which was confirmed with the complete halt of the ASF program. However GRL again proposed the idea of a reworked F-14D. The proposal given to the Osean military, showed further improved plans based upon the IMF program. The idea of a lower cost aircraft that could still potentially replace/coexist with current aircraft was appealing, however Osea still decided to keep development of the aircraft under wraps from the general public. However the acquisition of Gründer Industries following the Belkan War, caused Osea to request a collaborative effort between Gründer and GRL to implement newly acquired technology into existing and developing designs. And in 2007 the first prototype aircraft designated the YF-14E took flight and it didn't take long before the pilots began to give it the nickname "Wildcat". Six months after, Osea committed itself to ordering 48 initial aircraft, The first fighter was adopted in May 2013, entering official service the year after in 2014, And officially being titled Wildcat II.

Design

The basis of the F/A-14E retained most of the F-14D's design and mechanics, however a few parts of the airframe had been reworked to allow for participation in the IMF program. Later improvements after the dissolution of the IMF program included the integration of the F-15S/MTD engines, canted tail fins, forward canards, a small internal weapons bay, conformal fuel tanks mounted on top of the airframe located just behind the cockpit (similar to that of the F-16C Block 50 variants), along with a single pilot COFFIN equipped airframe. The rest of the aircraft had many smaller modifications although remained for the most part the same.

Specifications

Similar dimensions as the F-14D Super Tomcat. Slightly shorter in height due to the canted tail fins, also shorter in length, nose was shortened to accommodate the single pilot cockpit.

General Characteristics

  • Crew: 1 (Pilot)
  • Powerplant: 2 × General Electric F100-GE-400 afterburning turbofans (as used in the F-15S/MTD)
  • Maximum Speed: Mach 2.1 (1,650 mph, 2,650 km/h) at 37,650 ft (11,480 m)

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