Mitsuhishi Mi-45

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Mitsuhishi Mi-45
Role Heavy-lift cargo aerospacecraft
National origin New Greater Empire
Manufacturer Mitsuhishi Aerospace
First flight 242
Introduction 245
Status In service
Primary user Imperial Army
Produced 244–present

The Mitsuhishi Mi-45 is an Imperial quad-engine heavy-lift VTOL aerospacecraft designed and manufactured by Mitsuhishi. Primarily used by the Imperial Army, the civilian variant of the Mi-45 is the Mitsuhishi Mi-46-Mi.


The Mi-45 is a medium-lift VTOL-capable aerospacecraft equipped with four vectoring-capable ion thrusters. It is deep space-capable with a pressurised cockpit, but is designed primarily for short-range orbital and in-atmosphere operations. The Mi-45 is intended to be used to transport cargo from orbital vessels to planetary surfaces and vice versa, as well as for in-atmosphere airlifting.

Two medium-duty cargo lifter arms flank the cockpit module, and are equipped with electromagnetic clamps as well as carbon nanotube-reinforced lifting cables. The Mi-45 is capable of carrying 100 tonnes of cargo between these arms, usually Imperial-standard Proclamation 233-compliant cargo containers. Pallets are used to carry Small-Type and Medium-Type containers, and the largest cargo containers that the Mi-45 can safely carry are the Standard Large-Type Cargo Containers. Besides cargo transportation, the Mi-45 is also designed for in-atmosphere tactical airlift operations, and is capable of airlifting most small-to-medium sized Imperial ground vehicles. Multiple Mi-45s can also work in tandem to carry larger vehicles, such as the Type-87 Kitagawa-class walker, providing the Imperial Army with flexible strategic mobility.

When landing, the Mi-45's lifter arms rotate upwards. This is to save space in hangar bays and landing fields. Mi-45s are fully armoured for battlefield protection, and feature layered composite titanium armour capable of deflecting ground fire during tactical airlift operations. Mi-45s are also equipped with countermeasures against enemy missiles and often fly with anti-laser polymer coating applied.

A crew of three operates the Mi-45, with a pilot and copilot to operate the craft and a loadmaster to manage cargo-lifting operations. Though the cockpit module is pressurised, like most Imperial pilots the crew don vacuum-rated suits to protect themselves in case of a hull breach while in space.


A depiction of a Mi-45 dropping off a Type-58 walker in combat.
Mitsuhishi Medium-Lift Utility Aerospacecraft Testbed 242
Preproduction aircraft, six built.
First production model, produced between 244 and 265. Powered by the Kakurega Utakata Miniaturized Fusion Reactor (Second Revision)
Variant for civilian and export sales with armour plating and military hardware removed.
Mi-45 Kai
Second production model, produced between 260 and 283. Upgraded sensors and avionics, as well as improved reentry heat shielding.
Mi-45 Kai Nii
Third production model, produced from 280 to present. Powered by the Kakurega Utakata Miniaturized Fusion Reactor (Third Revision), as well as featuring further mid-life upgrades to hardware and avionics systems.
Mi-46-Mi Nii ("Mini")
Second civilian variant produced since 292, including several upgrades introduced with the Mi-45 Kai Nii.


General characteristics

  • Crew: 2 - 3 (Pilot, Copilot, Loadmaster)
  • Length: 20.1 m
  • Height: 6.5 m
  • Powerplant: 1 × Kakurega Utakata Miniaturized Fusion Reactor (Third Revision)
  • Propulsion: 4 × Kawazaki Yoru-733 Ion Engine (thrust vectoring)
  • Cruising speed: 240 km/h
  • Intended Aerospace Range: Orbit-to-Surface

See also