Mitsuhishi Mi-45

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Mi-45
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.

Characteristics

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.

Variants

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.
Mi-45
First production model, produced between 244 and 265. Powered by the Kakurega Utakata Miniaturized Fusion Reactor (Second Revision)
Mi-46-Mi
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.

Specifications

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