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Posted: Jun 10 2012, 07:35 AM
29% Armaments Designer
Member No.: 277
Joined: 8-March 08
Aircraft Engines Available:
Mazara Palani's airplane production in this era was limited primarily by the number of engines produced. Therefore, it's worth listing them simply because the number of airplanes is somewhat defined by the number of available engines. Mazara airplane engines in the late 30s and 1940s required quite a bit more hand assembly then their contemporaries. Components were also frequently made in smaller shops and factories, which meant that parts had to be re-machined to blueprint specifications during the assembly process.
However, the upside to this lengthy build process was that master artisans and engineers ensured that every engine was built to spec, resulting in powerful, highly reliable engines. Also, field maintenance was made easier, as airplanes had their powerplants packed into a modular "egg" that could be removed immediately with the disconnection of a few lines; new engines could be simply swapped in while old engines were being worked on.
Power figures are for military power without water or methanol injection.
(1): AFE-16: 12 cyl. 27 liters displacement, 1400-2200 hp
(2): AFE-18: 12 cyl. 35 liters displacement, 1700-2600 hp
(3): AFE-19: 24 cyl. 50 liters displacement, 2700-3500 hp
(4): AFE-20: 12 cyl. 40 liters displacement, 2400-3200 hp
(5): AFE-22: 24 cyl. 60 liters displacement, 2800-4500 hp
(6): AFE-13: 7 cyl. radial, 600-900 hp
(7): AFE-14: 9 cyl. radial, 800-1200 hp
(8): AFE-17: 14 cyl. radial, 1500-2200 hp
(9): AFE-18: 18 cyl. radial, 2100-3700 hp
(10): AFE-21: 28 cyl radial, 3000-5000 hp
(860): MM-1 8x60mm MMG/GPMG: The standard GPMG wasn't really used by the Mazara Air Force as the 8x60mm round lacked both reach and hitting power. The GPMG as an aircraft weapon was mostly a holdover from the 1930s. However, the Army and Navy used 8x60mm weapons extensively as door and nose guns on helicopters. Average GPMGs weighed about 10-15 kilograms depending on the model and could fire anywhere from 800-1500 rounds per minute.
(155): HG-15 15.5x121mm HMG: This reliable, hard hitting weapon fired projectiles with excellent ballistic properties and was used on just about every vehicle in the Mazara military from airplanes to ships to light utility vehicles. A dual feed system ensured a high rate of fire, up to 1000 rounds per minute, although average rate of fire was 900 rounds per minute. The HG-15 weighed 50 kilograms and was usually mounted singularly in airplanes. However, dual-barreled Gast setups were also fairly common. HG-15s using Gast setups could fire at up to 2500 rounds per minute and were frequently used as defensive guns on bombers. The terminal effects of the 15.5mm round were excellent; a tungsten cored 15.5mm AP round could penetrate 50mm of rolled homogenous armor at 500m, which was more than enough to kill most tanks through their roof armor.
(235): 23x152mm cannon: This Doomani weapon was produced under license. Light and reliable, the 23mm offered heavy cannon firepower to vehicles which couldn't carry the heavier 25x200mm AA gun. The 23x152mm cannon fired a 200 gram projectile at 1100 meters per second. General rate of fire was about 800 rounds per minute. Each gun weighed around 60kg, which was barely heavier than the 15.5mm MG.
(252): VMW-201 25x200mm cannon: The 25mm AA gun was mostly used as a light AA mount on ships or as main armament for patrol boats. However, the VMW-201 was also used on interceptors and heavier ground attack aircraft. The 325 gram projectile fired by the VMW-201 was exceptionally good at bringing down enemy aircraft. The problems were that each gun weighed 115 kg apiece and despite this, recoil was fierce, especially if long bursts were fired. Sustained firing could damage airplanes, so pilots generally fired no more than 3-4 rounds at a time.
(352): VMW-202 35x250mm cannon: The 25x200mm cannon had a very strongly built case. By blowing out and necking up the 25x200mm case, it could safely accommodate a 35mm shell. The 800 gram projectile could take down any bomber in a few hits. Recoil was very heavy to say the least and only larger, two-engined fighters could carry 35mm cannon.
Ground Attack Weapons:
(400): VMW-212 40x400mm cannon: The most common ground based anti-air weapon in the Mazara arsenal was also used as a weapon onboard aircraft. The 1250 gram projectile fired from the Mazara 40 could rip heavy bombers in half in a few hits. The VMW-212 could fire 300 rounds per minute, thanks to its recoil operated breech. Generally, two VMW-212s were mounted in underwing pods on ground attack aircraft.
(570): 57mm AT gun:
(750): 75mm AT gun (lol):