by Rob Morgenstern, Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen
Grumman VC-33 Mom's Kitchen Light VTOL Cargo Plane
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- Length: 19.2 meters
- Width : 3.2 meters
- Wingspan : 19.5 meters
- Height: 5.4 meters
- Weight: 17.2 metric tons.
- Two flight crew light tactical military VTOL transport aircraft.
- There are a number of configurations for this aircraft:
- Troop transport - 25 troops
- Cargo - 5 metric tons of cargo
- VIP - 12 passengers and 1 metric ton of cargo
- 2 BMW Rolls-Royce BR720 turbofan engines with two-dimensional vectored thrust nozzles providing 109 kN of thrust.
- 2 secondary BMW Rolls-Royce BR800 turbojet engines located behind the rear landing gear providing 45 kN of thrust for vertical takeoff and landings.
- Maximum speed: 810 kph
- Maximum speed: 530 kph, low altitude
- Service Ceiling: 12.8 km
- Maximum range: 2,222 km (with VTOL operation)
- Maximum range: 5,556 km (with runway takeoff and landing, light cargo)
- Maximum Take-Off Weight: 38.3 metric tons
- Maximum VTOL Weight: 28.6 metric tons
Note: The maximum runway take-off weight is more limited by the structural integrity of the aircraft hull than the thrust available.
V. Sensory Systems:
- AlliedSignal RDR4 (TTR-SS) X-band (9,375 MHz) multi-mode frequency-agile pulse-Doppler radar, providing forward looking weather, terrain mapping and beacon homing.
- Thomson DOS-2000 multi-band digital camera system, for medium range traversable UV, infra-red imaging and optical band detection and tracking;
Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):
- Elettronica Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)
- OlDelft Infra-red Warning Receiver (IRWR)
- Westinghouse ALQ-200(V) active radar jammer
- Chaff dispenser
- Active missile jammers
- Multiple HF, VHF and UHF antennas.
Full nuclear and chemical protection. Limited protection from hand fired solids and energy beams, shrapnel and other fragments.
The VC-33 saw use during the Global Civil War ferrying troops and supplies to the front lines. It's size and vertical landing capabilities allowed the transport to unload its cargo close to the front lines thereby allowing rapid deployment and resupplying of troops in the field. These aircraft were used all over theaters of the GCW and due to its widespread use, it earned the nickname "Mom's Kitchen" as they frequently served as resupply aircraft for the forward troops. The VC-33 transport also saw extensive use ferrying VIPs all over the world. This aircraft was especially useful at Alaska base as the size and VTOL capabilities were useful in allowing the aircraft to land within the grand cannon thereby obscuring the passengers from any land- or space-based surveillance systems. Since this aircraft also sees frequent use by carriers, the wings fold up for easier storage.
The Southern Cross Tactical Corps used the VC-33 to ferry troops for rapid deployment, as well as the Logistics Corps using them for forward supply.
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