forget aerodynamics...this baby got 100 onboard flight control computer...kau ade..??
Lumutskoye Zemlya - CI TI AR EM, EMBRAYER and the Fuerza Militaria Area Malaysiana today had lauch the first test flight of the MerongMahawangsa airborne superfortress at Sitiawan AFB.
The test flight mark the advancement of the AIR DEFENCE CAPABLITIES FOR OUR PROUD AND STRONG FATHERLAND (ADCAFOPASF) programme on the airborne deterrence section.
MerongMahawangsa is a 250 metres long quad wing strategic airborne superfortress powered by 8 Kutsnetsov KHZ-9000 contra rotating turbofan engine. The aircraft are slated for strategic heavy airlift operations for the Royal Armour Division which will be able to carry 10 Main Battle Tank in one go or 300 airborne troops.
The aircraft are also planned by the Fuerza Militaria as the main Close Air Support Gunship...which will be fitted with a 150mm howitzer...a 105mm pack howitzer and GAU-10 gattling gun plus a lot of dumb bombs.
MERONGMAHAWANGSA next test flight will be conducted next month and full evaluation is slated to be completed in 2014 before full scale mass production begun.
There is still no information with regards to how many of these behemoth are ordered by government.