Maroto Botín MB-23

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MB-23
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A Creeperian Air Force MB-23 in flight.
Role Multirole Fighter Jet
National origin  Creeperopolis
Manufacturer Maroto Botín Aircraft Corporation
First flight November 18, 1978; 41 years ago (1978-11-18)
Introduction July 1, 1980; 40 years ago (1980-07-01)
Status In service
Primary users Creeperian Air Force
Creeperian Navy
Lyoa National Air Force
Produced 1978-present
Number built 1,520+
Unit cost
$232 million colóns
Developed from Maroto Botín MB-22
Developed into Maroto Botín MB-24

The Maroto Botín MB-23 is a twin-engine, supersonic, all-weather, carrier-capable, multirole fighter jet, designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft. The MB-23 was designed by Maroto Botín Aircraft Corporation and is primarily used by the Creeperian Air Force and the Creeperian Navy.

Operators

Nation Branch Count In service
Creeperopolis Creeperopolis Creeperopolis Creeperian Air Force 1,402 1980-present
Creeperopolis Creeperian Navy 90 1980-present
Lyoa Lyoa Lyoa Lyoa National Air Force 8 2003-present

Specifications

Orthographically projected diagram of the MB-23.

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 (C)/2 (D - pilot and weapon systems officer)
  • Aspect ratio: 4
  • Fuel capacity: 10,860 lbs internally

Performance

  • Maximum speed: Mach 1.8
  • Thrust/weight: 0.96 (1.13 with loaded weight at 50% internal fuel)

Armament

  • Guns: 1× 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A1 Vulcan nose mounted 6-barrel rotary cannon, 578 rounds
  • Hardpoints: 9 total: 2× wingtips missile launch rail, 4× under-wing, and 3× under-fuselage with a capacity of 13,700 lb external fuel and ordnance,with provisions to carry combinations of:
    • Rockets: *** 2.75 in Hidro 70 rockets
      • 5 in Zuno rockets
    • Missiles: *** Air-to-air missiles:
        • 2× AIM-9 Sidewinder on wingtips and
        • 8× AIM-9 Sidewinder (with double-racks) or 4× AIM-132 ASRAAM or 4× IRIS-T or 8× AIM-120 AMRAAM (with double-racks) and
        • 2× AIM-7 Sparrow or 2× AIM-120 AMRAAM
      • Air-to-surface missiles:
        • 4x AGM-65 Maverick
        • AGM-84H/K Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Range (SLAM-ER)
        • AGM-88 HARM Anti-radiation missile (ARM)
        • 4x AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW)
        • AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM)
        • KEPD 350 Cruise missile
      • Anti-ship missile:
        • AGM-84 Harpoon
    • Bombs: *** Joint Direct Attack Munition JDAM precision-guided munition (PGMs)
      • Paveway series of laser-guided bombs
      • Mk 80 series of unguided iron bombs
      • CBU-78 Gator
      • CBU-87 Combined Effects Munition
      • CBU-97 Sensor Fuzed Weapon
      • CBU-100 Cluster Bomb
      • MK-77 Incendiary Bomb
    • Other: *** ADM-141 TALD
      • SUU-42A/A Flares/Infrared decoys dispenser pod and chaff pod or
      • Electronic countermeasures (ECM) pod or
      • AN/AAS-38 Nite Hawk Targeting pods
      • LITENING targeting pod
      • up to 3× 330 gal FPU-8/A drop tanks for ferry flight or extended range/loitering time.

Avionics

  • ROVER (Remotely Operated Video Enhanced Receiver)

See Also