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|V-13 Firestorm Aircraft.|
|National origin|| Granzery |
|Manufacturer||Vertega Aerospace Corporation|
Contador Aerospace Collective
|First flight||28 March 2016|
|Introduction||2 September 2019|
|Primary user||Granzery Air Force|
|Unit cost||US$50 million (V-13A)|
The Vertega V-13 Firestorm (Granzerian: Vertega V-13 Tűzvihart, Verdesa: Contador-Vertega CV-13 empestad)) is a joint Granzerian, Verdesan and Sytrican supersonic, stealth multirole fighter developed by the Vertega Corporation (Sytrica and Granzery divisions) alongside Contador Aerospace Collective as a low-cost alternative to the V-12 Tempest. The program is spearheaded by Granzery, holding 80% of shares. The aircraft has similar capabilities to the larger V-12 Tempest, for approximately half the cost, the V-13 is cheaper to operate than the V-12 and is intended to replace the V-12 in Granzerian service by 2030.
Measures to reduce radar cross-section on the V-13 include airframe shaping such as alignment of edges, fixed-geometry serpentine inlets that prevent line-of-sight of the engine faces from any exterior view, and attention to detail such as hinges and pilot helmets that could provide a radar return. The V-13 was also designed to have decreased radio emissions, infrared signature and acoustic signature. The V-13L model in current development also makes use of fiber-mat and other stealthy, radar-absorbent materials to further increase the stealth capabilities of the aircraft while maintaining a low cost of operation.
Electronics, countermeasures and Avionics
- V-13A: Standard production variant.
- V-13AK: Export version with downgraded radar and stealth.
- V-13AT: Carrier-capable version to enter service with the GRN by late 2020.
- V-13L: Upgraded variant with greater stealth capability under development, expected to enter service in 2021. Known as Firestorm-II
- V-13LT: Carrier-capable version of the V-13L to enter service with the GRN by late 2020.
- Granzery: The Granzerian Air Force operates approximately 60 V-13 fighters, with a further 152 on order, last unit expected to be completed in late 2024.
- Verdesa: The Verdesan Air Force operates 50 V-13 fighters.
- Sytrica: The Sytrican Air Force operates 12 V-13 fighters.
Accidents and losses
- Crew: 1 or 2
- Length: 16.9 m (55.4 ft)
- Wingspan: 11.2 m (36.7 ft)
- Height: 4.7 m (15.3 ft)
- Wing area: 46.5 square meters (500 square feet)
- Empty weight: 11,800 kg (26,000 lb)
- Loaded weight: 17,200 kg (38,000 lb)
- Max takeoff weight: 25,400 kg (56,000 lb)
- Powerplant: 2× Sava TBA afterburning pitch thrust vectoring turbofans afterburning turbofan
- Dry thrust: 13,000lbf (57.8 kN) each
- Thrust with afterburner: 22,000 lbf (97.9 kN) each
- Maximum speed: Mach 1.81
- Guns: 1 × 20 mm 081M six barrel rotary cannons in concealed wing root
- Hardpoints: 10 with provisions to carry combinations of:VKU mtz. 1993 External Fuel Tanks
- Air-to-air missiles:
- Air-to-surface missiles:
- Anti-ship missiles: