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RAF Stingray S3

31.6k Dimkal  4.4 years ago
Auto Credit Based on Dimkal's AF.11N Jaguar II Mk.2N - AdA

BAe/HarpiaDS Stingray S3 - Maritime Strike Aircraft


AG1: Internal Weapons Bay Jettison (use with bay doors opened)
AG2: Gyro-stabilization activation
AG3+TRIM DOWN: Nose air-refueling probe operation and refueling light activation (Airspeed<400mph)
AG4: Drag chute deployment
AG5: Inner wing pylon Jettison
AG6: Outer wing pylons Jettison
AG7: Formation/NVG Lights Activation
AG8:Anti-collision/Navigation Lights Activation
VTOL Down: Flaps deployment
VTOL UP: Weapons Bay Doors operation
TRIM: Normal operation (Tab-Down for Pitch-Up)


-Optimum Attack Velocity: 350-500mph
-Recommended Throttle setting: 20%-30%
-Keep target in front of 3-9 line
-DO NOT fire any weapons with downward movement or excessive sink rate

WaveRider anti-ship missile

--- (outer wing pylons) ---

-Select Air-to-Ground target mode
-Select Inferno type weapon (Mission computer automatically engages the inner left pylon)
-Recommended Alt: 1.000-8.000ft
-Acquire target (steady red target box)
-Fire weapon

Carpet Bombing Procedure

-Select Air-to-Ground target mode
-Select either Boom50 or Boom25 free-fall bombs
-Align aircraft with target in flightpath clear of obstacles
-Recommended Alt: 3.000-10.000ft
-Press AG2 to activate Gyro-stabilization
-Trim aircraft for level flight
-Throttle: 12-18%
-VTOL UP to open internal weapons bay doors
-When aircraft is 1-2mi away from target, FIRE WEAPONS (continuous pressing of button)
-If salvo release is selected then press AG1 and AG5
-When Boom50 or Boom25 bombs are out, switch to the other bombs available
-Disengage AG2, accelerate, deploy countermeasures and leave the area


-Aircraft will rotate automatically at T/O speed (~230mph fully loaded)
-THROTTLE: Adjust for cruising flight
-TRIM SET for Speed and Altitude
-Continue Flight

Gyro-stabilization Assisted Landing Approach System (G-ALAS)

(Best Landing technique due to increased operational weight):

-Reduce Airspeed at 300mph and below
-Align with Runway at 1.500 ft Altitude and 2NM distance
-THROTTLE: 4-8% (depends on weight)
-TRIM: FULL DOWN gradually
-VTOL: FULL DOWN gradually
-AG2: Activate for Gyro-stabilization
-Establish reasonable Rate of Descent
-Airspeed 200-220mph (depends on weight)
-Make corrections using small THROTTLE movements (~1-2%)
-Maintain Attitude 2°-3° Nose Up
-At Touchdown: THROTTLE – 0% AND AG4 for Drag Chute
-When all wheels on ground and airspeed below 150mph - APPLY FULL BRAKES

Air-Refueling Procedure

-Recommended Altitude: 10.000-12.000ft (for safety reasons)
-Throttle: Retard at 5-6% (depends on weight)
-Airspeed: <270mph (max permissible speed: 350mph)
-AG3 Activate

It is highly recommended to download and use the Units mod by mushr0om for Rate of Descent indication and other useful info during landing and/or flight.

Royal Air Force operational background

After the retirement by the Royal Navy of the last of its large aircraft carriers in 1978, the tactical strike role has been passed to the Royal Air Force and its respective modern attack fighter jets. The Blackburn Buccaneer S.2 of the Royal Navy air fleet, has been the backbone of that role but a thorough technical inspection in 1980 revealed excessive metal fatigue problems and an urgent notice for replacement has been issued. As a result, the Royal Navy opted to give away its remaining Buccaneer aircrafts to RAF (about 60 aircraft), while the rest were scrapped and develop a new class of destroyers with air-defence and surface warfare capabilities.
The ending of the Cold War led to a reduction in strength of the Royal Air Force, and the accelerated retirement of the remaining fleet, with the last Buccaneers in RAF service being retired in 1994; in favour of the Panavia Tornado and the BAe Cyclone. It had originally been planned for the Buccaneer to remain in service with RAF squadrons until the end of the 1990s, having been extensively modernised in a process lasting up to 1989; the end of the Cold War stimulated major changes in British defence policy, many aircraft being deemed to be surplus to requirements. It was decided that a number of Panavia Tornado GR1s and BAe Cyclones GR2s would be modified for compatibility with the Sea Eagle missile, and take over the RAF's maritime strike mission, and the Buccaneer would be retired early. RAF Squadrons operating the Buccaneer were quickly re-equipped with the Tornado and Cyclone aircrafts.
In 1993, UK government signed a deal with BAe in order to upgrade all the Cyclone GR.1 variants to GR.2 standard including more advanced avionics, newer nav/attack systems, secure com-links and incorporation of modern E/O-laser-GPS guided munitions. The new Cyclone GR2 variant has been selected by RAF to fulfil the maritime reconnaissance and strike role and be equipped with modern track-and-trace surface systems and specialized anti-ship weapons, such as the all-new WaveRider anti-ship missile. After the initial stage of the "Iraqi Freedom" coalition operation has been completed in 2005, BAe alongside HarpiaDS, implemented an integrated upgrade plan for the GR.2 Cyclones, including a specialized maritime strike variant under the “Stingray Project”. From the fleet of 40 aircrafts that have been upgraded to the GR3 “Decisive Strike-DS” standard a total of 18 Cyclone fighters have been retrofitted with the aforementioned combat systems and received the Stingray S3 designation and assigned to the maritime tactical strike role, retaining although the advanced ground attack role.
Since 2007, when the upgrade program has been completed, the governments of Australia, Singapore and Saudi Arabia asked about the availability of surplus Cyclones GR3s or even Stingrays S3s in order to reinforce their maritime strike capabilities over their extensive territorial waters. Finally, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) purchased 22 Cyclones GR3 in the FB-177C Cyclone and 12 Stingrays S3 in S-177M Ocean Stingray configuration with specific mission equipment and weapons retrofit under the "Ocean Union" arms agreement between UK and Australia.
Apart from the typical anti-ship weapons load-out of the Stingray S3, the aircraft have been equipped with sophisticated combat support electronic systems, such as:
- the HarpiaDS/Selex SeaStar Mk.II ATP - E/O and laser targeting pod specially designed for operation in maritime environment.
- the HarpiaDS SkyGlazer G.3A ECM pod, specialized for SIGINT/ELINT and jamming mission profiles.

I want to give credits:
@mikoyanster for his Multiple Ejector Rack (MER) for bomb carriage
@Marine for his missile design, that I used in order to develop the WaveRider weapon
@EternalDarkness for his precious building advices and his feedback regarding the flight characteristics


General Characteristics

  • Predecessor AF.11N Jaguar II Mk.2N - AdA
  • Successors 1 airplane(s)
  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 38.0ft (11.6m)
  • Length 74.1ft (22.6m)
  • Height 21.1ft (6.4m)
  • Empty Weight 14,915lbs (6,765kg)
  • Loaded Weight 48,506lbs (22,002kg)


  • Power/Weight Ratio 1.389
  • Wing Loading 33.1lbs/ft2 (161.4kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 1,467.2ft2 (136.3m2)
  • Drag Points 13205


  • Number of Parts 608
  • Control Surfaces 5
  • Performance Cost 2,879
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    Looks good

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    31.6k Dimkal

    @Franticmatty Hey mate, it would be my honor to make a test flight of this beauty in ur youtube channel. Hope u like it!

    4.4 years ago
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    68.5k Chancey21

    It’s took me three hours to scroll down to the description to upvote

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    516 sippman

    It even comes with a manual...

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    61.6k EpicPigster1

    Badass plane, great, detailed description, gorgeous!

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    31.6k Dimkal

    @TexJohnston If u read the description of my previous build, the RAF Cyclone GR3, I explain the designing history of the plane which is relative with the TSR-2. Enjoy it!

    4.4 years ago
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    Looks sort of like a slightly smaller, navalized TSR-2. Nice one!

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    @Dimkal lol

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    31.6k Dimkal

    @EternalDarkness For some extra $$$ I can write the description for ur amazing builds....hahahahahaa....

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    @Dimkal sure I do. Dammit, I struggle to write a much shorter description for my builds, and often don't upload a build for months just because I can't make description.

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    31.6k Dimkal

    @EternalDarkness You know me!!!! Every plane deserves a well-written description...makes it more badass....hehehe! Hope u like it!

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    Woah, that description must have taken at least as much time as the plane itself :)

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