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Cyclone GR3 - RAF

34.2k Dimkal  6.3 years ago
Auto Credit Based on Dimkal's AF.11N Jaguar II Mk.2N - AdA

This is the Cyclone GR3-DS in RAF service. It has the RAF desert camo color scheme, RAF roundels and fin flash and it is equipped with 1 x StormShadow NG cruise missile, BlackOut MkIIIE Anti-radiation Missile, Free-fall Unguided bombs and ASRAAM AA-IR missiles for self-defense. This aircraft is designed to fulfill the tactical strike role.
AG1: Internal Weapons Bay pylon Jettison (use with bay doors opened)
AG2: Gyro-stabilization activation
AG3+TRIM DOWN: Nose air-refueling probe operation and refueling light activation
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
--- Storm Shadow NG cruise missile---
--- (Centerline internal bay pylon) ---
-Select Air-to-Ground target mode
-Select Inferno type weapon (Mission computer automatically engages the central pylon)
-Recommended Alt: 5.000-10.000ft
-Acquire target (steady red target box)
-Fire weapon
--- BlackOut MkIIIE Anti-Radiation Missile--- (credits to @closeairsupport)
--- (Inner Wing pylons) ---
-Select Air-to-Ground target mode
-Select Inferno type weapon (Automatically engaged)
-Recommended Alt: 5.000-10.000ft
-Acquire target (steady red target box)
-Fire weapon
--- GBU-28 & Mk.82 Free-fall Bombs --- (credits to @closeairsupport)
--- (Outer Wing pylons) ---
-Select Air-to-Ground target mode
-Select Boom50 type weapon (Automatically engaged)
-Recommended Alt: >5.000ft
-Align aircraft with target
-Dive at 30°-60° nose down
-Throttle 5% and trim aircraft for steady position
-Keep airspeed between 400-700mph
-Keep target between canon aimpoint scope and top point of the attitude indicator
-Fire weapon (One button releases one bomb, otherwise hold Fire for salvo)
-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
-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
Till the early 80s, RAF was using its V-bomber fleet for the strategic strike role –either nuclear or conventional. The term V-bomber was used for the Royal Air Force (RAF) aircraft during the 1950s and 1960s that composed the United Kingdom's strategic nuclear strike force known officially as the V-force or Bomber Command Main Force and included the Vickers Valiant, Avro Vulcan and Handley Page Victor. The V-Bomber force reached its peak in June 1964, with 50 Valiants, 70 Vulcans and 39 Victors in service.
During the 70s it became clear that Soviet surface-to-air missiles like the S-75 Dvina could successfully bring down high flying aircraft, the V bomber force changed to low-level attack methods, but this caused many problems with fatigue in the V-bomber wings. Additionally, standoff weapons were introduced and the tactical role passed to smaller aircraft like the SEPECAT Jaguar and Panavia Tornado.
The V-bombers were also capable of dropping conventional weapons and the Avro Vulcan is still well-remembered for its conventional Black Buck bombing raids during the 1982 Falklands War –although inadequate. The Valiants were used during the Suez Crisis as conventional bombers too. Usage of all V-bombers as weapons platforms, nuclear or conventional, ended in 1982.
RAF Strategic Command, seeing that the V-bomber fleet was approaching its service lifetime and was outdated, issued an urgent need for a new aircraft design that will be able to penetrate a well-defended forward battle area at low altitudes and very high speeds, and then attack high-value targets in the rear with nuclear or conventional weapons. Another intended combat role was to provide high-altitude, high-speed stand-off, signals intelligence (SIGINT) and aerial reconnaissance (RECCE).
Specifically, the requirement included:
- Delivery of tactical nuclear and/or conventional weapons at low level in all weathers, by day and night
- E/O-reconnaissance at medium and low level (day and night)
- Electronic reconnaissance in all weathers
- Delivery of tactical nuclear weapons day and night at medium altitudes using precision blind-bombing procedures if necessary
Low level was stated to be below 1,000 ft (300 m) with an expected attack speed at sea level of Mach 0.95. The operational range was to be at least 1,000 nmi (1,900 km) operating off runways of no more than 3,000 ft (900 m).
British Aerospace plc (BAe) proposed a revived design of the older TSR-2 aircraft deemed as XB.177 MkIIIA in order to fulfill the RAF strategic strike needs. This design was a relatively large twin-engine, twin-seated aircraft with delta wing and dihedral winglets and large delta tailplane. The propulsion system was incorporating 2 x Rolls-Royce Prometheus TF645 turbo-fan engines of 45.000lbf after-burner thrust each.
The TSR-2 was the victim of ever-rising costs and inter-service squabbling over Britain's future defence needs, which led to the controversial decision to scrap the programme in 1965. In early 1977, BAe presented a ground mock-up of the aircraft to RAF officials and was awarded a contract for 2 air-worthy prototypes by the end of 1980.
In March 1979, the first prototype was rolled-out from BAe factory facilities (XB177-1) and first test-flights were impressively successful. The XB.177 MkIIIA aircraft had a performance well above the standard requirements. It managed to fly at Mach 1.1 at sea level and it had a range of over 2.500nmi with internal fuel only. Upon the arrival of the second prototype (XB177-2), RAF commenced operational equipment and weapons test flights.
The XB.177 was capable of sustained cruise at Mach 2.5 at altitudes above 30.000 ft and had a dash speed of Mach 2.35. Its theoretical maximum speed was Mach 3.1 in level flight at 45.000 ft.
The aircraft featured some extremely sophisticated avionics for navigation and mission deliver, such as forward looking radar (FLR), side-looking radar for navigational fixing, an experimental IRST sensor and complicated ECM systems. These features allowed for an innovative autopilot system which, in turn, enabled long distance terrain-following sorties as crew workload and pilot input had been greatly reduced. Also, the design incorporated an internal weapons bay for supersonic carriage of missiles and over-the-wing pylons for AA missiles. The XB.177 has been equipped with a powerful Aden GC.133 40mm cannon for CAS missions and ground attack capability. A refueling boom has been added to the second prototype and air-refueling certification has been achieved by early 1980 in parallel with the conventional weapons carriage and firing certification.
In June 1980, the British Government decided to withdraw from front-line service all the V-bomber fleet and replace them with an initial order of 60 XB.177 fighter bombers, which received the Cyclone B.1 designation under RAF naming procedures. In 1982, the last V-bomber (Avro Vulcan) has been retired and initial deliveries of the Cyclone B.1 to RAF squadrons begun at late 1983. During the 1982 Falklands War, RAF has been heavily criticized for its inability to conduct long-range strike missions. So, UK government decided to order an extra 30 Cyclones of the tactical strike role (Cyclone GR1), adding more advanced equipment to the Cyclone and assigning it to more “conventional” strike roles other than nuclear –a role that has been transferred to Royal Navy submarine fleet. By August 1985, RAF acquired all the 80 Cyclones of the B.1 and GR1 variants and distributed them to RAF bases all across UK and overseas.
Months before the 1991 Gulf War, all the B.1 variants have been upgraded to GR.1 standard and participated in all Desert Storm related strike missions alongside US and French fighters. In 1993 a decision has been made to phase out the 30 older GR.1 variants and upgrade the total fleet to GR2 standard with more advanced avionics, newer nav/attack systems, secure com-links and incorporation of modern E/O-laser-GPS guided munitions. The operational debut for the GR2 variant was the British intervention to the Kosovo War in 1999 as part of the NATO operations during the Yugoslavian crisis.
The new Cyclone GR2 variant has been the RAF spearhead alongside Tornado and Jaguar in the British contribution to Afghanistan intervention at 2002 and Iraq war at 2003, under the US-led coalition. In order to retain the operational readiness of the fleet and add more sophisticated combat systems (especially ECM and jamming capabilities), RAF Strategic Command took under consideration all the post-conflict assessment reports and decided to upgrade 40 aircrafts to the GR3 “Decisive Strike-DS” standard and assign them to the tactical strike role. The modernization program contract, worth of £1.7bn, has been awarded to the BAE Systems – HARPIA DS consortium and was carried out in UK. The GR3 variant equipped the Cyclone with upgraded FADEC-monitored engines, Tactical Data Link interface, advanced ECM suite, new battle support systems and modern stand-off munitions. The modernization program completed at early 2007 and brought 40 Cyclones to the GR3 combat standard.
The typical load-out of the Cyclone GR3-DS includes:
-1 x StormShadow MkIING cruise missile, carried in the internal bay, capable of destroying ground or naval hardened targets up to 550km away.
-2 x BlackOut MkIIIE Anti-Radiation Missile, an upgraded version of the US-designed AGM-78 missile, intended for the SEAD/DEAD role.
-Multiple combinations of GBUs in Multiple Ejector Racks (MER) for heavy bombardment of a variety of targets.
-2 x ASRAAM AA/IIR Missiles with 360° lock-on capability, for self-defence.
-1 x StarLight Blk2 ATP - E/O and laser targeting pod for SIGINT/ELINT/RECCE missions.


General Characteristics

  • Predecessor AF.11N Jaguar II Mk.2N - AdA
  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 38.0ft (11.6m)
  • Length 73.2ft (22.3m)
  • Height 21.1ft (6.4m)
  • Empty Weight 13,182lbs (5,979kg)
  • Loaded Weight 46,861lbs (21,256kg)


  • Power/Weight Ratio 1.438
  • Wing Loading 40.7lbs/ft2 (198.5kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 1,152.4ft2 (107.1m2)
  • Drag Points 12658


  • Number of Parts 682
  • Control Surfaces 7
  • Performance Cost 2,891
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    11.5k Blueshift

    luv it! great

    3 months ago
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    345 Mike073nl

    @benjiboyy06 i agree too, what is that designer background pls!

    3.8 years ago
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    what designer background do you use? can't find it!

    +1 4.2 years ago
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    13.8k vonhubert

    @Dimkal it was a great looking plane. a pitty the project never took off due to american lobby of f-111, which turnet out to be inferior and even more expensive...

    6.3 years ago
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    34.2k Dimkal

    @vonhubert actually its heavily based on the TSR2...more like a what-if model of the TSR if it was in service with RAF in a cool desert camo...

    6.3 years ago
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    13.8k vonhubert

    Former TSR2?)

    6.3 years ago
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    Soo cool plane!

    6.3 years ago
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    34.2k Dimkal

    @Franticmatty check this plane and hope to see it in ur next vid! Cheers!

    6.3 years ago
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    34.2k Dimkal

    @Sarpanitu I know that buulding stuff for pc users deprives me of many votes but I don't care much for the votes...not anymore at least....I have in mind re-uploading some older successful designs for mobile devices users. I wanna give them the chance of flying some cool planes. Im a man who loves detailing and "heavy" designs and Im proud of that. I refuse and do not approve all this pc-master race thing. I work in pc and build there my planes, thats all!

    6.3 years ago
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    34.2k Dimkal

    @Sarpanitu Sorry if I was sharp but I didn't mean to offend u. I was in a hurry and didn't have much time in responding to comments. U know my respect towards u and the importance of ur opinion. U got right at every single point but my builds are made in pc for mainly pc users with joystick, because i think its the best way to fly an aircraft. Thank u for ur feedback again, man.

    6.3 years ago
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    34.2k Dimkal

    @BogdanX I say in description that this design is based on the TSR2. Read it, u will like it!

    6.3 years ago
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    18.7k NexusGaming

    @Dimkal I just did

    6.3 years ago
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    34.2k Dimkal

    @dootdootbananabus I say it in description mate! If u have the courage to read it! Hehehehe...

    6.3 years ago
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    18.7k NexusGaming

    @Dimkal tsr-2

    6.3 years ago
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    34.2k Dimkal

    @Sarpanitu thank u for ur feedback.
    1. I do not design playable cockpits
    2. Im not sure about the ldg gear stowage....ldg gear works perfectly and its retraction is pretty realistic
    3.the controls are realistic not snapy. Being a pilot myself I know that aircraft controls behaves differently depending on speed.

    6.3 years ago
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    34.2k Dimkal

    @Sarpanitu Thank u! I'd like any feedback about that project. Its my first time doing something like that!

    6.3 years ago
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    34.2k Dimkal

    @RailfanEthan Thnx mate! Hope u like it in flight!

    6.3 years ago
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    Sweet beans

    6.3 years ago