The aircraft is designed for low speed loitering attacks, the two manned pods able to rotate for limited horizontal 'dash to target' flight.
Peripheral vision is provided by immersive camera systems, crew access to the pods is either via gantry or micro-cable lifts, and pyro-ejection systems are provided.
The GCS-1209 is super-tough, and incorporates some active defenses, but it is still vulnerable to SAMs. Most of those the vehicle is likely to face pack a 3-5 kg warhead, and a direct hit typically forces the vehicle to abandon the mission or causes catastrophic failure. A near miss usually means the vehicle will have to undergo extensive repairs on return to base, but rarely causes crashes or is outright destroyed. Losses due to pilot death have been greatly reduced in this vehicle by complete duplication of controls in each heavily armored cockpit.
Flying in the face of AAA is what this bad boy was designed to do. At distances of over 400m, it's very survivable. Numerous GCS-1209s have survived heavy fire from 19.92mm rounds (the most common size of AAA in the past), completed their missions, and returned to base for refit and repair. The cockpits themselves are designed to protect against numerous strikes from rounds of this size, and the windows can withstand up to 3 direct hits at distances of 100m!
Unfortunately, the proliferation of SAMs, including infantry-portable models, and the advent of powerful anti-aircraft lasers mean that the 1209 no longer enjoys the relative immunity it did only ten years ago. Still, in the hands of skilled pilots and a knowledgeable commander, it serves a vital function in combined-armed operations and is widely employed in the internecine battles of the galgrokst polity which manufactures it.
OK, let me rephrase my comment:
You have a habit of making alien tech eerily so similar to contemporary human technology on present day Earth, despite the aliens coming from a completely separate tree of life, with a drastically different body plan and their base DNA having different chemistry to Earth DNA.
Nice, and interesting. I couldn't tell at first where the pilots went. In fact I'm still unsure. It's the grey pods under the upper 'wings', right? But kudos on making it look mechanically and physically plausible, yet still inhuman.
I wish I could commission you to reveal something like this for the Birrin.