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Irridalli RO by Abiogenisis Irridalli RO by Abiogenisis

(Redesigned - Based on comments about vertical stabiliser position. Old version here: abiogenisis.deviantart.com/art…)

Inheriting its graceful lines from a civilian seaplane, the Irridalli RO (Radar/Optical) was named for the sleek marine predator of Chriirahs’ equatorial oceans abiogenisis.deviantart.com/art…, and provides far ranging oversight of all surface activity across the Kiln desert.

Once the airframe was acquired by the kiln administrators, the original civilian platform was heavily modified for its new role. Already optimised for efficient long range travel, the underpowered turbines were replaced with advanced low-infrared emission models to render them less tempting targets for the heat seeking SAMS sometimes launched against kiln administration aircraft. These turbines drive a highly efficient, though very loud, counter-rotating propfan capable of impressive speed and range; critical components in a vehicle which patrols the largest inhospitable region on the planet.

The sensor suite of the Irridalli R/O is one of the most advanced produced by any post-fall birrin society. The original high visibility canopy of the civilian model has been largely replaced by plate armour enclosing the pilot, and protecting them from small arms fire. The pilot observes the world outside via a nose and fuselage mounted optical system: these interlinked cameras feed a wealth of infrared and visible light imagery to an integrating helmet, which takes full advantage of the birrin’s four eyes and rapid multi-image neural processing abilities. Should the aircraft suffer an electronics failure in these systems, small viewports can be accessed by ejecting their armoured coverings to allow limited visual navigation.

While these systems significantly enhance a birrin’s natural vision, most Irridalli R/Os’ carry a large recon pod beneath their fuselage. Roughly the size, shape and position of the civilian version’s float, it contains both a high resolution camera system and a side looking radar. The radar performs regular high resolution scans which can either be analysed by the pilot or sent via satellite to analysts who will look for any changes in existing structures and other suspicious surface features.

Though originally a seaplane, the Irridalli R/O was designed for terrestrial landings and its retrofitted landing gear is designed to prevent both the underslung equipment from impacting the ground and the huge blades of the propfan striking the runway. Telescoping downwards, fore and aft pairs of wheels lower from their mounts on the wings to provide centrally balanced 4-point undercarriage. In the event of a technical failure, the observation pod must be dropped for any chance at a survivable gear-up landing.

Direct confrontation of Irridalli over the kiln is a relatively rare event: any attempts to shoot one down have historically resulted in large scale counter attacks. Missiles fired at these aircraft are also unlikely to ever make their targets, as they are quickly confused by escalating waves of electronic and physical countermeasure systems fitted to every Irridalli R/O.

Should they go down, either prey to anti-aircraft fire or simple mechanical failure, the pilot can be explosively ejected out of the top of the fuselage. The pilots’ parachute equipped seat comes fitted with ice suits, small arms and other survival supplies to keep them alive long enough for rescue to arrive. Pilot recovery units are always standing by, as without shelter no birrin can survive long in the baking sands of the Kiln.

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IThinkOfaNameLater Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017
Are the birrin at a similar stage of civilisation?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
They went beyond what we are now, but then collapsed. They are currently rebuilding.
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IThinkOfaNameLater Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017
Oh dear. I hope that doesn't happen to us.

did they go into a Great War or something?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
A massive nuclear war
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IThinkOfaNameLater Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
Isn't that what everyone is afraid will happen to up?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
We are become death, destroyer of worlds
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IThinkOfaNameLater Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Positive way to look at it.
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Pouk3D Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016
Beautiful alien aircraft. There aren't many of them, it's always spaceships.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
With big glowing blue engines :P
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Peterkat Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!:)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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TFSakon Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016
I love the colouration here. With that soft blue it looks gorgeous.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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BULLETPROOFCHEETAH Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016
Now you seei it now you're dead!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Duck!
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TR-219 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 3, 2016
Better aerodynamic smoothness: Check.
Further rearwards mounted Vertical stabilizers: Check
Thinner, further swept back wings: check.

COG for wings... fine

This thing looks damn awesome, as did the first version. Maybe a little cleaner, but who am I to judge?

Oh, right. The white forwards mounted canards. Very nice solution to pitch control. And if if had some sort of semi-autonomous computer controls, they "Could" be used for Yaw, given their anhedral angle (from the fuselage to the tip, they are angled down)

In the event of a stall though (Insufficient airflow over the wings) what would occur, given the angles of the wings, compared to the canards? From the looks of things, the wings would stall before the canards, which is a good thing... if it was a usual setup, with the pitch control behind the wings and propeller. Canards are supposed to stall first, dropping the nose of the plane, to recover from the stall semi-autonomously. 

On the plus side, the pilot maintains pitch control. On the downside, they can keep the nose up, maintaining the stalled wings, and continue to loose height.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Glad it makes a little more sense now! If I ever take the design to the next level I will get some more engineer input to make sure I havent made any catastrophic mistakes :P
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TR-219 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016
Good to see attention to some level of realisim
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wardude69 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016
alien aesthetics are incomprehensible....

but it" feels" like it could fly
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Streamlining is universal :)
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wardude69 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016
is it as "phallic" to them as it is to us ?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
No, they dont have wangs.
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wardude69 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016
do they have porn?

or a mating-season ?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
No mating season, but definitely porn.
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wardude69 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016
cloaca- pics ? :)
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aisenvercors Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016
Reminds of a new concept Thunderbird
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I can see that!
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Ilovetanks2k15 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
It looks so real
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Then my work is done!
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EpistolaryLife Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016
Is there any map of Chri-Irah? 
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It is under development right now one Patreon! www.patreon.com/alexries?ty=c
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outlawpoet Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great update
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers :)
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Eventua Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Student Writer
Maybe the old version was, in-universe, a prototype model? :P

Either way, cool design! :3
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Pimped version.
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MaulerMech Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
Nice! It actually looks like the vertical surfaces are one part with the rear gear.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yep, one integrated unit :)
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kedamono-mizudori Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016
Did you keep the original for historical comparison?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Added a link :)
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kedamono-mizudori Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
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TheAsianGuyLOL Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome plane there :).
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Danke :)
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Centuri-900 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Ohnhai Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I'm so jealous of your skill. Seriously... No matter how long I've worked with you I've always held your art in the highest esteeem.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
The feeling is mutual!
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Jackskeleton1987 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Professional General Artist
Great shot :)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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SkyPotatoFire Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016
Cool.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
;)
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