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Ares Aerospace
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Partially state-owned multinational corporation
Industry Aerospace, Defense
Founded 12 August 1913
Founder Bradford Myerscough
Headquarters Haukvirth, Tiperyn
Area served
Key people
Charles Myerscough
Malcolm Everly
Products Aircraft, rotorcraft, rockets, missiles
Owner Myerscough family (57%)
Ministry of Commerce (40%)
Highal royal family (3%)
Number of employees
Decrease 112,900 (2018)
Divisions Ares Commercial Aviation
Ares Defence & Security
Ares Universal
Subsidiaries Belmont Airworks
Ares Aerospace (Tipsprek: Tipsprek ares.png, tr. Ares Luktromte), or simply Ares, is a is a partially state-owned Tiperyn multinational manufacturer of military and civilian aircraft and rotorcraft, rockets, missiles, and satellites.

Ares was founded in 1913 by former Navy officer Bradford Myerscough, making it Tiperyn's oldest aerospace company and largest partially state-owned corporation. Making its mark by producing early military biplanes for the Tiperyn Realm Aero Service and civilian airliners during the Grand Campaigns, Ares soon grew to prominence as a major supplier of Tiperyn's air forces and airlines. Ares currently manufactures and distributes its products worldwide, with its headquarters located in the Anglic-dominant city of Haukvirth, Tiperyn.

Ares is among the few large corporations in Tiperyn under private ownership, although the Tiperyn Ministry of commerce owns 40% of the company. Charles Myerscough and the Myerscough estate currently own a controlling stake of Ares. Although most large companies are state-owned, the Ministry of Commerce has made exceptions for older and productive exporters that are competitive in foreign markets. As Tiperyn's premiere manufacturer of aircraft and spacecraft, Ares is heavily subsidized by the Holy Tiperyn Realm. Ares has been able to grow through the mid-20th century into the 21st century partially through its dominance of Tiperyn government contracts and the growth of Tiperyn's airline industry.

Ares Aerospace is organized into three divisions: Ares Commercial Aviation (involved in the manufacture of commercial airliners and general aviation aircraft), Ares Defence & Security (involved in the manufacture of military aircraft and ordnance) and Ares Universal (involved in the manufacture of rockets, satellites, spacecraft and communications equipment). Additionally, Ares Aerospace operates Belmont Airworks—a smaller partially state-owned commercial aerospace manufacturer focused on small general aviation aircraft and regional airliners—as a subsidiary after having acquired it in 2010. Ares handles the marketing of Belmont's lineup and their aircraft are in the Ares catalog.

Divisions and subsidiaries[edit | edit source]

  • Ares Commercial Aviation — Commercial aviation division
    • Belmont Airworks — Regional airliner and light aircraft manufacturer and domestic subsidiary based in Haukvirth, Tiperyn.
    • Ares East — Regional airliner, light aircraft and helicopter manufacturer and overseas subsidiary based in Dosnima, Poja
  • Ares Defence & Security — Defense and military aviation division
  • Ares Universal — Rocket, satellite and spacecraft division

Identity and branding[edit | edit source]

Bradford Myerscough named his company after the Anglicized name for the Ancient Lykoraen god of war Are. This was an allusion to his intent to militarize early aerospace technology on behalf of the Tiperyn government. Since its inception, a Lykoraen helmet characteristic of Ancient Lykore in what is now Helinika has represented Ares, although the type helmet, colors, and stylization has changed over time. Today, the Ares logo is a stylized bronze Lykoraen helmet with a royal blue galea.

Commercial products[edit | edit source]

Ares Antina[edit | edit source]

A side profile illustration of the Ares Antina 100.
The Ares Antina is a ultra long-haul wide-body jet airliner and the flagship airliner of Ares Aerospace. Having been introduced in 2010, the Antina is the second of Ares' "Next-Generation Airliners" (NGA), featuring upgrades and new construction methods that had been initially introduced on the Ares Gesina X in 2009.

The defining features of Ares' NGA program include carbon-fibre reinforced polymer fuselages, glass cockpits, fly-by-wire and extremely fuel-efficient high-bypass turbofan engines produced by Tiperyn firm Earn Yndustry and Austrasian firm REST Turbina. The Antina 100's turbofans are bleedless to increase fuel efficiency. Thus, the bulk of its systems (including hydraulics for the control surfaces, cabin pressurization and de-icing) are powered by electricity and air is compressed as needed. By contrast, many contemporary airliners has a bleed air system that takes and compresses air from its engines to perform these tasks. From the Antina 100 and on, Ares has opted to use bleedless engines on its NGAs. Its cockpit features instrumentation displayed on LCD screens and fly-by-wire controls with a side stick set-up. However, the controls have artificial feedback and movements made by one pilot transfer to the other.

The Antina 100 is optimized for ultra-long haul flights, with the Antina 100—the standard 330 seat model—reaching out to 15,500 kilometers (9,631 miles). With a seating capacity of less than half of some contemporary double-decker quad engine airliners in its -100 configuration, the Antina is well suited as a point-to-point aircraft, able to profitably and efficiently run long-haul flights between markets that cannot fill larger aircraft.

Ares Gesina X[edit | edit source]

A side profile illustration of the Ares Gesina 300X.
The Ares Gesina X is a medium-range narrow-body jet airliner introduced in 2009. It is the latest iteration of the Ares Gesina family, applying modern features and construction to a design original introduced in 1989.

The X in Gesina X marks it as a fuel-efficiency optimization, including the implementation of a bleedless air system, an overhauled electronic system and new high-bypass turbofan engines produced by Earn Yndustry and REST Turbina. Like the Antina, the Gesina powers and controls most of its systems with electronics rather than hydraulics or bleed air. The design also features a carbon-fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) construction, replacing earlier aluminium alloy fuselage construction and both strengthening and lightening the aircraft.

The combination of the Gesina X's fuel-efficiency and middle-of-the-road passenger capacity, it has the flexibility to run routes from 1 hour regional flights to 9 hour long-haul flights between smaller markets. Thus, it is a popular option on the market for anything between budget regional airlines to major flag carriers and is one of the most prolific modern airliners in the world.

The Gesina 300X—the standard 180 seat variant of the Gesina X—has a range of 7,400 kilometers (4,598 miles).

Belmont 65 Skybus[edit | edit source]

A side profile illustration of the Belmont 65 (top) and Belmont 65LR (bottom).
The Belmont 65 Skybus is a series of single-engine, narrow body, regional jet airliners designed by Tiperyn firm Belmont Airworks and Kaya firm KIA and introduced in 2007. The Belmont 65 was a development of the earlier Belmont 55 series, incorporating modern aerospace technologies into the platform, including higher-bypass turbofan engines and a primarily carbon fiber reinforced polymer construction.

The 54 seat Skybus was designed primarily as a commuter aircraft to ferry passengers between small municipal airports domestically and, in the case of Tiperyn, to smaller airports in Western Artemia. Its engine placement is unique, being the only single-engine commercial jet airliner produced by a Tiperyn company. Its single turbofan engine is mounted in the rear fuselage and feeds air from an S-duct embedded in the empennage. The design was inspired by earlier trijet designs, with the additional two turbofans present on the Belmont 45 being dropped in Belmont 55 due to increased performance in newer turbofans.

The Belmont 65 made its maiden flight on 15 January 2006 and launched with Tiperyn regional airline Jet Black on 8 April 2007. The shortened 30-seat Belmont 65LR designed for longer ranges connecting small airports made its maiden flight on 20 June 2009 and launched with Kaya Air Services (KAS) on 1 October 2010. It was estimated by Belmont Airworks and partner airlines that the Belmont 65 was 10% more fuel efficient than the Belmont 55 (also single engine) and 44% more fuel efficient than the Belmont 45 trijet.

The Belmont 65 platform is one of the most heavily subsidized civil aviation projects in Tiperyn history, due in part to being tied to an industrial cooperation agreement between the Tiperyn and Kaya governments. Although flown by airlines and private owners worldwide, Kaya and Tiperyn are the first and second largest customer countries respectively. However, as of 2018 it is, it is the only airliner with over 1,000 orders or deliveries that is not fielded by one of Tiperyn's military air services. The failure to gain government contracts has largely been attributed to the Belmont 65's use of a single turbofan engine. Meanwhile, the Belmont 45 trijet - which was introduced in 1987 - is remains in service as a light transport aircraft.

Military products[edit | edit source]

Gryphon (Fighter)[edit | edit source]

A side illustration of the Ares Gryphon A.
The Jachtfleantúch Gryphon (JaF Gryphon), marketed as the Ares Gryphon, is a fourth-generation supersonic, twin-engine, twin-tail, two-seat fighter aircraft developed jointly between multiple Tiperyn and Kaya firms under the North-South Defence Consortium.

The Gryphon was designed to be the modern high-performance fighter of the Kaya and Tiperyn air forces with fleets of less capable, but cheaper and more numerous light fighters complementing it. Development of the Gryphon began in the late 1980s following a call from the Tiperyner and Kayan governments to the North-South Defence Consortium for a new advanced air superiority fighter and interceptor.

There are several variants of the Gryphon in service. One such development includes the carrier-capable Gryphon M "Marine", adapted to endure harsh carrier deck landings and takeoffs via catapults and ski-jumps. Another is the more recent Gryphon S "Slaan" (Anglic: "Strike") which adapts the Gryphon platform for fighter-bomber and strike fighter roles, with side-by-side seating for increased crew cooperation, canards for increase stability, and improved ground attack avionics adapted from the Ares Trident interdictor program (designated Jachtbommesmiter Trijetyn).

The Gryphon has a two-man cockpit, with a pilot and radar/weapon systems operator. This is in line with Tiperyn fighter doctrine, which requires two crew members to reduce workload and enhance problem solving. Ares-produced Gryphons are powered by 2 Earn Yndustry afterburning turbofans producing a 109.5 kN dry or 173 kN wet each in thrust. The maximum speed of the Gryphon is Mach 2.5 (2,665 km/h).

In terms of weapons-carrying capability, the Gryphon is armed with an internal 35mm autocannon (130 rounds) and has 20 hardpoints (12 external, 8 internal). The 6 internal hardpoints are mounted in an internal weapons day adapted for up to 6 medium-range air-to-air missiles, additional fuel tanks, additional cannon ammunition, or other ordnance. There are 2 smaller bays mounted on the side of the air intake ramps that may carry up to one short-range air-to-air missile each. The inclusion of internal weapons bays was done to reduce drag and increase speed potential, although decreased radar cross section (RCS) proved to be an ancillary benefit from a stealth perspective.

Siren (Fighter)[edit | edit source]

A side illustration of the Ares Siren A.
The Jachtfleantúch Sirene (JaF Sirene), marketed as the Ares Siren, is a single-engine supersonic multirole fighter aircraft developed for the Tiperyn Realm Defence.

The Siren was designed to replace several land/carrier-based light/multi-role fighter designs that had originally been introduced from the 1960s to the 1980s. It would be the low-capability, low-cost fighter in Tiperyn's high-low scheme, with the Ares Gryphon being the high-capability fighter to match. For Ares Aerospace, it would also become the more exportable of its two fighter offerings, being the more affordable option when compared to the Gryphon both in terms of flyaway cost and maintenance.

With 1 Earn Yndustry turbofan, the Siren has a maximum speed of Mach 2.1 and a combat radius of 800 kilometers. It is armed with a 28mm autocannon, has provisions for 8 external hardpoints for mounting weapons, fuel tanks or other utilities such as ECM pods or FLIR pods, and is equipped with a robust avionics and countermeasures package. Additionally, stock variants of the Siren come with a strengthened undercarriage, stemming from a Tiperyn requirement for all of its fighters to be carrier-capable and also able to land on hastily prepared runways. An tailhook is standard but can be omitted depending on export requirements.

Trident (Interdictor)[edit | edit source]

A side illustration of the Ares Trident A.
The Jachtbommesmiter Trijetyn (JaB Trijetyn), marketed as the Ares Trident, is a four-seat medium-range maritime interdictor and tactical strike aircraft designed for service with the Tiperyn Realm Defence.

The Trident was conceived to fill the role of long-range aircraft capable of carrying out strike missions with a heavy payload. Featuring modern construction, heavy payload, and the best avionics suite for anything short of an AWACS in Tiperyn service, the Trident was designed from the ground up to be the most advanced strike aircraft ever produced by the nation. Currently, the Trident is the only dedicated tactical bomber in service with the Tiperyn Realm Defence.

The Realm Armada had put the concept of a heavy carrier-capable interdictor out of industry in 1996 as a complement to the Ares Gryphon air superiority fighter and Ares Siren light fighter programs then in development. The Admiralty Board stated that it needed an aircraft oriented specifically for heavy ground strike missions- a role the aforementioned fighters could fill, but often not at the levels required. Additionally, both the Realm Armada and Realm Aero Services were in need of a new dedicated electronic warfare platform - something Tiperyn had never fielded before. The Trident is much larger than either the Gryphon or the Siren and is able to carry over 10,000 kilograms more in payload than the Gryphon.

The Trident implements a number of new features for Ares Aerospace, including stealthy flat 2D TVC nozzles for its turbofans, carbon fiber and polymer construction (which had been implemented on its fighters), streamlined divertless supersonic air intakes, and new avionics produced by Kaya manufacturer KIA. The Trident's design makes use of variable swept wings to allow for both greater payload capacity and take-off and landing performance, as well as greater high-speed performance and reduced profile for storing on aircraft carriers. The Trident entered service in 2009 and is currently manufactured by Ares Aerospace.

The Trident has a 4 person crew (pilot, co-pilot/electronic warfare officer, offensive weapons officer, defensive weapons officer). A side-by-side cockpit configuration was chosen to facilitate better teamwork and problem solving. With 2 Earn Yndustry turbofans producing 101 kN of thrust dry or 140 kN of thrust wet each, the Trident's maximum speed is Mach 2.7 (3,308 kph; 2,055 mph). Its combat radius if 1,200 km (745.65 mi) for an interdiction radius, with a maximum ferry range of 4,000 km (2485.5 mi).

Albatross (Strategic Airlifter)[edit | edit source]

A side profile illustration of the Ares Albatross.
The Transportfleantúch Albatrossen (TrF Albatrossen), marketed as the Ares Albatross, is a four-engine strategic airlifter developed jointly with the Kaya firm KIA. The Albatrossen development began in the late 1980s and was introduced in Tiperyn Realm Defence service in 1994.

Initially, Tiperyn and Kaya models featured different engine packages manufactured by their respective nations of service. Kaya aircraft are generally regarded to have had less efficient engines for the role of strategic airlifter. The Kaya government had required that their aircraft share engines with their supersonic bombers. Thus, although their engines had high power-to-weight ratios, they were less fuel efficient. In contrast, Tiperyn aircraft featured higher bypass turbofans produced by Earn Yndustry - a company with decades of experience in producing engines for Tiperyn's civil aerospace industry. When Tiperyn began to retrofit its Albatrossen's with new high-bypass turbofans, Kaya opted to share in the adoption.

The Albatrossen has a maximum payload of 80,000 kg. Its maximum range at maximum takeoff weight is approximately 5,000 km, although it can achieve up to 11,000 km when carrying paratroopers. The Albatrossen is Tiperyn's sole strategic airlifter. Although Kaya also uses converted civil double-decker airliners as larger strategic airlifters, the Albatrossen (designated Kasey in Kaya service) is its primary strategic airlifter as well.

Eagle (Helicopter Gunship)[edit | edit source]

A side profile illustration of the Ares Eagle.
The Jachthelikopter Earnen (JaH Earnen), marketed as the Ares Eagle, is a helicopter gunship, attack helicopter and low-capacity troop transport developed jointly with the Kaya firm KIA.

The Earnen was developed as an armored and armed alternative to the light utility helicopters that were common in Tiperyn air assault units.

In addition to being able to transport 9 troops into battle, the Earnen's armament of four wing-mounted hardpoints and one nose-mounted 38mm autocannon gave it the ability to act as:

  1. Escort utility and cargo helicopters that were often only armed with two to three heavy machine guns.
  2. Immediately provide close air support capability to air assault infantry.
  3. Act independently of the infantry component and seek out and destroy the enemy.

Tiperyn forces have put its armament to use, taking advantage of fire-and-forget air-to-ground missiles to peak above hilltops and ridgelines in southern Naseristan, engage the enemy from distance and crest back below the horizon before the enemy knows they were under attack. In addition to a robust air-to-ground capability, able to accept a number of weapon systems including a variety of air-to-ground missiles, rocket pods and anti-radiation missiles, the Earnen offers a limited anti-helicopter capability through the mounting of air-to-air missiles.

The Earnen's armor is capable of defeating rounds of up to 15mm from all angles - the standard heavy machine gun round of the North-South Concordant - while some key areas around the cockpit and infantry bay are able to defeat 25mm cannon shells.

It is powered by two turboshaft engines driving a four-blade main rotor and fantail. Its powerplant allows it to achieve speeds of up to 345 km/h at ground level. Further, in its role as an armed utility helicopter, the Earnen is able to slingload 3,000 kg (6,614 lbs) of cargo during flight. Its estimated range is 500 km without load.

The Earnen is a veteran of prolonged civil conflict in Naseristan, proving lethal in the mountainous terrain of the nation where air assault troops are most frequently deployed.