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Wipeout
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Faction NATO
Type Ground Attack Craft
Seats 1 seat:
  • 1× Pilot
Item capacity Max: 500 kg
  • 6× Weapons
  • 24× Magazines
  • 6× Backpacks
Top speed ~ 715 km/h
Service ceiling 25,800 m
Fuel capacity 1000 L
Primary armament Main:
  • 1× Gatling Cannon 30 mm
  • 6× Macer AGM [Default]
  • 4× GBU-12 LGB [Default]
  • 2× Shrieker Rocket Pods [Default]
  • 2× Falchion-22 AAM [Default]
Secondary armament Targeting:
  • 1× Laser Designator

Defensive:

  • 120× Countermeasures (Flares/Chaff)
Variants None
Games
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The A-164 Wipeout is the primary ground attack and Close Air Support aircraft used by NATO forces in ArmA 3.

Overview

  • Role:
    • Close air support
« The A-164 Wipeout is a single-seat aircraft used for close air support and air interdiction. The life-cycle of its predecessor, the A-10, ended in 2030 and the need for replacement grew more important with the rising tension in the Pacific. A limited development budget did not allow for a fresh start, instead the concept of the A-10 was improved with better shape, engines and armaments.
Field Manual
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Design

The Wipeout is a twin turbofan-engined, semi-stealthed ground attack jet that uses a cantilever low-wing monoplane wing design with a wide chord. It is meant to be used exclusively for ground attack and close air support.

Armament
By default, the Wipeout is armed with a 30 mm gatling cannon that is loaded with 1000 rounds of high-explosive (HE) ammunition.

The Wipeout has ten pylons that support dynamic loadouts.

  • Most of the pylons (4-7, 9-10) are capable of being fitted with the following munitions:
    • Falchion-22 (1×)
    • ASRAAM (1×)
    • Scalpel (1×)
    • Scalpel (3×)
    • Macer (1×)
    • Macer (3×)
    • Shrieker HE (7×)
    • Shrieker AP (7×)
    • DAR (12×)
    • DAGR (12×)
    • GBU-12 (1×)
    • MK-82 (1×)
    • BL778 (1x)
    • CBU-85 (1×)
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A-164 pylon configuration

  • The two outermost wing pylons (1-2) are only able to fit the following:
    • Falchion-22 (1×)
    • ASRAAM (1×)
    • Scalpel (1×)
    • Scalpel (3×)
    • Shrieker HE (7×)
    • Shrieker AP (7×)
    • DAR (12×)
    • DAGR (12×)
    • GBU-12 (1×)
    • MK-82 (1×)
    • BL778 (1×)
  • The two centre pylons on each wing (3, 8) are able to carry the same munitions as the outermost pylons (1-2), but can also be fitted with either of the following two:
    • Macer (1×)
    • CBU-85 (1×)

A targeting pod with an integrated laser designator is also available that can be used to provide self-designation capability when used in-conjunction with most of the Wipeout's guided munitions.

Mobility
Compared to its CSAT counterpart, the Wipeout has a slower stall speed, which combined with its usage of decelerons enables it to perform better in low altitude flight. Consequently however, the Wipeout takes much longer to reach its top speed due to being the heavier aircraft of the two, and can have difficulty maintaining this speed while performing even the slightest turn.

Crew Capacity
The Wipeout only contains a single seat for the pilot. It is unable to transport any passengers.

Sensors

The Wipeout uses an array of sensors optimised exclusively for close air support:

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Yellow = Anti-Radiation
Orange = IRST
Green = Visual

Active Radar

The Wipeout does not have an active radar as it does not utilise any radar guided munitions.

Infrared Search and Track/Visual Sensor

IRST detection extends out to a maximum distance of 5 km against aerial targets and 4 km against ground targets. Visual detection is maximised at 4 km for aerial targets and 3 km for ground.

Both sensors are located in the targeting pod and follow its camera direction independently of the aircraft's heading. They each have a minimum detection range of 500 m, as well as an azimuth and elevation coverage of 50 and 37 degrees (respectively).

Targets can only be tracked if they are moving at speeds of 360 km/h or less, and will be identified once they move within 2 km range of the Wipeout's position.

Radar Warning Receiver

The RWR has a 360 degree detection radius and a target recognition range of 12 km.

Anti-Radiation Radar

The Wipeout utilises a passive anti-radiation sensor in place of an active radar that can detect all radar emissions in a 90 degree hemisphere, with a maximum detection range of up to 8 km.

Laser Spot Tracker

Laser markers and infrared strobes can be tracked within a range of 6 km. It has an acquisition cone of 180 degrees.

Trivia

  • As stated in its Field Manual entry, the Wipeout is directly based on the real-world "A-10 Thunderbolt II" attack jet then-designed by Fairchild Republic and now owned by M7 Aerospace, itself a subsidiary of the U.S.-based division of Elbit Systems.
    • Although it is based on the A-10, it uses a slightly darker grey paint scheme that is reminiscent of early production models of the Lockheed Martin "YF-22 Raptor".
    • Its engines are also modelled with more acutely-shaped inlets, possibly in an attempt to give the Wipeout a stealthy profile similar to that of the UH-80; though this does not actually give the Wipeout stealth attributes against radar detection in-game (unlike the Ghost Hawk).
  • The Wipeout was not originally available in ArmA 3 at launch. It would not become available until the release of the campaign's Win episode as part of Game Update 1.14.

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See also

Aircraft of comparable role and configuration