|Faction|| - CSAT|
|Seats|| Infantry transport: 18 seats
Vehicle transport: 2 seats
|Item capacity|| Max: 3000 kg
|Top speed||~ 720 km/h|
|Service ceiling||~ 8,900 m|
|Fuel capacity||1000 L|
|Primary armament|| Main:
|Secondary armament|| Targeting:
|Variants||Y-32 Xi'an (Infantry Transport), Y-32 Xi'an (Vehicle Transport)|
With a top speed of ~720 km/h (200 m/s), the Xi'an is currently the fastest air vehicle capable of both vertical takeoff and landing.
- Heavy gunship
- Vehicle transport
- Troop transport
|«|| By far the largest CSAT joint development project to date was long troubled by the conflicting requirements of the participating armies who demanded an aircraft with VTOL capabilities. The planned budget was vastly exceeded several times and development was years behind schedule. The program eventually became one of the most expensive in military procurement history and despite a great deal of information remains classified and is often compared to the older F-35 program. The final solution was based upon the most promising prototype designed in Xi'an which was able to meet most of the requirements with satisfactory results. High running and maintenance costs remains a huge issue that plagues the reputation of the otherwise extremely progressive aircraft with many unique features and top-notch bleeding-edge technologies.|
The Y-32 is an unconventionally-designed VTOL aircraft that combines twin tail-mounted, rotating jet engine nozzles with a ducted fan wing setup.
By default, the Y-32 is armed with a 30 mm autocannon that is pre-loaded with interchangeable belts of either 250 rounds of high-explosive (HE-T) shells, or 250 rounds of armor-piercing discarding sabot (APDS-T) shells. The gunner can instantaneously swap between ammunition types at any time without having to wait for the cannon to reload.
Extended stub wings that run along the majority of the fuselage centreline have two pylons on each wing (totaling up to four) that support dynamic loadouts.
The following weapons and munitions can be fitted onto any of the pylons (1-4):
- Scalpel (1×)
- Scalpel (3×)
- Tratnyr HE (20×)
- Tratnyr AP (20×)
- Skyfire (19×)
- Sahr-3 (1×)
- Sharur (1×)
- LOM-250G (1×)
- RBK-500F (1×)
It also has a turret-mounted laser designator that can be used to mark targets for its own weapons or for friendly aircraft.
In contrast to its NATO counterpart, the Y-32 is not only more manoeuvrable and faster due to using jet-powered engines, but is also better equipped to handle both ground and air threats at the same time. It can also carry weapons while transporting either vehicles or infantry as opposed to being completely unarmed (only the dedicated gunship variant of the Blackfish retains armament).
Unfortunately, the Y-32 cannot carry as many passengers or vehicles due to being a smaller-sized aircraft overall. What little room it has by default is reserved for storing weapons and munitions, which further restricts it to using a smaller cargo compartment.
Nonetheless, its smaller airframe allows it to land more easily in confined spaces, whereas the larger Blackfish requires landing zones with considerably more clearance.
- Y-32 Xi'an (Infantry Transport): Infantry-only transport variant. Its cargo space contains seats fixed on both sides of the compartment. It is optimised to carry up to sixteen passengers but cannot airlift any vehicles.
- Y-32 Xi'an (Vehicle Transport): Ground vehicle-only transport variant. Unlike the infantry-only variant, this variant's cargo space lacks seating and is instead optimised to airlift ground vehicles.
Regardless of the variant, the Y-32 always has a seating capacity of at least two that consists of the crew; both the pilot and the gunner.
All three variants have access to the same camouflage options:
- Hex: Light tan/dark tan/dark green cell pattern camouflage.
- Green Hex: Dark tan/light green/dark green cell pattern camouflage.
- Grey: Light/dark grey cell pattern camouflage.
The Y-32 utilises several sensors meant to augment its role as an air-to-ground fire support platform:
Active Radar Edit
It has an active radar range of 5 km against aerial targets and 4 km against ground targets, that has an azimuth coverage of 120 degrees and elevation of 80 degrees. Identity recognition registers at a distance of 3 km out from a target.
Infrared Search and Track/Visual Sensor Edit
Both IRST and visual detection have a maximum range of 4 km against aerial targets and 3 km against ground targets.
The azimuth and elevation coverage is limited to an angle of 26 degrees for both sensors, and have a minimum operating range of 500 m. The sensors can recognise targets that get within 2 km range of the Y-32.
Radar Warning Receiver/Passive Radar Edit
The RWR has a 360 degree detection radius and a target recognition range of 12 km.
Laser Spot Tracker Edit
Laser markers and infrared strobes can be tracked within a range of 6 km. It has an acquisition cone of 180 degrees.
Vehicle-in-Vehicle Transport Edit
The vehicle transport variant has room for internal vehicle storage and can transport:
- Quad bikes (2 max)
- Qilins (armed/unarmed, 1 max)
- UGVs (armed/unarmed, 1 max)
- Civilian cars (but not trucks or vans)
- Offroads (only repair and unarmed variants)
- Utility Drones (All variants, 4 max)
The Y-32 has a narrower range of vehicles it can transport than the vehicle transport variant of the Blackfish. Additionally, the infantry transport variant can only load up to 16 infantry passengers instead of 32 passengers like the Blackfish.
Note that Utility Drones airdropped from a Y-32 are lowered down via parachutes as opposed to being in-flight.
- The Xi'an is not based on any existing real-world aircraft design. However, both the layout of the cockpit along with its roles of being a gunship and troop transport make it similar to the real-life "Mi-24" designed by the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant.
- The Xi'an is named after the capital city of Shanxi Province in the People's Republic of China.
- Incidentally, the headquarters of the real-life Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Corporation is also based there, and is responsible for the creation of other real-world designs such as the "Y-20" transport plane used by the Chinese military.