The KinoHare CSH11 (previously designated K.H11) is a Rodinian all-weather day-night atmospheric-space military single-seat attack craft with anti-armour and anti-fleet capabilities manufactured by the design bureau KinoHare of Rodinia (a subsidiary of Rodinia International).
The CSH project began in early XXXX under the auspices of the OBK 48 State Military Design Bureau. Faced with the increasingly conventional nature of the Rodinian security operations, the Rodinia Colonial Union's Fleet Air Arm recognised the need for a dedicated attack craft and accordingly set along the process of developing a suitable design.
The T.288 "H-Project" was the first prototype to emerge from the program. It was developed from an Erusian Type 28 airframe, retaining that helicopter's cockpit and dynamic components, but replacing the original engine compartments and rear build with KMC 6100MPV Mikadze engines, adding a 20 mm cannon on the nose and converting the undercarriage to a modified tail-dragger configuration. The T.288 first flew on 6 March XXXX. The results were ultimately good enough to convince OBK 48 and the Rodinia Colonial Union's Fleet Air Arm that the concept was feasible, opening the door for the development of CSH program.
The project was approved and opened for contracts, with under the table encouragement to the Kerberos Manufacturing Company (KMC) to pick up the bid with exclustivity. A conceptual model was delivered by KMC to the Rodinia Colonial Union's Fleet Air Arm, but was denied. KMC was asked to provide an alternative, but never delivered, presumably due to financial cut-backs. KinoHare Design Bureau (part of Rodinia International's research and development subsidiaries located in Mukumbura, South Eurasia, Rodinia) eventually picked up the "H-Project", and almost immeditly, re-drew everything.
Designs changed. During the CSH's development it was decided to base the CSH on the dynamic components of the Juliett Class missile craft, a larger and more powerful fleet class vessel capable of operating both within atmosperhic conditions as well as space. This would provide the CSH project with a radical advantage of operating in two totally different environments, and would remove the necessity to design and produce an additional attack craft for off-world operations. It also meant, however, that the price per unit of craft would rise drastically, with the need for stronger materials, new engines, avionics, hull design, armaments, communications and armour. Regardless, the new CSH design concept was approved for further development. The dual KMC 6100MPV Mikadze engines were scrapped, and replaced with a single new GMk reactor system based at 1:2 size of the standard model, accompanied by two emergency electrical generators for redundancy. Avionics took a minimalistic and simplistic approach, hoping to consume as little energy as necessary to operate, while still offering dynamic capabilities. This would allow more power to be dedicated to other on-board systems, as well as propulsion and improve overall efficiency of operation.
Due to Rodinia's decades of combat experience in the harsh off-world environments and situations during the Alliance Wars with very little supplies and personnel, the CSH has been designed to operate for prolonged periods without sophisticated support. All that is needed to keep the CSH operational is a medium transport craft equipped with a basic spares supply plus mechanic.
The CSH carries a range of weapons depending on the mission profile. It is generally fitted with a port-mounted 25 mm cannon and can also carry air-to-air missiles, anti-armour missiles and unguided rockets. The CSH has a fire control system for target acquisition and tracking as well as an advanced navigation system using a hybrid radar and advanced UPS. Also incorporated are plans for an electronic countermeasures suite coupled with chaff and flare dispensers.
Notable features include an advanced cockpit for long-term operations geared toward pilot comfort (featuring heated and cooled seats, with the addition of heating and air-conditioning)and a pitchable aft section with flexible angled horizontal stabilizers. Newer designs also incorporate dynamic semi-flexible stub wings with multiple hard-points for additional armaments and payloads, as well with camouflage liveries and low visability roundels/markings to match engagement zones.
Pre-production build of 2 aircraft.
First production model, incorporating missile pods, 5 built.
Development of the KH.CSH11a with various improvements and powered by a more powerful GMk engine. Missile pods removed for stub-wings and hard-points. 7 built.
Development of the KH.CSH11b with various improvements, including new larger wings, two additional hard-points, and modifications to aft winglets. New 25mm autocannons added, incorporating dual-feeding capabilities. 4 built. 1 Exported.
Development of the KH.CSH11c with various improvements. New semi-flexible stub wing design and weapons mounts capable of armed re-entry and less stress generated on overall airframe. New plating and paint to better deal with radiation threats and exposures. 1 built.
New CSH design based on requirements for a craft capable of intercepting & engaging enemy fighter aircraft. 3 built.