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The XFJ-01a Phase 2 Unit 1 in demonstration colors.
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The Shiranui Second is a product of the XFJ Joint Tactical Surface Fighter Development Program, a plan initiated in 2001 that aimed to overcome the development ceiling of the Type-94 Shiranui and improve its battlefield performance; supporters of the Shiranui Second had hoped that a major international breakthrough could be achieved by using American development data and technology.

The four participating companies were the USA's Boening, and the three Japanese companies of Fugaku, Mitsuhishi, and Kawazaki. Performance targets for the XFJ Program were the following:

  1. Agility and mobility equal to 3rd generation TSFs of other countries (eg. EF-2000 Typhoon, F-22A Raptor, Su-47E Berkut).
  2. At least a 30% increase in uptime.
  3. Reduction of decline in efficiency due to its equipment load weight.

XFJ-01a Shiranui Second Phase 1Edit

XFJ-01a Shiranui Second (不知火 弐型) (Phase 1)
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Modified Prototype/Heavy Armaments TSF

Nation of Origin

Empire of Japan/United States of America

Initial Deployment

n/a

Generation

3rd Generation

Role

Experimental Fighter

Engines

General Electronics FE140-GE-100

Height

19.7m

Armament

Type-87 Assault Cannon
Type-87 Support Assault Cannon
Type-74 PB Blade
Type-65 PB Knife
Type-92 Autonomous Multi-Purpose Missile System
Type-92 Supplemental Armor
AMWS-21 Combat System

Appearances

Total Eclipse, TSFiA

The first phase of the program consists of modifying a Type 94-1C Shiranui Type-1C for longer operating time with US parts, including low-power consumption components installed in its fuselage and General Electronics F-140 engines in its Type-91 Jump Units. It was also seen with signal flare launchers mounted in its shoulder block armor, although it could not be confirmed if that was already an integrated feature in the Type-94-1C.

Although there were sporadic problems caused by 2nd Lieutenant Yuuya Bridges' unfamiliarity with the TSF, it obtained satisfactory results during testing at Yukon Base, and on the battlefield on the Kamchatka Peninsula where it fielded the EML-99X Electromagnetic Induction Launcher during the Kamchatka Military Exercises with no problems. Yuuya later engaged the BETA in live combat during the Ц-04 Frontline Supply Base Incident, resulting in the Phase 1 being severely damaged, although it was able to return to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Base under its own power. Upon its return to Yukon Base, it was modified into the XFJ-01a Shiranui Second Phase 2.




















XFJ-01 Shiranui Second Phase 2Edit

XFJ-01a Shiranui Second Phase 2 (不知火 弐型)
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Modified Prototype TSF

Nation of Origin

Empire of Japan/United States of America

Initial Deployment

2001

Generation

3rd Generation

Role

Test Fighter

Engines

General Electronics FE140-GE-100

Height

19.8m

Armament

Type-65 PB Knife
Type-74 PB Blade
Type-87 Assault Cannon
Type-87 Support Assault Cannon
Type-92 Supplemental Armor
WS-16C Assault Cannon
AMWS-21 Combat System
A-97 Assault Cannon

Appearances

Total Eclipse, TSFIA

For the second stage of the MSIP (Multi-Stage Improvement Plan), Boening upgraded the Phase 1 using lessons learnt from the Phoenix Initiative, resulting in the Phase 1's external transformation to the unique form of the Shiranui Second.

The head unit is equipped with the newest active electronically scanned radar as well as infrared target acquisition system. Thruster units are added to the shoulders to increase mobility, and the legs are enlarged to increase propellant capacity. In response to the Soviet Su-37 Terminator, Boening quickly developed and installed thruster units for the Phase 2's waist block; unlike those on the Su-37, these waist thrusters are given vectoring nozzles. Improvements are made to speed up deployment of the combat dagger from the forearm sheath by several tenths of a second and the Mount Pylon-mounted Melee Halberd by about one second.

Two units would be created for testing as part of Project PROMINENCE. The first unit, XFJ-01a, was initially painted in white and red demonstration colors during its unveiling and early combat exercises, and assigned to US Army 2nd Lieutenant Yuuya Bridges. It was later repainted all white. The second machine, XFJ-01b, was painted in a dark-blue color scheme, and would be piloted by 2nd Lieutenant Tarisa Manandal. With the XFJ-01a, Yuuya would continue to test the machine in both JIVES tests and the subsequent Blue Flag exercises. Taking part in the first match of Blue Flag, Yuuya fought against the F-18E/Fs of COSEAN's Garuda Test Flight, managing to avoid their fire and overwhelm them.

In his second match, Yuuya and Argos Test Flight would face off against Bao-Feng Test Flight, with Yuuya scoring a decisive victory over UFC Lieutenant Cui Yifei's J-10X by maximizing the innate strengths of the Type-74 PB Blade that the XFJ-01 was equipped with; also contributing was his increased knowledge of the XFJ-01a's operation that was gained from his previous experiences. The XFJ-01b, piloted by Tarisa, would also experience its first combat action in this match.

While Yuuya's subsequent matches in Blue Flag would have eventually brought him against the Infinities, Yukon Base then came under attack by the RLF shortly after his victory over Bao-Feng. Both the XFJ-01a and XFJ-01b would be tested by live combat, with Yuuya and Tarisa in the XFJ-01a and XFJ-01b easily overpowering automated F-16s; Yuuya would also use the XFJ-01a to and engage the insurgents in anti-TSF combat. The XFJ-01a later fought against automated MiG-29s, the MiG-29OVTs of Major Christopher, and the BETA released from underneath Yukon Base; the XFJ-01b, piloted by Tarisa, would engage BETA heading for the Red Shift line alongside Takamura Yui's Type-00F, and was severely damaged when it encountered the berserk Scarlet Twins. The XFJ-01a itself was also damaged in the attempt to stop the Scarlet Sisters.

An attempt was later made by Yuuya Bridges to further upgrade the Shiranui Second Phase 2, but the blueprints were abandoned, in favour of the upgrade plan for the Shiranui Second Phase 2 into its final Phase 3 form.







XFJ-01 Shiranui Second Phase 3Edit

XFJ-01a Shiranui Second Phase 3 (不知火 弐型)
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Modified Prototype TSF

Nation of Origin

Empire of Japan/United States of America

Initial Deployment

2001

Generation

3rd Generation

Role

Test Stealth Fighter

Engines

No information

Height

No information

Armament

Type-65 PB Knife
Type-74 PB Blade
Type-87 Assault Cannon
Type-87 Support Assault Cannon
Type-92 Supplemental Armor
WS-16C Assault Cannon
AMWS-21 Combat System
A-97 Assault Cannon

Appearances

Total Eclipse

The Phase 3 is the fusion of the external frame of a YF-23 Black Widow II from the ATSF, coupled with technologies from the Shiranui Second Phase 2, helmed and completed by Frank Heinemann. As a result, the unit heavily resembles the YF-23.

Apart from the entirely new head unit, design changes have been made to the skirt area, creating a smoother frontal profile in the hip block area. The protrusions on the original YF-23's shoulders have been replaced by Blade Vanes, and the lower portions of its shouder armor changed to resemble that of the Shiranui-series'. Unlike the YF-23, the Phase 3 uses the Type-91 Jump Units of the Type-94/Type-97/Shiranui Second-series; however, the model of the engine used is unknown.

Unit 1 contains certain technologies that are blocked from export by the US Congress; this includes stealth features, as well as an active refuelling system that allows it to recharge straight from other TSFs; those features are not present in the Phase 3 Unit 2 piloted by Takamura Yui, painted in identical colors to the Shiranui Second Phase 2 Unit 2. Performance-wise, the Phase 3 is a large improvement over the Phase 2.

The definitive version of the Phase 3, Unit 1, was piloted by Yuuya Bridges, and last saw combat in the region of the Evensk Hive, during Operation Ouka.



















Type-04 Shiranui SecondEdit

TSF-Type04/XFJ-01 Shiranui Second (不知火 弐型)
Type-04
Production Tactical Surface Fighter

Nation of Origin

Empire of Japan

Initial Deployment

2003 (XFJ-01/Test Type-01)
2004 (Type-04)

Generation

3rd Generation

Role

Fighter

Engines

General Electronics FE140-GE-100

Height

19.8m

Armament

Type-87 Assault Cannon
Type-87 Support Assault Cannon
Type-74 PB Blade
Type-65 PB Knife
Type-92 Supplemental Armor
Mk.57 Squad Support Gun

Appearances

TSFIA

Following the success of the XFJ-01, the Shiranui Second is considered for adoption as Imperial Japan's next main TSF and given the designation of Test Type-01, for use in combat trials against the Test Type-02/F-15SEJ Gekkou that, at that time, was also being considered for adoption into the IJA/MDF as the next mainline TSF of Imperial Japan.

The Test Type-01 was first deployed in April 2003 at the Cheorwon Hive during Operation Sledgehammer. Operated by the Fuji Tactical Fighter Traning Group's 11th Squadron Skuld, the squadron tested the Shiranui Second, equipped with XM3 and armed with the new Type-02 Squad Support Gun, in both maneuver and fire capabilities by moving from one side of the Hive to another via maneuvering through the Hive, then providing fire support to allied forces. The Shiranui Seconds of the Fuji TFTG were also later deployed to Sakhalin in August 2003 to assist the Soviet Army's 211 Batal'on Zhar in their advance towards Objective 19.

In 2004, Boening licensed the production of several components of the Shiranui Second to fulfill refurbishment requirements of existing units, and the Shiranui Second is designated the TSF Type-04.


















TriviaEdit

  • The XFJ-01a demonstration paint scheme bears some resemblance to the colors used in the real life T-2 CCV experimental aircraft of the JSDF. The XFJ-01b's paint scheme is similar to that of the JSDF acrobatic unit Blue Impulse when they were flying the T-2.
  • For the Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse (Anime), most of the XFJ-01a and XFJ-01b's deployment history remained the same, with the exception of their opponents; against Major Christopher, Yuuya fought the Su-47E rather than the MiG-29OVT Fulcrum. The XFJ-01a/b were later damaged in by the Scarlet Sisters in the same Su-47E, rather than against the Su-37UB Terminator.

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