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TSF-Type-94 Shiranui
94式 不知火

TYPE 94 SHIRANUI
A Type-94 Shiranui in UN colors.

IJA Type-94 Shiranui
Type 94, in Japanese Army Colors.

Manufacturer(s) Fugaku Heavy Industries
Mitsuhishi Heavy Industries
Kawazaki
Generation 3nd Generation
Role All-Purpose Fighter
Initial Deployment 1994
Height 19.7m
Engines Fugaku Heavy Industries FE108-FHI-220
Armament(s) 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

Appearance(s) Muv-Luv Alternative
Muv-Luv Unlimited The Day After
Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse
Muv-Luv Alternative: Faraway Dawn
Tactical Surface Fighters In Action (TSFIA)

The Type-94 Shiranui (Japanese name: 94式 不知火) is a Tactical Surface Fighter in use by the Imperial Army/Mainland Defence Force of Japan as their premiere unit. The first domestic-production TSF of the Empire, the Type-94 is a high-performance unit that can fill a wide variety of combat roles.

HistoryEdit

Initially planned as a joint-development effort between Mitsuhishi Heavy Industries, Fugaku Heavy Industries, and Kawazaki, problems with domestic technology development forced the Empire to put the project on hold while they pursued other avenues of meeting their defence needs. With data gathered from the licensed production of the Type-89/F-15J Kagerou, the Type-94 was successfully completed and put into production as the next-generation TSF of the nation. Data used for the Shiranui was eventually put to use in the manufacture of the Type-97 Fubuki.

Developed from a requirement for a TSF meeting the needs of the Imperial Army at every level, the Shiranui has been cited as the world's first production 3rd generation TSF, although that classification was due to its overall performance at the time of its production; the introduction of improved Anti-Laser Coating and composite materials for its frame allowed the Type-94 to perform far better than other units of its time, with an engine installed into its Type-91 Jump Units that allow the Shiranui to exceed 700km/h during flight. On its feet are foldable spikes that allow it to gain better traction when walking or bracing against a surface.

Most Japanese TSFs were built to be more sensitive than their counterparts from other nations; the numerous mountainous areas that make up the interior of the Japanese mainland require careful maneuvering at tight quarters, particularly in combat against the BETA. In addition to the Type-94's inherent maneuverability, its arm-mounted Blade Sheaths and head sensor masts were also designed to be integrated into the process of controlling the TSF during NOE flight, normal flight, and boosted jumps, allowing the unit to make minute course corrections when in the air and prior to landing. Given its sensitivity, a pilot unfamilar with the quirks of the Type-94 may find it hard to maintain unit stability in tight quarters; in the hands of the right pilot however, the Shiranui boasts excellent maneuverability that allows its pilots to match more advanced units in high-speed close-combat battles.

Despite being built as a multirole unit, the Fuji Tactical Fighter Training Group during the 12/5 Incident had demonstrated that the Shiranui could be pushed into an anti-TSF role, where its advantages stem from its 3rd generation standing, pilot skills, and other variables. However, the base performance of the Shiranui was still not enough to overcome the F-22A Raptor deployed by the US military to quell the incident, although with odds of 7:1 or more the Shiranui were able to close the technological and skill gap with numbers.

With the passing of time, several complaints about the Shiranui rose; most notable was its lack of accommodation for improvement as the machine was built to the exact specifications of pilots during the early 1990's. As it gradually became obsolete due to the passing of time, the Shiranui's lack of potential for mid-life upgrades rendered it a dead-end machine, and necessitated a follow-up TSF to be produced.

DeploymentEdit

All-range combat

UN Type-94 in combat

The Type-94 Shiranui has been in use with the Imperial Army since 1994. As the primary TSF of the Japanese forces, the Shiranui has seen widespread deployment both with domestic forces and units assigned to service with the United Nations as part of the Far East Defense Line. It is unconfirmed whether the Shiranui was deployed during the invasion of Japan in 1998, although the likelihood is very high. Its first confirmed deployment was during the 1999 Yokohama Hive Battle by both Imperial Army forces and the UN's Special Task Force A-01.

The year 2001 saw heavy deployment of the Shiranui on the Japanese mainland. Both the Imperial Army/Mainland Defence Force and the UN Special Task Force A-01 deployed their Type-94s during the operation to repel the BETA Invasion of Niigata.

Early December 2001, several squadrons of Shiranui from the IJA/MDF and the Fuji Tactical Fighter Training Group assaulted Japanese, UN, and US Army forces stationed in Japan during the 12/5 Incident. Due to this, Special Task Force A-01 also deployed with their Type-94s and took part in the battle against the insurgents.

Later in December, the Shiranui of A-01 were again deployed to combat BETA during the XM3 trials, and both Imperial Army and A-01 Shiranui played pivotal roles in the Operation 21st. The Shiranui of A-01 would last see action during the defense of Yokohama Base.

British redcoat style

Type-94s of the 1st Tactical Armor Regiment.

While the Type-94 remains the primary TSF of the Empire of Japan in Unlimited, it does not make an appearance during the main story.

The Shiranui would be featured more heavily in The Day After, where it is both the flagship machine of Wardog Squadron and the 1st Tactical Armor Regiment in their missions. The Shiranui of both units were involved in a skirmish at the Seattle Defence Line and later at the Defence of Seattle against a BETA attack, and would later go on to participate in combat against insurgent A-6Js during the Seattle Food Plant Hijack, with Lieutenant Tatsunami Hibiki demonstrating that the Shiranui was not to be underestimated both above and underwater. The 1st Tactical Armor Regiment and Wardog Squadron also participated in the 8th Border Skirmish between US/Japan alliance forces and the French/Canadian alliance.

Despite its age and status as the world's oldest production 3rd generation TSF at this point of time, its flexibility and mobility are well-demonstrated during the battles fought by Wardog Squadron and the 1st Tactical Armor Regiment.

In addition to Imperial forces, some UN colored Type-94s still remain and are seen in service during the JFK Hive Operation.

Type-94-1C Shiranui Type-1CEdit

TSF-Type-94-1C Shiranui Type-1C
94式 不知火 壱型丙
Shiranui ichihei
A Type-94-1C in its distinctive dazzle camouflage.
Manufacturer(s) Fugaku Heavy Industries
Mitsuhishi Heavy Industries
Kawazaki
Generation 3nd Generation
Role Enhanced Capabilities/General Combat Fighter
Initial Deployment 1998
Height 19.7m
Engines Fugaku Heavy Industries FE108-FHI-225
Armament(s) 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

Appearance(s) Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse

The Shiranui's limitation was not only evident in combat, but was also demonstrated by the Type-94-1C Shiranui Type-1C, where several were produced in 1998 as an attempt at upgrading Japan's fleet of Shiranui. With a strengthened frame and joint actuators in anticipation of additional capabilities for deploying heavy weapons, its drive system performance was increased by 15%. Its frame also featured an experimental camouflage scheme known as "Ferris" camouflage; the patterns and color selection are designed to play havoc with the BETA's sensory organs when the Shiranui Type-1C is in high-speed maneuvers during combat. However, the addition of the Ferris camouflage has not shown any positive results thus far.

The Shiranui Type-1C is equipped with an enlarged power generator and uses the Type-00F/-00A's FE108-FHI-225 engines in its Jump Units instead of the Shiranui's original FE108-FHI-220 engines, giving it greater thruster power. However, the enlarged generator and the increase in power demand from the engines caused poorer fuel efficiency, limiting its operational time. A proprietary OS was developed to attempt to compensate for its limited operating time, but this had the side effect of making the TSF difficult to pilot due to development cutting corners, as well as the incomplete integration of the Shiranui Type-1C's mishmash upgrade of different TSF parts.

This sudden change in development direction from a heavy-firepower unit to include capabilities of a high-mobility unit resulted in the eventual axing of the upgrade plan due to poor-balanced performance. Despite its flaws, however, the lessons learned from Japan's domestic development with the Shiranui and Kagerou were well-applied in the Shiranui Type-1C, with mobility, fire control, and combat abilities well ahead of required operation parameters; it merely lacked combat redundancy due to the high specifications of its required parts, making the unit costly to be deployed en masse and further pushing the unit into the dead-end zone of being unfit for upgrade and refitting capability due to the parts' required precision.

DeploymentEdit

In light of heavy losses suffered by the Imperial Army following Operation Lucifer, the Shiranui Type-1C entered a limited production run. With slightly less than 100 units produced in addition to the handful manufactured before the BETA Invasion of Japan, most found use as elite units, assigned to pilots who could control the finicky TSF even in the heat of combat. They also acted as data-gathering testbeds, or as field-testing machines for weapons projects such as the EML-99X railgun.

A full squadron of Shiranui Type-1Cs were piloted by Captain Sanada Kozou and his men of the Imperial Army during the Battle of Kyoto in 1998. They were engaged in a delaying action to buy time for Takamura Yui and the remains of her squadron to retreat from the battlefield.

In 2001, several Type-94-1Cs were known to be deployed by the Royal Guard's White Fang Squadron as testbed machines for the EML-99X.

Another unit was deployed to the UN's Yukon Base in Alaska in 2001 as a Project PROMINENCE test machine; piloted by US Army Second Lieutenant Yuuya Bridges, it gradually received Boening-manufactured upgrades and refinements into the XFJ-01a Shiranui Second Phase 1.

TriviaEdit

  • In production, the Shiranui is the world's first 3rd generation TSF. In terms of rollout dates, the YF-22 and YF-23 predate the Shiranui.
  • The Type 94's name was inspired by a World War II Kagerō-class destroyer, the Shiranui. Its Japanese name, 不知火 (meaning unknown fire), is also the name of an optical illusion often appearing on the horizon of the Ariake Sea and the Yatsushiro Sea
  • In the Total Eclipse anime, Sanada Kozou was alone and wounded in his damaged Shiranui Type-94-1C when Takamura Yui encountered him. In the visual novel, he was the leader of a squadron of the TSFs, and had not been harmed despite the heavy combat they had seen.

Image GalleryEdit

  • Type-94 in UN colors as it appears in Alternative and subsequent games.
  • Type-94 in Imperial Army colors as it appears in Alternative and subsequent games.
  • Type-94 in Fuji Tactical Fighter Training Group colors as it appears in Alternative and subsequent games.
  • Type-94 in Imperial Army colors with coup forces markings as it appears in Alternative and subsequent games.
  • Type-94 in flight as it appears in Alternative. Its front and side views are new additions in The Day After.
  • Type-94-1C as it appears in the Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse anime.

  • Initial design concept of the Type-94
  • Lineart of the Type-94 from Integral Works.
  • Imperial Japan colors
  • Arm-mounted knife deployment sequence
  • Type-94 frame features from left to right: knee joint, ammunition storage and leg spikes.
  • Wireframe display of a Type-94

  • A Type-94 at rest.
  • Type-94s with opened cockpits.
  • A Type-94 helping a grounded pilot out of his disabled machine.
  • Two Type-94s in a tunnel shaft.
  • A Type-94 of the UN's A-01 Valkyries squadron.
  • Several UN Type-94s in combat.
  • Type-94s engaging enemies.
  • A Type-94 in NOE flight.
  • A damaged Type-94-1C outfitted as a Gun Sweeper.
  • Shiranui with its cockpit open
  • Several Type-94-1Cs during the Battle of Kyoto.
  • Type-94s housed in a TSF hangar.
  • A Shiranui in combat, demonstrating the potential dexterity of a TSF.


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