The Kawarime is compact atmospheric/sub-light fighter. The 1a version is a single pilot, the 1b is a dual-occupant variant. With the development of the Heitan-class Carrier the need for fighters to possess FTL capabilities was reduced. This makes the Kawarime an ideal craft for use in planetary defense and as part of a battle group with a carrier presence. The Kawarime is a short runway craft, and through the use of the Combined Field System can actually perform VTOL maneuvers.
Some see the Kawarime as a rival to the Hayabusa V6 Series Starfighter. The Kawarime was never meant to fill the same roles as the V6. Intended as an endo/exo-atmospheric craft, the Kawarime is ideal for the needs of the 2XF where it is deployed to protect vital assets and does not require the range of the V6. The Hayabusa is a “pocket starship”, the 2XF developed the Kawarime so they could develop numbers to fight against the strategy of the NMX overwhelming SAoY forces with their battlepods. Which is why they deploy them on their carriers bases, and ground installations.
The Kawarime was requested by Taisho Mikasa Sorano for use by the Second Expeditionary Fleet as a component for their defense forces. The purpose was to produce a versatile inexpensive fighter, capable of fulfilling multiple roles. Development costs were defrayed by the use of many components from the Kuma T8 Multi-role Shuttle.
The Kawarime is a delta wing design with an intentional low profile to reduce it radar signature. It features a pair of Turbo Aether Plasma drives for propulsion. Its four primary guns can be clearly seen and from underneath one can see the weapon mounts on the wings. They typically have the Star Army Hinomaru on each vertical stabilizer, the owning fleet's symbol on the starboard wing, and the base or ship logo on the port.
Type: Sub-light fighter
Designers: Ketsurui Fleet Yards, Takumi
Manufacturer: Ketsurui Fleet Yards
Organizations using this ship: Star Army of Yamatai, Second Expeditionary Fleet
Nomenclature: Ke-V8-1a - Single Seat
Nomenclature: Ke-V8-1b - Dual seat
Nomenclature: Ke-V8-2a - Single Seat
Nomenclature: Ke-V8-2b - Dual seat
Length: 13.95 meters (44.28 feet)
Wingspan: 8.25 meters (27.06 feet)
Height: 1.95 meters (6.396 feet)
The Kawarime is very responsive fighter craft.
See Damage Rating for an explanation of the damage system.
The Cockpit of the V8 Kawarime has these features:
The Kawarime has environmental controls for the safety and comfort of the occupants.
The Kawarime uses standard KFY artificial gravity systems. They serve two purposes: first is to provide standard 1G gravity for occupant comfort, secondly they provide inertial compensation to reduce the effects of extreme acceleration on the occupants.
The Kawarime atmosphere processing subsystem uses a combination of scrubbers. The occupants can connect their Aerospace Flight Suit into the system for prolonged missions. The system has an emergency reserve for twelve hours should all power fail.
The V8 Kawarime has three retractable landing gears for landing and taxiing. The forward landing gear swings to the rear and the two rear gear swing forward when retracting.
One of these can be installed on each of the wing mounts.
The Kawarime can also use these Teisatsu options.