|Mosquito IX Radar Plane|
|Use|| High-altitude spy plane |
Airborne Refueling Aircraft
|Tech Base||Inner Sphere (Advanced)|
|Chassis Type (Size)||Fixed Wing (Medium)|
|Armament|| ER Medium Laser |
4 x External Stores Hardpoints
Basic Fire Control
|Barrier Armor Rating (BAR)||BAR 6|
|Crew||6 (1 officer, 4 enlisted/non-rated, 1 gunner)|
The Mosquito IX Radar Plane is a long-range surveillance aircraft design.
The plane was first developed by the DMI Inc., of Caph in early 2400s. DMI Inc, using a treasure trove of electronics and communication equipment found in Rock Mountains on Terra, begun designs on an airborne radar plane. After several years, the company was forced to sell its manufacturing and its cache of high-technology to the Mallus Brothers. William Mallus invested his family fortune re-designing the aircraft to handle the thin atmosphere of high altitudes. However, after seven years of development he died of a heart attack and his brother Nathan took over.
Nathan finalized the design and formed the Malrite Company, which first produced the aircraft for market in 2448. The aircraft was a success in the Terran Hegemony, forcing Malrite to expand to meet demand for the Mosquito.
The aircraft continued into the late thirty-first century, when it was deployed into new roles, such as fire fighting, refueling aircraft, and even as a storm chaser, while planetary militia still employed the Mosquito in its original role. The Second Star League, prior to its demise in 3067, used a number of these aircraft deployed on both Huntress and Strana Mechty for monitoring the people of those worlds.
The company still produces the Mosquito and has noted that it would sell more of the aircraft if the price tag for its array of sophisticated equipment was not so high.
Equipment and Capabilities
The current incarnation of the Mosquito, which premiered in 3058, uses a single Extended Range Medium Laser for self-defense, while it is only protected by one ton of BAR 6 grade armor. However, the aircraft is not designed for direct combat. The craft is powered by a Hermes Fission Engine, which has been touted as being highly reliable, allowing the Mosquito to adapt to a variety of planetary environments.
It does employ four external stores hardpoints, two per each of the craft's wings for external ordnance or additional equipment needed for any particular mission. The craft was designed to use the SISO (Slide In/Slide Out) module system which was seen used on Cortez Series N exploration vehicles. Other design features include Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) capability, two tons of Communication Equipment, a High-Rez Image camera, an Infrared Imager Camera, Look-Down Radar, a Remote Sensor Dispenser and a refueling drogue.
The Mosquito has a number variants in use as of 3067, these include Fire Fighting, Weather monitoring aircraft, and some others. Noted variants include 3052 Model & 3067 Model, however these aircraft only differ in cosmetic appearance.
It is unclear exactly when the Mosquito IX which stats are featured in the Technical Readout:Vehicle Annex profile actually came out. This is due to the inclusion of a ER Medium Laser which didn't exist when the vehicle first premiered.
As of this writing, there is no published Record Sheets for this vehicle or its variants.
- Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex, p. 116, "Mosquito IX Radar Plane"
- Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex Revised, p. 110, "Mosquito IX Radar Plane"
- online date for the Mosquito IX
- TechManual, p. 112, "Mosquito IX Radar Plane"
- Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex Revised, p. 108, "Fixed Wing Support Vehicles"
- Writers confirm date of IX version of the Mosquito