Because of this, the Aquila is a highly sought-after plane, used by operation teams for instances where a Citadel-class battleship would be too unwieldy or otherwise inappropriate.
The ACS-2, with its extremely high performance, has replaced and phased out all C-20 Phoenix command jets, which were the ULC's previous aircraft of choice for the role. No known C-20s survive except for a refurbished one in the possession of Liberators-830B.
It was named after the Aquila, the Latin word for 'eagle'. In Roman armies, the Aquila was the battle standard, and was extremely important to the empire's military, each legion going to great lengths to protect theirs and to recover it if it was lost. Each Roman Legion had an Aquila. Thus, the Aquila was chosen to represent the role of the aircraft played in Liberators operations, with each chapter ideally being assigned one.
This however did not completely play through as, while the Aquila jet was very high quality, efficient and versatile, it was also very expensive. Thus in the modern Liberators throughout the USA, some chapters, typically the larger ones, operate Citadels while the smaller more mobile ones operate Aquilas.
In 2029, the United States Air Force decided that a sub-class Aquila variant designed for cargo carrying, the C-30 Aquila, would be the replacement for the older, no longer produced C-17 Globemaster IIIs, and has begun the process of ordering units produced for the US military. This new demand, along with the Coalition deciding to equip all existing Liberator chapters with an ACS-2, meant that due to their smaller size and lower priority, the team known as Liberators-830B received a C-20 Phoenix as their main transport instead.
In early 2029, ACS-2s were seen at the Phoenix Complex when the teams were undergoing orientation and assignment.
- United Liberators Coalition
Armament and Technical Specifications Edit
Weapons and defenses Edit
- The Aquila possesses two ball-socket turrets with automatic computer-guided targeting, with quadruple mini-guns. One is mounted on the dorsal side of the ship, and one is mounted in the belly. Both retract when not in use, and are concealed.
- The Aquila also has two missile launchers built underneath her nose. Both are capable of launching a volley of two missiles at once, and reloading in under 30 seconds. The Aquila has a total missile payload capacity of 16 missiles.
- The Aquila has an electromagnetic defense shield to deflect some EM attacks. It is also shielded from electronic warfare, which it can deploy itself.
- The command jet has the ability to launch chaff to defend itself by confusing incoming missiles.
Interior layout Edit
- Two SUVs can be stored in its vast cargo bay, or alternatively, a single Juggernaut armored transport. Unlike its predecessor which used a crane, the Aquila simply lowers its rear cargo ramp.
- It has an onboard command center, field medical bays or science bays, bunks for crew, offices, a bar, dining and lounge, kitchen and a tactical planning room.
The plane is heavily armored and it is equipped with advanced adaptive cloaking technology, enabling it to camouflage into its surroundings. Its black, matte hull also absorbs radar waves, making it difficult to detect using conventional sensors.