The Mallard in Atlantic Air Combat™
The Blackburn design will inspire a similar aircraft in
Soviet Navy service. The Tupolev 144 had the reputation to owe a lot to the Concorde, so in the absence of an
interresting enough Soviet design to be cheated into an "operational" equivalent to a Gannet, an Alizé or a
Tracker, the Blackburn B88YB1 will be the source of inspiration for a similar platform which will allegedly fullfil the
ASW and AEW roles, with secondary attack/strike capacities. As carrier based air transport and in-flight refueling
are associated with a different aircraft type, there will be no COD nor tanker variants for the Mallard.
Since the Soviet Union designed and produced plenty of
outstanding turboprop engines, it will be fictionnally powered by the 4,000 hp "IV.AI20L", echoeing the
Ivchenko AI-20L propelling the Antonov 12 "Cub" (AN12TM3 Club in AAC parlance). Any
practicality issue regarding this association is dispensed with and will be handled as a de facto detail.
The Mallard is allegedly produced by the Russian
Believ aircraft manufacturer, and will be available in the colors of Soviet and Cuban Navies, and East German and Polish
Air Forces. It will be referred to under the following designations :
||carrier borne (or land based) ASW platform with secondary air-to-surface attack capacities
||carrier borne (or land based) AEW platform - exclusive to the game engine