Rigid Body Hybrid Airships.
Rigid Body airships are hybrid of aircraft and Airship. their outer shell and lift body is formed of a Lightweight carbon fiber shell filed with Helium in self contained adjustable volume gas bladders made of ultra light synthetic fiber fabric and mylar.
Properly piloted the airships can remain airborne for days at a time conducting long range patrols or transporting personnel and ordinance across intercontinental and transoceanic distances at a maximum speed of over 500 Kph for extended periods.
at over two hundred meters long and one hundred and forty meters wide the Airship can be crewed by as few as five persons, or carry crews of up to fifty men depending on model and mission. while the airship does not have the raw lifting power of conventional airships it does have a great deal of interior space and a cargo lifting capacity greater then the largest cargo aircraft.
While Not "Stealth" aircraft the sleek airframe and radar absorbent materials embedded in the carbon fiber shell of the aircraft make it innately difficult to track with radar. In addition its low speed flight capability allows it to maneuver at speeds so low that many radar systems may exclude them as clouds, flocks of birds, or false returns.
Rigid airships may serve as Airborne command and communications centers, AWACS, maritime patrol,transport, missile/Drone carriers, or stand off attack aircraft.
While they are in no way suitable for direct combat and are normally vulnerable to fighter and ground based missiles. They can be armed with close in weapons systems, and long range air to air missiles that can repel attacks and knock out aircraft and ground defenses at extreme range.
Crew: 5 minimum
Height: 14 meters( lifting Body)
Power: Mutifuel gas turbine/Electric Generators
Propulsion: Vectored thrust Turbojets. with ducted fan maneuvering thrusters
Max Speed: 300 Kph
Max Altitude: 10,000 m
Range: 9,000 Kilometers (extended by in flight refueling from tanker airship)
Max Duration: 1-3 weeks
passengers: 450 ( troop ship in fold down seating , and folding cots)
cargo capacity: 300 tons