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|Concept art portraying the Awyren 5 in June 2021.|
|Role||Air superiority fighter|
|Manufacturer||Helliwell Aircraft Inc.|
|First flight||7 September 1997|
|Primary user||Aenopian Air Force|
|Number built||0 (0 test and 0 operational aircraft)|
|Developed from||Awyren E05|
The Helliwell Awyren 5, (//; English: plane)[a] also known as the Awyren V Headhunter, is an Aenopian single-engine, all weather, canard delta wing, multirole fighter aircraft currently under development by a consortium of Helliwell Systems and the Aenopian Aerospace Administration for the Aenopian Defence League (ADL) and its branches, most notably the Aenopian Air Force and Aenopian Coast Guard. Initially scheduled to enter service in 2020, the Awyren 5 has suffered from significant delays based on numerous factors such as budgets. The production aircraft is currently scheduled to enter service in mid-to-late 2021.
The aircraft's development effectively began in May 2019 as part of a trade deal between the both-defunct states of the Empire of Emosia and New Cymru. This trade deal was quickly cancelled, however the aircraft project was formally adopted by the New Cymrunian Government under the name of the Awyren 5. The Aenopian Government began studies into the development of a multirole fighter in late 2019, resulting in the project being revitalised by both the Aenopian Government and Marco (later Helliwell Inc.) in December 2019. Initially, it was planned for the ability to export the aircraft to members of the North Atlantic Defence Union, however this was cancelled partially due to the dissolution of NADU in December 2019. The first flight of the prototype, named Awyren E05, is slated for May 2021 to coincide with the 2 year anniversary of the project.
The concept for a tactical fighter aircraft was initially conceived in May 2019, initially as part of a trade deal between the both-defunct states of the Empire of Emosia and New Cymru. After this trade deal was cancelled by New Cymru in May 2019 the concept was perused however would later be dropped in June 2019 following ridicule by other members of the community and to focus on other projects. The Awyren 5 project was restarted by the Empire of Aenopia in late 2019 to act as a replacement for its 'First Generation' aircraft consisting of foam gliders and a drone.
A project proposal for the procurement and development of the Awyren 5 aircraft was published on 17 November 2019 by Klaaman Aircraft Solutions (renamed to Helliwell Aircraft inc.) This included the approval for the conversion of an Aenopian aircraft which had been damaged during transit to become the prototype for an Aenopian built series of fighter aircraft. The proposal stated that the first aircraft was to be delivered by March 2020 with all aircraft delivered by July 2020 whilst improvements would be constantly developed for the Awyren 5 such as VTOL, the capability to carry payloads, radar, ect. which would result in the creation of Aenopia’s 2nd Generation Aircraft series (Awyren 6) in 2021.
Numerous concepts for the Awyren 5 were produced before a basic idea was reached. It was determined that the aircraft would be of a canard delta wing design, featuring a single EDF fan.
During the early phases of the Awyren 5 project, it was initially intended to utilise a damaged BAE Systems Hawk foam glider as the basis of the prototype. Initially purchased in August 2019 by an early Aenopian Air Force, the glider was heavily damaged during shipping from what-is-now Bryniau Gwyrdd to New Aberdare. The aircraft was initially written off until plans were unveiled to convert the glider into a powered aircaft to serve as a technology demonstrator. This plan would later be dropped later into Awyren 5 development after the transition from a propeller design to an EDF fan.
In December 2020 plans for the final Awyren 5 prototype were created. Externally similar to the British Aerospace EAP technology demonstrator for the Eurofighter Typhoon, the prototype will feature a basic control system and design, with numerous features such as retractable landing gear and Thrust vectoring omitted to save cost and weight. Unlike the production Awyren 5 which features air intakes located on the forward wing roots like the BAE Systems Hawk and BAC Jet Provost, the Awyren E05 features underside air intakes comparable to the Eurofighter Typhoon to simplify construction and maintenance. The go-ahead for construction and testing of the Awyren E05 was given by the Aenopian Government on 30 December 2020. It is intended for the Awyren E05 to be in operation by May 2021 to coincide with the 2 year anniversary of the project. Testing will last until the end of June 2021.
Production and procurement
The Awyren 5 is primarily influenced by aircraft such as the Eurofighter Typhoon, Dassault Rafale, Dassault Mirage 2000 and Saab JAS 39 Gripen to name a few aircraft. The Awyren 5 design is intended to be a light-weight and agile aerial platform. Both pitch and yaw control will be controlled by a Thrust vectoring system alongside conventional ailerons. Pitch control is by operation of the canards and ailerons connected to a singular servo, because the canards disturb airflow to inner elevons (flaps). The yaw control is controlled by a single rudder located in the vertical stabiliser. The Awyren 5 features canards in order to increase aircraft stability.
- Designation given to the Awyren prototype currently under development.
- Standard Awyren 5 version for the Aenopian Air Force.
- Same as Awyren 5A but intended for coast-based use for Aenopian Coast Guard.
- Proposed carrier-borne version for Aenopian Coast Guard, featuring a shorter design, arresting hook and strengthened non-retractable landing gear for carrier landings.
- Proposed evolution of conventional Awyren 5A design to replace conventional Awyren 5 aircraft in 2022.
The Aenopian Defence League will be the only Awyren 5 operator. As of December 2020 there are 5 aircraft ordered with an option for another 2 aircraft.
- Crew: 1
- Length: 36 cm (14.1732 in)
- Powerplant: 1x 64mm EDF fan, 7.3549875 newtons (1.653 lbf) thrust
- Literally "the Plane", as expected with the Awyren series of aircraft.
- An option for another 2 aircraft is also available.