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Weapons Talkback: Raptor 1&2, Modified CV-22 Osprey

Postby Living Corpse » Wed May 01, 2019 7:00 am

Note: This topic is about the weapon system from the Godzilla 2000 novel. Because the Raptors never had any images made of them for Marc Cerasini's Random House Godzilla novels, we will be using a stock photo of the aircraft they are based off of, the Osprey.

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In 1988, U.S. Air Force General Jake Taggart wrote an article for a strategic studies journal how certain weapon systems could be modified to defend against Godzilla's reappearance or another monster. No one expected Godzilla to return as the creature was presumed dead after the events of his 1954 rampage and neither he nor any other creature like him had been seen in decades since then, and thus was assumed to be a one time freak incident. In 1996 the French conducted a nuclear test, that same year a Russian nuclear powered submarine was attacked and sunk by a large creature and over the next two years many more vessels would go missing in the sea of Japan. In 1998 Godzilla would finally make his presence known to the world at large by attacking Japan and feeding off several of it's nuclear reactors, the creature either being the original one having survived the events of 1954, or a new one created or awoken by the French nuclear tests.

That same year, after witnessing conventional weapons fail to stop Godzilla, an advisor to the president remembered Taggart's article. Taggart would be pulled out of retirement and along with Colonel William "Bill" Krupp and be put in charge of Project Valkyrie, a top secret U.S. Air Force project to create Taggart's proposed anti-kaiju weapon system, with Taggart and Krupp's mission to oversee the training of teenagers in the use of said weapons as the next generations anti-kaiju fighting force.

Eventually this new weapon system and it's pilots were ready. Despite this Project Valkyrie did not end immediately. It wasn't until several failed attacks to kill or drive away monsters by the U.S., Mexican and Canadian military that the U.S. president ended Project Valkyrie, and thus G-Force was born. It was sink or swim, as how well G-Force fairs against the monsters would determine the new organizations future.

The future of G-Force was ridding on Taggart's new weapons.

The Raptors.

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Raptor-One:

Both Raptors are VTOL aircraft designed after the Bell/Boeing V-22 Osprey, having two turboshaft tilt-rotor propeller engines. Both aircraft are twice as large as a normal Osprey, with a wingspan of 175 feet (53 meters) and length of over 100 feet (30 meters), both aircraft have their vertical fin stabilizers on their fuselage (body) instead of their twin tails like a normal Osprey. Raptor-One is a four man aircraft consisting a pilot/commander, a co-pilot/flight engineer, a navigation and communications officer, and a weapons systems officer. Raptor-One is for all intents and purposes a giant, flying ammunition bay.

Camouflage: Both Raptors are cloud gray with jagged lines of purple and mauve across their sides and back, this jangled color schemes intent is to hinder a monsters ability to spot either aircraft in the sky.

Reinforced Carbon-Carbon: Both Raptors are covered in tiles coated in RCC, similar to ones used by NASA's space shuttles to protect them from the heat of reentry. The shielding did protect the Raptors from the extreme heat some monsters expel with their energy weapons but a direct hit is still advised to be avoided as the kinetic energy of said energy weapons can break the tiles off as was shown with Raptor-One's fight with the alien King Ghidorah. Raptor-One is more armored than Raptor-Two. Additional Armor was used for the battle against King Ghidorah but it caused the ammo bays to be unreliable as the extra weight would sometimes cause them to not open all the way.

Teflon Windows: Both Raptors transparencies or windows were double panes of translucent Teflon which repelled heat in excesses of up to 1,200F instantly without suffering damage.

Heat-Resistant Panels & Digital Camera: For additional protection for the Teflon windows, heat-resistant panels could be lowered to shield them. When this happened digital screens would activate and feed visual real-time images from hundreds of cameras on the fuselage and wings.

Advance Radar & Navigation Systems: Both Raptors were equipped with advance radar & navigation systems capable of detecting Varan who was invisible to normal radar, though Raptor-One's was less advance than Raptor-Two's.

Vertical Take-Off and Landing: Being that they are based off the Osprey, both Raptors are capable of both traditional propeller plane flight and the hover, ascending/descending and banking of a helicopter using their twin turboshaft tilt-rotor propeller engines.

Flight Speed: Both Raptors are capable of a flight speed of 250 MPH.

Eight GAU-8/A Avenger Cannons: The fuselage of Raptor-One was lined with eight massive GAU-8/A Avenger Cannons, four on each wing, capable of firing a variety of different types of ammunition, each cannon capable of fire 4,000 rounds per second. Depending on the ammo & fire mode being used the eight cannons combined can fire 40,000 to 42,000 rounds per second. While capable of fully automatic fire, controlled burst fire was recommended so the aircraft would not be slowed down by the guns recoil, so great was their firepower. Tracer rounds were an option to help with readjusting aim in night time skirmishes. Should one gun jam, all the ammo would be diverted to the non-jammed guns. NOTE: When first introduced they say it has four cannons but all mention of the cannons later in the book say eight, so four may have been an error and eight the correct number.

30mm Explosive Armor-Piercing Uranium Shells: The eight GAU-8/A Avenger Cannons on Raptro-One's fuselage could fire massive, 30mm Depleted Armor-Piercing Uranium Shells to soften up armored monsters with machine gun cannon fire.

Teflon-Coated Explosive Shells: The 30mm Uranium Shells would be switched out for experimental Teflon-Coated Shells for the eight GAU-8/A Avenger Cannons in the battle against King Ghidorah. The bullets were surprisingly effective, even more so than the Uranium rounds which caused minimum damage to Varan. The Teflon bullets shattered King Ghidorah's golden scales like glass.

Built-in Armored Missile & Bomb bays: Raptor-One has several armored built-in missiles and bomb bays in it's wings. While armored, these bays were vulnerable when open. Thus cation and timing had to be used when fighting energy firing monsters such as Godzilla and King Ghidorah.

Cadmium Missiles: Seeing that Cadmium Missiles did deplete some of Godzilla's energy during his attack on Japan in 1998, Raptor-One is armed with dozens Cadmium Missiles in the armored bays built in the wings themselves to drain any nuclear powered monsters of their energy.

Maverick Air-to-Surface Missiles: Maverick Air-to-Surface Missiles were stored in the wings built in armored-missiles bay. Should Raptor-One not wanna conserve Cadmium Missiles these would be used to soften up an enemy or gain it's attention.

Laser-Guided Smart Bombs: Should Raptor-One be directly above a slow moving land based target, the the built in armored bay on the underside of it's wings could be opened up to drop a volley of laser guided bombs to soften up the target in a fly by air drop.

Armored-Rocket Pods: Raptor-One has Four Rocket-Pods under it's wings, each one carrying up to 50 various armor piercing rockets.

Wing Pylons: Raptor-One's wing pylons could carry two standard cruise missiles (one for each wings) or a variety of smaller additional missiles and rockets.

Hellfire Missiles: Raptor-One's wing pylons can carry up to six Hellfire Missiles for additional firepower.

Teflon-Needle Missiles: Raptor-One's most powerful weapon, two Tomahawk cruise missiles were specially equipped with surgically honed needle sharp tips made of Teflon. Though one bounced off of King Ghidorah's armored hide, the other got lucky and found it's mark inside the much softer base of King Ghidorah's middle head and was lodged in though it failed to detonate. When shot with the Teflon bullets it ignited with enough explosive force to blow off the space monster's middle head, driving it away from Earth.

Raptor-Two:

The sister craft of Raptor-One, Raptor-Two is nearly identical to Raptor-One, save for it's lack of weapons and carrying more advance navigational and observational equipment than it's sister craft. Raptor-Two is a two man aircraft with one Pilot and an Air Caps (Air Combat Controller) feeding commends to the helmet of Raptor One's weapons systems officer. Raptor-Two's job is to fly high above Raptor-One and the enemy, observer the fight and give Raptor-One's crew constant feedback and updates.

Camouflage: Both Raptors are cloud gray with jagged lines of purple and mauve across their sides and back, this jangled color schemes intent is to hinder a monsters ability to spot either aircraft in the sky.

Reinforced Carbon-Carbon: Both Raptors are covered in tiles coated in RCC, similar to ones used by NASA's space shuttles to protect them from the heat of reentry. The shielding did protect the Raptors from the extreme heat some monsters expel with their energy weapons but a direct hit is still advised to be avoided, as Godzilla took out the less armored Raptor-Two.

Teflon Windows: Both Raptors transparencies or windows were double panes of translucent Teflon which repelled heat in excesses of up to 1,200F instantly without suffering damage.

Heat-Resistant Panels & Digital Camera: For additional protection for the Teflon windows, heat-resistant panels could be lowered to shield them. When this happened digital screens would activate and feed visual real-time images from hundreds of cameras on the fuselage and wings.

Advance Radar & Navigation Systems: Both Raptors were equipped with advance radar & navigation systems capable of detecting Varan who was invisible to normal radar, though Raptor-Two's was more advance, able to detect monsters at a further range and faster than Raptor-One.

Vertical Take-Off and Landing: Being that they are based off the Osprey, both Raptors are capable of both traditional propeller plane flight and the hover, ascending/descending and banking of a helicopter using their twin turboshaft tilt-rotor propeller engines.

Flight Speed: Both Raptors are capable of a flight speed of 250 MPH.

Modified CV -22 Osprey:

After the loss of Raptor-Two, a normal Osprey had to be heavily modified as Raptor-One's new Air Caps.

Power/Abilities: It's unknown if the stand in Osprey has camouflage, RCC, Teflon Windows or Heat-Resistant Panels, as the book makes no mention of them, though it likely did as they had time to modify Raptor-One further and they would have likely had spare parts for both Raptors for repairs. What is known is that the modified Osprey was given the same advance radar & navigation equipment.



The Raptors creation didn't go exactly as planned as there were many setbacks. Mostly the president and his cabinet being, excuse the language for lack of a better term, incompetent dumbasses. They had to look to the gaming generation because the older generation pilots were overwhelmed by the Raptors. The teens themselves weren't even supposed to see action till they were 18+ but the monsters showed up unexpectedly, forcing them to use underage teens. Taggart himself, along with Krupp would have to even pilot the Modified Osprey after the loss of Raptor-Two as Raptor-Two's pilot was injured and Raptor-Two's Air Cap was MIA.

Still in the end the Raptors saved the day, as they beat Varan and even helped Mothra and Godzilla beat King Ghidorah, which neither of the three could do on their own. The Raptors proved G-Force's worth as an anti-kaiju organization and paved way to even more powerful anti-kaiju weapons such as G-Force U.S.A. & Japan's Garuda and Mechagodzilla as well as Russia & Europe's Moguera. In fact I'd argue the Raptors are the most important anti-kaiju weapon in the Rnadom House Godzilla novels as they were the ones who started it all in that continuity.



I really like the Raptors and kind of hope to see them in a film, game or comic some day. Believable enough as both something that could exist but also something that can take on a giant monster. You know they're tough enough to take more than one hit from a kaiju's energy weapon but still feel they are weak enough that any hit after the first one could be the last one. Sort of a more grounded Super-X. It also makes me glad we're getting something like the Super-X or Raptors in the Monsterverse with the Argo Jets. They at least seem like they are gonna stick to memory more than the anti-kaiju aircraft used in the millennium series.

I hope you guys enjoyed this. I don't expect it to get many views or much discussion as usually weapons talkbacks and powers talkbacks are in the film sections.
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Re: Weapons Talkback: Raptor 1&2, Modified CV-22 Osprey

Postby Tyrant_Lizard_King » Wed May 01, 2019 6:21 pm

Leave it up to Cerasini to go that indepth about these things.
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Re: Weapons Talkback: Raptor 1&2, Modified CV-22 Osprey

Postby Living Corpse » Wed May 01, 2019 9:19 pm

Tyrant_Lizard_King wrote:Leave it up to Cerasini to go that indepth about these things.


Also he really, really likes Teflon.
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Re: Weapons Talkback: Raptor 1&2, Modified CV-22 Osprey

Postby JAGzilla » Fri May 03, 2019 3:11 am

A well-put-together talkback thread as usual, LC, but as is often the case your in-depth description says most of what can be said. :lol:

These things were cool, though, and stand out among anti-kaiju superweapons for their emphasis on real or at least plausible technology. I would absolutely be down for seeing them make a film appearance someday.

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Re: Weapons Talkback: Raptor 1&2, Modified CV-22 Osprey

Postby Living Corpse » Fri May 03, 2019 6:19 am

JAGzilla wrote:A well-put-together talkback thread as usual, LC, but as is often the case your in-depth description says most of what can be said. :lol:

These things were cool, though, and stand out among anti-kaiju superweapons for their emphasis on real or at least plausible technology. I would absolutely be down for seeing them make a film appearance someday.


I might commission an artist to make fan art of the Raptors. Depends on how things turn out.
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Re: Weapons Talkback: Raptor 1&2, Modified CV-22 Osprey

Postby daveblackeye15 » Sun May 12, 2019 10:23 am

This is neat. I need to finish reading the whole thing.

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Re: Weapons Talkback: Raptor 1&2, Modified CV-22 Osprey

Postby Tyrant_Lizard_King » Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:31 am

JAGzilla wrote:A well-put-together talkback thread as usual, LC, but as is often the case your in-depth description says most of what can be said. :lol:

These things were cool, though, and stand out among anti-kaiju superweapons for their emphasis on real or at least plausible technology. I would absolutely be down for seeing them make a film appearance someday.


Well in a way they kinda have.
Spoiler:
In King of the Monsters Monatch has modified Ospreys. They're even name Raptor 1, 2, etc.
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Re: Weapons Talkback: Raptor 1&2, Modified CV-22 Osprey

Postby JAGzilla » Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:16 am

Tyrant_Lizard_King wrote:
Well in a way they kinda have.
Spoiler:
In King of the Monsters Monatch has modified Ospreys. They're even name Raptor 1, 2, etc.


Spoiler:
Yep. That was probably my favorite easter egg in the whole movie. Just a subtle, pointless name drop, really, but such an obscure name drop. Only a small subset of Godzilla fans are going to catch that one.

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Re: Weapons Talkback: Raptor 1&2, Modified CV-22 Osprey

Postby Living Corpse » Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:40 am

JAGzilla wrote:
Tyrant_Lizard_King wrote:
Well in a way they kinda have.
Spoiler:
In King of the Monsters Monatch has modified Ospreys. They're even name Raptor 1, 2, etc.


Spoiler:
Yep. That was probably my favorite easter egg in the whole movie. Just a subtle, pointless name drop, really, but such an obscure name drop. Only a small subset of Godzilla fans are going to catch that one.


Even I missed it.
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