|Role||Multi-role combat aircraft|
|National origin||Hurian Federation|
|Designed by||Enyiazu Design Bureau|
|First flight||17 October 1995|
|Introduced||21 June 1996|
|Primary user||Hurian Air Force|
|Number built|| 405 (As of December 2011) |
|Unit cost||$50 Million|
|Developed from||Enyiazu EA-12 Cougar|
The Enyiazu EA-14 Panther is an air-superiority fighter designed and produced by the Hurian Federation’s Enyiazu Aeronautics for use in the Hurian Air Force. The jet fighter was a build on the first super-sonic fighter developed by Huria for general combat, and has performed well in the years following its introduction in June of 1996. The EA-14 is features a number of improvements over its predecessor the EA-12, such as enhanced sensor equipment, extra mauveability, and the addition of thermal energy cells, allowing the EA-14 to stay in the air far longer.
The EA-14 Panther sports two single-cell thermal engines, which produce excess energy which power all other systems on the jet fighter. Also, the twin-linked thermal repeaters are powered by the engines. The jet can remain in flight for as long as the pilot wishes, requiring the fighter to land only for food and supplies. Additionally, the jet fighter can perform extensive movements, withstanding enormous amounts of pressure, so long as the pilot doesn't blackout. In the event that such a thing does happen, automated piloting systems will go into effect if the pilot fails to respond to the system.
The EA-14 is equipped with two twin-linked thermal energy repeaters, mounted into the wings of the jet fighter. The bolts of thermal energy are fired at .0013% the speed of light, making avoidance of the attack extremely difficult. In addition to the thermal repeaters, the fighter holds a series of missiles, rockets, and bombs, allowing the EA-14 to perform a number of tasks. Up to eight missiles can be loaded into the inner chassis of the jet. These range from air-to-air, air-to-surface, and anthrax missiles or bombs. However, the thermal repeaters remain the primary weapon of the fighter.
The Federation has been developing variants of the EA-14 since its inception into the Hurian Air Force in 1996. Currently there are two known variants; the EA-14B and the EA-14D. The EA-14B was designed with two additional thermal repeaters and an additional thermal cell, all at the expense of missile carrying capacity. Also, its primary weakness was that due to the enormous heat signature it gave off, it was an easy target for heat tracing missiles, which the EA-14B could not evade. Because of this downfall, the entire stock of EA-14Bs, some 126 jet fighters, were discontinued, and dismantled. The EA-14D was designed with the exact opposite upgrades. Instead of thermal repeaters, the entire weapon system was now reliant on the jet's thermal missiles, but still contained the thermal energy cells. This made the jet fighter a lethal close ground support fighter, and swift and maneuverable. Its success in combat against the Brazilian Air Force leads to the Hurian War Council authorizing the purchase of some 75 additional EA-14Ds for use up until 2025.