An image posted by RAZBAM developer ‘Prowler’ on their official Discord has teased something new from the third party developer and it has a lot of people thinking that this might be an English Electric Lightning. Let’s have a look!
The image and analysis
It’s not much to go on but the community has been quick to suggest that the above image is from an English Electric Lightning. RAZBAM developer ‘Prowler’ gave us precious little go on but did say this,
something in the pipeline (this is an actual render of the 3d mesh)
This is a high resolution image of something their art team is working on which is fairly impressive although I would advise that it is a ‘render’ as mentioned and not something from in-engine. Still, it looks impressively detailed!
If it is an EE Lightning…
For about 20-years, the English Electric and later BAE Lightning was the RAF’s chief interceptor and the only interceptor of British design to reach past Mach 2.0. The aircraft had impressive performance from its two engines and was able to reach an altitude of 60,000 feet in 3-minutes when using the optimal climb profile.
It was an interceptor through and through and during trials it proved capable of intercepting even the high flying U-2 spyplane. The Lightning and the F-15 Eagle, another superb performer, were often compared together when comparing the climb and interceptor performance.
The Lightning was of course an otherwise earlier jet with less advanced sensors and weapon systems and had limited range making it an ideal interceptor. Later versions carried more fuel and that made them more suited to other tasks such as a photo reconnaissance aircraft.
It’d be an interesting addition to the DCS World line-up and another piece in what is an emerging Cold War era aircraft line-up.