This is accredited mostly to two factors. Its new XH-230 Hydrogen engine and the incorporation of its silver-ionized carbon bonded dielectric polymer system of hydraulics.
Early in 2001, it was already foreseen that the world’s petroleum resources would only last, at most 40-50 years (a crisis that ultimately led to the Gulf Reformation Wars). Thus scientists began experimenting on Hydrogen engines and by early 2003 actually had some working prototypes. These prototypes produced 3 times the energy output of petroleum base engines of the same displacement. However, fuel storage was problematic as Hydrogen had to be kept at -253 Celsius to maintain its liquid state. And even as such, it required 4 times the space of petroleum fuels. This made Hydrogen based vehicles too bulky for practical military use.
Only by the end of the Gulf Reformation Wars did certain scientists begin experimenting on the concept of a hydrogen electrolysis plant small enough to fit into a modest size frame. This is the essence of the XH-230. It is not merely a hydrogen engine; it also the first Hydro-Electrolysis Plant (HEP) small enough for use in aircraft. Thus the XC-1 literally takes in water for fuel, and has three times the power of a conventional engine of the same size. This has finally made feasible the concept of VSTOL aircraft with sustainable hi-mach speeds.
Another technological advancement, represented in the XC-1, is the first time use of dielectric polymers in an aircraft. Dielectric polymers are manufactured carbon based materials that contract and expand in the presence of an electric field. Before the XC-1, previous polymers required ludicrous amounts of electricity to stimulate even the smallest movement. The key was to create a polymer with a higher dielectric constant. Scientists discovered that infusing a polymer with silver ions increased its dielectric constant by a factor of 746.7, thus reducing the required amount of electricity by the same factor.
Applied to the XC-1, this only means that the old hydraulic system of conventional aircraft has been replaced by electric wires and some polymers. This not only makes the XC-1 lighter and more space efficient, but it was learned that when fused with A-waves system of control, the pilot gains an almost organic control of all facets of the aircraft. Combined with variable control configuration technology and the ability to Vector in Forward Flight (VIFF), the XC-1 is agile beyond what was previously thought possible.
The cockpit of the XC-1 is a total redesign of the old conventional system. Basically, the pilot sits in a modular control bubble (MCB) that is immersed in a magnetically excited monomer emulsion that makes it sensitive to the Alpha waves created by human brain activity. The A-waves is then run through several neuron-synthetic AI processors to produce digital signals for hydraulic control. This makes the pilot an organic control element in the fighter and increases the fighter’s response rate by a factor of 231%. A backup control stick is available for the pilot’s use. Tests show that a combination of both conventional and A-wave flight control provides the optimum level of control.
Inside the MCB is the interface for the advanced detection and identification system of the XC-1. Using multi-phased variance Doppler receptors, the XC-1 is capable of detecting and identifying up to 50 non-cooperative targets from over 100 miles. This can be used in conjunction with the [stingray] missile and can even accommodate the long range hard hitting [avalanche] missile. The system also incorporates a low side lobe technique of particle emanation for higher frequency agility. Multiple panoramic cameras and an infrared line scan apparatus provide for faster tactical line-of-sight imaging of its target, optimizing the pilot’s target identification capabilities. A short range laser locked vector targeting array allows the internal cannon to be aimed with unprecedented accuracy.
The MCB is also a life support capsule with inertial dampening, by way of vector compensated counter-action processors that control a host of dielectric polymers to reduce the effects of sudden turns and accelerations. This combined with the new mid-viscosity jump suit increases the pilot’s G resistance to near super human levels. The MCB has an emergency oxygen supply and has a spare tank inside as well. In case of the craft being destroyed, the MCB is damage resistant and is reinforced with Kevlar. The MCB ejects as an entire unit and is equipped with parachute and floatation devices for water landing.
All weapons of the XC-1 are internal, and its advanced geometric design reduces its radar signature to that of a small bird. A multi-mode transponder can confuse enemy missiles, and a rotating frequency modulator ECM makes it virtually impossible to gain lock on the XC-1. Chaff, flare, and decoy dispensers are also included for the highest degree of survivability.