Following the leak of the simulation UPEO found a renewed budgetary push from a revival of nationalistic sentiments across the globe as the simulation results showed that the corporations were no more capable of protecting their people from conflict as the national governments they had replaced. While national governments remained essentially just extensions of corporate power, the peoples of the world began voting more money out of corporate handouts and into the Neo-United Nations funding, which represented the governments of the globe. Invigorated by this budgetary surge, UPEO was no longer the paper tiger it was known as.
Perhaps nowhere else is this more apparent as in UPEO's new "superweapon" that replaced the old Neucom-built Sphynra airborne carrier that had gained much infamy during the simulation as it was hijacked by the ficticious Ouroboros. The Sphyrna II is meant to keep the corporations in line through overwhelming firepower even in an era where the air forces of the world have largely switched to suborbital hypersonic aircraft, being equipped with four MiG-105 orbital fighter craft and being itself a single stage to orbit (SSTO) craft, one of the largest of its kind. With its powerful synthetic aperture radars it can ensure that the corporations comply with disarmament treaties and UN resolutions while using a fearsome array of kinetic weaponry for when they don't. The orbit-to-orbit lasers and missiles it carries ensure that even Neucom's Sepia and GR's Rheinberry orbital interceptors keep clear whenever the A-4055 takes to the skies from its spaceport in Guyana. Once it has finished its flight it quickly de-orbits itself, using its plug engine as an actively cooled reentry heatshield and lands vertically in any of the UPEO airbases at its disposition to be refitted and refuelled. The MiG space fighters, which dock into semi-receded bays on the surface of the craft, contribute to its fuel supply and can carry out orbit-to-orbit or orbit-to-surface strikes on targets outside of their mothership's enveloppe, and can re-enter and land independently from the mothership.
Like the vast majority of aircraft of its time, the Sphyrna II is unmanned and flown by a combination of basic combat AI and tele-existence. What this setup lacks in sophistication compared to the newest forms of aircraft control and AI dynamics it more than makes up in sheer power.