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The ADF-11F Raven[1] is a seventh-generation[1] fighter aircraft and the latest in the Advanced Dominance Fighter series. The Raven uniquely combines separate cockpit and body units to create one aircraft. Using data from an onboard AI, the Raven enables pilots or drones to dominate in aerial dogfights.

Etymology

The name "Raven" is a reference to Norse mythology. The Norse god Odin is attested to have two ravens accompanying him, Huginn and Muninn, who travel the world and gather information for him. In Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, only two ADF-11F Ravens are known to have existed—Hugin and Munin—and they attempted to transmit their battle data across Usea.[2]

Design

ADF-11F top front views

Technical information

ADF-11F Raven Blueprints

Blueprints

The ADF-11F Raven is a combination of two other craft: one cockpit unit for control, and one RAW-F body designed for air superiority. The cockpit unit can either be a drone, such as the ADF-11, or a manned unit to allow a human pilot. In both cases, Connection For Flight Interface is used to transmit data to the controller; in the case of the manned unit, this data is sent to a helmet-mounted display.[1]

The RAW-F bears some similarities to the ADF-01 FALKEN: both feature twin engines equipped with thrust-vector technology, and both feature a vertical stabilizer on the bottom of the aircraft. Unlike the FALKEN's forward-swept wings, the RAW-F uses two angular rear-facing wings. The RAW-F also lacks rear vertical stabilizers. Since it was designed for air-to-air dogfights, the RAW-F carries a powerful Tactical Laser System and Quick Maneuver Air-to-Air Missiles.[1] Instead of having its own machine gun, the RAW-F uses the cockpit unit's forward-facing weaponry, such as the ADF-11's laser cannon.[3]

The combined ADF-11F features phenomenal performance, capable of pulling turns tighter and faster than most aircraft. This is partially made possible through the Copro artificial intelligence using data gathered from Mihaly A. Shilage. The combined ADF-11F can also carry two Weapon UAVs, one under each wing, and deploy them to support the main craft.[1]

History

ADF-11F flyby

One ADF-11F Raven flying past the space elevator

Gründer Industries designed the ADF-11F Raven using the Erusean Air and Space Administration's concept for "the ultimate in survivability".[1] Gründer's chief researcher, Doctor Schroeder, gathered data on Mihaly A. Shilage's flight capabilities to advance the Zone of Endless[4] AI and equip it onto two unmanned Ravens, codenamed Hugin and Munin. Ionela A. Shilage, Mihaly's granddaughter, discovered Schroeder's plan and destroyed his data chip before he could use it on more drones, but not before Hugin and Munin received the data at a remote manufacturing plant.[5]

Hugin and Munin arrived at the International Space Elevator at the conclusion of Operation Daredevil and engaged the Osean and Erusean coalition forces,[6] causing massive human casualties. Due to the efforts of Princess Rosa Cossette D'Elise and Avril Mead, the space elevator was offline, preventing the drones from using it as a transmission tower. They both flew around the space elevator for the next 16 hours, waiting for it to come back online. The drones' objective was to transmit their data to drone manufacturing plants across the continent and perpetuate the war.[2]

The remaining coalition forces, including Strider, Sol, Rigel, Skoll, and Salamander Squadrons returned the next day and engaged the Ravens in Operation Hush. Despite suffering further losses, the coalition forces emerged victorious after Trigger inflicted heavy damage to both of the Ravens. Their cockpit ADF-11 units detached, but Trigger shot both of them down as well before any data was transmitted.[2]

Game Analysis

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

How to Unlock

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Gallery

Trivia

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Aces At War: A History 2019, pages 120–121.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Dark Blue", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
  3. File:ADF-11F Attacking AC7.jpg.
  4. File:ADF-11F ZOE.jpg.
  5. "The UAV Factory", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
  6. "Lighthouse", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.