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The ATD-0 was a fictional fighter variant of the real-life Mitsubishi X-2 Shinshin, a Japanese experimental aircraft designed to test stealth technology. The X-2 was formerly known as the ATD-X, leading to the ATD-0's name. The ATD-0 maintained the real-life aircraft's stealth and maneuverability; it also featured weapon systems and additional sensors and avionics.

The ATD-0 was introduced in Ace Combat Infinity as part of a collaboration with the designer of the real-life aircraft, the Japanese Ministry of Defense's Technical Research and Development Institute.[1] Masato Kanno believed that fans of the "ATD" would be intrigued by its appearance in Infinity.[2] Including the aircraft in the Ace Combat franchise was a long-cherished wish of the development team, only made possible by the fans' support,[3] despite the "contradictory idea" of adding a non-fighter aircraft into a fighter aircraft game;[1] to the latter point, the developers made various modifications to the aircraft's design to add it to Infinity.[4]

History

In the Infinity universe, Wernher and Noah Enterprises acquired the blueprints for the original aircraft, performed the modifications necessary for combat, and added it to their Advanced Automated Aviation plants for their mercenary pilots to purchase on demand.

Game Analysis

Ace Combat Infinity

"Based on the design of a demonstrator aircraft developed by the Japanese Ministry of Defense, this aircraft has been improved and adjusted for combat purposes. Despite its small size, it features advanced mobility and stealth capabilities that rival those of 5th-generation fighter aircraft. The aircraft features technology such as a sensor, avionics and a weapon system allowing it to obtain data from the battlefield. This data is crucial for the development of 'fighter aircraft of the future.'"
Hangar

How to Unlock

The ATD-0 was available through the Aircraft Tree.
Lv. Cst Price GUN MSL 4AAM QAAM SAAM SP MO ST AA AG DF
1 750 673,920 267 120 16 C C+ D+ B+ D E
2 795 63,180 302 122 20 C+ B D+ B+ D E+
3 840 105,300 338 124 24 B B+ D+ A D E+
4 885 136,890 374 126 28 14 B+ B+ C A+ D+ D
5 930 179,010 410 128 32 16 B+ A C A+ D+ D+
6 975 547,560[a] 438 130 36 18 A A+ C+ A+ D+ C
7 1020 395,930 467 132 40 20 20 A S C+ S D+ C+
8 1065 551,780 496 134 44 22 22 A+ S+ C+ S D+ B
9 1110 800,280 525 136 48 24 24 A+ S+ C+ S+ C B+
10 1155 1,158,300 554 138 52 26 26 S S+ B S+ C A+
11 1202 2,316,600 582 142 54 27 27 S S+ B S+ C S
12 1249 2,063,880 611 146 56 28 28 S+ S+ B+ S+ C S+
13 1296 3,032,640 639 150 58 29 29 S+ S+ B+ S+ C S+
14 1343 4,254,120 668 154 60 30 30 S+ S+ B+ S+ C S+
15 1390 5,180,760 697 158 64 32 32 S+ S++ A S+ C S+
16 1456 7,539,480 725 160 66 33 33 S+ S++ A S+ C+ S+
17 1515 8,634,600 754 162 68 34 34 S+ S++ A S+ C+ S++
18 1574 9,708,660 782 164 70 35 35 S++ S++ A+ S++ C+ S++
19 1633 12,404,340 811 166 72 36 36 S++ S++ A+ S++ C+ S++
20 1692 15,626,520 840 168 38 38 38 S++ S++ S S++ C+ S++
Part Slots
At Lv.1, this aircraft carried 24 BODY, 26 ARMS, and 25 MISC part slots. See Tuning § Slot Expansion for further information.
Nicknames
Upgrading this aircraft to these levels unlocked the respective nicknames for use at any time.
  • Lv.3: Spirit of Tranquility
  • Lv.10: Battle Scarred
  • Lv.15: Variable Wings
  • Lv.20: Miracle Worker

Skin Galleries

Description

Light gray camouflage

Gallery

ATD-0 Event Skin 01 Icon.png

Description

Mitsubishi ATD-X prototype livery

Availability

  • Limited-Time Drop
    • February 3–12, 2015
    • December 22, 2015–January 12, 2016
  • Purchase from the Special Supply catalogue for Special Supply Ticket - Icon.png 100 (August 1, 2016–permanent)

Gallery

ATD-0 Event Skin 02 Icon.png

Description

JASDF-styled ocean camouflage

Availability

Gallery

Footnotes

  1. Players could use one Nonstandard Upgrade Request Form instead of credits for the Lv.6 upgrade.

References

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