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The F-14B Bombcat is a plane exclusive to Ace Combat 5. As the name suggests, it has GPB as it's secondary weapon, and is the most capable aircraft for air-to-ground missions out of the F-14 line of planes.

Description

Initially known as the F-14A+ (Plus) the F-14B is an improved variant of the original F-14A. The F-14As were initially fitted with the TF-30 turbofan engine, originally designed for the F-111F Aardvark strike fighter. However, since the F-14 was designed as a high-performance fighter/interceptor, its constant maneuvering often caused the engines to suffer from compressor stalls, since they were not intended for such stressful maneuvers. As a result this hampered much of the F-14's early career. In March 1987, much needed upgrades given to a new batch of F-14s, most important of which were the new, more powerful and much more reliable General Electric F110-GE-400 afterburning turbofans.  The F110 was derived from the F101 engine of the B-1 Bomber (during development in the late 1970's into the early 1980's the engine was known as the F101-X and later F101DFE - Derivative Fighter Engine); once fully developed the -400 version began powering the Tomcat, and the -100 version went on to power (then) newer versions of the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The new engines gave the F-14Bs and Ds far greater reliability and improved excess power compared to the troublesome TF-30s.

All Tomcat models had bomb carrying capability from the beginning, but they were not implemented until after Operation Desert Storm. The bomb carrying F-14s were often nicknamed "Bombcats". Equipping iron, laser- and GPS-guided bombs, the F-14s were found to be very successful in the strike role, carrying out effective strikes on enemy targets, VF-154 even detaching to assist Special Forces in 2003, because the strike capability of the airframe and FAC(A) skill of its crews was so highly desired. All variants of the F-14 Tomcat, including the F-14B, have been retired from U.S Navy service as of 2006.

Armaments

Standard Weapons

Special Weapons

  • GPB: GBU-24 Paveway III (shown as GBU-31 JDAM when parked in hangar during aircraft purchase/selection screens) (AC5)

Statistics

  • Speed: 78
  • Mobility: 54
  • Stability: 61
  • Defense: 60
  • Air-to-Air: 47
  • Air-to-Ground: 61

Comparable Aircraft

Related Development

Sources

  • Wikipedia.org
  • GlobalSecurity.org

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  • Who came up with this name?

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    • The F-14 Tomcat has for nearly three and a half decades has been one of the great fighters in naval aviation.It performed it's role...
    • Strikecat sounds really strange. The cat who strikes. Bombcat is better because its earlier form is called Tomcat. Strike Tomcat would be us...
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