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For the similar aircraft in Ace Combat 2, see F-15S.

The F-15 S/MTD (F-15S/MTD in older games) is an experimental variant of the F-15 Eagle. It was designed to study the effects of thrust vectoring and enhanced maneuverability. In real life, only one demonstrator was developed,[1] but the aircraft has made many appearances in the Ace Combat franchise; its hangar descriptions in Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War and Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War state that the aircraft "performed so well in tests that it was deployed for actual combat" in the Strangereal universe. It made its latest appearance in the Experimental Aircraft Series DLC for Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.

In Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies, the aircraft was erroneously named the F-15 ACTIVE, a further modification to the S/MTD demonstrator[2] that has never featured in Ace Combat (though the ACTIVE nose boom[3] was oddly present on the S/MTD in Assault Horizon and Infinity). The Ace Combat 04 model did not feature any of the ACTIVE modifications or forward-swept wings as its hangar description claims; it did feature a single-seat cockpit, but this was also fictional as the S/MTD demonstrator always featured a two-seat cockpit.

History

Strangereal

The F-15 S/MTD was used by both the Osean Air Defense Force and the Belkan Air Force during the Belkan War. The Osean Sorcerer Team exclusively used the S/MTD,[4] as did Belkan ace pilots Darius Hertzsch,[5] Sigwald Entenmann,[6] and Michael Heimeroth.[7]

In Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy's depiction of the Usean coup d'état, most members of the Beast Squadron flew F-15 S/MTDs during Operation Alphaville.[8] Zone of Endless also flew an F-15 S/MTD during the battle of Saint Ark; this particular model was equipped with the ability to generate fake targeting boxes on the head-up display.[9] The F-15 S/MTD did not directly appear in Ace Combat 2; it was instead depicted as the fictional F-15S.

During the Continental War, Federal Erusea Air Force ace pilot "Halley" flew an F-15 S/MTD during the ISAF's Operation Autumn Thunder.[10]

The Belkan Grabacr Squadron used F-15 S/MTDs throughout most of the Circum-Pacific War,[11][12] including while chasing Wardog Squadron over the Solo Islands.[13] They continued to fly S/MTDs until Razgriz Squadron shot them down over the Pobeda Peninsula,[14] at which point they switched to the S-32.[15]

The Leasath Air Force operated a limited number of F-15 S/MTDs at the end of the Aurelian War. Leasath ace pilot "Comet" flew the S/MTD, though their fate depends on the player's path through Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception.[16] Regardless of the player's actions, some Leasath pilots flew the S/MTD while attempting to fight off Gryphus Squadron and Aquila Squadron during the battle of Archelon Fortress.[17][18]

Joint Assault Universe

Valahia ace pilot "Kelpie" flew an F-15 S/MTD during Martinez Security's operation to take over the abandoned Nevada airfield.[19]

Infinity Universe

Wernher and Noah Enterprises made F-15 S/MTDs available to United Nations Forces pilots through their Advanced Automated Aviation Plants. During Operation Eternal Liberation, some USEA Federation pilots flew S/MTDs over the Alps to defend their mountain fortresses from the United Nations Forces.[20]

Game Analysis

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

"An experimental aircraft designed for improved maneuverability and short-distance landing while maintaining the excellent battle capabilities of the original F-15. In addition to new 2D thrust vectoring nozzles, it has adapted the F/A-18's horizontal tail wings as large canards, which give the model stability and handling that surpass that of its predecessor. This mobility and stability at low speeds give it enhanced destructive abilities against both air and ground targets alike, making it a superior choice in a variety of different battle situations. The S/MTD in its name stands for "Short Takeoff and Landing/Maneuver Technology Demonstrator.""
Hangar

How to Unlock: Acquire the F-15 S/MTD Set (purchase the Experimental Aircraft Series or individual DLC).

Statistics:

Weapons

  • GUN x2400 ( on Casual -Easy-/Easy/Normal)
  • MSL x108 ( on Casual -Easy-)
  • HPAA x22
  • FAEB x20
  • HVAA x28
  • FLR x4

Part Slots

BODY: 34
ARMS: 34
MISC: 34

Skins

  1. Osea: Modified 'Mod Eagle Gray'
  2. Erusea: Ferris camouflage
  3. Special: F-15 ACTIVE livery
  4. Mage: Osea skin with Mage Squadron markings
  5. Spare: Osea skin with Spare Squadron markings
  6. Strider: Osea skin with Strider Squadron markings
  7. Sorcerer: Sorcerer Team livery

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Ace Combat Infinity

"An experimental aircraft developed to increase maneuverability and designed for short takeoff and landing abilities. An electronic control system simultaneously operates the horizontal stabilizer, 2DCD thrust-vectoring nozzle, and canard wings, resulting in turning performance that exceeds the capabilities of conventional multirole aircraft. The oversized canard wings provide a large degree of dynamic lift allowing for increased maneuverability and stability during stall recovery, regardless of speed. S/MTD stands for "Short Takeoff and Landing/Maneuver Technology Demonstrator"."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Reach Captain rank and perform research.
Lv. Cst Price GUN MSL SAAM LAGM FAEB SP MO ST AA AG DF
1 700 248,400 365 120 6 B D+ C C+ D+ E
2 742 39,600 401 122 8 B+ C C C+ D+ E+
3 784 59,400 437 124 10 B+ C C+ C+ C D
4 826 117,000 473 126 12 14 A C+ C+ C+ C+ D+
5 868 165,600 510 128 14 16 A+ C+ B B C+ C
6 910 504,000[a] 546 132 16 18 A+ B B B C+ C+
7 952 225,000 583 134 18 20 9 S B B B B B
8 994 351,000 620 136 20 22 10 S B+ B+ B+ B B+
9 1036 558,000 657 138 21 23 11 S+ A B+ B+ B+ A
10 1078 954,000 694 142 22 24 12 S+ A B+ B+ B+ S
11 1125 1,908,000 730 146 23 25 13 S+ A+ A A B+ S+
12 1172 1,584,000 767 150 24 26 14 S+ A+ A+ A A S+
13 1219 2,844,000 804 154 25 27 15 S+ S A+ A A S+
14 1266 4,032,000 841 158 26 28 16 S+ S A+ A A S+
15 1313 4,986,000 878 162 28 30 18 S+ S+ S A+ A+ S+
16 1376 7,290,000 911 164 29 31 19 S++ S+ S A+ A+ S++
17 1435 8,316,000 945 166 30 32 20 S++ S+ S A+ A+ S++
18 1494 9,360,000 978 168 31 33 21 S++ S+ S+ S S S++
19 1553 11,970,000 1012 170 32 34 22 S++ S+ S+ S S S++
20 1612 15,084,000 1046 172 36 36 24 S++ S+ S+ S S+ S++
Part Slots
At Lv.1, this aircraft carried 31 BODY, 31 ARMS, and 31 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: Eight Wings
  • Lv.10: S/MTD Driver
  • Lv.15: Right Stuff
  • Lv.20: Fleeting Bird

Skin Galleries

Description

Light gray body

Gallery

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Description

Ferris camouflage

Availability

Gallery

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Description

Sorcerer Team livery

Availability

Gallery

F-15SMTD Event Skin 02 Icon.png

Description

Zone of Endless red

Availability

Gallery

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy

"An experimental aircraft boasting high stability and capable of extraordinary maneuverability."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete mission 17: Toy Box. Costs 85,500 credits.

Statistics

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Weapons

Colors

  • C01: Gray body
  • C02: 3-tone gray camouflage
  • C03: Dark green wing, nose and stabilizers
  • C04: Turqoise blue/dark magenta version of Color 2
  • C05: Dark green/light blue version of Color 3
  • C06: Pink/navy blue version of Color 2

Named Pilots

Gallery

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

"An experimental aircraft developed to increase maneuverability and designed for short takeoff and landing abilities. An electronic control system simultaneously operates the horizontal stabilizer, 2DCD thrust-vectoring nozzle, and canard wings, resulting in turning performance that exceeds the capabilities of conventional multirole aircraft. The oversized canard wings provide a large degree of dynamic lift allowing for increased maneuverability and stability during stall recovery, regardless of speed. S/MTD stands for "Short Takeoff and Landing/Maneuver Technology Demonstrator.""
Hangar

How to Unlock

Download aircraft. Costs $5.99 (PlayStation Network) or 480MSP (Xbox Marketplace). Unlocked by default in Enhanced Edition.

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Weapons

Colors

  • Color 1: Mod Eagle gray body.
  • Color 2: Ferris camouflage.
  • Color 3: ACTIVE stripes.

Gallery

Ace Combat: Joint Assault

"An experimental aircraft boasting high stability and capable of extraordinary maneuverability."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete multiplayer Joint Assault mission 9&10: Spotlight on the second playthrough, or complete mission 21A: Reprisal (21A) on the second playthrough. Costs $165,000.

Statistics

  • Speed: High
  • Air-to-Air: Medium
  • Air-to-Ground: Medium-High
  • Mobility: Medium-High
  • Stability: Medium-High
  • Defense: Medium-High

Weapons

Colors

C01: Gray body.
C02: 2-tone gray camouflage.
C03: Ferris camouflage.
C04: White body with black and yellow stripes.
C05: White body with blue wings and stabilizer surfaces.
C06: Sorcerer Team livery.

Named Pilots

  • Kelpie - Found in Desert Gust. Spawns when nearly all ground targets are destroyed.

Gallery

Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception

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"An experimental aircraft boasting high stability and capable of extraordinary maneuverability."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete mission 12B: Atmos Ring. Costs 48,400 credits.

Statistics

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Weapons

Skins

  • Aurelia: "Mod Eagle" gray body.
  • Leasath: 3-tone gray camouflage.
  • Special 1: Ferris camouflage.
  • Special 2: White body with black surface edges and yellow stripes.

Named Pilots

  • Comet - Found in Armada. Spawns when the two F-35s that take off from the carrier are destroyed.

Gallery

Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War

"An experimental aircraft with thrust vectoring nozzles and canard wings, developed to research air combat maneuverability. It performed so well in tests that it was deployed for actual combat."
Hangar
AVAILABILITY
Complete mission 16: The Demon of the Round Table on Mercenary Ace Style. Costs 154,000 credits.

Statistics

Speed: 83
Mobility: 89
Stability: 81
Defense: 66
Air-to-Air: 94
Air-to-Ground: 68

Weapons

Colors

  • Standard: Blue body.
  • Mercenary: ACTIVE livery.
  • Soldier: Ferris camouflage.
  • Knight: 8492nd livery.
  • Special: Sorcerer Team livery.

Named Pilots

Gallery

Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War

"An experimental aircraft with thrust vectoring nozzles and canard wings, developed to research air combat maneuverability. It performed so well in tests that it was deployed for actual combat."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Fill Kill Rate Gauge of the F-15C Eagle. Costs Ƶ22,700 per aircraft.

Statistics

  • Speed: 83
  • Mobility: 89
  • Stability: 81
  • Defense: 66
  • Air-to-Air: 94
  • Air-to-Ground: 58

Weapons

Colors

  • OS: Air superiority camouflage.
  • RZ: Black body with red vertical fin tips.
  • BL: Gray and white camouflage.

Named Pilots

Gallery

Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies

The aircraft was referred to as F-15 ACTIVE in this game.
"The most manoeuvrable F-15 with thrust vectoring nozzles, ACTIVE, and forward-swept wings.[note 1]"
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete campaign mission 16: Whiskey Corridor. Costs 620,000 credits.

Statistics

  • Speed: High
  • Air-to-Air: High
  • Air-to-Ground: Medium-High
  • Mobility: Maximum
  • Stability: High
  • Defense: High

Weapons

Colors

  • Standard: Deep blue body.
  • Enemy: Gray body with brown spots.
  • Special: White body with red and blue stripes. Actual livery used by the F-15 ACTIVE during testing.

Named Pilots

Gallery

Footnotes

  1. Players could use one Nonstandard Upgrade Request Form instead of credits for the Lv.6 upgrade.
  1. Despite the hangar description, this aircraft does not have forward-swept wings or any of the ACTIVE modifications in its Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies appearance.

References