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The F-2A (JF-2A in Ace Combat 2), nicknamed "Viper Zero", is a Japanese variant of the F-16C Fighting Falcon. It debuted in Ace Combat 2 as an unplayable aircraft and has since become a prominent playable aircraft in the series, most often as an attacker or multirole.

History

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Strangereal

In 2010 during Operation Supercircus, multiple Osean Air Defense Force F-2As were scrambled to November City to oppose the Yuktobanian fighters that were attacking the city.[1]

During the Emmeria-Estovakia War, F-2As were utilized by both Emmeria and Estovakia. On February 15, 2016, squadrons of Estovakian Air Force F-2As were deployed to defend San Loma during the San Loma Assault.[2] On March 26, an engagement occured above the Alma River, during which Estovakian ace Miljan Zrinski, callsign "Flyuger", was shot down by Talisman.[3]

In 2019, during the Lighthouse War, the Erusean Air Force made use of the F-2A. Most notably, Erusean ace Vincent Masson, callsign "Bogen", took part in the defense of Farbanti on September 19, 2019, but was shot down by Osean ace Trigger.[4]

On June 30, 2020, at least five Republic of Emmeria Air Force F-2As were showcased at Redmill Air Force Base alongside foreign air units at a ceremony commemorating 25 years since the end of the Belkan War. The Emmerian military had sent these aircraft among others after being invited by the Osean Federation.[5]

Real world

A joint collaboration between Lockheed Martin and Mitsubishi, the origins of the F-2A trace back to a plan of the Japanese government from the 1980s to produce a secondary fighter to replace the aging F-1 trainer aircraft and supplement its other main fighters, the F-4EJ and the F-15J, using the F-16 as a basis.

In the Infinity timeline, the design of the F-2A was acquired by Wernher and Noah Enterprises.

Game Analysis

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

"A multirole aircraft based on the F-16. The F-2 was originally to be developed by its country only as part of a program to develop a next-generation fighter, but this was later revised into a joint effort with other countries. As a result, the size of the main wings was increased (affecting the shape of the entire craft and requiring a new composite) and the internal electronics were redesigned. The final product differed greatly from the original design. Created with its country's needs in mind, it shows its greatest strength in interdictions at sea, and can hold its own in aerial combat. Its unofficial nickname is "Viper Zero"."
Hangar

How to Unlock

The F-2A is available on the Aircraft Tree and costs 105,000 MRP. It is unlocked after completing the first campaign mission, "Charge Assault".

Statistics

F-2A AC7 Statistics.png

Weapons

Part Slots

BODY: 38
ARMS: 38
MISC: 38

Named Pilots

  • Vincent Masson (BOGEN)

Skins

  1. Osea: Marine Blue camouflage
  2. Erusea: Three-tone Green and Sand camouflage (Unlocked by earning the "Ship Of Liberty" medal: Sink 100 enemy ships.)
  3. Special: Prototype white body with red stripes and black nose stripe
  4. Mage: Osea skin with Mage Squadron markings
  5. Spare: Osea skin with Spare Squadron markings
  6. Strider: Osea skin with Strider Squadron markings

Gallery

Ace Combat Infinity

"A support attacker used by the Japan Self-Defense Air Force. Fitted with the latest electronic systems at the time it was built, it was the first aircraft in the world to use carbon fiber composite single mold technology. Giving consideration to the island nature of Japan, it is especially focused on anti-vessel combat capabilities. Developed in collaboration between Japan and the US, it is also called the "Viper Zero"."
Hangar
Lv. Cst Price GUN MSL LASM UGB RKTL SP MO ST AA AG DF
1 525 74,850 366 102 8 E E D+ E D E
2 563 8,910 402 106 10 E+ E+ D+ E+ D+ E
3 601 16,040 439 110 12 D E+ C E+ D+ E+
4 639 29,110 475 114 14 14 D+ E+ C E+ C D
5 677 51,680 512 118 16 16 D+ D C+ E+ C D+
6 715 138,600[a] 548 124 18 18 C D C+ D C+ C
7 753 66,830 585 128 19 20 17 C D+ B D B C+
8 791 154,400 622 132 20 22 18 C+ D+ B D B B
9 829 300,960 659 136 21 23 19 C+ D+ B D B B+
10 867 766,260 696 140 22 24 20 B C B D B A
11 914 1,029,600 732 144 23 25 21 B C B+ D+ B+ A
12 961 1,633,500 769 148 24 26 22 B+ C+ A D+ A A+
13 1008 2,405,700 806 152 25 27 23 A B A+ C A+ S
14 1055 2,970,000 843 156 26 28 24 A B A+ C A+ S+
15 1102 4,158,000 880 160 28 30 26 A+ B+ S C S S+
16 1161 5,473,440 914 162 29 31 27 S B+ S+ C+ S+ S+
17 1220 6,259,680 948 164 30 32 28 S A S+ B S+ S+
18 1279 7,035,840 982 166 31 33 29 S+ A+ S+ B S+ S+
19 1338 8,991,360 1016 168 32 34 30 S+ A+ S+ B+ S+ S+
20 1397 11,340,000 1050 170 36 36 32 S+ S S+ B+ S+ S++
Part Slots
At Lv.1, this aircraft carried 15 BODY, 17 ARMS, and 16 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: F-2 Aficionado
  • Lv.10: Viper Zero
  • Lv.15: Charmer
  • Lv.20: Sea of Monsters

Skins

  • Default: JASDF marine camouflage.
  • Event Skin #01: Green and khaki camouflage
  • Event Skin #02: XF-2A livery with blue dorsal stripe and yellow wing surface tips
  • Event Skin #03: 3-tone grey camouflage

Gallery

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy

"While this aircraft's design is optimized for air-to-ground and air-to-ship combat, the F-2A is also an effective air superiority fighter."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete mission 9: Acid Rain with an A rank or higher. Costs 40,100 credits.

Statistics

F-2A stats.jpg

Weapons

Colors

C01: Marine blue camouflage
C02: 2-tone jungle camouflage
C03: Air superiority gray
C04: Chocolate brown variation of Color 2
C05: Dark teal and blue version of Color 1
C06: Pink variation of Color 2

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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

"A battle support attack aircraft deployed by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. It emulates the F-16C in airframe shape, but it is equipped with the latest electronic equipment while having the same easy handling and a complete upgrade of maneuvering performance. In order to be prepared for threats from the sea, its anti-warship battle ability is given special consideration. The airframe was remodeled and developed jointly by Japan and the United States, and it is also called the "Viper Zero"."
Hangar description

How to Unlock

Unlocked at the beginning of "Hostile Fleet".

Statistics

Speed: Medium-High
Mobility: Medium
Stability: Medium
Fire Power: Medium-High
Defense: Medium

Weapons

MSSL
LAGM
RKTL
Flares x9

Skins

Color 1: Marine blue camouflage.
Color 2: Green and khaki camouflage.
Color 3: XF-2A livery with blue dorsal stripe and yellow wing surface tips.
Color 4 (NAGASE)

Gallery

Ace Combat: Joint Assault

DESCRIPTION
While this aircraft's design is optimized for air-to-ground and air-to-ship combat, the F-2A is also an effective air superiority fighter.

How to Unlock

Complete mission 5B: Capital Defense or mission 10: Spotlight - Bravo. Costs $41,500.

Statistics

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

Weapons

Colors

  • C01: Blue marine camouflage.
  • C02: Brown camouflage.
  • C03: Light blue camouflage.
  • C04: "Cypher" livery.
  • C05: XF-2A livery.
  • C06: Black body bearing the kanji character 魂 ("soul").

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Ace Combat Xi: Skies of Incursion

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Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation

"Known as the "Viper Zero", the F2-A is a variant of the F-16. It is equipped with the latest avionic equipment, including phased-array radar. Although specifically designed for anti-ship operations, this powerful aircraft is also deployed in air-superiority and intercept missions. The F-2A is known for its responsiveness and stability - so much so that engine stall related accidents are extremely rare. Its high-performance armaments include that of high-maneuver and long-range missiles. While successfully fulfilling its conceived role of air-to-ground and air-to-ship intercept, the F-2A is also a formidable air-to-air multirole aircraft."
Hangar description

How to Unlock

Complete "Siege on Silvat". Costs 81,000 credits.

Statistics

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

Weapons

Skins

  • Emmeria: Naval blue camouflage.
  • Estovakia: Gray camouflage.
  • Estovakia SP: XF-2A livery with blue dorsal stripe and yellow wing surface tips.
  • Razgriz
  • THE IDOLMASTER Ami
  • Dark Wing

Named Pilots

Gallery

Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception

F-2A Viper Zero (Aurelia).png

"While this aircraft's design is optimized for air-to-ground and air-to-ship combat, the F-2A is also an effective air superiority fighter."
Hangar description

How to Unlock

Complete mission 9B: A Diversion. Costs 28,900 credits.

Statistics

ACEX Statistics F-2A.jpg

Weapons

Skins

  • Aurelia: Blue marine camouflage
  • Leasath: Brown and green camouflage
  • Special 1: Light blue camouflage
  • Special 2 "Cypher" livery from Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War

Named Pilots

  • Fury: appears in In Pursuit II. Spawns to the northwest of the jamming facility.

Gallery

Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War

"An F-16 variant developed through an international collaboration. While its design is optimized for air-to-ground and air-to-ship combat, the F-2A is also an effective air superiority fighter."
Hangar description

How to Unlock

Complete mission 8B: Merlon: Beta Team. Costs 95,000 credits.

Statistics

  • Speed: 63
  • Mobility: 55
  • Stability: 70
  • Defense: 62
  • Air-to-Air: 40
  • Air-to-Ground: 85

Weapons

Skins

  • Standard: Marine blue camouflage.
  • Mercenary: "Cypher" livery from Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  • Soldier: Two-tone green camouflage.
  • Knight: Brown and green camouflage.
  • Special: XF-2A white and red livery.

Named Pilots

Gallery

Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War

"An F-16 variant developed through an international collaboration. While its design is optimized for air-to-ground and air-to-ship combat, the F-2A is also an effective air superiority fighter."
Hangar description

How to Unlock

Fill the Kill Rate Gauge of the F-16C Fighting Falcon. Costs Ƶ19,500 per aircraft.

Statistics

  • Speed: 63
  • Mobility: 44
  • Stability: 70
  • Defense: 57
  • Air-to-Air: 40
  • Air-to-Ground: 85

Weapons

Skins

  • Osea: Marine blue camouflage.
  • Razgriz
  • Special: Light blue frontal section with marine blue rear and white stripes.

Named Pilots

Gallery

Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies

"A great support fighter, this F-16 boasts advanced avionics and an alloy body."
Hangar description

How to Unlock

Complete campaign mission 12: Stonehenge Offensive. Costs 505,000 credits.

Statistics

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

Weapons

Skins

  • Standard: Japanese marine blue camouflage.
  • Erusea: Brown and green camouflage pattern.
  • Special: White body with red stripes; livery used by the XF-2A prototype. Costs 657,000 credits.

Named Pilots

  • Urata (Stonehenge Offensive)

Gallery

Ace Combat 2

In this game, the F-2A is known as the JF-2A

How to Unlock

The JF-2A is not available to the player in this game

Colors

Enemy Type A: Blue body with black nose
Enemy Type B: White body with red diagonal wing stripes, tail and nose

Trivia

  • The designation JF-2A in Ace Combat 2 presumably stands for "Japanese Fighter-2A".
  • In Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War, the F-2A has the highest load of Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles of any aircraft with 20 missiles, followed by the F-22A Raptor at 18.
  • In various Ace Combat games it is classified as an attacker and cannot be equipped with additional air to air weapons, nor can it use DFM or counter-maneuvers in Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. However, in reality it is a multirole fighter with air to air capabilities as well as air to surface.
  • White with red stripes color scheme (Enemy Type B scheme in AC2, SP color schemes in AC04, ACZ and AC7, color 5 in ACJA) is a replica color scheme of the first prototype F-2A (XF-2A).
  • White with blue and orange stripes color scheme (SP color scheme in AC6, Color 3 in Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, Event Skin #02 in ACI) is a replica color scheme of the second prototype F-2A (XF-2A).

Footnotes

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

References