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The F/A-18F Super Hornet is a carrier-based multirole aircraft. It is the two-seater variant of the F/A-18E Super Hornet.

It debuted in Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation and sporadically appeared in subsequent games. It made its most recent appearance in Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.

History

Strangereal

In 2014, the IUN-PKF's Mobius Squadron utilized the aircraft against a resurgent Free Erusea.[1]

In 2015, numerous Super Hornets were deployed during the Emmeria-Estovakia War by both the Estovakian Navy and Republic of Emmeria Navy; Emmeria's Avalanche Squadron were notable users of the aircraft.[2] During a cruise missile attack on Gracemeria, an Estovakian F/A-18F ace, Vaslav Reynek, callsign "Dama", was tasked with reporting damage caused by the Chandelier,[3] but was ultimately shot down by Talisman in battle.[4]

Super Hornets continued to be fielded in the Lighthouse War by the Osean Maritime Defense Force as well as the Erusean Air Force.[5][6] During an Osean operation over the Waiapolo Mountains an Erusean F/A-18F ace, First Lieutenant Hans Weber, callsign "Spider", engaged the Osean Spare Squadron, but was shot down by Trigger. Erusea also developed autonomous drone F/A-18Fs which were used for deception and as escorts.[7][8] One of these Erusean F/A-18F Drones was ultimately responsible for firing the missile which shot down and killed Vincent Harling, resulting in Trigger being framed for the crime.[9][8]

Assault Horizon universe

Super Hornets were used by Warwolf Squadron when they fought against Big Bear Squadron who had defected to the New Russian Federation.[10]

Infinity universe

The Super Hornet was one of the many aircraft designs sold to Wernher and Noah Enterprises for their Advanced Automated Aviation Plant. This model of aircraft was very popular during Operation Eternal Liberation, being used by both the USEA Federation and the United Nations Forces extensively in almost all theaters.[11]

Game Analysis

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

"A versatile carrier-based fighter capable of providing support for aircraft, ground forces, and ships. With better maneuverability at medium speeds than high-speed fighters, it is effective in air raids. Nicknamed "Super Hornet," the craft is an improved F-Type."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Main Game: The F/A-18F is available on the Aircraft Tree and costs 285,000 MRP. It requires purchasing the F-14D Super Tomcat.
VR Mode: Available at the start of the game.

Statistics

FA-18F AC7 Statistics

Weapons

  • GUN x2400 ( on Easy/Normal)
  • MSL x98
  • QAAM x10
  • LASM x16 (30,000 MRP) (VR: Complete 1 mission with the F/A-18F)
  • EML x22 (30,000 MRP) (VR: Complete 2 missions with the F/A-18F)
  • FLR x4

Part Slots

BODY: 36
ARMS: 36
MISC: 36

Named Pilots

Skins

  1. Osea: Air Superiority Light Grey
  2. Erusea: Three-tone sky blue and grey "Aggressor" camouflage(Unlocked by earning the "All for the Glory" medal: Earn the MVP in Team Death Match.)
  3. Special: Three-tone mid/dark blue pixel camouflage
  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

"Whether it's air-to-air or air-to-ground, this carrier-based fighter is capable of handling a wide variety of missions. An easy-to-handle aircraft that boasts stable maneuverability at any speed. Equipped with long-range attack weapons, it's well-suited for preemptive attacks. Nicknamed the "Super Hornet"."
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Stats and Prices Lv.1-10
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
1 575 E E+ D D E+ E 93,600
2 614 E+ D D+ D+ D E 14,400
3 653 D D D+ D+ D E+ 20,880
4 692 D+ D+ D+ D+ D+ D 38,160
5 731 D+ D+ C C D+ D+ 64,800
6 770 C C C C D+ C 158,400
7 809 C C C C+ C C+ 78,000
8 848 C+ C+ C+ C+ C B 151,200
9 887 C+ C+ C+ C+ C B+ 345,600
10 926 B B C+ B C A 788,400
Stats and Prices Lv.11-20
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
11 973 B B+ B B C+ A+ 1,752,000
12 1020 B+ B+ B B C+ S 1,284,000
13 1067 A A B+ B+ B S 2,328,000
14 1114 A+ A+ A B+ B S+ 3,216,000
15 1161 A+ S A A B+ S+ 4,320,000
16 1221 S S A A B+ S+ 6,048,000
17 1280 S+ S+ A+ A A S+ 6,912,000
18 1339 S+ S+ A+ A+ A S+ 7,776,000
19 1398 S+ S+ A+ A+ A S+ 9,936,000
20 1457 S+ S+ S S A+ S++ 12,528,000


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Weapon Ammo Lv.1-10
Lv. GUN MSL 4AAM LASM SAAM
1 413 108 10
2 454 110 14
3 495 114 18
4 536 118 22 10
5 578 122 26 12
6 619 126 30 14
7 660 130 32 15 15
8 702 134 34 16 16
9 743 138 36 17 17
10 785 142 38 18 18
Weapon Ammo Lv.11-20
Lv. GUN MSL 4AAM LASM SAAM
11 826 146 40 19 19
12 867 150 42 20 20
13 909 154 44 21 21
14 950 158 46 22 22
15 992 162 50 24 24
16 1030 164 52 25 25
17 1069 166 54 26 26
18 1107 168 56 27 27
19 1146 170 58 28 28
20 1185 172 62 30 30

Part Slots
These are the minimum / maximum part slots this aircraft carried at the respective levels. Part slots could be added until they reach maximum by repeatedly sortieing with the aircraft; see Tuning for more information. A maximum of 7 parts could be equipped at any time, regardless of available slots.

BODY / Max ARMS / Max MISC / Max
Lv.1-5 26 / 38 26 / 38 26 / 38
Lv.6-14 28 / 40 28 / 40 28 / 40
Lv.15-19 29 / 41 29 / 41 29 / 41
Lv.20 30 / 42 30 / 42 30 / 42

Nicknames
Upgrading this aircraft to these levels unlocked the respective nicknames for use at any time.

  • Lv.3: Shining Needle
  • Lv.10: Watch The Angles
  • Lv.15: Surfing Cavalry
  • Lv.20: Single Horned Rhino of the Deep

Skins

  • Default: White body
  • Event Skin #01: Assault Horizon Color 2; two-tone gray camouflage with yellow tail wing tips based on the F/A-18B Hornets of VFC-12
  • "Grun" Skin: Grun Squadron livery
  • Event Skin #02: Black and white splinter camouflage. Based on the F/A-18A+ Hornets of VFC-12.
  • Event Skin #03: JASDF-styled ocean camouflage
  • Event Skin #04: Zone of Endless red

Gallery

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

"Whether it's air-to-air or air-to-ground, this carrier-based fighter is capable of handling a wide variety of missions. An easy-to-handle aircraft that boasts stable maneuverability at any speed. Equipped with long-range attack weapons, it's well-suited for preemptive attacks. Nicknamed the "Super Hornet"."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete "Red Moon". Available at start of "Spooky".

Statistics

Special Weapons

SAAM
LAGM
ECM

Colors

Color 1: Gray body with black vertical tails.
Color 2: Two-tone gray camouflage.
Color 3: F-18 HARV livery.
Red Devils (DLC)
Jolly Rogers (DLC)

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Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation

"The F/A-18F achieves superb handling while maintaining nearly flawless stability. The combined payload capacity of air-to-ground and air-to-air SP weapons and missiles promise increased battle performance. With the capability to quickly adjust to the conditions of virtually any battlefield, the F/A-18F is a true multirole aircraft."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete "Siege on Silvat". Costs $76,000.

Statistics

Weapons

MSSL x140
SAAM x18
SOD x15
XAGM x32
ECMP x20

Colors

Named Pilots

Gallery

Trivia

  • In Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, the F/A-18F's Color 3's trim color is a special shade of gold that is not otherwise available in the color palette. If the player makes a new skin based on Color 3 and changes the gold trim, they cannot restore it without making a new custom skin.
  • The initial images of the F/A-18F in Ace Combat 7 showed the words "NAVY" and "USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT" on the fuselage. These markings were later removed, as evidenced in the VR Demo and 2016 trailer.
  • The F/A-18F in Ace Combat 7 is a mix between the Block 1 and Block 2 variants. While it features the 5-stack ECS pipes above the engines, a distinguishing feature of the later Super Hornet airframes, the 3D model of the WSO seat is of the Block 1 variant (lacks the 8x10" big-screen MPCD). Judging by the early screenshots, it is certain that the new ECS pipes are a later addition to the original 3D model modeled after the Block 1.

References

  1. VR Mode, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
  2. Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  3. Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation Assault Record #26 - Vaslav Reynek.
  4. "Gracemeria Patrol", Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  5. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
  6. File:Ace Combat 7 Skies Unknown - PGW 2017 PS VR.
  7. "Faceless Soldier", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Last Hope", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
  9. "Rescue", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
  10. Blue on Blue, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon.
  11. Ace Combat Infinity.
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