The MQ-99 is sleek but compact in design, more closely resembling a traditional fighter jet but small enough to be transported in a container truck. It is capable of launching directly from the container, making it ideal for surprise attacks, point-defense of strategically important facilities, and fast deployment to locations where traditional manned fighters are unable to take off and land.
The MQ-99 is highly agile, reportedly being capable of pulling turns up to 9 g's with relative ease. While not as advanced as the MQ-101 drones utilized by the Arsenal Bird, they are still a foe to be reckoned with. Their armament consists of one single barreled autocannon and a small internal weapons bay carrying 1-2 infrared-guided/heat-seeking missiles for air-to-air combat.
Like the MQ-101, the MQ-99 receives its agility at the cost of fragility; it only takes one missile or a short cannon burst to destroy it, so the drones rely on advanced flight maneuvers to avoid enemy fire.
MQ-99s were utilized by Erusea the Lighthouse War. Developed using Belkan UAV technology, the MQ-99 is capable of being launched from container trucks and shipping containers, making it ideal for sneak attacks and lightning strikes. In May 2019, Erusea shipped multiple containers of MQ-99s to Osea. Remotely activating them, the MQ-99s launched and proceeded to attack Osean naval ports in Oured, Port St. Hewlett, Aulick, Bana City, and other locations causing major damage to Osean naval forces.
On May 17, 2019, five MQ-99s were launched to engage the Golem and Mage Squadrons over Scofields Plateau, but were shot down. On June 6, 2019, MQ-99s were dispatched to the International Space Elevator to prevent Vincent Harling's escape, where Golem and Mage Squadrons intercepted and shot them down.
On July 4, 2019, MQ-99s were deployed to Roca Roja in order to defend the Erusean base from Osean attacks. They were also deployed eight days later over Yinshi Valley in an effort to shoot down reconnaissance squadrons Cyclops and Strider, but were shot down by Spare Squadron.
Following the Yinshi Valley operation, the Spare Squadron bombed an Erusean oil facility and oil tankers escaping in a sand storm during Operation Three of a Kind. MQ-99s later entered the airspace and engaged the squadron, forcing them to deal with drones whilst trying to find the tankers. Some MQ-99s hid within the sandstorm, hiding them from radar, and then launched surprise attacks from within the whirling sand.
MQ-99s were not observed again until Operation Gorgon on October 1, 2019, where rogue unmanned EASA F/A-18Fs overwrote the commands of stationary units, thereby launching them and engaging Strider Squadron. All drones were ultimately shot down in the battle.
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- The MQ-99's design appears to be a cross between the real-life EADS Barracuda and Kratos XQ-58 Valkyrie.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "First Contact", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
- ↑ Cutscene 02: "This Means War", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
- ↑ Mission 02: "Charge the Enemy", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
- ↑ Mission 04: "Rescue", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
- ↑ Mission 06: "Long Day", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
- ↑ Mission 08: "Pipeline Destruction", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
- ↑ Mission 16: "Last Hope", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
- ↑ Mission 17: "Homeward", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.