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"Dealing with 9 Gs is tough, but for those UAVs, it's just another day at the office."
Jaeger[1]

The MQ-99 is a combat UAV developed by Gründer Industries.

Design

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, 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 a single cannon and an internal weapons bay carrying 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.

History

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 OuredPort St. Hewlett, Aulick, Bana City, and other locations causing major damage to Osean naval forces.[2]

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.[3][4]

On July 4, 2019, MQ-99s were deployed to Roca Roja in order to defend the Erusean base from Osean attacks.[5] 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.[1]

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.[6]

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.[7]

Erusean radicals also deployed MQ-99s during the battle at Tyler Island against Erusean conservatives and Oseans. Osean reinforcements shot down all of the MQ-99s.[8]

Game Analysis

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

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Trivia

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "First Contact", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
  2. Cutscene 02: "This Means War", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
  3. Mission 02: "Charge the Enemy", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
  4. Mission 04: "Rescue", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
  5. Mission 06: "Long Day", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
  6. Mission 08: "Pipeline Destruction", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
  7. Mission 16: "Last Hope", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
  8. Mission 17: "Homeward", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
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