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The SLUAV (Submarine-Launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle)[1] is a specialized UAV designed for use by Scinfaxi-class submarines. Depending on the application, SLUAVs can defend the submarine by firing on hostile units[2][3] or act as marker drones for long-range attacks.[4]

History

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The Union of Yuktobanian Republics developed the Hrimfaxi to feature unmanned technology, reducing its crew size compared to the Scinfaxi.[5] This included submarine-launched UAVs that would defend the Hrimfaxi from attack. During the Osean Federation's Operation Long Harpoon during the Circum-Pacific War, the Hrimfaxi launched the SLUAVs to defend itself from Wardog Squadron. Wardog either shot down the SLUAVs or caused them to lose their guidance after sinking the Hrimfaxi.[2]

The Alicorn, a larger variant of the Scinfaxi-class submersibles, also carried these same SLUAVs. By September 2019, the SLUAVs were capable of acting as terminal guidance for a powerful rail cannon hidden on the Alicorn. Captain Matias Torres ordered the use of this railgun and the SLUAVs over Anchorhead as a "fun sideshow" to attempt to shoot down Strider Squadron during its Operation Domino. The SLUAV-guided railgun shots managed to damage Húxiān's aircraft, forcing her to retreat, but otherwise Strider was unaffected.[4]

SLUAVs were utilized by the Alicorn for a second time during Operation Fisherman, this time tasked as interceptors alongside the manned Rafale Ms of the SACS unit. They were initially tasked with shooting down Specter Squadron's fleet of P-1 patrol aircraft, but failed when the LRSSG successfully defended the squadron. After the Alicorn was forced to surface, SLUAVs were launched in large numbers in tandem with SACS to serve as a distraction while the submarine fought back with its rail guns and anti-aircraft systems. Ultimately, this effort was unsuccessful, and all of the drones in the air self-destructed following the destruction of the Alicorn at the hands of Trigger.[6]

Infinity universe

SLUAVs were deployed by Scinfaxi-class submarines in various operations during the UNF's Operation Eternal Liberation.[3]

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Trivia

  • The SLUAV is based on the real-life cancelled Lockheed Martin Cormorant but features many design alternations. The SLUAV has moderately short, straight wings, and a vertical stabilizer is present on the top. The Cormorant had longer wings that were bent near the wingtips and the vertical stabilizer was present on the bottom. This technically implies the SLUAV flies upside down in Ace Combat.

References

  1. SP Mission 01: "Unexpected Visitor", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mission 13: "Demons of Razgriz", Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mission Update, Ace Combat Infinity.
  4. 4.0 4.1 SP Mission 02: "Anchorhead Raid", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
  5. Aces At War: A History 2019, page 051.
  6. SP Mission 03: "Ten Million Relief Plan", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
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