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The Su-33 Flanker-D is a carrier-based variant of the Su-27 Flanker-B. It was introduced in Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation and later made appearances in Ace Combat: Assault Horizon and Ace Combat Infinity. It was most recently featured in Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown. It is best known for its appearance as the official aircraft of Strigon Team.

Compared to the Su-27, it features heavily reinforced landing gear, an arresting hook, folding wings, two extra underwing hardpoints, forward canards, revised cockpit layout and avionics for naval operations, and enlarged internal fuel tanks.

History

Strangereal

During the Estovakian Civil War and Emmeria-Estovakia War, Su-33s were used by the elite Strigon Team as they allowed for takeoff and landing from the P-1112 Aigaion. Strigon partook in numerous operations, often turning the tide of battle in Estovakia's favour.[1][2] In 2016, Belkan ace Lorenz Riedel, callsign "Feniks", flew an Su-33 when the Emmerian Air Force launched a surprise attack on the Aerial Fleet. Riedel and all Strigon members present during the battle were shot down.[3] The surviving Strigon members later flew Su-33s when they defended the Chandelier from an Emmerian attack.[4]

Su-33s were fielded in the Lighthouse War. One member of the Osean Air Defense Force's Spare Squadron, Count, flew an Su-33 during multiple operations. The Erusean Air Force also made use of the Su-33, the most notable Erusean Su-33 pilot being Matthieu Bertin, callsign "Ibis", who was shot down by Trigger over the sea near Snider's Top during Operation Siren's Song. During the same operation the Erusean Navy deployed a squadron of their own Su-33s from the aircraft carrier Njörðr to counter the attack by Strider and Cyclops Squadron on the Erusean fleet.[5]

Assault Horizon universe

The New Russian Federation's fleets used the Su-33 as their main fighter during their uprising. They were first engaged in Power Play over Dubai and in Hostile Fleet over the Black Sea. They were all destroyed along with their aircraft carrier and fleet by the Warwolf Squadron, Molot Squadron and Varona Squadron

Infinity universe

Su-33s were used by the USEA Federation during Operation Eternal Liberation. They were also available for use by UNF pilots.

Game Analysis

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

"A large carrier-based fighter derived from the Su-27 that was designed for operation on aircraft carriers. Its canard arrangement makes it a top-class craft that is reliable and stable at low-to-mid speeds."
Hangar

How to Unlock

The Su-33 is available on the Aircraft Tree and it costs 290,000 MRP. It requires purchasing the MiG-29A Fulcrum.

Statistics

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Weapons

Part Slots

BODY: 36
ARMS: 36
MISC: 36

Named Pilots

  • Matthieu Bertin (IBIS)
  • Count (Spare 2)

Skins

  1. Osea: Three-tone Blue and Grey camouflage.
  2. Erusea: Blue tri-tone camouflage based on Ukrainian Su-27s. (Unlocked by completing Mission 15 Battle for Farbanti without taking any damage)
  3. Special: Grey body with shark mouth on air intakes, based on Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark. (Unlocked after shooting down IBIS)
  4. Mage: Osea skin with Mage Squadron markings.
  5. Spare: Osea skin with Spare Squadron markings.
  6. Strider: Osea skin with Strider Squadron markings.
  7. Count: Spare skin with Count's markings.
  8. Strigon: Strigon Team livery (Acquire the Experimental Aircraft Series DLC)

Gallery

Ace Combat Infinity

Description

"Using the Su-27 as a base, this carrier-based aircraft was developed for practical use by the Navy. Its speed capability is slightly lower than other fighter craft of the same generation, but it boasts excellent turning performance. Its NATO codename is "Flanker-D". The main and tail wings can be folded up to accommodate the storage space available on an aircraft carrier."
Hangar
Lv. Cst Price GUN MSL HPAA HCAA HVAA SP MO ST AA AG DF
1 625 197,910 108 114 10 D D+ E+ C E+ E+
2 665 15,630 118 116 12 D+ C E+ C+ E+ D
3 705 22,660 129 118 14 D+ C D C+ E+ D+
4 745 41,410 139 120 16 28 C C+ D C+ E+ C
5 785 70,310 150 124 18 32 C+ B D+ B D C+
6 825 166,660[a] 161 128 20 36 C+ B+ D+ B+ D B
7 865 84,630 172 130 22 40 17 B B+ D+ A D B+
8 905 156,240 183 132 24 44 18 B A D+ A D A
9 945 364,560 194 136 25 46 19 B+ A+ C A D A
10 985 796,830 206 140 26 48 20 B+ S C A D A+
11 1032 1,718,640 217 144 27 50 21 A S C+ A+ D+ S
12 1079 1,354,080 228 148 28 52 22 A+ S+ C+ S D+ S+
13 1126 2,486,820 239 152 29 54 23 A+ S+ B S D+ S+
14 1173 3,333,120 250 156 30 56 24 S S+ B S+ D+ S+
15 1220 4,465,860 262 160 32 60 26 S+ S+ B+ S+ C S+
16 1281 6,392,820 271 162 33 62 27 S+ S+ B+ S+ C S+
17 1340 7,317,240 280 164 34 64 28 S+ S+ B+ S+ C S++
18 1399 8,228,640 289 166 35 66 29 S+ S+ A S+ C+ S++
19 1458 10,507,140 298 168 36 68 30 S+ S++ A S+ C+ S++
20 1517 13,254,360 308 170 72 72 32 S++ S++ A+ S+ C+ S++
Part Slots
At Lv.1, this aircraft carried 20 BODY, 20 ARMS, and 20 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: Ski Jumper
  • Lv.10: Flanker Addict
  • Lv.15: White Night in the Arctic Circle
  • Lv.20: Hero's Right Arm

Skins

  • Default: Light blue woodland camouflage based off the Russian Navy's Su-33 camouflage scheme.
  • Event Skin #01: Jagged-edged 3-tone blue camouflage based off T-10M-3, the 3rd Su-35 prototype.
  • “AC” Skin #01: White, red, and purple livery from Air Combat.
  • “AC” Skin #02: Black, blue, and purple livery. A variation of “AC” Skin #01.

Gallery

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

"TYPE: F (Fighter)
Using the Su-27 as a base, this carrier-based aircraft was developed for practical use by the Navy. Its speed capability is slightly lower than other fighter craft of the same generation, but it boasts excellent turning performance. Its NATO codename is "Flanker-D". The main and tail wings can be folded up to accommodate the storage space available on an aircraft carrier."
Hangar

How to Unlock

The Su-33 is available for the campaign prior to mission 11: Launch.

Statistics

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

Weapons

Colors

Gallery

Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation

"Known by the codename "Flanker", the Su-33 is a carrier-based air superiority fighter. Its bold canard wings and aerodynamic fuselage design have realized performance never before achievable in a fighter. Its derivative shape stands as a symbol of modern aircraft design. Extremely maneuverable and quick to respond, the Su-33 is capable of maintaining an advantage even in battles against superior numbers. It is well equipped for aerial combat with high-maneuver and high-performance missiles. The aircraft's true potential depends solely on the pilot's skills, making this aircraft for experienced pilots only."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete campaign mission 8: San Loma Assault.

Statistics

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

Weapons

Colors

Named Pilots

Gallery

Trivia

  • The Su-33 was originally going to appear in Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies according to an early pre-release report from GameSpot, but was ultimately cut from the final game.[6]
  • In Ace Combat 6, the player's Su-33 can take off from the catapults of Emmeria's Nimitz-class carriers, despite the Su-33 not being configured to launch from a catapult in reality. Unlike most Western carrier-based aircraft, which utilize the CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery) configuration, the Su-33 utilizes the STOBAR (Short Take-Off But Arrested Recovery) configuration used on Russia's Admiral Kuznetsov-class carrier (as seen in Ace Combat: Assault Horizon), meaning that it takes off under its own power via a ski jump. This means that technically, while the Su-33 could land on a Nimitz, it would not be able to take off via catapult.
    • This difference was likely ignored for convenience purposes, as creating two different aircraft carrier models for such a small part of the game was probably seen as a waste of resources by the development team, considering there is only one STOBAR plane in AC6's roster as opposed to the four CATOBAR aircraft (F-14D, F/A-18F, Rafale M, and the CFA-44).
    • To bypass this potential issue, a catapult connecting bar was modeled on the front landing gear (not present in real life), which would allow the aircraft to, in theory, connect to a catapult launch truck and perform a catapult-assisted takeoff. This modification remained present in future titles, and allows the Su-33 to utilize Osean aircraft carrier launch catapults in Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
  • In Ace Combat 6, the Su-33 is seen being able to carry the R-77/RVV-AE Adder, but in reality, it is unable to carry the medium range air-air missile. It is limited to using older infrared or SARH R-27R/T and ER/ET Alamos.

Footnotes

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

References