The XFA-24A Apalis is a multirole combat aircraft from the Strangereal continuity.


The XFA-24A was a prototype multirole aircraft created in the 2010s in the post-Circum-Pacific War period by an unknown manufacturer. It was designed primarily as a multirole fighter capable of operation in all fronts, having been conceived under a philosophy of "not choosing the battlefield." Vaguely similar to a Rafale aircraft, it has a large fuel storage and weapons capacity on account of its double delta configuration.[1]

The Apalis itself is a double-delta airframe with canards and a unique paddle-like thrust-vectoring design that is acceptable in every area, but is particularly suited to ground attack. This is due to a software upgrade, the "Earth Shaker" system, which enhances its ground attack ability by digitally analyzing terrain. Owing to its manufacturing creed, the Apalis was designed to use conventional parts and components to remain active in the face of supply shortages, and does not exceed in any particular aspect of performance to maintain affordability. Its optimal operation is enhanced by the use of canards and thrust vectoring without sacrificing its combat capabilities.[1]



A number of Apalis airframes were in possession of the Aurelian Air Force by the start of the Aurelian War in 2020. Such aircraft were employed by Falco One and Gryphus One during the counteroffensive to reclaim the country. Gryphus One in particular used the aircraft to destroy the Gleipnir airship over Santa Elva.[2][3]

Joint Assault universe

The Apalis was made available for Antares Squadron during the Valahia Crisis.

Game analysis

Ace Combat: Joint Assault

"A respectable aircraft in all areas, the Apalis boasts unrivaled expandability."
Hangar description

How to Unlock

Complete "Dragon Lair" in a second playthrough. Costs $140,000.


Speed: Average
Air-to-Air: Average
Air-to-Ground: Average
Mobility: Excellent
Stability: Excellent
Defense: Low


STDM x144
HACM x96
LGWM x192
HVWM x48
UGB x29
XAGM x28
XMAA x36
ODMM x28


  • C01: Light blue body with white front.
  • C02: Desert camouflage.
  • C03: Air superiority gray.
  • C04: Dark gray body with orange tail and wing tips.
  • C05: Black body with orange stripe running down the midsection from nose to tail boom.
  • C06: Dual color body split in blue and red halves. Modeled after the Japanese tokusatsu superhero Kikaider.


Ace Combat Xi: Skies of Incursion

How to Unlock

Available at start of game in all versions.


Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception

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"A respectable aircraft in all areas, the Apalis boasts unrivaled expandability."
Hangar description

How to Unlock

Complete "Prelude". Costs 8,700 credits.


Speed: 60
Air To Air: 27
Air To Ground: 18
Mobility: 54
Stability: 45
Defense: 48



  • Aurelia: Light blue body with white front.
  • Leasath: Grey camouflage.
  • Special 1: Gray body with white trims.
  • Special 2: Black airframe with orange wing stripes.



  • The name of the Apalis is derived from a genus of passerine birds known for having small yet slender beaks and long tails, which are useful for swooping and catching insects in mid-flight.
  • Gryphus 1 and Falco 1 are the third and fourth player characters to canonically use a fictional aircraft (in their case, the Apalis), respectively. The first was Phoenix's XFA-27 in Ace Combat 2 and Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy, and the second was Nemo.
  • The special 2 and color 4 of the XFA-24A from Ace combat X and Ace combat Joint assault respectively are likely made as a reference to Ace combat 3's Su-43 and the general livery design of the UPEO aircrafts from that game.


  1. 1.0 1.1 ACES WEB: Ace Combat X
  2. Standoff In The Skies II - Leasath Side
  3. Ace Combat Xi: Skies of Incursion