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"The last hope for the Special Tactical Fighter Squadron Scarface . . . All information on this aircraft remains classified at the highest level"
Ace Combat Facebook page[2]

The XFA-27 is a unique multirole aircraft. It was one of the first original aircraft designs to be featured in an Ace Combat game, specifically Ace Combat 2 in 1997, alongside the ADF-01 FALKEN and XB-10. Since its original appearance, it has mostly been restricted to handheld titles.

In March 2015, the XFA-27 was added to Ace Combat Infinity, its first home console appearance in 18 years. Along with the R-101 Delphinus #1, the XFA-27 was a late-game aircraft available at the far end of the Aircraft Tree, requiring an exorbitant amount of credits to unlock and upgrade.

The XFA-27 returned in Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown as paid DLC, and released on October 28, 2020.

Design

The XFA-27 adopts a sleek, angular design with variable geometry wings and high-output engines, giving it an extreme level of maneuverability and acceleration. A distinguishing feature of the jet is its ability to release four missiles in quick succession. Its cockpit uses COFFIN in a very limited degree, employing cameras beneath the cockpit to ensure maximum visibility while retaining a conventional glass canopy.

The aircraft's specifications are as follows:[3]

  • Length: 22.5m
  • Width: 20m
  • Height: 5.45m
  • Max Speed: 2,600km/h

History

The XFA-27 was developed in haste by the Usean Allied Forces as their "last hope" to defeat the Usean Rebel Forces during the Usean coup d'état. The aircraft was given to Phoenix, who was similarly hired as a last-ditch effort to quell the rebellion.[2]

Game Analysis

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

"A carrier-based stealth fighter designed for ultimate performance. All information about its development, including its manufacturer and country of origin, is highly classified and has not been made public. The aircraft has a remarkably unique design for a stealth fighter. In the front, it sports all-moving canards, four tail wings (with two above and two below the engines), and variable sweptback wings that can adapt to a range of speeds. In the rear, horizontal paddle-type thrust vectoring nozzles are equipped on its twin-engine thrusters, giving it both mobility and stability. The aircraft also boasts unparalleled battle capabilities; multiple-launch Joint Strike Missiles can lock onto both air and ground targets, allowing a concentrated attack on a single target or a dispersed attack against multiple targets. Its sophisticated electronic warfare system offers both support and interference that give the upper hand in all kinds of combat situations, even solo raids. Equipped with a full spread of cutting-edge technology, this aircraft demands an equally exemplary pilot who can bring out its full potential."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Acquire the XFA-27 Set (purchase the Original Aircraft Series or individual DLC).

Statistics

XFA27 AC7 Statistics.png

Weapons

Skins

  1. Osea: Standard dark gray body
  2. Erusea: Jagged white, gray, and black pattern; based on Leasath color from Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception
  3. Special: Gray body with black and blue highlights. Homage to Solvalou
  4. Mage: Osea skin Mage Squadron markings
  5. Spare: Osea skin Spare Squadron markings
  6. Strider: Osea skin Strider Squadron markings
  7. Scarface: Scarface Squadron livery

Gallery

Ace Combat Infinity

"A carrier-based stealth fighter which has been developed with the aim of creating an aircraft that can demonstrate extreme performance. Information on the country of origin and manufacturer has not been made public, making this a highly classified aircraft. Featuring an all-moving tail, canards and unique vectoring nozzles, it is capable of excellent maneuverability. It comes equipped with MSTM (Multiple-Launch Standard Missile) which can inflict significant damage, but requires the skills of a veteran pilot to use efficiently."
Hangar

How to Unlock

The XFA-27 is unlocked through the Aircraft Tree.
Stats and Prices Lv.1-10
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
1 825 C+ C+ C+ B C+ D+ 4,590,000
2 874 B B B B C+ C 2,727,000
3 923 B+ B+ B B B C+ 3,942,000
4 972 A B+ B+ B+ B+ B 4,644,000
5 1021 A+ A A A B+ B+ 7,047,000
6 1070 A+ A+ A A B+ A 14,850,000
7 1119 A+ A+ A A A A+ 7,290,000
8 1168 S S A A+ A S 8,100,000
9 1217 S S+ A+ A+ A S+ 8,910,000
10 1266 S+ S+ A+ A+ A S+ 9,990,000
Stats and Prices Lv.11-20
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
11 1317 S+ S+ A+ A+ A+ S+ 11,070,000
12 1368 S+ S+ S S A+ S+ 12,690,000
13 1419 S+ S+ S S A+ S+ 13,500,000
14 1470 S+ S+ S+ S A+ S++ 15,525,000
15 1521 S+ S+ S+ S A+ S++ 17,010,000
16 1591 S++ S+ S+ S+ S S++ 22,464,000
17 1661 S++ S+ S+ S+ S S++ 25,650,000
18 1717 S++ S+ S+ S+ S+ S++ 28,863,000
19 1780 S++ S+ S+ S+ S+ S++ 36,882,000
20 1843 S++ S+ S+ S+ S+ S+++ 46,521,000


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Weapon Ammo Lv.1-10
Lv. GUN MSL SOD MSTM ECM
1 520 136 14
2 590 138 16
3 660 140 18
4 730 142 20 40
5 800 144 22 44
6 856 146 24 48
7 912 148 26 52 14
8 968 150 28 56 15
9 1024 152 29 60 16
10 1080 154 30 64 17
Weapon Ammo Lv.11-20
Lv. GUN MSL SOD MSTM ECM
11 1136 158 31 66 18
12 1192 162 32 68 19
13 1248 166 33 70 20
14 1304 170 34 72 21
15 1360 174 36 76 22
16 1416 176 37 78 23
17 1472 178 38 80 24
18 1528 180 39 82 25
19 1584 182 40 84 26
20 1640 184 42 88 27

Part Slots
These are the minimum / maximum part slots this aircraft carried at the respective levels. Part slots could be added until they reach maximum by repeatedly sortieing with the aircraft; see Tuning for more information. A maximum of 7 parts could be equipped at any time, regardless of available slots.

BODY / Max ARMS / Max MISC / Max
Lv.1-5 36 / 38 36 / 38 36 / 38
Lv.6-14 38 / 40 38 / 40 38 / 40
Lv.15-19 39 / 41 39 / 41 39 / 41
Lv.20 40 / 42 40 / 42 40 / 42

Nicknames
Upgrading this aircraft to these levels unlocked the respective nicknames for use at any time.

  • Lv.3: Fire Youngman
  • Lv.10: Last Hope
  • Lv.15: The One
  • Lv.20: Grandmaster

Skin Galleries

Description

Standard dark gray body
Gallery

XFA-27 Event Skin -01.png

Description

Jagged white, gray, and black pattern; based on Leasath color from Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception

Availability

Gallery

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy

"Originally developed as an experimental aircraft, its true capabilities are veiled in secrecy."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Achieve the rank of Brigadier General. Costs 255,000 credits.

Statistics

XFA-27 stats.jpg

Weapons

Colors

  • C01: Air superiority gray
  • C02: Ferris camouflage.
  • C03: Scarface Squadron livery
  • C04: Disruptive brown camouflage
  • C05: Dark yellow/mustard
  • C06: Color 02 with blue/purple tone

Gallery

Ace Combat: Joint Assault

"Originally developed as an experimental aircraft, its true capabilities are veiled in secrecy."
Hangar

How to Unlock

After completing the second campaign playthrough, complete mission 19: "Desert Gust" on Ace difficulty. Costs $380,000.

Statistics

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

Weapons

STDM x156
HACM x104
LGWM x208
HVWM x52
QAAM x16
ECMP x16
SOD x19
ODMM x28

Colors

C01: Air superiority camouflage.
C02: Ferris camouflage.
C03: Black body.
C04: Scarface Squadron camouflage.
C05: Gray body with black and blue highlights. Homage to Solvalou.
C06: Gray disruptive camouflage.

Gallery

Ace Combat Xi: Skies of Incursion

"Originally developed as an experimental aircraft, its true capabilities are veiled in secrecy."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete the game once on Easy difficulty.

Statistics

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

Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception

XFA-27 (Aurelia).png

"Originally developed as an experimental aircraft, its true capabilities are veiled in secrecy."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete mission 03B: "Captive City". Costs $26,000.

Statistics

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

Special Weapons

QAAM x10
SOD x12
ECMP x6

Colors

Aurelia: Air superiority Gray
Leasath: Ferris camouflage.
Special 1: Black body.
Special 2: Scarface livery.

Named Pilots

Scarface 1 - Found in Operation X. Spawns after one ADF-01 remains.

Gallery

Ace Combat 2

"The ultimate fighter said to be Scarface's trump card. Can we consider it to be an experimental (X) combination of fighter (F) and attacker (A) aircraft characteristics? The developing countries and manufacturers are top-secret, and all details are wrapped behind a dark veil."
NamCollection Museum[1]

How to Unlock

Destroy the Fox Force Four squadron in "Dead End", or destroy Xiao, Jian, and Dao in "St. Elmo's Fire" and complete the mission in Extra mode in any difficulty. Costs $500,000.

Statistics

Power: 100
Defense: 100
Mobility: 100
Stability: 70
Climbing Ability: 100
Air-to-Air: 100
Air-to-Ground: 100
Duration of flight: 20 minutes
Absorbability: Normal

Weapons

Gallery

Trivia

The XFA-27 in Pro Baseball Famista 2011

  • The XFA-27 appears as a guest "character" in the Nintendo 3DS game Pro Baseball Famista 2011, along with characters from other Bandai Namco franchises such as God Eater, THE iDOLM@STER and Tekken.
  • The XFA-27 features internal weapon bays in all of the handheld games and in Ace Combat 2. Ace Combat Infinity was its first appearance where it had external hardpoints. This change later carried over into Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
  • While the XFA-27's unique four-missile simultaneous fire does not appear in games post-Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception, the Omnidirectional Multi-Purpose Missile and Multiple-Launch Standard Missile serve this purpose in the aircraft's appearances in following games.
  • In Infinity, the XFA-27 has its gun placed on the nose instead of in the port fuselage as in the handheld games.
  • The XFA-27 bears a slight resemblance to a VF-11 Thunderbolt variable fighter from Bandai Visual's Macross series.
  • The XFA-27 is the only aircraft in the series that is not designated with a certain name, only its design number.
    • However, a common theory going around is that the XFA-27's full name is the XFA-27 Scarface in honor of Scarface 1, who can be seen as its signature pilot. This is supported in Infinity, where a special version of it is designated the XFA-27 -Scarface1-.
  • The XFA-27 was originally designed by Project Aces to be evocative of a next-generation successor of the F-14. In addition, it incorporated designs from newly emerging stealth aircraft such as the F-117A Nighthawk, YF-23 Black Widow II, and YF-22 Lightning II.
    • Its characteristic swing-wings (inspired by the F-14) were originally designed to swing forward, becoming forward-swept wings, but the design team decided the design would be implausible and kept the current design of the XFA-27. The idea of a fighter with forward-swept swing wings was later reused to heavily influence the design of the X-02 Wyvern.

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