|For the Aigaion as depicted in Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation, see P-1112 Aigaion.|
|Function||Heavy command cruiser|
|Appearances||Ace Combat Infinity|
The Aigaion-class heavy command cruiser is a giant combat aircraft from the Ace Combat Infinity world.
The Aigaion series was developed by an unknown nation in the 2000s after the Ulysses Disaster. The purpose of the heavy command cruisers was to build a singular mobile assault system capable of projecting aerial power at long distances with low maintenance costs, making their operations more practical in comparison to conventional air forces in terms of cost-effectivity in the wake of the global military budget reductions triggered by the Ulysses impacts.
The original model was completed at some point in the early 21st century, proving successful enough to warrant the development of advanced models identified by a colored upper fuselage; a red-plated model with increased firepower and a golden experimental variant armed with point defense laser. Aigaions often operated with two pairs of smaller Kottos and Gyges cruisers providing escort as a unified "aerial fleet", and were universally identified by the name of their class.
In August of 2019, a lone Aigaion was deployed during Operation Override to counter the United Nations forces besieging Tokyo by deploying a CFA-44 Nosferatu manned by Camilla and her MQ-90L escorts. After Carmilla's unit was shot down, the ship was pursued and shot down by Reaper of Arrows Air Defense and Security in a battle high in the skies of the city after having its guns and engines disabled. The ship was called "Moby Dick" by Viper after the whale from the eponymous novel by Herman Melville in reference to its gargantuan size.
Following the liberation of Tokyo, Aigaions operating at the helm of aerial fleets were deployed across Europe and Asia to bolster USEA air power during the conflict. The ships became priority targets of the UNF during Operation Eternal Liberation as part of individual missions named "Operation Whale Hunt", who offered major payments to mercenaries for the successful destruction of each aircraft and their escorts.
- The aircraft's nickname comes from Moby Dick, a giant whale from the eponymous novel by Herman Melville.
- The colored upgraded variants of the Aigaion, including the Red Aigaion first unveiled in the event Aces at Operation: "Digital Hollywood", were developed in reference to the Mobile Suit Gundam character Char Aznable, who is known for operating customized Mobile Suits with greater performance stemming from their colored body, particularly red.
- An even more formidable and aggressive Aigaion with a golden paintjob appears in the very rare Moby Dick III version of the special emergency mission. This one replaces the Nimbus cruise missiles with missile stopping lasers, just like those of the Quox UAVs.
- Due to the fact that Moby Dick appears in both campaign and its respective Special Raid Mission, the existence of Moby Dick Pursuit II and III, and the Mission Update of Kottos and Gyges, it is shown more than one Aerial Fleet exists, unlike the Estovakian Aerial Fleet, and that Kottos and Gyges are used on their own at least once.