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"Unknown aircraft approaching ... It's a fighter. A fast one!"
AWACS Ghost Eye during Operation Free Gracemeria

The CFA-44 Nosferatu (NATO: Fandance; Japanese: CFA-44 ノスフェラトゥ; Russian: КИБ-44 Носферату) is a powerful fictional multirole aircraft. It made its debut in Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation as one of the final boss battles in the game.

The CFA-44 Nosferatu has since been featured in Ace Combat: Assault Horizon and Ace Combat Infinity as Russia's next-generation fighter aircraft, leading to the in-universe development of the ASF-X Shinden II.

HistoryEdit

StrangerealEdit

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Ilya Pasternak's CFA-44

In the Strangereal continuity, the CFA-44 was a carrier-launched fighter aircraft developed by Estovakia in the 2000s. It is believed to have originated as a request by the Estovakian Navy for a fighter to support the P-1112 Aigaion heavy command cruiser, which was designed to support carrier-based aircraft.[1][2]

The CFA-44 was initially conceived as a stable platform for testing experimental weapons such as the Electromagnetic Launcher. The only existing airframe was later modified by Ilya Pasternak in favor of more speed and agility, as well as to more heavily utilize All Direction Multi-Purpose Missiles and a control system for UAV-45 drones.[3] Pasternak flew the modified aircraft into battle on March 31, 2016 against Garuda Team during the Emmerians' liberation of Gracemeria. Despite his overwhelming firepower, Talisman shot him down after a prolonged battle, destroying the aircraft and killing Pasternak along with it.[4]

Assault Horizon universeEdit

Initial constructionEdit

CFA-44 (Master File)

A Soviet CFA-44 with Emmerian markings

In the Horizon universe, the CFA-44 was developed by the former Soviet Union in the second half of the 20th century by an unknown manufacturer. The aircraft was produced in factories in the provinces of Romania, then under Soviet control. It is unknown whether it was indigenously produced by Romania, or if it was lended to them by Russia.[5]

The existence of the aircraft remained unknown to the Western Bloc untl the early '80s, when a Nosferatu was spotted by satellites over the coast of Romania near the Black Sea. Initially, the Nosferatu was not believed to be a vehicle by Western officers because of its shape, only being determined as such after checking its shadows on nearby clouds. Because no other aircraft in the Soviet air force matched its characteristics, special attention was placed on this particular jet.[5]

Soon after the initial sighting, satellital imagery detected other CFA-44s at bases in Romania and Ukraine, which gave the West a clearer view of the aircraft. Their upper weapons bays were discovered as heat signatures by infrared systems. NATO member states began to obtain intelligence on the newly discovered aircraft, but the images were not believed to warrant a performance assessment. Mikoyan-Gurevich and Sukhoi were suspected as its developers; however the true origins of the Nosferatu, even whether it had been created by Russia or another republic under Soviet control, remained a mystery.[5]

The CFA-44 was soon given names by the Western Bloc. The Air Standardization Coordination Committee (ASCC) of NATO named it "Fandance" after a type of dance, in reference to its wing shape. In the other hand, the US Department of Defense (DoD), which used stricter naming conventions, designated it "Uni-D", or "Unidentified Delta". Between 1983 and 1985, as the MiG-29 Fulcrum and the Su-27 Flanker respectively entered mass production, it disappeared from Western eyes.[5]

Combat serviceEdit

Believed to be in response to the United States' reveal of the F-117A Nighthawk in 1988, the Fandance was deployed by Russia in conflicts in the Middle East and Africa. Advances in visual technology allowed to obtain more detailed images of the enigmatic aircraft. During operatons in the mid-1990s, it gained the attention of the West for using experimental weaponry against enemy aircraft— a pilot who was engaged by one described being shot down by "a type of laser weapon" without hearing a missile alarm. As well, it was said that the Fandance tended to intermittently vanish from ground radar.[5]

During a flight over Africa, a CFA-44 produced in the Romanian Constanta province, serial number 44-025388, suffered mechanical failure and crashed, killing the pilot. The accident occurred in a country within the Western sphere of influence, and its remains were soon recovered by NATO, becoming the first unit in Western hands. The following investigation provided insight on the design of the aircraft, revealing details on its engines, weaponry and avionics. However, the cockpit was destroyed by a self-destruct device, making an autopsy unfeasible.[5]

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, classified information on Russian weapons was leaked to the black market. The analysis carried out by NATO identified the avionics and design flaws of the aircraft, but also assumed the possibility that the Nosferatu could be replicated by other nations, and thus constituted a major threat to Western aviation.[5]

Modern eraEdit

In the year 2002, two CFA-44s were responsible for an unauthorized flight over the Japanese islands of Hokkaido and Kyushu. However, the aircraft could not be properly identified as such, as they only appeared as blurry shapes in American satellites. Due to this incident, which occurred during the heightened worldwide state of alert following the September 11 attacks, Japan saw fit to create a next-generation aircraft to protect its borders. This led to the development of the ASF-X Shinden II.[5]

Several years later, in 2016, CFA-44s were engaged under unknown circumstances by ASF-X Shinden II pilots. JASDF pilots Kei Nagase and Wataru Asano were involved in combat against them.[6]

Infinity universeEdit

In the Infinity universe, the CFA-44 was produced in unknown circumstances by an undetermined country, though some assume it was still developed by Russia. Several units were acquired by the USEA Federation; some were modified to be remotely operated through the Connection for Flight Interface system as the "QFA-44 Carmilla", while many others were assigned to protect Excalibur.[7] The original model was later included by Wernher and Noah Enterprises to the Advanced Automated Aviation Plant system repertoire during the conflict in Eurasia, allowing the United Nations mercenaries to purchase and operate it.[8]

DesignEdit

BodyEdit

CFA-44 Emmeria (Lower Approach)

A CFA-44 seen from the front.

The CFA-44 is a twin-engined carrier fighter using a delta wing configuration, which gives it a distinctive "kite" shape, with outer-canted twin tails. It uses canards to enhance its mobility, providing it with an aggressive front profile. The wingtips use protruding leading edge extensions, while the wings themselves use wide slats, and can be folded for aircraft carrier use. A radar is mounted inside the rear tail boom. It uses arresting landing gear for carrier operations, a modification made for use with Typhoon-class submarines converted to submarine aircraft carriers.[5]

The airframe is built using light alloy and carbon materials. Through the use of electromagnetic wave-absorbing metamaterials in its midsection, it exhbits light stealth capabilities, allowing it to intermittently disappear from radar. However, the gap between the body and the canards, along with the angle they form, negatively affects its stealth. The exact details of the plane's stealth capabilities is a mystery, as all research on this technology was lost when Russian scientists fled Romania after the 1989 revolution.[5]

It is powered by unspecified engines developed by Russian manufacturer NPO Saturn. The engines, which employ highly durable single crystal blades, use a type of thrust vectoring similar to that used in the Rockwell-MBB X-31 demonstrator, employing special two-dimensional rudders to achieve this. Combined with its wing configuration, this provides the Nosferatu with high maneuverability, at the expense of poor flight stability.[5]

The Nosferatu's cockpit uses a panoramic display system, similar to that used by the F-35 Lightning II, containing a digital interface that monitors the physical condition and weapons of the aircraft, and is equipped with a voice warning system in Russian. Russian CFA-44s are equipped with internal explosives to destroy the cockpit in emergency situations.[5]

WeaponsEdit

CFA-44 Nosferatu Color 3-6 ADMM

A CFA-44 firing All Direction Multi-Purpose Missile pods

The Nosferatu uses a variety of experimental weapon systems and derivatives of existing Soviet weapons. It is mainly armed with a variant of the AA-11 Archer missile, which are carried on external pylons on the wings, and uses dual Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-1 autocannons mounted on wing roots. The origin of the missiles is suspected as either Russian or a license-built design.[5]

A prominent feature of the CFA-44 is the use of vertical internal weapon bays, with two compartments on the upper midsection and one between the intakes in the ventral area. It is compatible with electromagnetic launchers, experimental anti-aircraft railguns designed for long range engagements, and triple launch pods for All Direction Multi-Purpose Missiles to engage multiple targets. In addition, it has an integral ECM system.[5] The Estovakian model was designed to handle a control system for UAV-45 combat drones.

A disadvantage to the aircraft's unique weapon bays is that, in conjunction with the engines and landing gear, it must use a complex air intake, thereby affecting its performance. In addition, the increased weight only worsens the Nosferatu's poor stability and the body design makes the use of conformal fuel tanks impossible, giving it a small operational radius. The intake design, described as "crude" and "poor" by the NATO officers that investigated the African CFA-44, was intentional to achieve maximum weapons performance.[5]

VariantsEdit

Two Nosferatu models were photographed by NATO intelligence efforts, which have minor design differences. The first variant, the "Fandance-A", is the model frequently sighted in Romania, Ukraine and Africa. The second model, the "Fandance-B", has its wings and canards placed higher on the airframe and a greater leading edge extension, along with an exposed right-hand gun compartment.[5]

SpecificationsEdit

The following are estimated parameters obtained after the NATO investigation of the CFA-44 lost in Africa.[5]

  • Length: 66'11" (20.40m)
  • Wingspan: 40'8" (12.40m)
  • Height: 13'1" (3.99m)
  • Engines: unknown Saturn engines
  • Maximum speed: estimated subsonic from leaked documents, each engine estimated to achieve a 90kN (166km) net thrust
  • Medium stealth capabilities

Game AnalysisEdit

Ace Combat InfinityEdit

"This next-generation, carrier-based stealth aircraft has been developed using cutting-edge technology. Its left and right 2DCD thrust-vectoring nozzles provide outstanding maneuverability. Various onboard experimental weapon technologies include a powerful rail gun and ADMM missiles. The Nosferatu has the potential to turn the tide in any battle in the hands of an experienced ace pilot."
Hangar

How to Unlock

The CFA-44 is available through the Aircraft Tree.
Stats and Prices Lv.1-10
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
1 825 C+ C+ B B+ C+ C 4,590,000
2 874 C+ C+ B B+ B C+ 2,727,000
3 923 B B B+ B+ B C+ 3,942,000
4 972 B+ B+ B+ A B+ B 4,644,000
5 1021 A B+ 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 A+ A+ A+ S A S 8,100,000
9 1217 S S A+ S A S+ 8,910,000
10 1266 S S A+ S A+ S+ 9,990,000
Stats and Prices Lv.11-20
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
11 1317 S+ S+ S S A+ S+ 11,070,000
12 1368 S+ S+ S S A+ S+ 12,690,000
13 1419 S+ S+ S S+ S S+ 13,500,000
14 1470 S+ S+ S+ S+ S S++ 15,525,000
15 1521 S+ S+ S+ S+ S S++ 17,010,000
16 1591 S+ S+ S+ S+ S+ S++ 22,464,000
17 1654 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


Weapon Ammo Lv.1-10
Lv. GUN MSL ADMM EML ECM
1 520 124 3
2 590 126 3
3 660 128 4
4 730 130 4 4
5 800 132 4 5
6 856 134 5 6
7 912 136 5 7 14
8 968 138 6 8 15
9 1024 140 6 9 16
10 1080 142 7 10 17
Weapon Ammo Lv.11-20
Lv. GUN MSL ADMM EML ECM
11 1136 146 8 11 18
12 1192 150 8 12 19
13 1248 154 9 13 20
14 1304 158 9 14 21
15 1360 162 10 16 22
16 1416 164 11 17 23
17 1472 166 11 18 24
18 1528 168 12 19 25
19 1584 170 12 20 26
20 1649 172 13 22 27

Part Slots
These are the minimum part slots this aircraft carries at the respective levels. More can be added by repeatedly sortieing with the aircraft; when an aircraft's "part slot expansion point" requirement has been met, all three categories will receive +1 part slot. Leftover points carry over to the next expansion. Keep in mind that a maximum of 7 parts can be equipped at any time, regardless of available slots.

BODY ARMS MISC
Lv.1-5 37 35 36
Lv.6-14 39 37 38
Lv.15-19 40 38 39
Lv.20 41 39 40

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

  • Lv.3: Missile Circus
  • Lv.10: Rail Gun
  • Lv.15: Daywalker
  • Lv.20: Hades

Skins

  • Default: Gray body

Gallery

Mach StormEdit

How to Unlock

The CFA-44 is the only playable aircraft in Mach Storm, given to the player in every mission.

Special Weapons

Gallery

Ace Combat: Assault HorizonEdit

"This next-generation, carrier-based stealth aircraft has been developed using cutting-edge technology. Its left and right 2DCD thrust-vectoring nozzles provide outstanding maneuverability. Various onboard experimental weapon technologies include a powerful rail gun and ADMM missiles. The Nosferatu has the potential to turn the tide in any battle in the hands of an experienced ace pilot."
Hangar

How to Unlock

The CFA-44 can only be obtained via the "Online Map Pack", which also contains Tokyo, Honolulu, and the AV-8B Harrier II plus.

Statistics

Nosferatu ah stats

Special Weapons

Colors

  • Color 1: Gray body
  • Color 2: "Prototype" livery
  • Color 3: Strigon Team camouflage

Gallery

Ace Combat 6: Fires of LiberationEdit

"The "Nosferatu" is Estovakia's next-generation carrier-based stealth aircraft. Various onboard experimental weapon technologies include a rail gun, ADMM missiles and a fully integrated electronic support system. In the hands of an experienced pilot, this aircraft truly knows no bounds. Complete dominance over all other aircraft in speed, acceleration, and maneuverability is hindered only by its instability. Outfitted with the latest in experimental weaponry, it knows no match from the land or air. The aircraft's true potential can only be achieved by a technologically minded ace with the battle skills to match."
Hangar

How to Unlock

The CFA-44 will be unlocked after completing the main campaign on Hard difficulty, regardless of first playthrough or afterward. It costs 229,500 credits.

Statistics

CFA-44 Nosferatu AC6 Stats

Special Weapons

Colors

  • Emmeria: Gray body
  • Estovakia: Strigon Team camouflage
  • Estovakia SP: Purple-blue body and leading trim with white wings and vertical tails
  • CFA-44 -PROTOTYPE-: DLC, white body with blue trims
  • CFA-44 -RAZGRIZ-: DLC, black body with red trims
  • ACES: DLC

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TriviaEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. もっと詳しく ACE6 -- 物語の舞台 (Official AC6 website).
  2. The PROTOTYPE DLC skin, based on the prototype design for the Nosferatu, features the tail code "AI 01" (likely referencing the Aigaion) and a "NAVY" label.
  3. CFA-44 -PROTOTYPE- description. Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  4. The Liberation of Gracemeria. Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Master File
  6. Ace Combat: Ikaros in the Sky
  7. Ace Combat Infinity
  8. Ace Combat Infinity - Operation Future Prospect trailer

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