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The F-15 S/MTD (Short Take-Off and Landing/Maneuver Technology Demonstrator) is an experimental F-15 Eagle model developed for experiments on the effects of thrust vectoring technology on aircraft maneuverability.

History

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Strangereal

In the Strangereal world, the F-15 S/MTD was developed in the Osean continent as a testbed for research on air combat maneuvering, being outfitted with 2D thrust vectoring nozzles and canards that provided it with a level of mobility previously unachieved by previously existing Eagle series members. It was repeatedly tested in simulated battles, where it proved successful enough for its makers to authorize its entry to service as a combat fighter.[1]

The S/MTD was acquired by the Osean Air Force and the Belkan Air Force during the Cold War, with the Osean Sorcerer Squadron being one of the most notable fighter units to have operated the jet. During the Belkan War, Belkan pilots Darius "The Guillotine" Hertzsch and Sigwald Entenmann manned S/MTDs during the Allied Forces' offensive against Belka, while Sorcerer retained theirs in their defection to A World With No Boundaries.[1]

Game Analysis

"The most manoeuvrable F-15 with thrust vectoring nozzles, ACTIVE, and forward-swept wings."
― Hangar description
AVAILABILITY
Complete "Whiskey Corridor". Costs $620,000.
STATISTICS
Speed: High
Air-to-Air: High
Air-to-Ground: Medium-High
Mobility: Maximum
Stability: High
Defense: High
WEAPONS
GUN x900
MSSL x78
Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile x22
Fuel-Air Explosive Bomb x8
COLORS
Standard: Deep blue body.
Enemy: Gray body with brown spots.
Special: White body with red and blue stripes. Actual livery used by the F-15 ACTIVE during testing.
NAMED PILOTS
Halley
GALLERY

"An experimental aircraft with thrust vectoring nozzles and canard wings, developed to research air combat maneuverability. It performed so well in tests that it was deployed for actual combat."
― Hangar description
AVAILABILITY
Fill Kill Rate Gauge of the F-15C Eagle. Costs $22,700 per aircraft.
STATISTICS
Speed: 83
Mobility: 89
Stability: 81
Defense: 66
Air-to-Air: 94
Air-to-Ground: 58
WEAPONS
MSSL x76
Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile x14
COLORS
Osea: Air superiority camouflage.
Razgriz Air Command Squadron: Black body with red vertical fin tips.
Belka: Gray and white camouflage.
NAMED PILOTS
Grabacr Squadron
GALLERY

"An experimental aircraft with thrust vectoring nozzles and canard wings, developed to research air combat maneuverability. It performed so well in tests that it was deployed for actual combat."
― Hangar description
AVAILABILITY
Complete "The Demon of the Round Table" as a Mercenary. Costs $154,000.

Statistics

Speed: 83
Mobility: 89
Stability: 81
Defense: 66
Air-to-Air: 94
Air-to-Ground: 68
WEAPONS
GUN x800
Missile x70
Fuel-Air Explosive Bomb x8
Advanced Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile x14
Stand-off Dispenser x16
COLORS
Standard: Blue body.
Mercenary: ACTIVE livery.
Soldier: Ferris camouflage.
Knight: Gray and white body camouflage.
Special: Sorcerer Squadron livery.
NAMED PILOTS
Wuerger (Bastion)
Habicht (Sword of Annihilation)
Ofnir (Mayhem)
Sorcerer Squadron (The Demon of the Round Table)

F-15SMTD (Aurelia)
"An experimental aircraft boasting high stability and capable of extraordinary maneuverability."
Hangar description

How to Unlock

Complete "Atmos Ring". Costs 48,400

Statistics

ACEX Statistics F-15SMTD

Weapons

Skins

  • Aurelia: "Mod Eagle" gray body.
  • Leasath: 3-tone gray camouflage.
  • Special 1: Ferris camouflage.
  • Special 2: White body with black surface edges and yellow stripes.

Named Pilots

Comet - Found in Armada. Spawns when the two F-35s that take off from the carrier are destroyed.

Gallery

"An experimental aircraft boasting high stability and capable of extraordinary maneuverability."
― Hangar description
AVAILABILITY
Complete "Spotlight" Alpha or Bravo in a second playthrough, or finish a second playthrough after completing "Reprisal" A. Costs 165,000.
STATISTICS
Speed: High
Air-to-Air: Medium
Air-to-Ground: Medium-High
Mobility: Medium-High
Stability: Medium-High
Defense: Medium-High
WEAPONS
Standard Missile x144
High Accuracy Missile x96
Light Weight Missile x192
Heavy Weight Missile x48
Stand-off Dispenser x14
Fuel-Air Explosive Bomb x14
Advanced Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile x24
Short-Range Aerial Suppression Missile x27
COLORS
C01: Gray body.
C02: 2-tone gray camouflage.
C03: Ferris camouflage.
C04: White body with black and yellow stripes.
C05: White body with blue wings and stabilizer surfaces.
C06: Sorcerer Squadron livery.
GALLERY


NAMED PILOTS
Kelpie - Found in Desert Gust. Spawns when nearly all ground targets are destroyed.

"TYPE: M (Multirole)
An experimental aircraft developed to increase maneuverability and designed for short takeoff and landing abilities. An electronic control system simultaneously operates the horizontal stabilizer, 2DCD thrust-vectoring nozzle, and canard wings, resulting in turning performance that exceeds the capabilities of conventional multirole aircraft. The oversized canard wings provide a large degree of dynamic lift allowing for increased maneuverability and stability during stall recovery, regardless of speed. S/MTD stands for "Short Takeoff and Landing/Maneuver Technology Demonstrator.""
― Hangar description
AVAILABILITY
Download aircraft. Costs $5.99 (PlayStation Network) or 480MSP (Xbox Marketplace). Unlocked by default in Enhanced Edition.
STATISTICS

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WEAPONS
MSL x216
Quick Maneuver Air-to-Air Missile x34
Semi-Active Air-to-Air Missile x26
Long-Range Air-to-Ground Missile x32
Flares x6
COLORS
Color 1: Mod Eagle gray body.
Color 2: Ferris camouflage.
Color 3: ACTIVE stripes.
GALLERY

"An experimental aircraft boasting high stability and capable of extraordinary maneuverability."
Hangar description
HOW TO UNLOCK
Complete "Toy Box". Costs 85,500 credits.
STATISTICS
F-15SMTD stats
WEAPONS
MSSL x78
SAAM x8
XMAA x16 (costs 20,800)
ODMM x16 (costs 40,500)
COLORS
C01: Gray body
C02: 3-tone gray camouflage
C03: Dark green wing, nose and stabilizers
C04: Turqoise blue/dark magenta version of Color 2
C05: Dark green/light blue version of Color 3
C06: Pink/navy blue version of Color 2
NAMED PILOTS
GALLERY

Ace Combat Infinity

"An experimental aircraft developed to increase maneuverability and designed for short takeoff and landing abilities. An electronic control system simultaneously operates the horizontal stabilizer, 2DCD thrust-vectoring nozzle, and canard wings, resulting in turning performance that exceeds the capabilities of conventional multirole aircraft. The oversized canard wings provide a large degree of dynamic lift allowing for increased maneuverability and stability during stall recovery, regardless of speed. S/MTD stands for "Short Takeoff and Landing/Maneuver Technology Demonstrator"."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Reach Captain rank and perform research.
Stats and Prices Lv.1-10
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
1 700 B D+ C C+ D+ E 248,400
2 742 B+ C C C+ D+ E+ 39,600
3 784 B+ C C+ C+ C D 59,400
4 826 A C+ C+ C+ C+ D+ 117,000
5 868 A+ C+ B B C+ C 165,600
6 910 A+ B B B C+ C+ 504,000
7 952 S B B B B B 225,000
8 994 S B+ B+ B+ B B+ 351,000
9 1036 S+ A B+ B+ B+ A 558,000
10 1078 S+ A B+ B+ B+ S 954,000
Stats and Prices Lv.11-20
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
11 1125 S+ A+ A A B+ S+ 1,908,000
12 1172 S+ A+ A+ A A S+ 1,584,000
13 1219 S+ S A+ A A S+ 2,844,000
14 1266 S+ S A+ A A S+ 4,032,000
15 1313 S+ S+ S A+ A+ S+ 4,986,000
16 1376 S++ S+ S A+ A+ S++ 7,290,000
17 1435 S++ S+ S A+ A+ S++ 8,316,000
18 1494 S++ S+ S A+ S S++ 9,360,000
19 1553 S++ S+ S+ S S S++ 11,970,000
20 1612 S++ S+ S+ S S+ S++ 15,084,000


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Weapon Ammo Lv.1-10
Lv. GUN MSL SAAM LAGM FAEB
1 365 120 6
2 401 122 8
3 437 124 10
4 473 126 12 14
5 510 128 14 16
6 546 132 16 18
7 583 134 18 20 9
8 620 136 20 22 10
9 657 138 21 23 11
10 694 142 22 24 12
Weapon Ammo Lv.11-20
Lv. GUN MSL SAAM LAGM FAEB
11 730 146 23 25 13
12 767 150 24 26 14
13 804 154 25 27 15
14 841 158 26 28 16
15 878 162 28 30 18
16 911 164 29 31 19
17 945 166 30 32 20
18 978 168 31 33 21
19 1012 170 32 34 22
20 1046 172 34 36 24

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

BODY / Max ARMS / Max MISC / Max
Lv.1-5 31 / 38 31 / 38 31 / 38
Lv.6-14 33 / 40 33 / 40 33 / 40
Lv.15-19 34 / 41 34 / 41 34 / 41
Lv.20 35 / 42 35 / 42 35 / 42

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

  • Lv.3: Eight Wings
  • Lv.10: S/MTD Driver
  • Lv.15: Right Stuff
  • Lv.20: Fleeting Bird

Skins

Gallery

Trivia

  • In Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies, the F-15 S/MTD was erroneously portrayed as an F-15 ACTIVE, despite having the two-dimensional thrust vector nozzles of the STOL/MTD. Although both are based from the same TF-15B prototype, they were considered entirely separate aircraft by its main operators in NASA.
    • The game's hangar description also contains major errors, describing it as possessing ACTIVE (Advanced Control Technology for Integrated VEhicles) technology and "forward-swept wings". However, the latter fact is partly correct, as the F-15 uses lightly swept wings.
  • Notably, Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies also depicts the F-15 S/MTD as a single seater aircraft. All subsequent games have depicted it as a two-seater, like it's real life counterpart.
  • Additionally in Ace Combat Infinity, the default paint scheme features visible United States Air Force roundels on the nose and main wing despite the fact that this aircraft was built for the United Nations Forces. An update later removed the roundels.
  • In the Italian version of Ace Combat Infinity, the F-15 S/MTD Event Skin #02 has the description of the F-22A Event Skin #04.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War

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