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The F-22A Raptor (also designated F-22 or F/A-22A) is a fifth-generation air superiority fighter aircraft. The F-22A is notable for its high speed and moderate degree of stealth technology, as well as its use of radar-guided missiles.

As an advanced and well-known aircraft, the F-22A has been the aircraft of choice for many Ace Combat protagonists, featured on many game covers, and involved in numerous conflicts throughout the series.

History

Strangereal

Ace Combat 7 F-22A and Su-30M by Lighthouse

An Osean F-22A chasing an Erusian Su-30M near Lighthouse

In the Strangereal universe, the F-22A saw much earlier development than in our real world, having entered service by the mid- to late-20th century.[1] It was slowly adopted as a valuable aircraft for high-ranking pilots, seeing limited combat as early as the Belkan War in 1995[2] and the Usean Continental War in 1998.[3]

By the start of the 21st century, the F-22A was produced in larger quantities around the world for many air forces. The ISAF Air Force provided an F-22A for the famed ace, Mobius 1, towards the end of the Second Usean Continental War. The ISAF later procured three more F-22As for use in the Mobius Squadron during Operation Judgement Day.[4] By the 2020s, the F-22A saw further service in the Aurelian Air Force[5] and the Osean Air Defense Force.[6][7][8]

By the 2030s, the F-22A's appeal was slowly declining; ECM technology was rapidly advancing and anti-stealth radar networks were being developed at a similar pace, countering the F-22A's main advantages of radar-guided missiles and stealth. Its airframe, however, remains iconic partly due to its speed and mobility, leading General Resource Limited to manufacture the Connection for Flight Interface-equipped F-22C Raptor II.[1]

Real world

ACAH F-22A Homestead 02

An F-22A manned by William Bishop at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida

The F-22A was developed by the United States in the 1980s to replace the F-15C Eagle in response to the Soviet Union's developments in aviation. The aircraft was conceived from the YF-22 Lightning II, the winner in the Advanced Tactical Fighter competition set out by the US government, over the YF-23 Black Widow II, which would not see further development. The F-22A was unveiled in early 1997 and entered service with the United States Air Force in 2005.[9]

Joint Assault

During the attacks by the Golden Axe Plan, Antares Squadron acquired at least one F-22A for use by its members.[10] It is unknown if Antares One himself used an F-22A.[11]

Assault Horizon

By early 2015, the United States was testing a new artificial intelligence known as Righteous to replace F-22A pilots. Colonel William Bishop was involved in testing the AI.[12] Later that year, during the New Russian Federation uprising, Colonel Bishop and other USAF pilots in Task Force 108 would pilot their F-22s during the liberation of Moscow[13] as well as countering Andrei Markov's attack on the eastern U.S.[14]

Infinity

F-22As saw limited use during Operation Eternal Liberation on both sides of the conflict; Reaper of Bone Arrow Squadron was eventually provided a personal F-22A,[15] and the USEA Federation's Shadow Squadron utilizes multiple F-22A airframes.[16]

Game Analysis

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

More details will be available when Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown releases.

Gallery

Ace Combat Infinity

"This ultimate stealth fighter is the pride of the U.S. Armed Forces. Aside from flight performance, it has top class acceleration performance and a two-dimensional thrust deflect nozzle which also gives it outstanding maneuverability. Its preemptive strike power, called "first look, first shoot, first kill", is fitting for an aircraft with the name "Raptor", the master of the skies."
Hangar
Stats and Prices Lv.1-10
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
1 750 B C+ D B+ D E+ 673,920
2 795 B+ B D+ B+ D D 63,180
3 840 B+ B D+ A D D 105,300
4 885 A B+ C A+ D+ D+ 136,890
5 930 A+ A C A+ D+ C 179,010
6 975 A+ A+ C A+ D+ C+ 547,560
7 1020 S S C+ S D+ B 400,140
8 1065 S S C+ S D+ A 568,620
9 1110 S+ S+ C+ S+ C A+ 800,280
10 1155 S+ S+ B S+ C S 1,137,240
Stats and Prices Lv.11-20
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
11 1202 S+ S+ B S+ C S+ 2,274,480
12 1249 S+ S+ B S+ C S+ 2,063,880
13 1296 S+ S+ B+ S+ C S+ 3,032,640
14 1343 S+ S+ B+ S+ C S+ 4,254,120
15 1390 S++ S+ A S+ C S+ 5,180,760
16 1456 S++ S++ A S+ C+ S++ 7,539,480
17 1515 S++ S++ A S+ C+ S++ 8,634,600
18 1574 S++ S++ A+ S++ C+ S++ 9,708,660
19 1633 S++ S++ A+ S++ B S++ 12,404,340
20 1692 S++ S++ S S++ B S+++ 15,626,520


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Weapon Ammo Lv.1-10
Lv. GUN MSL QAAM 4AAM HPAA
1 343 120 10
2 377 122 14
3 411 124 16
4 445 126 18 34
5 480 128 20 38
6 514 130 22 42
7 548 132 24 46 28
8 583 134 26 50 30
9 617 136 27 52 31
10 652 138 28 54 32
Weapon Ammo Lv.11-20
Lv. GUN MSL QAAM 4AAM HPAA
11 686 142 29 56 33
12 720 146 30 58 34
13 755 150 31 60 35
14 789 154 32 62 36
15 824 158 34 66 38
16 856 160 35 68 39
17 888 162 36 70 40
18 920 164 37 72 41
19 952 166 38 74 42
20 984 168 40 78 44

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 25 / 38 25 / 38 25 / 38
Lv.6-14 27 / 40 27 / 40 27 / 40
Lv.15-19 28 / 41 28 / 41 28 / 41
Lv.20 29 / 42 29 / 42 29 / 42

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

  • Lv.3: Airway Ruler
  • Lv.10: Golden Canopy
  • Lv.15: Apex Predator
  • Lv.20: Raptor's Claws

Named Pilots

Skin Galleries

Description

Standard gray body

Gallery

F-22A Event Skin -01

Description

Gray and green camouflage

Availability

Gallery

F-22A Event Skin 02 - Icon

Description

Blue, light blue, and gray camouflage

Availability

Gallery

F-22A Event Skin -03

Description

Two-tone blue camouflage

Availability

Gallery

F-22A “AC” Skin -01

Description

White, red, and purple livery from Air Combat

Availability

Gallery

F-22A “AC” Skin -02

Description

Black, blue, and purple variation of "AC" Skin #01

Availability

Gallery

F-22A Event Skin 04 Icon

Description

Zone of Endless red

Availability

Gallery

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy

"A fighter with both stealth capabilities and thrust vectoring nozzles for superior maneuverability."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete mission 21: Kingpin. Costs 172,000 credits.

Statistics

F-22 stats

Weapons

Colors

  • C01: Grey body
  • C02: Digital gray camo
  • C03: Air superiority gray
  • C04: Digital blue camo
  • C05: Silver with teal edges, potentially based on Hatsune Miku. Customizable
  • C06: Digital green camo. Customizable

Named Pilots

Gallery

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

"This ultimate stealth fighter is the pride of the U.S. Armed Forces. Aside from flight performance, it has top class acceleration performance and a two-dimensional thrust deflect nozzle which also gives it outstanding maneuverability. Its preemptive strike power, called "first look, first shoot, first kill," is fitting for an aircraft with the name "Raptor," the master of the skies."
Hangar

How to Unlock

  • Complete campaign mission 11: Launch.

Statistics

  • Speed: Superior
  • Mobility: Superior
  • Stability: Superior
  • Fire Power: Superior
  • Defense: Superior

Weapons

Colors

  • Color 1: Air superiority gray.
  • Color 2: Gray and brown desert camouflage.
  • Color 3: Tiger stripe camouflage.
  • Color 4: Mobius One color.
  • Color 5: Antares Squadron livery.
  • Color 6: THE IDOLMASTER Haruka
  • Color 7: THE IDOLMASTER Haruka (Monochrome)
  • Color 8: Warwolf
  • Color 9: Flash

Gallery

Ace Combat: Joint Assault

The aircraft is referred to in this game as F-22 Raptor.
"A fighter with both stealth capabilities and thrust vectoring nozzles for superior maneuverability."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete mission 20: Ghost Hunt. Costs $332,000.

Statistics

  • Speed: Above Average
  • Air-to-Air: Superior
  • Air-to-Ground: Above Average
  • Mobility: Maximum
  • Stability: Maximum
  • Defense: Medium

Weapons

Colors

  • C01: Air superiority gray.
  • C02: YF-22 livery.
  • C03: Gray and brown desert camouflage.
  • C04: Mobius One camouflage.
  • C05: Matte gray.
  • C06: Light blue desert camouflage. Estovakia SP camouflage from Ace Combat 6.

Named Pilots

Gallery

Ace Combat Xi: Skies of Incursion

Gallery

Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation

"The F-22A is a composite of the latest technologies, including the ability to cruise at supersonic speeds. This ultra-powerful 5th generation fighter is aptly titled "Air Dominance Fighter". Commanding powerful thrust and stealth technologies, the F-22A represents the leading edge of aircraft technology. As well as being dispenser munitions capable, high-performance missiles allow it to attack from beyond the range of enemy aircraft. Geared perfectly for aerial combat missions, the F-22A is a powerful preemptive fighter."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete campaign mission 13: The Liberation of Gracemeria

Statistics

  • Speed: Maximum
  • Air-to-Air: Maximum
  • Air-to-Ground: Medium
  • Stability: Superior
  • Defense: Above Average
  • Mobility: Superior

Weapons

Colors

Named Pilots

  • Pegas

Gallery

Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception

The aircraft is referred to in this game as F-22 Raptor.
F-22 Raptor (Aurelia)
"A fighter with both stealth capabilities and thrust vectoring nozzles for superior maneuverability."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete mission 11B: In Pursuit II. Costs 51,100 credits.

Statistics

ACEX Statistics F-22

Weapons

Colors

Named Pilots

GALLERY

Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War

The aircraft is referred to in this game as F/A-22A Raptor.
"A fighter with stealth capabilities and thrust vectoring nozzles for superior maneuverability. Designed to relieve much of the pilot's burden, the "Raptor" represents a new generation of air superiority."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete the campaign once with any Ace Style. Costs Ƶ181,000 in a New Game Plus.

Statistics

  • Speed: 83
  • Mobility: 88
  • Stability: 82
  • Defense: 66
  • Air-to-Air: 96
  • Air-to-Ground: 59

Weapons

Colors

  • Standard: Air superiority camouflage.
  • Mercenary: Black body.
  • Soldier: Mobius One color.
  • Knight: Desert camouflage.
  • Special: Gray body with white frontal area. Modeled after the original YF-22.

Named Pilots

Gallery

Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War

The aircraft is referred to in this game as F/A-22A Raptor.
"With a combination of stealth capabilities and superior maneuverability of its thrust vectoring nozzles, the "Raptor" lives up to its name as the ultimate air superiority fighter."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete campaign mission 17: Journey Home or complete Arcade Mode once in any route. Costs Ƶ24,000 per aircraft.

Statistics

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

Weapons

Colors

  • OS: Air superiority gray.
  • RZ: Black camouflage
  • SP: Mobius One livery. Unlocked with aircraft if Arcade Mode is completed once.

Named Pilots

Gallery

Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies

"An exceptional fighter with superior maneuverability, payload, Stealth, supersonic cruise, and thrust vectoring."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete mission 16: Whiskey Corridor. Costs 643,000 credits.

Statistics

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

Weapons

Colors

  • Standard: Air superiority gray.
  • Erusea: Dark gray body.
  • Special: Black body. Priced at 836,000 credits.

Named Pilots

Gallery

Trivia

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Photosphere, page 6.
  2. Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War - Assault Records #123.
  3. F-22A -Scarface1- description, Ace Combat Infinity.
  4. F-22A -Mobius1-, F-22A -Mobius2-, F-22A -Mobius3-, and F-22A -Mobius4- descriptions, Ace Combat Infinity.
  5. End of Deception I and End of Deception II, Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception.
  6. Sea of Chaos, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  7. File:Ace Combat 7 - Announcement Trailer.
  8. File:Ace Combat 7 - PS4 - War is taking off (English) (PSX 2016).
  9. F-22A Raptor goes operational. U.S. Air Force. Published December 15, 2005.
  10. F-22A -Antares- description, Ace Combat Infinity.
  11. See Antares One#Trivia for information on Antares One's canon aircraft.
  12. The Last Ace.
  13. Aftermath, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon.
  14. Home Front, Hurricane, and Akula, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon.
  15. F-22A -Reaper-, Ace Combat Infinity.
  16. Any Shadow Squadron appearance, Ace Combat Infinity.

Start a Discussion Discussions about F-22A Raptor

  • What's up with the F-22A?

    5 messages
    • PS: F-15 Silent Eagle is based on the research made with the f-22. It will have awesome A2A capabilities for a Gen4.5 fighter/bomber, Smal...
    • HPAAs and QAAMs launch straight off the rails from the central bay just because thats how they're programmed to launch with every other pl...
  • F22 Level 9 --> 10

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    • Planes get 2 slots for each category at lvl 6 and 1 more for lvl 15, which the F-22 doesn't (currently) have access to.
    • Well that sucks. Thanks.

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