|Aircraft role||Multirole Fighter|
|Manufacturer||General Resources Limited|
|AC installments||Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere|
|Primary operator||General Resource Defense Force|
|Secondary operators||Universal Peace Enforcement Organization (Export)|
|Plane variant(s)||McDonnell Douglas X-32|
The F/A-32C Erne is a multirole aircraft produced and operated by General Resource LTD.
In the Strangereal canon, the X-32 prototype lost the Joint Strike Fighter competition. Despite its defeat, the aircraft remained in development, and it was acquired by many countries as an alternative to the more expensive F-35C Lightning II. During the global transition to corporate governments in the 2030s, General Resource LTD. obtained several X-32s which subsequently underwent extensive airframe & hardware modifications, such as the inclusion of the COFFIN software. The final result was codenamed F/A-32C Erne.
As mentioned previously, the Erne underwent several airframe modifications, such as its unusual two dimensional thrust vectoring flap, steeper-angled wings and a ferri-type air intake. As well, the Erne possesses an extra engine, which combined with the air intake allows for a large increase of the aircraft's max speed towards mach 2, as opposed to the X-32's 1.6. The aircraft features a traditional passive stealth design although this does incur some penalties in terms of aerodynamic performance. As is standard on all combat aircraft during the time of the Corporate War the F/A-32C features a full COFFIN (COnnection For Flight INterface) control system. Earlier production models had a more traditional hands-on cockpit followed on from the X-32.
The F/A-32C was commonly used in the middle of the war of 2040 by the GRDF. The aircraft saw more use as a strike/attack aircraft than as a fighter since by this time more capable aircraft were appearing that weren't hindered by stealth design as much as the F/A-32C. Less action was seen by this type towards the end of the Corporate War of 2040
- Keith Bryan (General Resource Defense Force)
In gameplay, the Erne is slated as a multirole aircraft, however it is best suited for anti-ground missions due it its low speed and arsenal.
- Vulcan Machine Gun
- Short Range Missile
- Ground Missile
- Power: 20
- Attack: 40
- Defense: 80
- Stability: 90
- Mobility: 60
- The Erne's namesake is the Latin name for the sea eagle.
- Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere: Mission & World View Book
|F-* Line of Aircraft in the Ace Combat series|
|Lockheed Martin||F-2A Viper Zero • F-16XL • F-16C Fighting Falcon • F-16F Fighting Falcon F-16C Block 60 • F-22A Raptor • FB-22 Strike Raptor • F-35B Lightning II • F-35C Lightning II • F-117A Nighthawk|
|Northrop Grumman||F-5E Tiger II • F-14A Tomcat (Bombcat | Super Tomcat) • F-20A Tigershark • F6F Hellcat|
|McDonnell Douglas||F-15C Eagle • F-15E Strike Eagle • F-15S/MTD • F-4E Phantom II • F-4G Phantom II Wild Weasel • F-4X •|
F/A-18C Hornet (18D Hornet | 18E Super Hornet | 18F Super Hornet)
|Fictional||F-16XF Gyrfalcon • F-16XA Sakerfalcon • F-22C Raptor II • F-A Stealth Fighter • F-C Talon • F-E Talon II • F-G Hawk • F-H Hunter II • FZ-23 Stinger • F/A-18U Hornet ADV • F/A-18I Hornet • F/A-32C Erne|