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ADF-01 FALKEN
ADF-01 FALKEN Infinity flyby
Role Fighter
Variants ADA-01 ADLER
ADFX-01 Morgan
ADFX-01 -Block1- 1 Star Aircraft
ADFX-01 -Pixy- 4 Star Aircraft
ADFX-02 Morgan
ADF-01 "Fox"
Operators Usean Rebel Forces
Osean Federation
Aces/Squadrons Zone of Endless
Manufacturers Gründer Industries
Appearances Ace Combat 2
Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War
Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War
Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception
Ace Combat Xi: Skies of Incursion
Ace Combat: Joint Assault
Aces At War: A History
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy
Ace Combat Infinity
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy +
"Just what is that red aircraft? There's nothing on it in our databases. And there's no way the Rebel Forces could have developed it on their own. Who the hell's behind it?!"
Ulrich Olsen[1]

The ADF-01 FALKEN (sometimes referred to as ADF-01F FALKEN[2][3]) is a next-generation fighter aircraft. It was the first original aircraft design to be featured in an Ace Combat game, namely Ace Combat 2 in 1997. It was also the first aircraft in Strangereal history to feature Connection for Flight Interface (COFFIN) technology, as well as the first aircraft to be flown in combat by a computer program, namely Zone of Endless.

The ADF-01 FALKEN has been featured in various games since 2, including Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War and Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War as its main appearance on consoles. Its appearance in The Unsung War is notable for requiring the destruction of special hangars before it can be unlocked.

In 2015, the ADF-01 FALKEN is slated to make its first console appearance in almost a decade, in Ace Combat Infinity. It was shown during the Operation Future Prospect trailer released during Tokyo Game Show 2014.[4] It was made available for the players to unlock after Update 2.03.

DesignEdit

The ADF-01 FALKEN represents an improvement in Gründer Industries's advanced fighter program. It acts as the spiritual successor to the ADFX-01 and ADFX-02 Morgan[5]; compared to those units, the FALKEN has improved mobility and stability albeit at a slight cost of defense. It is still a very powerful aircraft, and features high speed and air-to-air output.[6] The aircraft's distinctive angular body provides limited stealth capabilities as well[5], something the Morgans did not feature.

A popular aspect of the FALKEN is its rudimentary implementation of COFFIN technology. While it does not feature any of the technology that allows pilots to fly with neural connections such as Electro-Neuron-Synapse-Interface, the FALKEN is the first known aircraft to have implemented a "closed" cockpit concept (giving COFFIN its acronym). Instead of a see-through glass canopy, sixteen miniature cameras and sensors surround the cockpit on the surface of the aircraft. These devices are capable of picking up numerous electromagnetic wavelengths in addition to visible light, from infrared to radio waves.[7] The data is then transferred to inside the cockpit, where the pilot is surrounded by numerous displays in a hexagonal setup that allows them to see everything outside in a 360-degree angle.[8]

Notable of the FALKEN is its Tactical Laser System, which has also been improved upon since the Morgan models. The first-generation model of the FALKEN, utilized by the Usean Rebel Forces in 1997, featured an external pod on the vertical stabilizer below the aircraft.[9] A second-generation model was created soon afterward to place the TLS within the nose of the aircraft, which splits apart to fire the laser and closes again to obscure it from view or damage. It still features the ability to recharge even while firing.[10]

The aircraft's specifications are as follows:[5]

  • Length: 24.00m (78.74ft)
  • Width: 15.92m (52.23ft)
  • Height: 5.64m (18.50ft)
  • Weight: 23,300kg (23.3 metric tons)
  • Max Speed: Mach 2.2 (2,695 km/h or 1,674 mph)

HistoryEdit

Following the destruction of the ADFX-02 Morgan by Cipher, Gründer Industries decided to make a new aircraft to improve upon some aspects of the Morgan models.[5] Within two to three years, Gründer had a working prototype of the ADF-01 FALKEN, and concurrent development of the Zone of Endless AI program led to a fully working model of the FALKEN with Z.O.E. as well as jamming and backwards-fire technology. This first-generation model of the FALKEN featured its TLS on the additional vertical stabilizer below the aircraft.[9] This FALKEN, along with other Z.O.E.-equipped aircraft, somehow made it into the hands of the Usean Rebel Forces.[11]

On September 18, 1998, the Z.O.E.-equipped FALKEN engaged in battle against Scarface Squadron; regardless of its technological superiority, Phoenix managed to best it, resulting in the aircraft's destruction.[1] It is unclear if Gründer managed to recover the aircraft's remains from North Point. It is also unknown if any more first-generation models were built by the company, but the plans were never scrapped. Instead, Gründer began working on a second version of the aircraft, where the its laser pod would be integrated inside the body. This would become the standard design of the aircraft from then on.

Sometime after the Second Usean Continental War, Yuktobania and Erusea established a three-way trade with Gründer Industries as a middleman, in which Erusea would provide plans for their X-02 Wyvern to Gründer, who would apply their cost-cutting techniques[12] to Erusea's blueprints and produce some models to be delivered to Yuktobania.[citation needed] Following the success of this sale, Gründer offered to sell the ADF-01 FALKEN's blueprints to Yuktobania, who would be able to develop their own FALKEN models (likely as part of the Gray Men's plan to arm both countries with weapons for their staging of the Circum-Pacific War). Yuktobania accepted, and split the development among multiple facilities in their country - two in the Jilachi Desert[13][14], one in Sonza[15], and one in a secret facility north of Lake Dama.[16]

Yuktobania became very close to manufacturing their first FALKEN model by early November of 2010.[15] However, due to the development taking place during the Circum-Pacific War, in which Osea quickly invaded the country, Yuktobania could not complete a model by the time Osea raided all of their facilities. No FALKENs were produced by Osea during the rest of the war, likely due to Gründer still holding a part of the blueprints in their facility in Sudentor. Following the Battle of Sudentor, during which the loyalist Oseans invaded the last FALKEN facility, Osea became the only country to possess all of the FALKEN blueprints.[17] The country would later go on to develop their own FALKENs for use among the Osean Air Defense Force.[7] One such FALKEN was featured during an airshow at November City alongside a Morgan as well as an X-02 Wyvern.[18]

Game AnalysisEdit

Ace Combat InfinityEdit

"A large air supremacy fighter developed by a certain country. Based on its predecessor, the 'ADFX-01 Morgan' prototype fighter, it features an array of monitors arranged in a 360-degree sphere within the cockpit. This is known as the 'COFFIN' system. The aircraft also features new technology, including a 2DCD thrust vectoring nozzle, vertical canards and stealth capabilities. The 'TLS' (Tactical Laser System) is stored within the body of the aircraft which transforms upon using the weapon. Its abilities are beyond anything that conventional aircraft are capable of and can be considered to be the ultimate forward swept wing aircraft featuring canards. Its nickname is 'Falken'."
Hangar

How to Unlock

The ADF-01 FALKEN has been confirmed to appear in Infinity[4], it is unlockable through the aircraft tree.
Statistics
Cst SPD MOB STA A2A A2G DEF Price
Lv.1 825 B+ B D+ A D D+ 810,000
Lv.2 874 A B+ C A D+ C 70,200
Lv.3 923 A+ A C A+ D+ C+ 121,500
Lv.4 972 A+ A C S D+ B 162,000
Lv.5 1,021 S A+ C+ S D+ B+ 243,000
Lv.6 1,070 S+ S C+ S C A 688,500
Lv.7 1,119 S+ S+ C+ S+ C A+ 459,000
Lv.8 1,168 S+ S+ B S+ C S 669,600
Lv.9 1,217 S+ S+ B S+ C S+ 918,000
Lv.10 1,266 S+ S+ B S+ C S+ 1,350,000
Total Credit Price from Lv.0 to Lv.10 5,491,800
Weapons
GUN MSL TLS HVAA 4AAM
Lv.1 520 130 4 N/A [19] N/A [20]
Lv.2 590 132 6
Lv.3 660 134 8
Lv.4 730 136 9 15
Lv.5 800 138 10 16
Lv.6 856 140 11 18
Lv.7 912 142 12 20 48
Lv.8 968 144 13 22 52
Lv.9 1024 146 14 24 56
Lv.10 1080 148 15 26 60

Part Slots

BODY ARMS MISC
Lv.1-5 28 28 28
Lv.6-10 30 30 30
Nicknames
Upgrading this aircraft to these levels will unlock the respective nicknames for use at any time.
Level Nickname
Lv.3 Eye of Argus
Lv.10 Lightning Bird

Colors

  • Standard: Black body
  • Event Skin #01: Red body (Z.O.E livery)

Gallery

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon LegacyEdit

Note that this tab also applies to Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy +.

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Hangar

Gallery

Ace Combat: Joint AssaultEdit

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Hangar

How to Unlock

The ADF-01 FALKEN is unlocked as soon as the player completes Special Mission 2. The aircraft costs 1,696,600 Credits.

Statistics

Special Weapons

Colors

Ace Combat X: Skies of DeceptionEdit

"A 360-degree view cockpit system gives the pilot an immense advantage in combat."
Hangar

How to Unlock

The ADF-01 FALKEN is unlocked as soon as the player completes Operation X for the first time.

Statistics

ACEX Statistics FALKEN

Special Weapons

Named Aces

Colors

  • Standard: Solid red.
  • Leasath: "Sperber"[21] digital blue camouflage.
  • Special 1: Solid black. Unlocked by destroying the "Z.O.E." ace during Operation X.
  • Special 2: Olive drab camouflage. Unlocked by filling the aircraft's Kill Rate Gauge.

Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan WarEdit

"Cutting-edge fighter aircraft incorporating the latest technologies developed by Grunder Industries. Its 360-degree view cockpit system gives its pilot an immense advantage in combat."
Hangar

How to Unlock

The ADF-01 FALKEN is made available for purchase after earning the Supreme Mercenary, Supreme Soldier, and Supreme Knight medals. These medals require the Ace Style gauge to be all the way to the right, directly in the middle, and all the way to the left (respectively) by the end of three different Campaign playthroughs, one for each medal.
Alternatively, if the player already has an Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War save file on the same memory card being used by Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War, the player will still have to complete the Campaign three times on all three different Ace Styles, but the Supreme medals are not required.
The FALKEN costs 430,000 Credits.

Statistics

  • Speed: 83
  • Mobility: 99
  • Stability: 82
  • Defense: 67
  • Air-to-Air: 99
  • Air-to-Ground: 93

Special Weapons

Colors

  • Standard: Solid red.
  • Mercenary: "Sperber"[21] digital blue camouflage. Unlocked by completing the Campaign under the Mercenary Ace Style.
  • Soldier: Solid black. Unlocked by completing the Campaign under the Soldier Ace Style.
  • Knight: Olive drab camouflage. Unlocked by completing the Campaign under the Knight Ace Style.
  • Special: Solid black. Unlocked by completing the Campaign under Ace difficulty.

Gallery

Ace Combat 5: The Unsung WarEdit

"Cutting-edge fighter aircraft incorporating the latest technologies developed by Grunder Industries. Its 360-degree view cockpit system gives its pilot an immense advantage in combat."
Hangar

How to Unlock

The ADF-01 FALKEN is unlocked by destroying the five FALKEN hangars hidden throughout the Campaign missions. They do not show up on radar until the player gets close to them. They are located in:
  1. Mission 12A, Powder Keg - After the mission starts, the player should follow the river until it splits into two; follow the river that goes east, towards the right edge of the radar. The hangar will be located near the river, protected by one SAM launcher and one fighter.[16]
  2. Mission 12B, Four Horsemen - After bypassing the radar net, the hangar will be located to the northeast of the production facility, near the smokestacks. This hangar does not actually show up on radar and cannot be locked onto until some of the TGTs in the facility are destroyed. However, if the player sees it beforehand, they can still destroy the hangar with unguided fire.[15]
  3. Mission 16A, Desert Arrow - This hangar is located next to a small river that flows between the airbase and the field HQ. It will be easiest to encounter after the field HQ bombing run is completed, before the ground forces reach the airfield.[13]
  4. Mission 16B, Desert Lightning - This hangar is located north-northwest of the oil facility, near the river the player flies over during the Mission Update.[14]
  5. Mission 27, ACES - This hangar is located in the eastern part of Sudentor, near a Gun Tower.[17]
If the player destroys a specific hangar for the first time, the debriefing screen will display "Acquired part of enemy prototype aircraft." Destroying a hangar will also cause AWACS Thunderhead (or AWACS Oka Nieba, during ACES) to say, "Mechanical parts discovered in destroyed enemy facility. We'll have the ground forces retrieve them later."
The player can destroy the hangars on any difficulty and can do so in Free Mission rather than repeatedly playing the Campaign.
After the fifth hangar is destroyed, the debriefing screen will inform the player that a new aircraft is available, and the FALKEN will be available for purchase. Each unit costs 826,000 Credits.

Statistics

  • Speed: 83
  • Mobility: 99
  • Stability: 82
  • Defense: 67
  • Air-to-Air: 99
  • Air-to-Ground: 93

Special Weapon

Colors

  • OS: Solid red with OADF livery.
  • RZ: Solid black with Razgriz Squadron livery.
  • SP: "Sperber"[21] digital blue camouflage. Unlocked by completing all missions under Expert difficulty (regardless of Clear Ranks).

Gallery

Ace Combat 2Edit

Information

The ADF-01 FALKEN is not available to players in Ace Combat 2.
Nicknamed "Z.O.E. Commander", the FALKEN enemy unit can only be encountered by fulfilling the following:
  1. Shooting down the F-14D "Z.O.E. Captain" during Sledgehammer
  2. Shooting down the F/A-18E "Z.O.E. Major" during Seagull
  3. Shooting down the YF-22 "Z.O.E. Colonel" during Power Play
  4. Shooting down the F-15S "Z.O.E. General" during Kingpin
  5. Destroying the SLBM during Last Resort
The FALKEN is worth 45,000 points, more than any other unit in the entire game, and requires three missile hits to destroy rather than two. The FALKEN will additionally fire backwards, so the player must remain on guard at all angles. Like with the other Z.O.E. units, destroying the FALKEN will award the player with a Z.O.E. medal.

Named Aces

Gallery

TriviaEdit

  • The word "falken" is German for "falcon". At an angle, its design features similarities to that of a falcon.
  • In March 2006, Bandai released a 1/100 scale model of the ADF-01 as part of the "EX-Model" series.[2]
  • In both Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War and Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War, the acronym "Z.O.E." appears in the FALKEN's dashboard.
  • The FALKEN's take-off speed is approximately 420km/h (260mph)[22], higher than the 300km/h (190mph) required by most aircraft[22], likely due to its weight.
  • If the player fires the TLS in Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War immediately before a landing sequence begins, the TLS will be larger in size and tinted yellow.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Fighter's Honor. Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy.
  2. 2.0 2.1 EX MODEL 1/100 ADF-01F FALKEN. Bandai. March 2006. Click here for scan.
  3. Model Graphix magazine. Volume 259. June 2006. "Character Customization" column. Click here for scan.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Operation Future Prospect trailer. YouTube.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Aces At War: A History. Page 57.
  6. Hangar statistics of the ADFX-01 Morgan and ADF-01 FALKEN. Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Aces At War: A History. Page 66.
  8. Cockpit view of the ADF-01 FALKEN. Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Confirmed during gameplay in Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy, especially during Extra Mission 04. Note that, when the player equips the TLS, the body does not open. Additionally, the TLS fires from below the aircraft. This is easiest to see during EM04 against the ZOE FALKENs, and when using the New 3DS's C stick in Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy +.
  10. Confirmed during TLS gameplay with the ADF-01 FALKEN in any featured game.
  11. Given that the rebels were fighting against Osean control of some countries on Usea, and were planning to attack Yuktobania from Fortress Intolerance and escape in the resulting conflict, it is very likely that the rebel forces were equipped by the Gray Men, including the delivery of Z.O.E. aircraft as well as the FALKEN to the rebels. However, this is never confirmed.
  12. Cutscene 17. Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  13. 13.0 13.1 FALKEN hangar located in Desert Arrow. Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  14. 14.0 14.1 FALKEN hangar located in Desert Lightning. Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 FALKEN hangar and dialogue in Four Horsemen. Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  16. 16.0 16.1 FALKEN hangar located in Powder Keg. Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  17. 17.0 17.1 FALKEN hangar located in ACES. Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  18. Aces At War: A History. Page 9.
  19. The aircraft's second Special Weapon in Infinity is not available until the aircraft is Lv.4 or higher.
  20. The aircraft's third Special Weapon in Infinity is not available until the aircraft is Lv.7 or higher.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Aces At War: A History. Page 69.
  22. 22.0 22.1 Take-off gameplay in Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.

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