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"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, and it was also the first aircraft in Strangereal history to feature COFFIN technology. It was also the first aircraft in the series to be flown in combat by a computer program, namely Zone of Endless.

The ADF-01 FALKEN has been featured in various games since its first appearance in Ace Combat 2, including Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War and Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War as its main appearances on consoles. Its appearance in The Unsung War is notable for requiring the destruction of special hangars before it can be unlocked. In January 2015, the ADF-01 FALKEN was added to Ace Combat Infinity, its first console appearance in almost a decade.

DesignEdit

ADF-01 Event Skin 01 Front Camera

The FALKEN's front camera

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;[4] 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.[5] The aircraft's distinctive angular body provides limited stealth capabilities as well,[4] something the Morgans did not feature.

FALKEN Cockpit 01
ADF-01 Infinity Cockpit

The cockpit of an ADF-01 FALKEN in Ace Combat Infinity

A popular aspect of the FALKEN is its implementation of Connection for Flight Interface, also known as COFFIN, the first known aircraft to use the technology. Instead of instruments and controls, the cockpit of an ADF-01 comes with two armrests on either side. These armrests are equipped with Electro-Neuron-Synapse-Interface sensors that allow the pilot to fly the aircraft using only their thoughts. The entire interior of the cockpit is built in such a way to allow the pilot to lay down with their arms and legs extended.[6] The exterior of the FALKEN, unlike most conventional aircraft, does not have a see-through glass canopy. Instead, sixteen miniature cameras and sensors surround the cockpit on the surface of the aircraft. These devices are capable of picking up numerous electromagnetic wavelengths, from infrared to radio waves to visible light.[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.[6]

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 1998, featured an external pod on the vertical stabilizer below the aircraft.[8] This first-generation model also placed the cockpit close to the aircraft's nose.[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] Due to this, the cockpit was placed further behind the aircraft, closer to the middle of the body.[9]

The aircraft's specifications are as follows:[4]

  • 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.[4] 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 laser system on the additional vertical stabilizer below the aircraft.[8] This FALKEN, along with other Z.O.E.-equipped aircraft, soon 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 over Fortress Intolerance; 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 the fortress, or if any other 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 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 is unlockable through the Aircraft Tree.
Stats and Prices Lv.1-10
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
1 825 B+ B D+ A D D+ 810,000
2 874 A B+ C A D+ C 70,200
3 923 A+ A C A+ D+ C+ 121,500
4 972 A+ A C S D+ B 162,000
5 1021 S A+ C+ S D+ B+ 243,000
6 1070 S+ S C+ S C A 688,500
7 1119 S+ S+ C+ S+ C A+ 459,000
8 1168 S+ S+ B S+ C S 669,600
9 1217 S+ S+ B S+ C S+ 918,000
10 1266 S+ S+ B S+ C S+ 1,350,000
Stats and Prices Lv.11-20
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
11 1317 S+ S+ B+ S+ C S+ 2,700,000
12 1368 S+ S+ B+ S+ C S+ 4,860,000
13 1419 S++ S+ B+ S+ C+ S+ 7,830,000
14 1470 S++ S+ A S+ C+ S++ 12,150,000
15 1521 S++ S++ A S+ C+ S++ 16,605,000
16 1591 S++ S++ A S++ C+ S++ 21,708,000
17 1654 S++ S++ A+ S++ C+ S++ 24,786,000
18 1717 S++ S++ A+ S++ B S++ 27,891,000
19 1780 S++ S++ S S++ B S+++ 35,640,000
20 1843 S++ S++ S S++ B S+++ 44,955,000


Credit Price Calculator
The calculator below shows the total credit price to upgrade this aircraft between any two levels. Enable "NSU Form" if a Nonstandard Upgrade Request Form will be used to negate the Lv.5->Lv.6 price. The total will update automatically.

Start Lv
(0 - 19)
Final Lv
(1 - 20)
NSU Form
(Lv.5->Lv.6)
Total Credits
       
Weapon Ammo Lv.1-10
Lv. GUN MSL TLS HVAA 4AAM
1 520 130 4
2 590 132 6
3 660 134 8
4 730 136 9 15
5 800 138 10 16
6 856 140 11 18
7 912 142 12 20 48
8 968 144 13 22 52
9 1024 146 14 24 56
10 1080 148 15 26 60
Weapon Ammo Lv.11-20
Lv. GUN MSL TLS HVAA 4AAM
11 1136 152 16 27 62
12 1192 156 17 28 64
13 1248 160 18 29 66
14 1304 164 19 30 68
15 1360 168 20 32 72
16 1416 170 21 33 74
17 1472 172 22 34 76
18 1528 174 23 35 78
19 1584 176 24 36 80
20 1640 178 25 38 84

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 28 / 38 28 / 38 28 / 38
Lv.6-14 30 / 40 30 / 40 30 / 40
Lv.15-19 31 / 41 31 / 41 31 / 41
Lv.20 32 / 42 32 / 42 32 / 42

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

  • Lv.3: Eye of Argus
  • Lv.10: Lightning Bird
  • Lv.15: Beam of Light
  • Lv.20: Deus Ex Machina

Skins

  • Default: "Sperber" scheme: Black body
  • Event Skin #01: Red body (Z.O.E livery)
  • Event Skin #02: "Luft-T3" scheme: digital blue camouflage

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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy +Edit

"Developed as a top secret project, this aircraft is the pinnacle of state of the art technology."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Shoot down 15 aces OR complete all Campaign missions, Survival Missions and Extra Missions.

Statistics

ADF-01 stats

Weapons

Colors

Named Pilots

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Ace Combat: Joint AssaultEdit

"Developed as a top secret project, this aircraft is the pinnacle of state of the art technology."
Hangar

How to Unlock

The ADF-01 FALKEN is unlocked by completing Special Mission 2. The aircraft costs 1,696,600 Credits.

Statistics

ACJA FALKEN stats

Special Weapons

Colors

C01: Solid red
C02: "Luft T-3"[19] three-tone blue camouflage
C03: Solid black
C04: "Candy coating"[20] green camouflage
C05: Bright yellow livery
C06: White livery

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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

Skins

  • Aurelia: Solid red.
  • Leasath: "Luft-T3"[19] digital blue camouflage.
  • Special 1: "Sperber"[19] black. Unlocked by destroying the "Z.O.E." ace during Operation X.
  • Special 2: "Candy coating"[20] camouflage. Unlocked by filling the aircraft's Kill Rate Gauge.

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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."
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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"[19] 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.

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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"[19] digital blue camouflage. Unlocked by completing all missions under Expert difficulty (regardless of Clear Ranks).

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Ace Combat 2Edit

How to Unlock

The ADF-01 FALKEN is not available to players in Ace Combat 2.

Boss Encounter

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

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TriviaEdit

  • The word "falken" is German for "falcon". At a certain angle, the FALKEN's 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 ENSI armrests feature the acronym "Z.O.E".
  • The FALKEN's take-off speed is approximately 420km/h (260mph),[21] higher than the 300km/h (190mph) required by most aircraft,[21] 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.
  • In Ace Combat 5, if one equips the Razgriz Squadron with the FALKEN, Nagase's FALKEN will have the vertical stabilizer deployed, albeit inside the ground.

ReferencesEdit

  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 4.2 4.3 Aces At War: A History. Page 57.
  5. Hangar statistics of the ADFX-01 Morgan and ADF-01 FALKEN. Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Cockpit of an ADF-01 FALKEN in any featured game.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Aces At War: A History. Page 66.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy gameplay. 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 Extra Mission 04 against the ZOE FALKENs, and when using the New 3DS's C stick in Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy +.
  9. 9.0 9.1 ADF-01 -Z.O.E.- 4 Star Aircraft model and description.
  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. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 Aces At War: A History. Page 69.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Aces At War: A History. Page 68.
  21. 21.0 21.1 Take-off gameplay in Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.

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