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The Rafale M is a French navalized multirole aircraft. It replaced the R-C01 from Air Combat in Ace Combat 2 and has been prominently featured in the series since.

History

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Strangereal

In the Strangereal universe, the Rafale M was conceived by an unspecified nation as an "omnirole" carrier-based aircraft capable of dealing with both air combat and surface strike situations. Its triple-surface and delta wing configuration, reminiscent of the Typhoon, endowed it with high maneuverability and weapons payload, as well as a highly identifiable body profile.

During the Belkan War, the aircraft was used by both the Allied Forces and the Belkan Air Force. They were also used by the terrorist organization A World With No Boundaries. One famous operator was Marcela Vasquez, who defected from the Sapin Air Force and joined the terrorists.[1]

The Rafale M saw action in the Usean coup d'état, where it was used by both the Usean Allied Forces and the Usean Rebel Forces.[2]

During the Continental War, the aircraft was used by the ISAF Navy and the Federal Erusea Air Force.[3] The craft was also used by numbers 7 and 8 of the Mobius Squadron.[4][5]

Joint Assault universe

Assault Horizonuniverse

Infinity universe

Game analysis

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

"A versatile omnirole carrier-based aircraft used by both the navy and air force. The M-model follows navy specifications. Its long-range air-to-ground and air-to-air capabilities give it enormous power. Nicknamed "Rafale", its maneuverability makes it adept at close-range combat."
Hangar

How to Unlock

It is not currently known how to unlock the Rafale M.

Statistics

AC7 Rafale M Statistics

Weapons

Part Slots

BODY: 34
ARMS: 34
MISC: 34

Gallery

Ace Combat Infinity

"This high performance, omnirole, carrier-based aircraft is the pride of the French Navy. Possessing high level of acceleration and turning performance, and equipped with the large quantity of arms including air-to-air missiles and long-range dispenser weapons, this aircraft plays a large role in any kind of air-to-ground or air-to-air mission. Called by the name Rafale (squall), its elegant delta and canard wings and superb aerodynamically shaped air-intake, are distinguishing characteristics."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Reach First Lieutenant, complete all of the research, then purchase from Aircraft Tree.
Stats and Prices Lv.1-10
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
1 650 D+ D+ D+ C D E 453,560
2 691 D+ C C C D+ E 34,410
3 732 C C C C D+ E+ 51,620
4 773 C+ C+ C+ C+ C D 106,360
5 814 B C+ C+ C+ C D+ 172,040
6 855 B B C+ C+ C C 469,200
7 896 B+ B B C+ C+ C+ 304,980
8 937 B+ B+ B B B B 442,620
9 978 A A B B B B+ 664,700
10 1019 A A B B B A 999,400
Stats and Prices Lv.11-20
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
11 1066 A+ A+ B+ B+ B+ A 1,986,280
12 1113 A+ A+ A B+ B+ A+ 1,485,800
13 1160 S S A B+ B+ S 2,690,080
14 1207 S+ S A+ A A S 3,706,680
15 1254 S+ S+ A+ A A S+ 4,660,720
16 1316 S+ S+ S A A S+ 7,006,720
17 1375 S+ S+ S A+ A+ S+ 8,007,680
18 1434 S+ S+ S A+ A+ S+ 9,008,640
19 1493 S+ S+ S A+ S S++ 11,511,040
20 1552 S++ S+ S+ S S S++ 14,513,920


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Weapon Ammo Lv.1-10
Lv. GUN MSL HCAA SOD LASM
1 90 120 12
2 98 122 16
3 107 124 20
4 116 126 24 13
5 125 130 28 14
6 134 134 32 16
7 143 136 36 17 20
8 152 138 40 18 22
9 161 142 42 19 23
10 171 146 44 20 24
Weapon Ammo Lv.11-20
Lv. GUN MSL HCAA SOD LASM
11 180 150 46 21 25
12 189 154 48 22 26
13 198 158 50 23 27
14 207 162 52 24 28
15 217 166 56 26 30
16 224 168 58 27 31
17 232 170 60 28 32
18 240 172 62 29 33
19 248 174 64 30 34
20 256 176 68 32 36

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

BODY / Max ARMS / Max MISC / Max
Lv.1-5 29 / 38 29 / 38 29 / 38
Lv.6-14 31 / 40 31 / 40 31 / 40
Lv.15-19 32 / 41 32 / 41 32 / 41
Lv.20 33 / 42 33 / 42 33 / 42

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

  • Lv.3: The Wind of Battle
  • Lv.10: Freedom & Love
  • Lv.15: Omniscient
  • Lv.20: Secret Service

Skin Galleries

Description

Gray body

Gallery

NODATA

Description

Espada Team livery

Availability

Gallery

Rafale M Event Skin 01 - Icon

Description

Two-tone gray camouflage

Availability

Gallery

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy

"First "omnirole" combat aircraft, land or carrier based, designed to be used simultaneously for air-combat and surface-attacks during the same mission."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete mission 12: Seagull. Costs 59,200 credits.

Statistics

Rafale M stats

Weapons

Named Pilots

Colors

  • C01: Grey
  • C02: Green camouflage over Color 1
  • C03: "Hayate" livery from Ace Combat: Joint Assault; black body with kanji character "疾風" (gale) in midsection.
  • C04: Green/brown camouflage
  • C05: Ice blue variation of Color 3
  • C06: Pink/dark green variation of Color 4

Gallery

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

"This high performance, omnirole, carrier-based aircraft is the pride of the French Navy. Possessing high level acceleration and turning performance, and equipped with a large quantity of arms including multi lock-on, air-to-air missiles, and long-range dispenser weapons, this craft plays a large role in any kind of air-to-ground or air-to-air mission. Called by the name "Rafale (squall)," its elegant delta and canard wings, and superb aerodynamically shaped air-intake, are distinguishing characteristics."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Unlocked at the beginning of "Pipeline".

Statistics

Speed: High
Mobility: High
Stability: Medium-High
Fire Power: High
Defense: Medium-High

Weapons

MSSL x198
6AAM x28
BDSP x18
LAGM x20
Flares x6

Colors

Color 1: White body.
Color 2: Gray camouflage.
Color 3: Rafale A camouflage.
Color 4: Tiger Pattern (DLC)

Gallery

Ace Combat: Joint Assault

"The very first omnirole Navy aircraft characterized by stealth and twin engined delta-wing."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete mission 12A: Nightwatch (12A). Costs $74,000.

Statistics

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

Weapons

Colors

  • C01: White body.
  • C02: Rafale C gray camouflage.
  • C03: Light green camouflage.
  • C04: Black body with blue leading edge and tailfin stripes. Inspired by the Rafale A prototype.
  • C05: Black body with kanji character "疾風" (gale) in midsection.
  • C06: Espada Squadron livery.

Named Pilots

Gallery

Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation

"A carrier-based aircraft known as "Squall", Distinguishing characteristics include a flowing delta wing and canard design, and an aerodynamically conformed air intake. Its ergonomically designed cockpit has earned it high regard among pilots. The Rafale M offers quick response control thanks to a compact turning radius and agile maneuverability. Its large wing surface provides extra storage space for high performance missiles and dispenser munitions. This multirole aircraft is well suited for prolonged scale missions."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete "Heavy Command Cruiser". Costs 90,000 credits.

Statistics

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

Weapons

Colors

Named pilots

Gallery

Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception

Rafale M (Aurelia)
"The very first omnirole Navy aircraft characterized by stealth and twin engined delta-wing."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete mission 10A: Joint Operation. Costs 35,100 credits.

Statistics

Rafale M ACX Stats

Weapons

Skins

  • Aurelia: White body
  • Leasath: Gray camouflage
  • Special 1: Two-tone green camouflage
  • Special 2: Black body with red and blue stripes. Rafale A design with inverted fuselage color

Named Pilots

  • Tyrant - Found in Wild Card. Spawns after the mission update only if the ALC take no damage.

Gallery

Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War

"A multirole, carrier-based aircraft characterized by its delta wing and canards. A well-balanced plane that can handle a wide range of missions. Its name roughly translates as "Squall.""
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete mission 14: The Talon of Ruin. Costs 103,500 credits.

Statistics

  • Speed: 76
  • Mobility: 84
  • Stability: 73
  • Defense: 69
  • Air-to-Air: 60
  • Air-to-Ground: 84

Weapons

Named Pilots

Colors

  • Standard: Black body.
  • Mercenary: White body.
  • Soldier: Gray camouflage.
  • Knight: Rafale A livery.
  • Special: Espada Squadron livery.

Gallery

Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War

"A multirole, carrier-based aircraft characterized by its delta wing and canards. A well-balanced plane that can handle a wide range of missions. Its name loosely translates to "Squall"."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete mission 16B: Desert Lightning. Costs Ƶ21,200.

Statistics

  • Speed: 71
  • Mobility: 79
  • Stability: 68
  • Defense: 63
  • Air-to-Air: 50
  • Air-to-Ground: 84

Weapons

Colors

  • Osea: White body.
  • Razgriz: Black body.
  • Yuktobania: Rafale C camouflage.

Gallery

Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies

In this game, the Rafale M is known as the R-M01
"Delta-wing carrier-based fighter with a large payload. Leading edge canards make it highly maneuverable."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete mission 10: Tango Line. Costs 370,000 credits.

Statistics

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

Weapons

Colors

  • Standard: Charcoal black body.
  • Enemy: Gray camouflage. Modeled after the Rafale C.
  • Special: White body with blue and red stripes; replica of the Rafale A prototype. Costs 481,000 credits.

Named Pilots

Gallery

Ace Combat 2

In this game, the Rafale M is known as the R-M01

How to Unlock

Complete mission 10: Toy Box on normal mode. Costs $135,000.

Statistics

  • Power: High
  • Defense: Medium-Low
  • Mobility: Medium
  • Stability: Medium
  • Climbing Ability: Medium-High
  • Air to Air Combat: Medium
  • Ground Attack: Medium

Named Pilots

Gallery

Trivia

  • The Rafale M is used as one of the cover aircraft of Ace Combat: Joint Assault and on the PAL cover of the other Ace Combat games in the French version except Distant Thunder and Assault Horizon.

References

  1. Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
  2. Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy.
  3. Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies.
  4. Rafale M -Mobius7-, Ace Combat Infinity.
  5. Rafale M -Mobius8-, Ace Combat Infinity.