|Manufacturer||National Weapons Factory|
|Type||Underwater aircraft carrier/missile launch system|
|Weaponry|| Anti-air weaponry |
|Operators||Union of Yuktobanian Republics|
|Real world information|
|Appearances||Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War|
The Scinfaxi class of ships was created by the Yuktobanian Navy and the National Munitions Factory during the Cold War in the 1980s as a response to the Osean Federation's Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) plans, primarily based on the concept of the "Arsenal Ship Project" previously proposed by Navy Admiral Leonov. The submarine was developed in a shipyard somewhere in Yuktobania, reportedly near the city of Okchabursk.
The development and existence of the ship were officially revealed in September 2nd, 1991 in an event held in Cinigrad, led by Prime Minister Samanov, in which the creation of a second ship with a lower production cost was also disclosed. The event led to an angered reaction from then-Foreign Minister Howard of Osea, who said that the submarine was a counterfeit of the Dragonet-class submarine built by the FCU of Usea.
Deployment in warEditThe Scinfaxi and its sister ship, the Hrimfaxi, remained active with the Yuktobanian Navy for nearly two decades after its existence was revealed to the world before entering military service in late 2010, when the Circum-Pacific War broke out between Osea and Yuktobania.
In September 30, the submarine was deployed to interrupt the escape of three surviving aircraft carriers of the Osean Maritime Defense Force in the Eaglin Straits. Using ballistic missiles, it bombarded the fleet after the initial waves of attacker aircraft failed to sink the ships. Most of the fleet and its defense forces were destroyed by the two missiles fired; of them, the OFS Kestrel, the 108th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Wardog" and Marcus Snow were the only survivors.
Invasion of Sand Island and destructionEdit
Nearly a week later, in October 4, it was deployed once again against the Osean Army, participating in the amphibious invasion of Sand Island in eastern Osea.
It entered the battle directly after the initial invading force was sunk by the Osean defenders, and began launching ballistic missiles towards the combat area. The two initial missiles, however, were unexpectedly destroyed by a laser beam fired from the Arkbird spaceship, which joined the war in full operational capability. The Scinfaxi responded by releasing a continuous barrage of missiles, which claimed the lives of the rookie pilots following the Wardog Squadron.
Using the sonobuoy data acquired from the aircraft "Blue Hound", the Arkbird fired a beam into the ocean, which pierced the main ballast and forced the ship to ascend to the surface. Completely exposed, it began launching aircraft and using its onboard weapons to fight Wardog, while firing ballistic missiles in an attempt to kill them. However, it was severely damaged in the ensuing battle, losing most of its fighters and all its weapons.
Left absolutely defenseless, the Arkbird fired its A-SAT laser once more at the Scinfaxi, destroying the aircraft launch port and tearing a large hole in the hull. The Wardog team attacked the submarine for the last time, striking a killing blow which sank the submarine, which exploded in the water.
The Scinfaxi submarine is a massive submarine originally developed with the purpose of countering the Osean SDI initiative. It has a length exceeding 300 meters, making it probably nearly or twice as large as the Typhoon-class submarine, currently the largest submarine in existence.
It was primarily designed as a mobile strategic missile platform, which operated on the concept of assembling large number of numerous kinds of missiles into a single platform to turn it into a valuable launch asset, an idea inherited from the Arsenal Ship Project. In addition to being a ballistic missile platform, the Scinfaxi also doubles as an underwater aircraft carrier, being capable of housing numerous powered lift aircraft to protect itself from enemy attacks.
The hull of the ship is made out of highly advanced stealth materials to protect it from detection, a design choice intended to minimize the vulnerability of ballistic missiles in the post-launch boost phase stage, at which they are the most vulnerable to enemy attack.
- The Hrimfaxi and Scinfaxi submarines take their names from Norse mythology. In Norse mythology, Skínfaxi and Hrímfaxi are the horses of Dagr (day) and Nótt (night). The names Skínfaxi and Hrímfaxi are bahuvrihis, meaning "sheen mane" and "rime mane" [or "frost mane"], respectively. Skinfaxi pulled Dagr's chariot across the sky every day and his mane lit up the sky and the earth below.
- The myth of Skinfaxi is believed to originate in the Nordic Bronze Age religion, for which there is strong evidence of beliefs involving a horse pulling the sun across the sky. The Trundholm sun chariot is drawn by a single horse, and was possibly imagined to be pulled back across the sky west to east by a second horse.