Ace Combat Assault Horizon Aircraft List

Page Updates

January 27, 2013 Update: Ace Combat was released recently as a PC game with all the DLC and skin packs included (as near as I can tell... I haven't heard of any missing). PC users, you can ignore the pricing for the new aircraft and skins.

February 14 Update: Updated with information about the seventh DLC pack.

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

Overview

Released on October 11, 2011 in the US and October 14, 2011 in Europe, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon is the latest entry in the venerable Ace Combat series by Namco-Bandai. As with all previous titles the newest game will feature a wide-variety of aircraft to pilot in real-world combat locations. New to the series, however, is the inclusion of flyable helicopters, the ability to be a door gunner in Black Hawk or the gunner in AC-130 "Spooky" Gunship (ala Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1 & 2). Also new to the series will be bombing missions using the B-1B and B-2 bombers for precision attacks against enemy targets.

Downloadable content ("DLC") has been announced for Assault Horizon, with one free paint job (or "skin") available for the F-15C available on launch day called the "Death Rider".

The second set of DLC was released on October 25th. They are the F-18 Super Hornet "Red Devils" skin for $4, the F-14 Super Tomcat "Halloween Pumpkin" skin for $4 and the fictional plane ASF-X Shinden II for $8. If you don't want to buy any of these packs but still play multiplayer games with people who do there is a free compatibility pack that you need to download.

The third set of DLC was released on November 17th with two skins for the SU-35 featuring the characters Jin Kazama and Kazuya Mishima from the Tekken game franchise. It was priced at $5.

The fourth set of DLC was added on November 29th. The F-15 S/MTD and Tornado GR.4 are available for $6 each. The F-117 and A-10 each get a new skin for $4 each, and a triple pack adds Idolm@ster skins for the F-15, F-22 and SU-33 for $10.

The fifth set of DLC was added on December 13th. It added the SU-37 ($5), A-10 Happy Holidays skin ($4), AH-64 Leopard Pattern skin ($4), Rafale M Tiger skin ($4), F-35 Pac-Man skin ($4), and a pack with all 4 skins together for $12. Some skill bonuses were also released.

The sixth set of DLC was added on December 20th. The F-14 Jolly Roger skin ($4), F-15 White Dragon skin ($4), F-18 Jolly Roger skin ($4), as well as a pack containing all three for $9. Some other skill bonuses were also released, as was a pack of multiplayer maps for $15.

The seventh set of DLC was released on February 14, 2012. It includes the F-22 "Flash" and "Warwolf", F-15E "Tiger Pattern", F-2A "Nagase", PAK-FA "Akula", F-15C "Patriot", and SU-34 "Tekken Alisa & Xiayou" skins for $4 each or as part of two compilation packs at $7 and $10. Also released were the YF-23 Black Widow II and KA-50 Hokum at $6 each.

Full List

Planes

A-10A Thunderbolt II
F-2A
F-4E Phantom II
F-14D Super Tomcat
F-15C Eagle
F-15E Strike Eagle
F-16C Fighting Falcon
F-16F Fighting Falcon
F/A-18F Super Hornet
F-22A Raptor
F-35B Lightning II
F-117A Nighthawk
JAS-39C Gripen
MiG-21bis Fishbed
MiG-29A Fulcrum
Mirage 2000-5
Rafale M
Sukhoi PAK FA
Su-24MP Fencer
Su-25TM Frogfoot
Su-33 Flanker-D
Su-34 Fullback
Su-35S
Su-47 Berkut
Typhoon

Helicopters

AH-64D Apache Longbow
Mi-24 Hind
MH-60 Blackhawk

Bombers

B-1B Lancer
B-2 Spirit

Gunships

AC-130U Spooky

DLC

ASF-X Shinden II*
AV-8B Harrier II Plus
CFA-44 Nosferatu
F-15S/MTD
Ka-50 Hokum
SU-37 Terminator
Tornado GR.4
YF-23 Black Widow II

*Formerly called the "F-X"

Terms & Basic Information

Aircraft Roles

Aircraft are defined in Assault Horizon by the role they play. Your primary aircraft (i.e. F-15, SU-35, etc) have three different classifications: Fighter, Attacker, Multirole.

Fighters have a special ability called Dogfight Mode (DFM) which lets them engage enemy planes in a close one-on-one engagement.

Attackers have the special ability Airstrike Mode (ASM) which gives them precision targeting for air-to-ground operations, such as bombing runs.

Multirole aircraft can use both DFM and ASM.

Bombers (like the B-2) can only attack in ASM mode.

Helicopters and the AC-130 do not have a defined role.

Skins are optional paint schemes for the aircraft which are often unlocked through various gameplay achievements or via downloadable content. These have no impact on flight characteristics or combat abilities and are purely for show.

Weapons are the available loadouts an aircraft can use. All primary aircraft (Attacker/Fighter/Multirole) have missiles and flares, and can select from one of the special weapons listed in each mission. Helicopters have rockets automatically.  The numbers I list are for playing the game on "Pilot" difficulty.  I'll add the other difficulty weapon counts as I can.

A-10a Thunderbolt II
A-10a Thunderbolt II | Source
DLC Skin for A-10
DLC Skin for A-10

A-10A Thunderbolt II

Manufacturer: Fairchild
First Flight: May 10, 1972
Basic Information: The A-10 was designed specifically for close air support, with an eye towards destroying armored vehicles and entrenched positions. In combat the A-10 has earned a reputation as a flying tank; it is very difficult to shoot down due to all of the armor coating the plane, and carries the biggest rotary cannon mounted on an aircraft (the GAU-8 Avenger, a 30mm gatling gun. The US Air Force expects to use the A-10 through at least 2028.

Combat Role: Attacker (ASM)
Available: Mission 10

Weapons:
Missiles: 226
Flares: 9
4x Air-to-Ground Missiles 40
Rocket Launcher: 36

Skins: A special skin featuring the famous sharkmouth design for the A-10 was released for $4. A Christmas themed skin was released for $4.

F-2A
F-2A | Source
F-2A
F-2A | Source

F-2A

Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin & Mitsubishi
First Flight: October 7, 1995
Basic Information: Designed as an off-shoot of the highly successful F-16 Falcon, the F-2 was designed to replace the Mitsubishi F-1 in Japan's Self-Defense Force. It was co-designed by Lockheed and Mitsubishi (since Lockheed bought the company that designed the F-16) under a technology sharing program authorized by the US government. The plane has yet to fly in any significant role for Japan, but several planes were damaged or destroyed in the March 12, 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami. The US declined to purchase any F-2s for themselves in favor of the then-new F-22 Raptor.

Role: Attacker (ASM)
Available: Mission 10

Weapons:
Missiles: 196
Flares: 9
Long-Range Air-to-Ground Missile: 20
Rocket Launcher: 30

Skins: A special "Nagase" skin was released for $4 on February 14.

F-4E Phantom II
F-4E Phantom II | Source

F-4E Phantom II

Manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas
First Flight: May 27, 1958
Basic Information: The F-4 Phantom was designed for the US Navy in the 50s, but proved to be such an effective aircraft that the Marines and Air Force adopted the plane as well. It was used extensively in the Vietnam War and became a symbol of American air power during the conflict. It continued to serve through Operation: Desert Storm, but has been largely replaced by the F-15 and F-16 fighters. Several countries still use the F-4 extensively.

Role: Unknown

Available: Pre-order bonus from Gamestop.com. Unlocked from the start?

Statistics: ?

Weapons: ?

F-14D Super Tomcat
F-14D Super Tomcat | Source
F-14D Super Tomcat "Halloween Pumpkin" DLC skin
F-14D Super Tomcat "Halloween Pumpkin" DLC skin

F-14D Super Tomcat

Manufacturer: Grumman
First Flight: December 21, 1970
Basic Information: Made famous by the hit movie "Top Gun", the F-14 Tomcat was a staple of the US Navy ever since it first deployed in 1974 until it was retired in 2006. It's most notable feature is its swing-wing design which allows it to change the sweep angle of its wings to allow for either more maneuverable flight, or faster flight. Though designed as a fighter, air-to-ground variants were designed when the A-6 Intruder was retired in the 1990s.

Role: Fighter (DFM)
Available
: Mission 5
Weapons
Missiles: 180
Flares: 5
6x Air-to-Air Missiles: 26
Semi-Active Air-to-Air Missile: 22

Skins: A "Halloween Pumpkin" DLC is available for $4, as is a "Jolly Roger" skin

F-15C Eagle
F-15C Eagle | Source
F-15C Eagle in "Death Rider" paint job.
F-15C Eagle in "Death Rider" paint job. | Source

F-15C Eagle

Manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas
First Flight: July 27, 1972
Basic Information: The F-15 Eagle is considered to be one of the best modern fighter aircraft in the world, with none having been lost in combat. Even with the advent of the F-22 and F-35, the US Air Force expects to use the Eagle until at least 2025. The plane is so hardy that in 1983 an Israeli pilot was able to land one successfully after losing the right wing in a mid-air collision.

The F-15C will also have a free special "skin" released on the launch day of Assault Horizon for download, which is a special paint job for the aircraft called "Death Rider" (seen at right). The skin was designed as part of a contest by Liu Chi Chun.

Role: Fighter (DFM)
Available
: Mission 11

Weapons
Missiles: 216
Flares: 5
4x Air-to-Air Missiles: 28
Semi-Active Air-to-Air Missiles: 26

Skins: "Death Rider" available for free on Xbox Live Marketplace or Playstation Network Store. The "White Dragon" skin was made available for $4. On February 14 the "Patriot" skin was released, also for $4.

F-15E Strike Eagle
F-15E Strike Eagle | Source

F-15E Strike Eagle

Manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas
First Flight: December 11, 1986
Basic Information: The modern variant of the F-15 Eagle fighter airplane, the Strike Eagle was transformed into a multirole aircraft capable of interdiction missions as well as providing precision close air support. The Strike Eagle has been used extensively in most modern engagements.

Role: Multirole (DFM & ASM)
Available: Mission 8

Weapons
Missiles: 216
Flares: 6
4x Air-to-Air Missiles: 28
Unguided Bomb: 40
4x Air-to-Ground Missiles: 38

Skins: An "IDOLM@STER" skin was released as part of a three-pack for $10

F-16C Fighting Falcon
F-16C Fighting Falcon | Source

F-16C Fighting Falcon

Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin
First Flight: February 2, 1974
Basic Information: The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a multirole fighter originally designed as an air superiority aircraft, but has evolved into several other mission types. It featured many innovations that made it an extremely effective fighter in modern combat, such as a reclined seat designed to reduce g-forces. The US Air Force uses the F-16 as their demonstration plane for the Thunderbirds team.

Role: Fighter (DFM)
Available
: Mission 2

Weapons
Missiles: 172
Quick Maneuver Air-to-Air Missiles: 26
4x Air-to-Air Missiles: 22
Flares: 5

F-16 Falcon
F-16 Falcon | Source

F-16F Fighting Falcon

Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin
First Flight: July 3, 1982 (as F-16XL)
Basic Information: The F-16F is a two-seat version of the F-16 designed for the United Arab Emirates after it was passed over by the US government in favor of the Strike Eagle. It has updated electronics equipment and updated fuel tanks, as well as better load-out potential for use with modern weaponry. It is sometimes called a Desert Falcon.

Role: Multirole (DFM & ASM)
Available
: Mission 2

Weapons
Missiles: 180
Quick Maneuver Air-to-Air Missiles: 28
Guided Penetration Bombs: 30
ECM: 8
Flares: 6

F-18F Super Hornet
F-18F Super Hornet | Source
F-18F Super Hornet "Red Devils" DLC skin
F-18F Super Hornet "Red Devils" DLC skin

F/A-18F Super Hornet

Manufacturer: Boeing
First Flight: November 29, 1995
Basic Information: A modern variant on the extremely successful F-18 Hornet design, the F-18F is a tandem seat aircraft designed for multirole combat. The Super Hornet first entered service in September 2001 and first saw action on November 6, 2002. In 2010 the US government agreed to purchase several more Super Hornets.

Role: Multirole (DFM & ASM)
Available: Mission 4

Weapons
Missiles: 206
Semi-Active Air-to-Air Missiles: 26
Long-Range Air-to-Ground Missile: 20
ECM: 10
Flares: 6

Skins: The "Red Devils" skin is available for $4. A "Jolly Roger" skin was also released for $4

F-22A Raptor
F-22A Raptor | Source

F-22A Raptor

Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin
First Flight: September 7, 1997
Basic Information: The F-22 was designed to replace the venerable F-15 Eagle, and has slowly been introduced into the US Air Force's arsenal since its introduction in 2005. The plane has been the target of controversy, though, because of the F-35, which is supposedly cheaper to produce and more adaptable to different mission roles.

Role: Fighter (DFM)
Available
: Mission 1, 12*
* The F-22 is used in mission 1, but does not become a selectable aircraft for other missions until mission 12.

Weapons
Missiles: 226
Flares: 5
4x Air-to-Air Missiles: 30
Quick Maneuver Air-to-Air Missiles: 36

Skins: An "IDOLM@STER" skin was released as part of a three-pack for $10. The "Warwolf" and "Flash" skins were released for $4 each.

F-35B Lightning II
F-35B Lightning II | Source

F-35B Lightning II

Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin
First Flight: December 15, 2006
Basic Information: Designed to be a single aircraft capable of handling almost any battlefield mission, the F-35 is the next generation aircraft for NATO countries. Expected to enter service in 2016 the F-35 is still undergoing extensive testing to determine it's effectiveness and efficiency in the field. Assault Horizon will be the F-35's Ace Combat debut.

Role: Multirole (DFM & ASM)
Available:Mission 9

Weapons
Missiles: 198
Flares: 6
Quick Target Air-to-Air Missile: 30
Long-Range Air-to-Ground Missile: 20
Guided Penetration Bomb: 34

Skins: A "Pac-Man" skin was released for $4

F-117A Nighthawk
F-117A Nighthawk | Source
F-117A "Stars and Stripes" DLC Skin
F-117A "Stars and Stripes" DLC Skin

F-117A Nighthawk

Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin
First Flight: June 18,1981
Basic Information: By most accounts the Nighthawk (or Nighthawk, either is considered correct, although "Night Hawk" is the official name) is the world's first effective stealth fighter aircraft, though that is a bit of a misleading title since its primary function is precision ground assaults instead of aerial combat. The Nighthawk grew to prominence in Operation: Desert Storm, during which it flew over one thousand missions for an accumulated seven thousand flight hours. The Nighthawk was officially retired in 2008.

Role: Attacker (ASM)
Available: Mission 10

Weapons:
Missiles: 194
Flares: 9
Guided Penetration Bomb: 34
Long-Range Air-to-Ground Missile: 20

Skins: A "Stars and Stripes" skin was released for $4

JAS-39C Gripen
JAS-39C Gripen | Source
JAS-39C Gripen
JAS-39C Gripen | Source

JAS-39C Gripen

Manufacturer: Saab
First Flight: December 9, 1988
Basic Information: The Gripen ("Griffen", in English) is a multirole fighter developed by Saab in the 80s for the Swedish Air Force. It can achieve up to Mach 2 in flight and typically carries up to eight pieces of ordinance. Gripens were used in Libya in 2011 to help enforce the no-fly zone placed by the UN.

Role: Multirole (DFM & ASM)
Available: Mission 8

Weapons
Missiles: 190
Flares: 6
Quick-Target Air-to-Air Missile: 30
4x Air-to-Air Missiles: 26
Rocket Launcher: 30

MiG-21bis Fishbed
MiG-21bis Fishbed | Source

MiG-21bis Fishbed

Manufacturer: Mikoyan-Guervich
First Flight: February 14, 1955
Basic Information: The MiG-21 is one of the most prolific fighter planes ever built, with over 11,000 built worldwide. Cheap to build and reliable in the field, the MiG-21 has the longest production history of any fighter aircraft and has been used in countless combat engagements. It is perhaps most notable for its role in the Vietnam War when it was used by the North Vietnamese to combat the US' F-4 Phantoms.

Role: Fighter (DFM)
Available
: Mission 2

Weapons
Missiles: 162
MGP: 540
Semi-Active Air-to-Air Missiles: 20
Flares: 5

MiG-29 Fulcrum
MiG-29 Fulcrum | Source

MiG-29A Fulcrum

Manufacturer: Mikoyan-Gurevich
First Flight: October 6, 1977
Basic Information: Designed specifically to counter the US F-15 and F-16 airplanes the MiG-29 has been in active service ever since the early 80s, but inefficient maintenance has grounded many of the planes until they could be repaired in 2009. The MiG-29 is an extremely agile fighter and is currently being used by several European countries, including Germany and Poland. The US owned a few MiG-29s they purchased from Moldova, citing interests in keeping the planes away from countries like Iran.

Role: Fighter (DFM)
Available: Mission 4

Weapons
Missiles: 180
Quick Target Air-to-Air Missile: 28
4x Air-to-Air Missile: 24
Flare: 5

Mirage 2000-5
Mirage 2000-5 | Source
Mirage 2000-5
Mirage 2000-5 | Source

Mirage 2000-5

Manufacturer: Dassault
First Flight: March 10, 1978
Basic Information: The Mirage 2000 is a descendant of the Mirage III fighter and is designed to be a multirole fighter. The 2000-5 variant entered service in 1997 as a response to advances made since its original creation, and as a result of more advanced fighters like the F-15. An upgraded weapon and electronics package make the Mirage 2000-5 a formidable plane in the modern theater.

Role: Multirole (DFM & ASM)
Available
: Mission 2

Weapons
Missiles: 162
4x Air-to-Air Missiles: 22
4x Air-to-Ground Missiles: 28
Long-range Air-to-Ground Missiles: 16
Flares: 6

PAK FA
PAK FA | Source

PAK FA

Manufacturer: Sukhoi
First Flight: January 29, 2010
Basic Information: The PAK FA is short for "perspektivny aviatsiony kompleks frontovoy aviatsii," which translates roughly to "Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation". Currently still in testing, the PAK FA is expected to enter service in 2015. It is currently testing under the name T-50. The PAK FA is not only in development for Russia, but also for India and eventually Vietnam.

Role: Fighter (DFM)
Available
: After beating the single player game
Weapons
Missiles: 234
Flares: 6
4x Air-to-Air Missiles: 32
Quick Target Air-to-Air Missile: 36
Experimental Weapon 1 (Trinity): 3

Skins: The special "Akula" skin was released for $4.

Rafale M
Rafale M | Source

Rafale M

Manufacturer: Dassault
First Flight: July 4, 1986
Basic Information: Used by the French Air Force and Navy, the Rafale was the result of a development program going back to the 1970s to replace their then aging aircraft fleets. Other nations wanted a similar fighter, but the French had slightly different demands and so the other countries developed their own fighter, the Typhoon. Despite it's short career so far, it has been involved in numerous conflicts, most recently in Libya to enforce the no-fly zone. France expects to use the Rafale until at least 2040.

Role: Multirole (DFM & ASM)
Available: Mission 8

Weapons
Missiles: 198
Flares: 6
6x Air-to-Air Missiles: 28
Bomblet Dispenser Missile: 18
Long-Range Air-to-Ground Missile: 20

Skins: A Tiger pattern skin was released for $4.

Su-24 Fencer
Su-24 Fencer | Source

SU-24MP Fencer

Manufacturer: Sukhoi
First Flight: July 2, 1967
Basic Information: The SU-24 was developed in the 60s as an all-weather aircraft capable of precision air strikes. The SU-24 was most notably used in the Soviet conflict in Afghanistan and the Second Chechen War, but has been seen recently in the Libyan conflict when rebels shot one down near Ras Lanuf.

Role: Attacker (ASM)
Available
: Mission 12

Weapons
Missiles: 172
Flares: 5
ECM: 12
Quick Target Air-to-Air Missiles: 26

SU-25 Frogfoot
SU-25 Frogfoot | Source

SU-25TM Frogfoot

Manufacturer: Sukhoi
First Flight: February 22, 1975
Basic Information: The Frogfoot is a close air support aircraft designed in the late 70s that is still actively used by several countries, including Russia. The SU-25 has seen action all over the world and has one of the more impressive service records of active Russian aircraft. A variant of the SU-25, the SU-28, is one of the primary trainers in the Russian Air Force.

Role: Attacker (ASM)
Available: Mission 10

Weapons:
Missiles: 198
Flares: 9
Unguided Bomb: 38
Machine Gun Pod: 680

SU-33 Flanker-D
SU-33 Flanker-D | Source
SU-33 Flanker-D
SU-33 Flanker-D | Source

SU-33 Flanker-D

Manufacturer: Sukhoi
First Flight: August 17, 1987
Basic Information: The SU-33 is a carrier-based fighter derivative of the SU-27, also called "Flanker". Entering service in 1998, only 24 of these planes were built and the MiG-29 has since been commissioned to replace it. It currently is actively used by the Russian Navy until the MiG-29 can fully replace them.

Role: Fighter (DFM)
Available
: Mission 11

Weapons
Missiles: 198
Flares: 5
Semi-Active Air-to-Air Missiles: 24
6x Air-to-Air Missiles: 28

Skins: An "IDOLM@STER" skin was released for $10 as part of a three-pack

SU-34 Fullback
SU-34 Fullback | Source

SU-34 Fullback

Manufacturer: Sukhoi
First Flight: April 13, 1990
Basic Information: Designed to replace the SU-24, the Fullback was in development for more than two decades before finally becoming active at the end of 2009. The SU-34 is designed to have a very large flight deck for the tandem-seated crew of two, and even allows them to stand up and move about in flight. Only a handful of the planes yet exist in service, but the Russian Air Force expects to have several squadrons operational within the next decade.

Role: Attacker (ASM)
Available: Mission 10

Weapons:
Missiles: 216
Flares: 9
4x Air-to-Ground Missiles: 38
Guided Penetration Bomb: 36

Skins: The "Tekken Alisa & Xiaoyu" skin was released for $4.

SU-35S Flanker
SU-35S Flanker | Source
Tekken skins
Tekken skins

SU-35S Flanker-E

Manufacturer: Sukhoi
First Flight: June 28, 1988
Basic Information: The SU-35 was built as a derivative of the SU-27 known as the SU-27M, but eventually got its own designator and became the Flanker-E. The Russian Knights, their Air Force's demonstration team, use the SU-35 as their primary performance aircraft. The SU-35 has been further modified into the SU-37, which incorporates thrust vectoring technology (also seen on the F-22 Raptor).

Role: Fighter (DFM)
Available: Mission 9

Weapons
Missiles: 216
Flares: 5
6x Air-to-Air Missiles: 32
Quick Target Air-to-Air Missiles: 34

Skins: Two special SU-35 skins are available for $5 which feature characters from the Tekken fighting game franchise.

SU-47 Berkut
SU-47 Berkut | Source

SU-47 Berkut

Manufacturer: Sukhoi
First Flight: September 25, 1997
Basic Information: The Berkut was a demonstration aircraft used by Sukhoi to show off modern technology advances that would later work their way into the SU-35 and PAK FA. The distinctive forward-swept swings allow for more maneuverability and provide more lift than conventional wing designs, but is inherently more unstable. Only four were ever built and it never reached full operational status, but that hasn't stopped it from traditionally being one of the best (if not the best) air-to-air aircraft available in Ace Combat games since Ace Combat 4: Shattered Skies.

Role: Fighter (DFM)
Available
: Mission 12
Statistics: ?

Weapons
Missiles: 198
Flares: 5
Quick Target Air-to-Air Missiles: 30
Semi-Active Homing Air-to-Air Missiles: 24

Eurofighter Typhoon
Eurofighter Typhoon | Source

Typhoon

Manufacturer: Eurofighter GmbH
First Flight: March 27, 1994
Basic Information: Designed and funded by multiple nations, the Typhoon is a maneuverable air-dominance aircraft in service to several European countries. The Typhoon is a modern fighter with integrated stealth technology, as well as high-tech electronics packages for interception and long-range engagements. It even uses modern speech-recognition packages for some voice control functions in the cockpit (the first military aircraft to do so).

Role: Fighter (DFM)
Available: Mission 5

Weapons
Missiles: 198
Flares: 5
4x Air-to-Air Missiles: 26
6x Air-to-Air Missiles: 28

AH-64 Apache Longbow
AH-64 Apache Longbow | Source

AH-64D Apache Longbow

Manufacturer: Boeing
First Flight: September 30, 1975
Basic Information: The Apache was designed to replace the AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter and is often used in close-air support missions. It has become a symbol of the US Army's helicopter program and is used extensively around the world. Part of its success is the wide variety of weapons that can be equipped to the Apache, and even non-weapon loadouts like those used for recon and surveillance.

Available: Mission 3

Weapons:
Rockets: 42
4x Air-to-Ground Missiles: 12
Air-to-Air Missile: 10

Skins: A Leopard Pattern skin is available for $4.

MI-24 Hind
MI-24 Hind | Source

MI-24 Hind

Manufacturer: Mil
First Flight: September 19, 1969
Basic Information: The MI-24 is a multipurpose gunship used for both close support operations as well as troop transport (up to 8 soldiers). It is commonly called the "flying tank" thanks to all the armor and protection built into the helicopter. The Hind has become popular with many nations and still sees active service worldwide.

Available: After beating single player campaign
Weapons

MH-60 Blackhawk
MH-60 Blackhawk | Source

MH-60 Black Hawk

Manufacturer: Sikorsky
First Flight: November 29, 1974
Basic Information: As the replacement to the UH-1 Iroquois (or "Huey"), the Black Hawk has become a major component of the US armed forces all over the world. Made famous in the 2001 movie "Black Hawk Down" (based on the 1990s events in Somalia), the Black Hawk still sees active use and has possibly been updated using stealth technology for special forces operations. In Ace Combat: Assault Horizon the player will function as a door-gunner, rather than a pilot.

Available: Opening Credits / Mission 7

Statistics: ?

Weapons: ?

B-1B Lancer
B-1B Lancer | Source

B-1B Lancer

Manufacturer: Boeing
First Flight: December 23, 1974
Basic Information: Designed as a supersonic bomber meant to replace the B-52 Stratofortress, the B-1 never really caught on in the US military until recent times. It uses the same variable-swept wing design of the now-retired F-14 Tomcat, which has allowed it work both as a high-altitude and low-altitude bomber.

Role: Bomber (ASM)
Available: Mission 11

Weapons:
Flares: 99
Guided Penetration Bombs: 218
MUGB: 320

B-2 Spirit
B-2 Spirit | Source

B-2A Spirit

Manufacturer: Northrop Grumman
First Flight: July 17, 1989
Basic Information: The B-2 is infamous as a stealth bomber able to penetrate deep into enemy territory and drop its payload safely and return, in theory without being detected. Only 21 were ever built (and one has been lost in an accident), but their presence has been felt in major operations during both Iraq Wars and in Afghanistan. The design of the B-2 is being considered for future unmanned bombers.

Role: Bomber (ASM)
Available
: Mission 11

Weapons:
Flares: 99
Guided Penetration Bomb: 180
MUGB: 264

AC-130U Spooky
AC-130U Spooky | Source

AC-130U Spooky

Manufacturer: Lockheed
First Flight: 1966
Basic Information: The "Spooky" variant of the C-130 transport plane is a mobile weapons platform with large guns mounted over several points of the fuselage. The biggest of these is the 105mm howitzer, the largest gun ever mounted on an airplane. It also often comes equipped with a 25mm cannon and 40mm autocannon, but several variants do exist. The player in Ace Combat: Assault Horizon will act as a gunner, switching between the three weapons, similar to in the game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

Available: Mission 4

Weapons:
25mm
40mm
120mm

ASF-X Shinden II
ASF-X Shinden II | Source
F-X Blueprints
F-X Blueprints | Source

ASF-X Shinden II

Manufacturer: ?
First Flight: ?
Basic Information: Known as the F-X in development, the Shinden II is a fictional plane designed by legendary anime creator Soji Kawamori, most famous for his work on the "Macross" anime series. The plane features a forward-swept wing design which features variable controls, similar to those on an F-14 Tomcat. No history of the plane has been released, but we do know that it will be available as paid downloadable content on the launch day of Assault Horizon.

Available: Released on October 25th for $8

Weapons:
Missiles: ?
Flares: ?
6x Air-to-Air Missiles: ?
Rocket Launchers: ?
LAGM: ?

AV-8B Harrier II Plus

Manufacturer: McDonnell-Douglas
First Flight: November 9, 1978
Basic Information: The Harrier was one of the first practical vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft and is still used because of that feature.  The Harrier has proven itself in multiple combat theaters and is used extensively by several military branches, primarily the United States Marine Corps.  The Harrier II Plus has significant combat upgrades and makes it a threat even in the modern, stealth-based combat arena.

CFA-44
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CFA-44 Nosferatu

Basic Information: The CFA-44 is a fictional airplane used in Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation for a boss battle near the end of the game. It is a highly maneuverable, partial-stealth fighter with an excellent weapons payload and extremely thin, weak armor.

Available: The CFA-44 will be released as DLC at a later date.

F-15 STOL/MTD
F-15 STOL/MTD

F-15 STOL/MTD

Manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas
First Flight: September 7, 1988
Basic Information: The F-15 STOL/MTD (or F-15S, in Ace Combat: Assault Horizon) was an experimental modification of the F-15E designed for Short Takeoffs and Landings (STOL) and as a Maneuver Technology Demonstrator (MTD). The F-15S demonstrated advanced technology, like thrust-vectoring engines, that would go on to be used in aircraft like the F-22 Raptor. It also features an extra set of lifting surfaces, called canards, at the front of the aircraft which increase take-off performance and act as air brakes in high speed turns. The demonstration proved to be a massive success: the F-15S can land in as little as 1500 feet, compared to the 7500 feet needed by the F-15E.

Available: The F-15 STOL/MTD can be downloaded for $6

KA-50 Hokum

Manufacturer: Kamov
First Flight: June 17, 1982
Basic Information: The KA-50 Hokum is a single-seat attack helicopter designed by Kamov as a supplement to the aging Hind helicopter. Unlike more traditional helicopters the Hokum does not have a conventional tail rotor and instead uses two top-mounted, three-bladed rotors. These two sets of blades move in opposite directions ("contra-rotation"), which offsets the need for the tail-rotor. The Hokum is also the only known attack helicopter that has a single operator -- traditionally helicopters have both a pilot and a gunner, but the operator of the Hokum acts as both.

Although the game refers to the KA-50 as "Hokum", the Russian name for it is "Black Shark".

Available: The Hokum was released for $6 on February 14

SU-37 Terminator
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SU-37 Terminator

Manufacturer: Sukhoi
First Flight: April 2, 1996
Basic Information: The SU-37 was designed as an expansion of the SU-27 Flanker, but incorporating a single-seat design. It adds some modern features to the aging plane, most notably thrust-vectoring technology made famous by the F-22 Raptor. Unfortunately, despite positive buzz at special events the SU-37 never reached production and was passed over in favor of other Sukhoi aircraft.

The SU-37 will be released as downloadable content after the game is released for an unknown price. The SU-37 is traditionally one of the most popular planes in the Ace Combat history because of its prominent role in Ace Combat 4: Shattered Skies and the high amount of special weapons that it carries, on top of being extremely maneuverable.

Available: Is available for purchase for $5

Tornado GR.4
Tornado GR.4 | Source

Tornado GR.4

Manufacturer: Panavia
First Flight: August 14, 1974
Basic Information: The Tornado was developed jointly by the UK, Western Germany and Italy in the 1970s. It features a wing design similar to the F-14 Tomcat which can change to swept back or standard configurations based on needs. It is an all-weather attack aircraft which can carry several different weapons packages based on the needs of the mission. The Tornado is still used extensively in the European and Middle Eastern airspaces.

The Tornado GR.4 will be released as downloadable content along with the ASF-X and SU-37 for an as-yet unknown price.

Available: Released as DLC for $10

Statistics: ?

Weapons: ?

YF-23 Black Widow II

Manufacturer: McDonnell-Douglas
First Flight: August 27, 1990
Basic Information: The YF-23 was McDonnell-Douglas' proposal to replace the F-15 in a contract bidding war that eventually led to the creation of the F-22 Raptor. Two prototypes were built, but the plane was never put into production. Even though the plane itself was never built the design has been modified and recycled for other proposals, such as for a bomber designed in 2004.

Available: For $6 as DLC as of February 14
Weapons: ?

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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

Wow--is all I can say. I wish that I had a refence this handy when I wrote my techno political thiller " Watchdog," as I would have tossed in a few more tidbits. I did use Superhornets, Apaches, Blackhawks, and M-16's though. This is terrific! The photos really lay this out beautifully.

Here's a link that tells about it. http://motown2chitown.hubpages.com/hub/Watchdogg-S...


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Suraph 5 years ago Author

Thanks for the kind words Jay. I checked out your link and downloaded the preview to my Kindle. I'll read it tonight and see what I think, but I'm looking forward to it.

I'll be seeing about adding some more trivia to this hub as the game gets closer to release, so keep an eye out.


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jeneriodan 5 years ago

Great job describing all the planes. Very informative hub.

I watched the trailers of this game a couple of days ago, and man am I looking forward for this game !!.

Thank you Suraph for the hub


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Suraph 5 years ago Author

Not a problem, thanks for the kind words. I hope to have more trivia and game information posted soon.


sniperace 5 years ago

just putting this out there, some of the planes that you mentioned are not available on the 360 yet. the only plane i get on launch day was the phantom and that was from preordering the game. I dont know when they are gonna release the dlc packs for the 360, but anyways great write up on the game, and just to say its a thrill.


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Suraph 5 years ago Author

That's a good point Sniperace, I'll update the information to make it clearer which planes are not yet available.


Joker 5 years ago

Hey do you know how to unlock the Razgriz skin for the Tomcat? i've been trying and trying with but i just want a number so i can work towards it. Please reply


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Suraph 5 years ago Author

The Razgriz skin hasn't been released yet, it will be added as DLC at some later point.


Unknown 5 years ago

What do you mean about the YF-23 being released in an "Unreleased DLC"? BTW, only two were made, each using different engines, which are presently being used by NASA.


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Suraph 5 years ago Author

It means that they will release the YF-23 as a downloadable add-on to the game on the XBox marketplace or the Playstation Network at an unspecified point in the future.


Wardie 5 years ago

im happy to see t'good ol' Tornado's back!


Shadow 4 years ago

Actually, you could use the F-35 Lightning in Ace Combat 5: the Unsung War. I used it during the Fortress mission. Comes with I beleive 10 LASM missiles. Just thought I'd point that out to ya.

Happy as hell the F-14 Tomcat made it in this game, was so worried since it retired. Favorite plane ever!

And thanks for all the aircraft info, definitely helps out a lot!


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Suraph 4 years ago Author

Good point on the F-35, I completely forgot about that in AC5 (though it has been a very long time since I've played it...)


Elb 4 years ago

I want the Pakfa! I think the edit option is great!


JCW 4 years ago

What does ECM stand for?


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Suraph 4 years ago Author

ECM = Electronic Counter Measures, it makes you harder to target with missiles.


Razgriz 4 years ago

I'm glad that the Nosferatu is in assault horizon!


beqa 4 years ago

very good


Chachy 4 years ago

What's the best skill set for the a-10


black team 14 4 years ago

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??? 3 years ago

why would the Mig-29 ever replace the Su-33?

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