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"Stay sharp, those guys are real wasp"
Russel Faulkner commenting on the F/A-26A during a battle with Triton Team

The F/A-26A "Wasp" is a twin engine multirole fighter aircraft. It is known for its sheer armament capacity, giving it the ability to equip a myriad of different weapons while still maintaining an acceptable Thrust to Weight Ratio. It is designed for Air-to-Air combat, but it is equally capable of Air-to-Ground combat as well. It serves as one of the most common fighters in the Osean Air Defense Force, being nearly essential for large-scale air-based offensives of the Osean Air Defense Force.

Design

The F/A-26A shares many similarities with the F-15C Eagle. The difference is the is the back wing is more swept to the back, unlike the F-15C. And also shares the similarities with the fuselage of the F-15E Strike Eagle.

The F/A-26A has a superior thrust power and weapon capacity, allowing it to bring much more weapons into battle than its siblings. Its radar inclusion enables it to function as an Air-Superiority Fighter in battle, fighting off hostile interceptor aircraft to ensure that its allies can safely serve their own purposes in battle. It is capable of deploying the powerful mid-long-range AIM-120 AMRAAM for Beyond Visual Range (BVR) engagements along with other short-range Anti-Air missiles, such as the AIM-9 Sidewinder, making it a formidable threat to other aircraft from any range.

Additionally, it is capable of equipping many powerful Air-to-Ground weapons, such as the SPEAR-3 and Mk. 82 Bomb, allowing it to occupy ground forces as well if needed. Unlike other aircraft, though, the F/A-26A does not have an integrated Targeting Pod (TGP) and it must have one equipped in the Armament screen before it can use Air-to-Ground Missiles. In the context of Close Air Support (CAS), the F/A-26B is apt for hit-and-run attacks, dropping a payload onto ground forces before flying out of their range again. Its Air-to-Ground Missile (AGM) capacity also gives it the ability to undertake the potentially-dangerous role of Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD). Among its repertoire of Air-to-Ground Missiles is the fearsome AGM-88 Anti-Radiation Missile, which can be deployed against hostile Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) Radars from a reasonable distance to cripple hostile surface-based air defenses.

History

In the 1980, Osea begins developing various aircrafts and military armaments to prepare for a war could start from Yuktobania.

In 1985, Osea starts combining the F-15C Eagle and the F-15E Strike Eagle, allowing a fighter could capable of bringing both Air-to-Ground and Air-to-Air weapons. Wernher and Noah Enterprises combines the F-15C and the main fuselage of F-15E. And the F/A-26A was created. The F/A-26A was very popular and a fear for the Yuktobanian and Belkan Army during the Circum-Pacific War and the Belkan War in 2010 and 1995 by its powerful Air-to-Ground weapons such as the Mk.82 and the SPEAR 3 missile. The F/A-26A was also used by the ISAF Air Force and Navy, also created a fear for the Erusean forces. Later the F/A-26A was use by various squadrons in the Lighthouse War in 2019, and created another large threat for the Erusean Army.

In July 26, 2019. A large numbers of F/A-26A and F-45A strike a large Erusean base near Anchorhead. The F/A-26A power was immediately prove its power by dodging all the new Erusean S-500 Surface-to-Air missile and cause high damage to the Erusean Army.

Game analysis

Ace Combat 8: The Fall of Erusea

"A carrier based air-superiority fighter that can be configured for ground attack roles."
Hangar description

How to Unlock

The F/A-26A cost 385,000 MRP. It requires purchasing either the F-15E Strike Eagle or the F-15C Eagle.

Statistics

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

Weapons

Skins

  1. Osea: Standard grey.
  2. Erusea: Three-tone tan/brown/light grey camouflage based on the F-15I.
  3. Special: White & blue scheme based on the TF-15A / F-15B 71-0290
  4. Mage: Osea skin with Mage Squadron markings.
  5. Spare: Osea skin with Spare Squadron markings.
  6. Strider: Osea skin with Strider Squadron markings.
  7. Tiger: White body with tiger stripes, based on the F-15E Strike Eagle's third color in Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies.
  8. Mobius: Mobius Squadron scheme.

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