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The SFA-44 "Soare Negru" (formerly known as SFA-44 Nosferatu) is an 8th-gen air superiority fighter developed by weapons manufacturer Albastru-Electrice alongside and after it's carrier-based brother, the CFA-44 Nosferatu.

Etymology

"SFA" stands for "Superior Fighter Aircraft". The "-44" has the same meaning as it's little brother.

"Soare Negru" is an Romanian term which means "Black Sun" in English, this name was chosen because of it's engine name and prototype paint scheme, which resembles a black hole with it's golden accretion disk.

Design

Body

Although being an superior fighter, the SFA-44 has pretty much the same base design as the CFA-44, including wings, cockpit and engine rudders.

What makes this aircraft two generations above the Nosferatu -alongside it's weapons- is the fact that it uses next generation and high quality materials, like graphene, carbon nanotubes and higher quantities of gold, titanium, carbon fiber and rhodium, making it much lighter (almost half the CFA-44's weight), faster and more agile and durable than the aforementioned, comparable to or even capable of beating aircrafts like the ones from Gründer's "Advanced Dominance Fighter" series.

Due to new technologies, artificial inteligence, precise flight controls and better actuators, it has an much better stability, also maintaining it's extremely low takeoff/landing and stall speeds.

The usage of better materials also makes the aircraft "thinner", giving more space for fuel and ammunition, besides making easier to make more finer parts, enhancing aerodynamics by little.

Weapons

It has upgraded weapons from the CFA-44, with the addition of some others, like laser cannons; and an additional internal weapons bay right behind the cockpit. It can also sortie with two optional weapon boxes, machine gun pods, drones or fuel tanks under it's wings. The aircraft's 9 special weapons are:

  • Upgraded All Direction Multi-Purpose Missiles, with the same "Inferno" codename as it's original version. On two bays, up to 16 missiles can be fired at once, 24 missiles for three bays, and, finally, 30 missiles with all 4 bays. The missiles have been upgraded with the homing, range and power technologies used on QAAMs, HVAAs, HPAAs and SAAMs, they can also explode when it's about to miss an aerial target, like how the SASMs work. Each main bay can carry 128 missiles, and the smaller one carries 96, totalizing 480 missiles and 16 salvos of 30 missiles. All of these factors make the new ADMMs absolute beasts, capable of cleaning entire aircraft furballs. As an disadvantage, they can only lock up to 24 aerial targets when using all the 4 bays, with the other 8 missiles being used for ground targets. According to Albastru, that's "an security feature, since 32 missiles flying around and chasing exclusively fighters can represent a threat to the aircraft itself, due to the change of it being hit by an stray missile." Yeahhhhhhh, that doesn't sound serious with the SFA-44s high durability...
  • Upgraded "Purgatorio" Railguns, they have an bigger caliber, faster reloading, and the range was increased from 10000 to 20000 meters. They feature an little vectoring control, slightly aiming at a selected target, increasing the precision. Like the CFA-44, only two railguns can be carried. Each railgun can be fired 30 times, totalizing 60 shots.
  • Upgraded "Cocytus" Electronic Countermeasure pod, it's stored on the underbelly bay, can be used 20 times, has faster reloading and enhanced capabilities.
  • Up to five upgraded UAV-45s, MQ-99s, MQ-101s or ADF-11s on it's three main internal bays and two external underwing weapon bays. All of those can carry tactical laser or pulse laser cannons and highly maneuverable anti-ground/air missiles. The quantity of the weapons vary depending on the selected drone.
  • Two tactical laser cannons codenamed "Vulcano", they do the same damage as the ADFX-02s "Zoisite" TLS, have fast reloading, same vectoring system as the upgraded Purgatorio railguns, range of up to also 20000 meters and can be fired 20 times each, totalizing 40 shots.
  • Three "Hypersthene" burst missiles from the ADFX-02. They are carried on the 2 external underwing bays and the underbelly bay, can be fired 4 times each, 12 missiles in total. Optional smaller sized Helios-type missiles can be carried, but only fired a single time each, totalizing 3 missiles. Albastru said that "the SFA-44 carry few of those missiles for the aircraft's safety, there's also an failsafe which prevents it from firing at targets at less than 4000 meters of distance of it." Now that makes sense.
  • Two machine gun pods codenamed "Demonio". Carried on both wing bays, they have 4000 rounds each, fast firing, high caliber and high damage, so they are great for ground targets or exterminating fighters. Are more like of a halfway between the M61 Vulcan cannon and the GAU-8 Avenger.
  • Two pulse laser cannons codenamed "Lucifero". They are similar to the Demonio machine guns and have rapid-firing capabilities. Each cannon has 2000 rounds.

It's two revolver-type autocannons have been upgraded to the GiL30mm Belkan-developed machine guns, with the possibility of them being changed to rapid-firing pulse laser cannons, with 1000 rounds each.

Engines

It is equiped with 2 Soare-type 44 engines, which are upgraded versions of the CFA-44s Marte-type 11 engines. They can provide incredibly high acceleration and a top speed of Mach 4.4 for the SFA. They also have much better fuel efficiency.

Specifications

Here are the SFA-44's specifications, compared to the CFA-44:

CFA-44 Nosferatu SFA-44 Soare Negru
Length 24.04 m

(78.87 ft)

24.04 m

(78.87 ft)

Wingspan 14.58 m

(47.83 ft)

14.58 m

(47.83 ft)

Height 5.03 m

(16.50 ft)

5.03 m

(16.50 ft)

Weight 18,500 kg

(40,800 pounds)

10,000 kg

(22,050 pounds)

Engines 2x Marte-type 11 2x Soare-type 44
Combat Radius 1.360 km 3.000 km
Top speed Mach 2.2

(2,695 km/h; 1,675 mph; 1,455 kn)

Mach 4.4

(5,390 km/h; 3,350 mph; 2,910 kn)

History

Early-development

During the development of the carrier-based multirole CFA-44 Nosferatu, Albastru-Electrice received an request from the Estovakian government, they wanted an non-carrier, slightly cheaper, lighter and quicker aircraft, aimed towards maximum air superiority and facing advanced aircrafts from the era, like the Osean-Belkan ADF-01 FALKEN and Erusean X-02 Wyvern. Under the name of "Superior Fighter Aircraft", the SFA program began.

At the beginning, it was exactly what the government wanted, all of the systems for carrier usage were removed and simpler landing gears installed, making it considerably lighter and, consequently, quicker and more agile, all of that at a much cheaper price, due to simpler technology. One of it's main advantages in comparison to the CFA-44 at the time was that it could carry slightly more of the same weapons selection and fuel.

Besides having great progress, the request was made too late, only around mid to late-2015, already by the time of which Estovakia conquered most of Emmeria and didn't expected what was to come. It's maiden flight was only around early-2016, too late to change the tide of the Emmeria-Estovakia War, by this time, Estovakia had already losed the mighty Aerial Fleet and Emmerian Army was getting even closer to reclaim their capital city of Gracemeria, so, due to this whole situation, the budget of the CFA program and even of the SFA itself were almost completely cut, specially since Estovakia's economy was worsening with the war and the media was criticizing both programs.

Towards the end of the war, only one CFA-44 was deployed as an attempt of resistance during the Operation Free Gracemeria, at March 31st, 2016, piloted by the Estovakian Ace Ilya Pasternak, also known as "Strigon 1". With that, the main pilot testing the CFA-44 and SFA-44 was actually killed by the end of the battle by Emmerian Ace "Talisman". Both the CFA and SFA programs were scheduled to be scrapped because of the ceasefire between Estovakia and Emmeria, Strigon Team's dissolution and complete end of budget, although, Emmerian soldiers managed to capture Albastru's facilities, saving all of the blueprints and giving the necessary budget to build at least one unit of each aircraft. Unimpressed by the slight superior performance of the SFA-44, Emmeria focused to produce more CFA-44 units due to their utility as multiroles, and the Superior Fighter Aircraft program was at a halt for many years.

Bringing the program back to life

After the Lighthouse War of 2019, Gründer Industries was at an delicate position due to the ADF program, which produced two ADF-11F fighers -called "Hugin" and "Munin"-, of which had almost ended the entire world due to atempts of mass producing these drones. Meanwhile, Albastru did an complete recall on the SFA program, of which they had never abandoned. Extremely optimistic with the results, the company contacted the Estovakian government, who had immediately returned funding with Emmeria's support, now convinced with the fighter's performance, but, only days after return of development, the program was suddenly stopped due to lack of resources. Desperate with returning the SFA-44 program, Estovakia, Emmeria and Nordennavic -who had entered the program by this time- pressed the Oseans, whom were in a search for a new next-generation fighter, replacing the expensive and slowly aging ADF-01s and the manned ADF-11Fs (of which hadn't even entered production). Interested in this new fighter, the Osean government pumped the production of extremely important materials for the program. Meanwhile, they had also put Gründer under the development, providing advanced technologies from the ADF-series.

Speculations and changes (early-2020)

Due to the sudden alliance between the Anean nations and Osea (which involved even sharing of technology), redirection of military budget and resources production to the Military Aviation sector, alongside reports of a "unknown fighter", newspapers, tabloids and the people in general started speculating about a supposedly new fighter, which really made the public upset about the situation, specially after having just got out of an enormous war, saying that this "new fighter" could fuel up new tensions and an arms race.

Worried with that, the recently formed "Anean-Osean Coalition for Defense and Projects", also known as AOCDP, focused on making some changes to the SFA program, firstly, they included Belka on the coalition, using the excuse that the increase in military budget and resources production would be used to help and supervise the newly included nation, with the supposedly final objective of improving diplomatic relations; secondly, they used intelligence resources and some censorship to minimize the chances of more information being leaked and publised, and thirdly (and most important change in the entire program), the entire paint scheme of the fighter was changed. Instead of having the generic grey-like paint, Dr. Schroeder, who was involved in the development of the fighter after being pardoned for his involvement with EASA, suggested giving an completely "jet black" color for the fighter, he also included details in golden coating on the canards, nose, slats, flaps, ailerons, engine rudders, around the wings and on the wingtips.

All of this gave an extremely discrete visual to the fighter, and the glossiness of the gold even made many people confuse it with formations of multiple fighters, but, due to the AOCDP actually finding that paint scheme to be "extremely beautiful and enchanting", they made it the official painting for the fighter, later even replacing the name "Nosferatu" from the CFA-44 with "Soare Negru" (meaning "Black Sun" in the official language of the Stovies), due to the name of a new engine being made for the fighter, known as "Soare-type 44", and mainly because of the striking resemblance of the aircraft to an black hole, with the AOCDP superiors even saying that the SFA-44 is "imposing, majestic and fearful, it's almost like an black hole, truly gorgeous", and, with that, the SFA-44 "Soare Negru" project officially begun as an evolution of the 2015-16s SFA-44 Nosferatu program.

Full-time development and new technologies

After years of halted development, speculations and problems, the SFA-44 finally began having it's well-deserved attention, and the initial goals of the recall done by Albastru-Electrice in early-2020 were being achieved throughout the year. Focusing on the original non-carrier-based platform from 2015, the coalition soon realized that they had the opportunity to implement technologies from the Arsenal Birds and ISEV programs, like ultra-resistent and flexible carbon nanotubes and graphene materials.

Meanwhile, the upgrades from the ADF-series proved to be extremely important for the original CFA-44 platform to handle all of the changes, with those upgrades improving mainly the aircraft's stability, electronic and communication systems, making the SFA-44 even an semi-autonomous plane, capable of giving complex orders to fighters and batallions around it and almost behaving like an UAV in certain situations.

Another major improvement were the new Soare-type 44 engines, developed by Albastru. They were an direct upgrade of the Marte-type 11s used on the CFA-44 and the original SFA-44, featuring thermal-combustion chambers made of gold with the addition of rhodium, providing better fuel efficiency and even better emissions. Carbon fiber was also extensively used throughout more external components and on the engine fans and nacelles, due to it's lower heat resistance, still giving an much lower weight to the engines. Due to the engine rudders also being now "connected" to the fans hydraulic and electric systems, alongside lighter materials and a more aerodynamic design, the actuation speed of those have been increased, being extremely important at improving the aircraft's maneuverability. All of the engine upgrades gave an insanely high top speed of Mach 4.4, incredibly much faster than all of the fighters available today, beating by far even the fastest air-breathing aircraft, the SR-71 Blackbird, which is capable of "only" Mach 3.32.

The accelerated resources production and availability also made possible many improvements for weapons that would equip the future fighter, like highly-capable agile missiles and high-energy weapons.

All of those new technologies made the SFA-44 Soare Negru the first 8th-generation fighter, at an project cost and complexity comparable to that of the 7th-gen ADF-1x Raven program. So this also means that the whole development had been completed by the end of the year, and the first finished prototype was ready for initiating test flights. Impressive.

Test flights and mass production

The Soare Negru was finally ready to fly, and, due to the fact that it was ready almost by the New Year, the AOCDP decided to delay it's maiden flight to December 31st, exactly one decade after the end of the Circum-Pacific War.

The SFA-44 No.1 was secretly transported to the Osean capital city of Oured, and the AOCDP revealed to the whole world, on December 31st, their new 8th-generation fighter. It was pleased by lots of people due to it's beautiful design, and would later convince others by showing it's incredibly superior performance to any other fighter that has ever existed.

One of it's most important test flights was in around January-February of 2021. One single SFA-44 was put against dozens of fighters, including UAVs, agile fighters (like the F-22A and the Su-57), and at least each one of the most advanced fighters that had ever existed, like the ADFX-02 Morgan, ADF-01 FALKEN, the CFA-44 Nosferatu, the XFA-27, XFA-33 Fenrir, X-02S Strike Wyvern, and even a single unit of the ADF-11F Raven, which was specially built for this test battle. The battle lasted for several minutes, but the SFA-44 Soare Negru emerged as the winner.

With more important achievements and records, it finally entered mass production, with the collaboration of many countries interested in the fighter. Throughout the following years, the SFA-44 has become one of the most produced advanced fighters of it's era.

Notes

  1. I'm kind of new to Fandom, so I decided to create this page with many similarities to the CFA-44's page formatting on Acepedia.
  2. My english isn't incredibly good, so I'm sorry for any errors.
  3. I don't plan on including this fighter to any fan-made continuity, but maybe I can create an separate universe (kind of similar to the canon-Strangereal one, with, mainly, minor changes) to include other fighters and things that I may idealize.

Trivia

  • There are some hints in the Ace Combat series (mainly on Estovakia's Acepedia page) which say that Estovakia is based on some Eastern-European countries, mainly Romania, so that's why I'm assuming that the "official language of the Stovies" is Romanian.
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