The ADF-01A and ADF-01F Falkens are multirole superplanes designed by Grunder Industries (now General Resource Ltd.) This version of the Falken is a completely updated version of the one used by the ZOE Squadron(an ADF-01) during the Usean Rebellion. The model, although unchanged in airframe design,under went major modifications in avionics and weaponry.
The Falken is arguably the most powerful aircraft in the Ace Combat series. In addition to its staggering missile count (84), it possesses a Tactical Laser System (TLS) (Although it is a laser, which would be expected to have an unlimited count, once the deployment vessels are gone [laser pods] the laser is no longer operantional.), which is near impossible to dodge as there is no delay time between firing and impact. The Falken has 14 laser pods that activate the TLS, which fires for several seconds and serves as a one-hit-kill for any target unlucky enough to get caught in its beam. The TLS is housed underneath the cockpit, which raises every time the weapon is armed.
One notable difference between the TLS in Ace Combat 5 and Ace Combat Zero is that in the former(an ADF-01F), the laser is red, while it is blue in the latter(the ADF-01A). This is due to the materials used to emit the beam. The duration time and damage dealt by the laser remains the same in both titles. Also, in Ace Combat Zero, the Falken is capable of carrying FAEB and XLAA weapons in addition to the TLS. Grunder determined for the Falken "F" that the TLS was more than capable for AA and AG missions, and downsized the launch bays to carry only Sidewinder type missles. This design "flaw" cost them millions, because the launch bays were later changed back per pilots' requests.
The Falken is equipped with a 360° celestial-spherical screen cockpit layout, giving the pilot an immense advantage in combat. Instead of a traditional glass canopy, the plane utilizes the first version of the revolutionary COnnection For Flight INterface(COFFIN) system, which is similar in effect to a two-way mirror or an extremely tinted window. The pilot can still see out, but no one can see in. This is achieved via a series of monitors that read information from externally mounted cameras and display the information on a number of hexagonal screens.
The avionics and technology on the Falken are truly cutting edge; this includes forward-swept wings, canards, inward-inclined vertical stabilizers, a ventral rudder, and extended engine nacelles with 2-D thrust vectoring. These features allow for unprecedented maneuverability, giving the pilot a true edge in combat.
However it can be argued that the ADFX-02 Morgan is the better aircraft, it can take off at half the speed of the Falken, it can carry three special weapons at once, and can be faster in certain situations.
Gun: 1x 25-mm multi-barreled cannon
Missle: AIM-9M Sidewinder
FAEB: BLU-73B (ACZ & ACX)
TLS: Tactical Laser Pod (AC5, ACZ & ACX)
XLAA: BVRAAM (ACZ & ACX)
Ace Combat 5/ Zero Stats
Max Speed: Mach 2.2
Created by: Grunder Industries