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ASF-X Shinden II

The ASF-X Shinden II (震電II, "Magnificent Lightning"), known simply as F-X during development, is an original forward-swept wing fighter aircraft featured in Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. The Shinden was designed by Shōji Kawamori, the co-creator of the famous Macross franchise.


In the year 2002, an incident took place in Japan, in which a number of unidentified aircraft penetrated national airspace without authorization. The consequences of the event resulted in the commissioning of the development of a next-generation support fighter, which was codenamed "ASF-X".

The development of the ASF-X aircraft proceeded in the years following the 2002 incident, and the aircraft made its first flight in August 2013. Christened "Shinden II" after the Kyushu J7W Shinden of World War II, it officially entered active service in 2019 with the armies of Japan and the United Kingdom.

Some time during the aircraft's development, the Japan Air Self Defense Force lieutenant Kei Nagase was selected as a test pilot for the aircraft.
Airframe diagram.
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The ASF-X Shinden II is a next-generation fighter aircraft, combining a striking airframe design with the latest aviation technologies. As a result of Japan's unique geography, it was designed to undertake aircraft interception and air-to-ship attack duties.

The aircraft employs a forward-swept wing (FSW) design, a single intake mounted in the upper central section and a unique, two-tiered thrust vectoring engine. Similar to the older X-02 Wyvern, it makes heavy use of variable geometry technology. When the aircraft flies at high speed, the outer-canted vertical stabilizers fold inward to reduce air drag, and return to netural position once the speed is reduced.
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ASF-X Shinden II


Speed: High Mobility: High Stability: Fire Power: High Defense: Medium
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The ASF-X Shinden II is the first downloadable aircraft in Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. It was released on October 25th, 2011, costing 7.99$ in the Playstation Store and 640 MS Points in the Xbox Marketplace.

Classified as a multirole aircraft, the Shinden II is a high-performance fighter aircraft capable of engaging in both DFM and ASM. As a result of its sleek design and forward-swept wings, the aircraft has excellent maneuverability which when, combined with high speed and firepower, makes it a very effective aircraft in the hands of a skilled pilot.

The ASF-X's airframe is capable of changing its shape and the direction the rudders and wingtips face as the flight speed changes. Furthermore, it is outfitted with a unique tandem twin-engine design, with the lower engine (located further inside the aircraft) being capable of pivoting to provide VTOL capabilities. This engine design provides the fighter with unrivaled stability, allowing it to fly at very low speeds without stalling. In the situation of an engine stall, the Shinden II will act like a glider, as opposed to simply dropping out of the air. The thrust vectoring engine allows it to perform unique counter maneuvers, an example of which is using its lower engine to propel itself above and past a chasing enemy.

Due to its ridiculously positive statistics in every area with few drawbacks, as well as it being its first appearance, fans consider it the "Super fighter" of AC:AH.
Paint schemesEdit

Color 1: Warwolf Squadron. Grey drab.
Color 2: Japan Air Self Defense Force water pattern.
Color 3: 19th Task Force "ACES" design (black with TF119 emblem in tail area)
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Thomas150 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Love it.
templar127 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
majorchaos Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Hi great job I love it.
I just finished building the 1/72 scale model. I know it's a fictitious plane, but it looks so cool.
Passin Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
AlexRaccoonGlider Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Its a shame we cant use this aircraft in the main campaign, this plane kicks so much ass that it's effortless to fly
DamianDrazhar Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
one engine, two air intakes and swept back wings? that's new, totally see that as a different direction the F-16 or F-18 would have gone in a parallel universe
Tallon-1 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
nice :D

still kinda strange to me ? the canards look like they are taken from a xfa 27 XD
Hara-Sura Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wonder how much forward-swept wings would affect stealth.
Stealthflanker Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Forward section Radar Cross Section would be much lower than conventional swept wing.
bagera3005 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
it depends on design an materials an hardware
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