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Every jet you can unlock in Ace Combat 7: Unknown Skies

Ace Combat 7 has taken dogfighting games to a whole new level. With excellent combat, immersive weather effects, and a long list of fighter jets to fight with, Ace Combat 7 is shaping up to be a leader in its class.

There is a whole lot to do in the game including purchasing and upgrading an entire fleet of fighter jets. We are going to do our best to give you a rundown of all the planes available right now. You may find new planes as you play, but these are available for purchase on the games Aircraft Tree.

I'd like to say a huge thank you to the Ace Combat Wiki for helping me with the images for this article. They are hard to find.

Flight List

F-4E Phantom II

Hopefully, you got a chance to pre-order Ace Combat 7. If you did, then you get to have this beautiful plane for free at the start of the campaign.

F-104 -av-

I'm not going to spoil the campaign for you, what there is of it but the F-104 -av- is the first plane you see in the game and although it looks pretty good, it doesn't have any weapons to actually play the game.

This plane can only be used in free-fly mode, not the campaign.

F-16C

This is the fighter you start the game with. It's pretty standard, to be honest, nothing to write home about. So I'll stop writing about it.

F-14D

The F14-D Tomcat is a pretty darn cool looking plane. Used as an aircraft carrier-launched game in Ace Combat 7 it has a high top speed and good air-to-air skills through its air-to-surface skills is a little low.

F-2A

Known as "Viper Zero", the F-2A is an all-rounder fighter jet. It's not great at anything but is ok at most things while being a little quicker than most. It is also a slightly better air-to-ground jet than some.

Mirage 2000-S

The Mirage is an early buy in the game and as such is fairly low on all its stats. It's an improvement on the original plane but only incremental.

MiG-29A

The MiG-29A is one of the first planes you can buy in the game and while it is quick and nimble it isn't very good at anything else like bombing runs or defending itself. You'll need to upgrade a lot to make it work well.

A-10C

The A-10C is one of the best looking planes in the game. Nicknamed the "Thunderbolt" the A-10C is an Air-to-surface bomber of incredible power.

Of course, that means it is absolutely drawers at air-to-air but still, it does look cool.

Su-33

The Su-33 is a fast jet fighter with much more mobility than others. You will need a fair amount of coin to pick one up but it might be worth it.

MiG-31b

Known as the Foxhound, the MiG-31 is a long range fighter with excellent air-to-air combat skills. You can also upgrade its long-range armament to increase these abilities.

Gripen-E

Not much is known about the Gripen, only that it is a lightweight fighter with "advanced avionics". Until we find out more all we can say is it's a fighter that costs a fair chunk of change.

F-15J

The F-15J is a cut above the rest. Despite its low air-to-ground skills, it excels at almost all other tasks set for a jet fighter. When you can afford it, this is a plane worthy of your time.

F-15C

Like the F-15J the C is a tremendous plane capable of great feats. Just don't try anything on the floor, it's not very good at it.

F-15E

Despite the high cost, the F-15E is 680,000 credits, the F-15E is a fantastic plane. It's my personal favorite and once you upgrade it fully, it's a real force to be reckoned with.

Typhoon

The delta-winged Typhoon is a good fighter across the board. Nothing really stands out but nothing has a strong deficit either. It's a pretty beige jet really.

Rafale M

the Rafale is pretty much identical in all of its stats as the Typhoon above. The only difference is the shape of the plane, and I like this one more than the delta wing.

Su-30M2

The SU-30M2 is a mystery to me, I haven't managed to see it in action. All we know right now is that its nickname is the "Flanker" maybe it likes Flank steak? Who knows?

Su-34

The Su-34 is a powerfully armored but quick fighter. I'm a big fan of the look of this jet as well as its ability to take a hit. It's a tank in the air.

Su-37

Named the "Terminator" the Su-37 has actual laser beams. It's a jet with fricking LASER BEAMS! You have to love that.

Su-35s

The "Flanker E" has an excellent Long-Range Air-to-Ship Missile upgrade that makes it a devil for the boats in the ocean. Plus it's camouflaged so no one can see it. Sort of.

Su-47

The Su-47 Berkut is a really weird looking plane. The wings are the wrong way round! Ok, I know this is a video game, but still, come on.

Su-30SM

We know next to nothing about this plane, we don't even have a picture. So, please, if you have any information let us know and we will update you.

F-35C

The F-35C is one of the near end-game fighters and while it is slower than most jets, it's maneuverability is second to know. This is the jet if you like to play aerial acrobatics.

YF-23

Known as the "Black Widow II" the YF-23 is one of the very best fighters in the game. It costs a pretty penny, but it is worth it, trust me.

F-22A

The F-22A "raptor" is the final fighter you can buy in the game, it costs 920,000 credits, and it's stats are off the scale compared to any other fighter. This is the goal people.

Su-57

This is such a good looking plane. I mean look at it! it's all stealthy and shiny. Oh, and it's great at everything but more importantly, it looks damn fine.

So there we are. Here is the full list of all the planes you can play in Ace Combat 7 and while most of the planes are pretty much the same, some, like the Black Widow II stand out as amazing fighter jets.

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13 Comments
  • About that Su-47... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukhoi_Su-47 The wings are correct, bro...
  • I'm not sure what game the guy who wrote this article is playing but you can fly the f104 in any mission once you unlock it at least I was able too and it does have weapons I used it during 2 missions it does suck though I didn't mean to reply to this other guy couldn't figure out how to post comment on mobile
  • The game literally says it's only available in free flight mode. The picture you can see above says it too.
  • There are 2 F-104s. One is the F-104C Starfighter which you can use. There is also the F-104C -Avril- which has no weapons and ca t be used in missions.
  • Still looks dumb though. :)
  • I don't think they have any fictional jets in the game. Next time the author should just do a touch of research. Unless he was joking then it's cool. But it definitely doesn't seem like it
  • Don't want to spoil, but if you want to read on I won't mention the name nor when you unlock it There is oy 1 fictional plane in the game
  • Totally picked up the Su-33 as soon as I had the cash for it. Love it and gonna keep using it until I can pick up the rest of the Su planes. That Su-57 looks pretty sick.
  • Plenty is known about the Gripen. Its Scania Aeroplan AB (better known as SAAB)'s current fighter. The Swedes are very good at fighter design. In fact the only aircraft that's ever gotten and held a radar lock on an SR-71 long enough to get a firing solution was a SAAB AJ 37 Viggen. Currently the Gripen's used by Sweden, South Africa, Czechia, Thailand, Hungary, the UK [at the test pilot school] and will be used by Brazil and Botswana and are being evaluated by Canada, Indonesia, Poland and a number of other countries. The Gripen is basically turning out to be the F-5 and F/A-18 replacement as its a low cost, relatively high performance multirole aircraft with a much lower cost than the F-35 or Su-57.
  • The Su-30 got the nickname 'Flanker' from the radar on its tail.... Yes, it got a radar on its tail, so it can actually lock onto targets behind it
  • This is actually a common myth, but is not the case. The SU-27/30 tail has a drogue chute with flare and chaff dispensers. Early SU-34/35/37 prototypes were thought to be tested with tail mounted radars however they were ultimately excluded from the final design in favor of EW equipment.
  • Pretty sure the F/A 18F is in the game right?
  • This was painful to read... the lack of Ace Combat experience and general aviation is glaring. The su-47 is a real plane, I believe all of them are real planes, even if they're just prototypes.