This photo set has been sent in by Benjamin Bortkiewicz from Japan. With future photos from Ace Combat 6 and Infinity on the way, he begins with this aircraft that he is particularly fond of. His thoughts on this aircraft are included.
"When this good old fighter aircraft appeared in AH, I was struck by unexpected joy. Originally the Su-24 series was a fighter-bomber that appeared in the 1970's; the Su-24MP is its electronic warfare type. Also, for this aircraft developed for seeking STOL performance, variable-sweep wings were adopted, and various wing positions were utilized depending on the situation. Its appearance is not heroic like F-14, nor does it have a refined impression as much as F-111. But despite that, I was attracted to it."
"You can mount a variety of weapons on this spectacularly rectangular aircraft, but the 'MP' electronic warfare variant is an exception. Fixed guns have been removed, and there is even information that says only short-range anti-aircraft missiles can be mounted externally. Ace Combat reflected this making the QAAM in AH and UGB in INF the only special weapons available. These weapons certainly cannot be considered very powerful, but the essence of this aircraft is not within its weapons. It is the existence of the ECM pod and nothing else that makes Su-24MP the aircraft that it is."
"The SPS-5 mounted on the centerline of the fuselage confuses the enemy's air defense network and disrupts defense strategy. Even Ace Combat does not change its purpose. This pod repels all threats away from the team in campaign / CO-OP and boasts unrivaled strength in head-on engagements in versus modes like team deathmatch."
The Su-24MP is not a fencer without a shield. It is a fencer that builds barriers between allies and enemies."
Game: Ace Combat Assault Horizon (PS3)
Location: Caucasus Region
Photographer: Benjamin Bortkiewicz
Capture Device: AVT-C875