Trump hails sale of fictional Call of Duty fighter jets

Is Donald Trump a secret Call of Duty player?

Probably not, but in a press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Thursday (NZ time), the US President referred to a fictional fighter jet that only exists in the popular shoot-em-up game.

"In November we started delivering the first F-52s and F-35 fighter jets," Mr Trump told reporters.

The F-35 is a stealth jet developed by Lockheed Martin. Each costs around US$85 million to build, and the US military has around 265 of them.

But the F-52 doesn't exist at all. It's featured in Sledgehammer Games' 2014 title Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which is set in the year 2054.

No one in the room dared interrupt the President as he continued.

"We have a total of 52 and they've delivered a number of them already a little ahead of schedule," he said.

Lockheed Martin said Norway has bought 40 F-35s, with 10 delivered so far. It didn't say anything about Mr Trump's F-52s.

The view from the cockpit of the F-52, which only exists in digital form.
The view from the cockpit of the F-52, which only exists in digital form. Photo credit: Sledgehammer Games/YouTube

The White House didn't respond to the Washington Post's questions about Mr Trump's gaming habits.

Tech news site Kotaku pointed out the character under attack by the the F-52 in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is voiced by Kevin Spacey, who until recently portrayed the Call of Duty-playing US President on Netflix's TV show House of Cards.

Here in New Zealand, former Internet Party backer Kim Dotcom was once ranked the world's best Call of Duty player.