A CFA-44 Nosferatu firing a salvo of All Direction Multi-Purpose Missiles in Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

"Missiles approaching at high speed! Multiple missiles approaching! Evade!"
AWACS Ghost Eye[1]

The All Direction Multi-Purpose Missile (ADMM) is an experimental Special Weapon, first introduced in Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation. In the Strangereal universe, ADMM was developed by Estovakia for its next-generation stealth aircraft, the CFA-44 Nosferatu.[2]

It was later featured again in Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, Ace Combat Infinity and Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.

History

Strangereal

On June 1, 2005, multiple cutting-edge manufacturing firms in Estovakia, including the state-run Albastru-Electrice, began development of the CFA-44 Nosferatu, alongside what would become the "Inferno" All Direction Multi-Purpose Missiles, in addition to other experimental weapons for the aircraft.[2]

During the Estovakian Civil War, the Eastern Faction utilized prototype All Direction Multi-Purpose Missiles, where the weapons proved highly effective against rival factions.[2]

On March 31, 2016, Ilya Pasternak flew his ADMM-equipped modified CFA-44 Nosferatu into battle during Operation Free Gracemeria, where he engaged in a fierce dogfight with Garuda Team. Using All Direction Multi-Purpose Missiles, he managed to shoot down a number of Republic of Emmeria Air Force aircraft, before finally being shot down by Talisman over Gracemeria.[1]

Following the Emmeria-Estovakia War, All Direction Multi-Purpose Missiles are still being produced alongside the CFA-44 Nosferatu in limited quantities.[2]

Infinity universe

On August 10, 2019, the Butterfly Master used All Direction Multi-Purpose Missiles in her dogfight against both Bone Arrow and Ridgeback Squadrons during Operation Override. Despite employing this powerful weapon, her QFA-44 Carmilla was shot down over Tokyo by Reaper.[3]

Game Analysis

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

"Multipurpose missiles that can strike multiple air and ground targets simultaneously. Up to twelve powerful homing micromissiles can be fired, making for incredibly effective offense in a variety of situations, from anti-air combat to base raids."
Hangar

Aircraft

Aircraft Price (MRP) Ammo
(base
amount)
CFA-44 Nosferatu 0 102

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Ace Combat Infinity

"These are small, low-power missiles, but are fired simultaneously in large batches. Don't underestimate them."
AWACS Heavy Cloud[4]
"A multi-purpose missile capable of attacking both air-to-air and air-to-ground targets simultaneously. Although each individual missile is not especially powerful, 12 small missiles with excellent homing capabilities all simultaneously lock on to multiple targets, allowing for the efficient description of targets across a wide area. It is especially effective in battles in which targets feature a mixture of air, ground and sea targets."
Hangar

Aircraft

Cst A2A A2G HOM DIS DMG REL Price
Lv.1 16 E E C+ D F D+ 0
Lv.2 33 E+ E+ C+ D+ F D+ 26,640
Lv.3 42 E+ E+ C+ D+ F C 103,680
Lv.4 74 E+ E+ C+ D+ F C 406,800
Lv.5 105 E+ E+ C+ D+ F C 887,400
Total Credit Price from Lv.0 to Lv.5 1,424,520

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

"A multi-purpose missile capable of attacking both ground and aerial targets. Its single fire shots have low firepower, but it can lock on an attack with 12 small-scale missiles and attack targets. It's particularly effective in battles involving both enemy ground forces and aircraft."
― In-game description

In Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, the All Direction Multi-Purpose Missile is the first secondary special weapon of the CFA-44 Nosferatu, released in December 24, 2011 with DLC Pack #06.

The weapon's ammunition capacity has been reduced to 15 salvos in Rookie difficulty and 10 in higher difficulties. The weapon's accuracy has been reduced, making it comparable to the XMAA. Its power has been considerably reduced: four missile impacts are needed to destroy an enemy fighter, as opposed to the single one required to kill basic targets in Fires of Liberation. But a single missile can still kill most of the ground targets.

The distinctive flare-like light emitted by the missiles has been omitted in Assault Horizon, thus giving them the appearance of rockets from the RKTL when in flight. Unlike its previous incarnation, the explosions made upon impact with a target have the appearance of a normal conflagration, as opposed to the Nimbus missile-like ones from the previous game.

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Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation

The ADMM deployment pods

"Although hindered by a slight initial deployment delay, its extensive firing range combined with the ability to simultaneously launch 12 independent warheads means the ADMM possesses the firepower to change the tide of a battle in a single shot. This ultra-compact missile represents the latest in multiple target tracking technology"
Hangar

The ADMM is a special weapon compatible exclusively with the CFA-44 Nosferatu. Despite its name indicating otherwise, the weapon is actually a set of three pods mounted on the aircraft's internal weapon bays, two on the back on the aircraft and the third on its undercarriage. It is seen only once in the single-player campaign in the mission "Liberation of Gracemeria", where it used by Ilya Pasternak.

As a player weapon, the ADMM is the first weapon available for the Nosferatu. The weapon can fire 18 shots and track up to 12 enemy targets, making for a total of 216 missiles. When fired, the ADMM pods will launch their payload, 4 for each pod, after which they will all "engage" and chase their target. The weapon's missiles have a noticeably higher speed than standard missiles. Upon impact, the missiles explode in a large explosion, which lingers in the air for several moments before dissipating.

The ADMM has a high power, destroying most targets hit in a single impact. This weapon is very accurate & difficult to evade, similar to the QAAM. However, its main drawback is that it takes a fairly long time to reload. It is not recommended to fire when flying at low altitude, as the lower pod's missiles will slam into the scenery. An effective method to counter this is to roll while firing.

In multiplayer, the ADMM was considered to be an overpowered weapon, allowing its user to wipe out several other players in a single barrage. As a result, it was banned from competitive gameplay.

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Trivia

  • The ADMM has a spiritual successor in the form of Ace Combat: Joint Assault's Omnidirectional Multi-Purpose Missile. However, the ODMM tracks only four targets, and does not explode like the ADMM's missiles.
  • Based on the way the explosion 'hangs' in the air for some time after explosion, the deployment style and other things, the ADMM might represent an Estovakian effort to miniaturize the Nimbus Missile System or an attempt to create a pod-based missile system, allowing for larger payloads and longer engagement time.
  • When the ADMM is fired in Ace Combat 6, AWACS Ghost Eye and Marcus Lampert may call out the fictional brevity code "DRIVE".
  • The ADMM in Ace Combat 7 has received two changes. The first being that the ammo counter on the HUD now shows how many individual missiles the ADMM launchers are carrying, rather than how many salvos it can fire. The second change is that the ADMM’s can now be fired one missile at a time, instead of all at once, this is probably to save ammo when using the weapon on very few targets at a time.

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