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Assault rifles are a class of firearms designed for infantry combat. They are defined by selective-fire modes, feeding from detachable box magazines, and being chambered in an intermediate cartridge. As in the real world, many conflicts in the Ace Combat franchise feature foot soldiers utilizing assault rifles.

List of assault rifles

General Resource rifle

General Resource Assassins

In the 2030s, Yoko Martha Inoue and the human Abyssal Dision were killed by a group of General Resource assassins aiming to conceal the Darkness of Enigma project. The assassins used a time bomb, but were also equipped with unknown futuristic assault rifles.[1]

HK53

Erusian Occupation Troops

While technically a carbine instead of an assault rifle, the HK53 is a variant of the HK33 assault rifle.

HK53s are seen in use by Erusean soldiers and military police occupying San Salvacion during the Continental War.[2]

AR70/90

Retreating Erusians

The AR70/90 is an assault rifle made in Italy.

One is seen carried by an Erusean soldier sometime before the liberation of San Salvacion.[3]

M16A1

M16 in the Belkan War

The M16A1 is a standard issue assault rifle used in many worldwide armies, formerly including the United States of America. In the Ace Combat series, the A1 model seems to have been modified with A2 handguards and 40-round magazines rather than the A1's 30-round magazines.

M16A1s are assumed to be standard issue for the Osean Army; they were used during both the Belkan War[4] and the Circum-Pacific War. In the latter case, they were used by Sand Island Air Force Base security personnel attempting to prevent Wardog Squadron from escaping the island.[5]

AK-47

Larry Foulke AK-47

Arguably one of the most recognizable rifles in video games , the AK-47 is a Soviet-made assault rifle that has seen standard use worldwide.

In one of the more popular examples of assault rifles in Ace Combat, Larry Foulke is seen holding an AK-47 throughout his interviews with Brett Thompson for his documentary, Warriors and the Belkan War.[6]

Leasath soldiers in the Aurelian War[7] and the Valahia during the Valahia Crisis also used AK-47s.[8]

G3

The G3 is a German-developed battle rifle which, although no longer being used by its country of origin, is still used by over 40 countries.

Though never seen, it is mentioned in Entry 02 of "Confession of a Soldier", a series of promotional short stories published prior to the release of Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.[9]

M1A

Victory in Griswall

The M1A is a civilian version of the M14 rifle.

The Aurelian Liberation Corps was known to utilize these rifles during the Battle of Griswall.[10]

Type 89

Emmerian Type 89

The Type 89 is a Japanese-developed assault rifle used exclusively by Japanese armed forces.

Emmerian partisans used Type 89s during the Emmeria-Estovakia War. One group of partisans held Melissa Herman and Ludmila Tolstaya for a short period of time using these rifles, but one of them jammed when trying to fire. The Type 89 shown in this cutscene is depicted with a .308 magazine, which in reality is incompatible with the rifle.[11]

AK-74

Generals Newspaper

The AK-74 is a refinement of the AKM rifle (which itself is a refinement of the AK-47).

An Estovakian soldier is seen holding this rifle in an Emmerian newspaper clipping showing The Generals taking power of the country after the Estovakian Civil War ended.[12]

G36

Stovieg36

The G36 is a German-developed assault rifle used by the German Bundeswehr, replacing the G3.

An Estovakian occupation soldier is seen with a G36 patrolling a train station in Gracemeria during the Emmeria-Estovakia War.[13]

FN FAL

Tunguska

During the New Russian Federation's occupation of Moscow, one NRF soldier is shown holding an FN FAL with a wooden stock.[14]

HK416

Tabloid hk416

The HK416 is a rifle based largely on the AR-15 class of weapons, specifically the Colt M4 carbine.

During the Lighthouse War, Osean prison guards of the 444th Air Base, are seen carrying HK416s. They were also used by Avril Mead and Tabloid later in the war. Whether the rifle was only issued to prison guards or widely adopted by the Osean Army is unknown.[15]

References

  1. Cutscene at the start of Archnemesis, Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere.
  2. Cutscene following Sitting Duck, Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies.
  3. Cutscene following Breaking Arrows, Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies.
  4. Introduction cutscene, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  5. Cutscene prior to Final Option, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  6. Various cutscenes in Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
  7. Cutscene after Standoff in the Skies, Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception.
  8. Cutscene following Bird Hunt, Ace Combat: Joint Assault.
  9. Entry 02, Confession of a Soldier, Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War
  10. Aurelian Liberation Corps Leader: Wild Card.
  11. Cutscene following Selumna Peak, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  12. Cutscene following Invasion of Gracemeria, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  13. Cutscene following Heavy Command Cruiser, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  14. Cutscene prior to Motherland, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon.
  15. PSX 2016 Trailer, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
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