This article is about an in-game mission. For the in-universe event, see Operation Deer Horn.
"It's show time, Trigger. Let's see if you can handle the spotlight."

Charge Assault is the first campaign mission of Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown. The player takes off and engages enemy bombers over Fort Grays Island.


The player's only objective in this mission is to shoot down all Tu-95 and Tu-160 bombers. The bombers are marked as TGT and are located throughout the map. Each one is positioned in a way to help the player learn the basics of combat through a tutorial presented by on-screen text and other characters. Some of the bombers are defended by MiG-21bis's, but these are non-critical to the mission. The mission is completed once the player shoots down all bombers.

Enemy Lists

Standard Units

Each wave appears shortly after the player destroys the TGTs in the previous wave. The only exception is Wave 5, which spawns approximately 40 seconds after Wave 4 spawns.

Unit Points Count Notes
Icon-AirTGT TU-95 1,000 1 Initial
Icon-AirTGT TU-95 1,000 1 Wave 2
Icon-AirTGT TU-95 1,000 2 Wave 3
Icon-AirTGT TU-95 1,000 1 Wave 4
Icon-AirTGT TU-160 1,200 1 Wave 5 (Southeast)
Icon-AirTGT TU-95 1,000 4 Wave 5 (Southwest)
Icon-AirEnemy MIG-21 220 2 Wave 2
Icon-AirEnemy MIG-21 220 2 Wave 3
Icon-AirEnemy MIG-21 220 1 Wave 4
Icon-AirEnemy MIG-21 220 3 Wave 5 (Southeast)
Icon-AirEnemy MIG-21 220 5 Wave 5 (Southwest)

Special Unit

Unit Points Notes
Icon-AirEnemy MIG-21 "PYRO" 1,000 [note 1]

S Rank

Earning an S Rank on this mission requires earning a combined Destruction Score and Time Bonus of 20,500 points or more.

The maximum Time Bonus the player can earn in this mission is 10,230 points, awarded for completing the mission (including checkpoint restarts) in a total of 4 minutes and 50 seconds or less. If the player completes the mission in that time or faster, they only need 10,270 points from destroying enemies in the mission to earn the S rank. Since the bombers only account for 10,200 points, the rest must be earned by shooting down MIG-21s.

If the player takes longer than 4 minutes and 50 seconds to complete the mission, the Time Bonus decreases by 30 points per second, so the player must compensate by destroying more enemies to hit the 20,500 point threshold. Since the maximum points from destroying enemies in the mission is 13,060 (not including the ace), the player cannot earn the S rank if they take 6 minutes and 23 seconds or longer to complete the mission.


  • At the beginning of the mission, the player can see multiple vehicles deploying in response to the attack. These vehicles do not disappear; rather, they have unique destinations that they will move to during the course of the mission. For example, two CH-47 helicopters take off and move to a burning radar tower on an island north of the air base. They hover there until the conclusion of the mission.
  • A flock of scarlet macaws flies past the player's aircraft after the taxiing cutscene.


  1. The player must have completed this mission at least once, and must be playing on Normal difficulty or higher. Destroy the third wave of TU-95s and MIG-21s with the 4AAM, 6AAM, or 8AAM. PYRO spawns in the northwest at the same time as Wave 4.


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