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Russian cruise missile Moskit (ACAH)

A cruise missile is a missile that is guided and powered from launch all the way to its target. They do not rely solely on gravity as ballistic missiles do; instead, their engine(s) remain attached at all times and they use aerodynamics to reach their targets. They support a variety of warheads, including conventional and nuclear warheads.

Cruise missiles in the Ace Combat franchise normally appear in large groups. They tend to have long range but a slow flight speed.

Description

Cruise missiles can be fired from various launch platforms. Aircraft that have carried cruise missiles include the B-1B Lancer,[1] B-2A Spirit,[1][2] Rafale M,[3] and the Aigaion-class heavy command cruiser.[4] Ground vehicles[5] and naval vessels have also carried cruise missiles.[1]

Ace Combat Infinity and Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown featured the Land Attack Cruise Missile special weapon on select aircraft, allowing the player to fire cruise missiles towards ground targets with a wide area of effect and powerful damage.

History

Strangereal

Erusea's armed forces launched a volley of cruise missiles towards the Independent State Allied Forces during the late stages of the Continental War. The cruise missiles targeted ISAF ground troops performing a landing operation in Ice Creek. Mobius 1 shot down all of the cruise missiles, allowing the troops to land and relinquish the northern coast from Erusean control.[6]

Estovakia deployed two types of cruise missiles during the Emmeria-Estovakia War. The first was the Nimbus missile, a large cruise missile carried by the P-1112 Aigaion. These missiles were guided by Marker Drone UAVs to strike their targets.[4][7][8] The second type was the Chandelier cruise missile, which were carried in multitudes within special shells fired from the Chandelier.[9] All of these cruise missiles were destroyed by the Republic of Emmeria Air Force.

Cruise missiles were used twice during the Lighthouse War: once in a failed attempt by the Alicorn's aerial squadron to strike a civilian center,[3] and once at the end of the war, during Operation Daredevil, in a failed attempt by an Osean-Erusean coalition to shoot down the Arsenal Bird Justice. In the latter scenario, cruise missiles were fired from multiple bomber aircraft and naval vessels.[1]

"SLBM"

The Dragonet-class submarines carried cruise missiles with multiple warheads and advanced AI during the Usean coup d'état. The head-up display in Ace Combat 2[10] and both Allied and rebel dialogue in Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy erroneously referred to these cruise missiles as submarine-launched ballistic missiles, or SLBMs.[11] The only missile launched by a Dragonet-class submarine—fired by the Folkvangr to attack Saint Ark—was powered through its entire low-altitude flight to the city, making it a cruise missile.[10][11]

The head-up display in Ace Combat 2 also referred to the missile inside Fortress Intolerance as an SLBM. The missile was not inside of a submarine, therefore it could not be submarine-launched.[12] Since the missile was never launched, it is unclear if it was cruise or ballistic. Assault Horizon Legacy addressed this by labeling the missile inside Fortress Intolerance as an ICBM.[13]

Assault Horizon universe

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Cruise missiles equipped with Trinity warheads were used repeatedly in the New Russian Federation uprising.

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