The Electromagnetic Launcher (EML) is an experimental aircraft weapon that fires a blast of electromagnetic energy that deals massive damage against a target. In the Strangereal universe, EML was first developed by Estovakia for its CFA-44 Nosferatu.
In the late 2000s, Estovakia's state-run arms manufacturing corporation, Albastru-Electrice, began developing the "Purgatorio" Electromagnetic Launcher alongside other experimental weapons for the CFA-44 Nosferatu.
By the 2010s, sets of Purgatorio EMLs had been produced for CFA-44s, with Estovakian personnel studying ways of dealing with battery and barrel wear issues. Attacks with such launchers were announced with the radio signal "SLASH". Following the Emmeria-Estovakia War, Purgatorio EMLs continued to be produced in limited quantities alongside CFA-44s.
By 2019, the EML was made compatible with F/A-18F Super Hornets and Su-33 Flanker-Ds. The Erusean Air and Space Administration also developed their own version of the technology for the X-02S Strike Wyvern. On October 24, 2019, Mihaly A. Shilage utilized the "Arclight" Electromagnetic Launcher when engaging Strider Squadron over Shilage Castle. Unlike earlier EML models, the "Arclight" appeared to require charging before use, but also became significantly more accurate with each use.
Assault Horizon universe
In the Assault Horizon universe, an identical weapons system was manufactured by the Soviet Union during the 20th century under mysterious circumstances. The launchers were first deployed in combat against Western Block aircraft in the 1990s during an unspecified battle, and were described as "laser weapons" by a pilot who survived a confrontation with a CFA-44.
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
- "A rail gun that uses electromagnetism to fire bullets at high speeds, causing devastating damage. As it is unguided, its accuracy depends on the pilot."
- ― Hangar
Ace Combat Infinity
- "A special weapon that fires bullets at extremely high speeds by accelerating them electromagnetically. Although it has no homing capabilities, each shot travels exceptionally fast and is very powerful. This allows for major damage to both air-to-air and air-to-ground targets, regardless of range, so long as targeting and timing are in alignment."
- ― Hangar
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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon
- "A railgun that is capable of firing unguided bullets at extremely high speeds with the use of electromagnetic force. It can only fire single shots, but with precise timing and aiming, it can be used to inflict major damage to both long distance ground and aerial targets."
- ― Hangar
Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation
- "This easy to aim unguided weapon employs long-range, ultra-high-velocity munitions. With training, this advanced weapon offers unparalleled destructive potential. A miniaturized combat rail gun, also referred to as an electro-magnetic launcher, the EML utilizes electromagnetism to propel munitions along a conduction rail at extremely high velocity. Future revisions offer much promise for current practical battery limitations and rail size."
- ― Hangar