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Launch is the eleventh mission in Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. It follows Janice Rehl in a bomber and later shifts over to William Bishop's perspective.


The New Russian Federation has taken control of an ICBM base in the Causasus, which they intend to use it to attack an unknown target. Razor 01, consisting of Janice Rehl and her co-pilot, Finn are tasked with destroying all of the missiles before they can be launched.

Razor must first pass through a canyon and avoid enemy radar. Razor must reach a series of way points within the time limit. After reaching the third way point, the time limit is lowered to 25 seconds, as the ICBM carriers have received a launch order. Upon reaching the base, Razor must enter Air Strike Mode and destroy the ICBM trucks. They must be destroyed within the initial run or else the mission will fail. After destroying several carrier trucks, a squadron of MiG-31 Foxhounds will pursue Razor, who must survive their attacks until Warwolf Squadron and Red Moon Squadron can intercept them.

Afterwards the remaining ICBMs must be destroyed with GPBs. Sergei Illich soon reports mechanical problems and disengages from the rest of his squadron. After all targets are eliminated, the player takes control of William Bishop and protects Razor 01 from enemy fighters. Eventually, AWACS Magic reports that a previously concealed ICBM truck has launched its missile. With little time remaining, Bishop is forced to pursue and destroy it before it reaches an altitude of 50,000 feet.

Top Rank

Earning the top Clear Rank (S Rank in Japanese, A Rank in other languages) on this mission requires a total score of 2,000 or more.[1]



  • This is the only level in the game, as well as the first level of the series where more than a single player character is controlled. This is also the first and only level of the series to pilot a Strategic Bomber, and technically for the player to control a female pilot.


  1. Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Master Guide, pages 074-077.