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For the special weapon, see Multi-Purpose Burst Missile.
Burst Missile Impact

Burst missile impact over the Eaglin Straits during Osea's Operation Whalebird

"Submarine missile launch confirmed. Believed to be a burst missile, with multiple warheads that separate in mid-air."
AWACS Thunderhead[1]

Burst missiles are a type of long-range ballistic missile produced in Strangereal. The weapon derives its name from the explosion, which is described as a powerful mid-air "burst". Yuktobanian burst missiles are specifically known for their method of delivery—a missile that separates into multiple burst warheads.

History

Development

MPBM

Belka's Multi-Purpose Burst Missile, for use on Morgan aircraft

The concept of burst missiles was developed in tandem within the countries of Belka and Yuktobania in the 1980s and 1990s, during the Cold War.

Yuktobania's burst missiles were created to be an improvement over existing intercontinental ballistic missiles of the period. The first burst missile warheads were field-tested by the Yuktobanian military in 1991.[2] The completed missiles were later equipped to the Yuktobanian Navy's Scinfaxi and Hrimfaxi submersible aircraft carriers.[1][3]

Belka's burst missiles were developed to a lesser extent than Yuktobania’s. Codenamed "Hypersthene", the Multi-Purpose Burst Missile had single warheads and was designed to be carried by the ADFX-01 and ADFX-02 Morgan prototype aircraft.[4]

Deployment

Burst missile technology was first employed in combat during the A World With No Boundaries uprising following the Belkan War in 1995. The organization had stolen Belka's single ADFX-02 Morgan model, which was used by Larry Foulke to duel Cipher. In the middle of the battle, Foulke fired the aircraft's burst missiles, but Cipher managed to dodge them and eventually shoot him down.[5]

In Game Burst Missile

A Hrimfaxi-launched burst missile detonates over the Razgriz Straits

Burst missiles were later employed in combat during the Circum-Pacific War in late 2010. During the conflict, the Scinfaxi and Hrimfaxi utilized their arsenal of burst missiles to devastating effect against the Osean forces. The first known use occurred on September 30, 2010, when Scinfaxi-launched burst missiles sank two Osean aircraft carriers and shot down numerous Osean escort fighters over the Eaglin Straits.[6] On October 4, the Scinfaxi's burst missiles were used to support Yuktobania's attempted invasion of Sand Island; the burst-missile warheads once again inflicted considerable casualties to the Osean air forces in the airspace.[1]

The second and last known use of burst missiles took place on November 14, 2010, when the Hrimfaxi successfully forestalled an Osean offensive into the Yuktobanian mainland. The Hrimfaxi-launched burst missiles inflicted enough casualties and damage to the Osean army that it temporarily postponed the inland offensive.[3]

Design

Advantages

Burst missiles share many basic design characteristics with intercontinental ballistic missiles and are capable of hitting targets from thousands of miles away. This extended range allowed the launch site or vessel to attack targets from a safe distance (e.g. the Hrimfaxi targeted Osean ground troops from the safety of the Razgriz Straits).[3]

Each burst-missile warhead contains multiple smaller warheads, which separate and spread out in mid-air over their target before detonating; each warhead has a blast radius of 2,500 feet. The sheer concussive power and intense heat of the blasts was described by the Oseans as "molten steel raining down" on them.[6]

Limitations

When burst missiles are fired at ground targets, they must detonate at a certain altitude in order for the explosions to envelope the ground; this means that air units can ascend to a higher altitude (usually above 5,000 feet) and safely fly over the missile detonations. This weakness would be exploited by Osea's Wardog Squadron during the engagements in which the Scinfaxi and Hrimfaxi were sunk.[1][3]

Burst missiles are also extremely vulnerable during the early boost phase after initial launch; furthermore, underwater missile launches generate enough sonar resonance that the submersible performing the launch can be located and targeted.[1]

Trivia

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Front Line, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  2. FOLLOW, ACES WEB. Published September 4, 1991.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Demons of Razgriz, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  4. Aces At War: A History, page 57.
  5. Zero, Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Rendezvous, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.