- "He's burning! He's coming right at us!"
- ―José Gutierrez
|Game||Ace Combat: Assault Horizon|
|Next mission||Red Moon|
|Objective||Protect the airbase.|
|Date||December 21, 2015|
|Location||Hamada, East Africa|
Inferno is the 2nd mission of Ace Combat: Assault Horizon.
The mission begins at the airbase in Africa where Colonel Bishop is taxiing out to the runway. The Red Moon Squadron, led by Major Illich, had already lifted off on patrol. As Bishop reaches the runway, a battle-damaged KC-10 Extender tanker aircraft arrives, showing extreme damage from enemy air-to-air attacks, smashing into the ground and sideswiping a dozen fighters on the runway. All remaining pilots, including Bishop, take off, and assist the Red Moon Squadron, who are holding off an entire squadron of MiG-21bis Fishbed aircraft.
During this battle, enemy aircraft can be lured over the NATO base where allied ground units can shoot them down. After eliminating the immediate threat, Lion Squadron reports addition enemies approaching, and Warwolf moves to help them. During this battle, the base's radar and missile defense systems are knocked offline, and must be protected from taking further damage. Afterwards, Lion reports SRN aircraft destroying the nearby oil facility and the combat shifts there.
During this battle, Illich's plane is damaged and he ejects, but before a search and rescue team can be dispatched, he is captured by ground troops.
- In an early version of the game, Su-25 Frogfoot fighters would have made an appearance in the mission, attacking the oil fields. However, they are completely absent in the retail edition.
- Towards the end of the mission, Red Moon 4 is attacked by rebel aircraft, and is normally scripted to die. The player can destroy all Fishbeds pursuing him, saving his life. However, he doesn't thank Bishop for rescuing him, unlike Lion 1 in "Blue on Blue".Instead,it was Lion 2 that thanked Bishop.