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The Rocket Launcher (RKTL in Infinity and Assault Horizon; RCL in other games) is an unguided special weapon featured in nearly all games since Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies. The weapon often takes the shape of multi-barrel launch pods, with one located in each of the player aircraft's wings. A smaller variant, called Rocket Launcher (Small), is also featured in Ace Combat Infinity.

Game Analysis

Ace Combat Infinity

RKTL Infinity Icon
"A special weapon that fires a succession of multiple, non-homing rockets.
Although not suited to precision firing, they split apart upon impact, causing damage to the vicinity.
As well as clearing out a wide area, focusing on a single point of impact also allows for major damage to be inflicted to the target."
Hangar

Aircraft

Cst A2A A2G HOM DIS DMG REL Price
Lv.1 6 F E+ F D+ F+ A 0
Lv.2 18 F E+ F C F+ A 19,240
Lv.3 25 F E+ F C F+ A 74,880
Lv.4 48 F E+ F C F+ A+ 293,800
Lv.5 70 F D F C F+ A+ 640,900
Total Credit Price from Lv.0 to Lv.5 1,028,820

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy

RCL Icon Legacy
"This weapon launches six unguided rocket-propelled missiles that explode on contact, damaging nearby targets."
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Aircraft

Aircraft Price Ammo
Mirage 2000D 7,100 6
JAS-39 Gripen NG Starting weapon 6
MiG-21-93 Fishbed 5,500 6
MiG-31 Foxhound 41,100 6
MiG-1.44 Flatpack Starting weapon 6
A6M5 ZERO 15,000 6
F6F-5 Hellcat Starting weapon 12

Statistics

RCL Stats Legacy

Gallery

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

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Aircraft

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Ace Combat: Joint Assault

ACX2 Icon RCL
"This weapon launches multiple unguided rocket-propelled missiles that explode on contact, damaging nearby targets."
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Cost

The RCL costs 16 credits per use.

Aircraft

Aircraft Price Ammo
F-16C Fighting Falcon Starting weapon 18
F-5E Tiger II 3,400 16
MiG-29A Fulcrum Starting weapon 16
MiG-21-93 Fishbed 4,400 12
F-1 Starting weapon 17
XR-45 Cariburn Starting weapon 28
Gripen C Starting weapon 24
A6M5 ZERO 1,800 5
F6F-5 Hellcat 4,200 10

Gallery

Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation

"The RCL is capable of firing a volley of unguided rockets in rapid succession.
Although some skill is necessary to master its operation, the RCL can deliver unparalleled damage when all of its rockets hit their mark.
The operational scope of this general-purpose weapon is limited only by the pilot's ability.
Its low cost and easy mounting have kept it in demand despite the prevalance of other missile based weapons."
― Hangar

Aircraft

Aircraft Ammo
F-16C Fighting Falcon 20
A-10A Thunderbolt II 25
Su-33 Flanker-D 30
Typhoon 32

Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception

Acx rcl icon
"This weapon launches multiple unguided rocket-propelled missiles that explode on contact, damaging nearby targets."
Hangar

Aircraft

Aircraft Price Ammo
F-16C Fighting Falcon Starting weapon 10
F-5E Tiger II 2,700 10
MiG-29A Fulcrum 4,500 12
F-1 Starting weapon 10
XR-45 Cariburn 9,300 14
Gripen C Starting weapon 16

Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War

RCL icon (ACZ)
"This weapon launches multiple unguided, rocket-propelled missiles that explode on contact, damaging nearby targets."
Hangar

Aircraft

Aircraft Price Ammo
J35J Draken 4,400 8
F-1 Starting weapon 10
MiG-21bis Fishbed Starting weapon 8
MiG-29A Fulcrum 10,700 10
A-10A Thunderbolt II 14,600 16
Gripen C Starting weapon 12

Gallery

Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War

Ac5 rcl icon
"This weapon launches multiple unguided, rocket-propelled missile that explode on contact, damaging nearby targets."
Hangar

Aircraft

Aircraft Ammo
MiG-21bis 8
Gripen C 12

Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies

"Rocket Launcher: anti-surface weapon capable of firing multiple unguided rockets."
― Hangar

Aircraft

Aircraft Price Ammo
F-5E Tiger II 41,000 64
MiG-29A Fulcrum 81,000 72
F-2A 99,000 80

Trivia

  • The Rocket Launcher is the weapon to experience the most functionality changes in the series, ranging between a slow-firing weapon with wide spread and a fast-firing, highly accurate SP weapon.
  • The rocket pod models used are: LAU-68D/A/M260 70mm 7-shot pod or LAU-61C/A/M261 70mm 19-shot pod for US aircraft, UB-16/UB-32 57mm 16-shot/32-shot pod or B8M1 80mm 20-shot pod for Russian aircraft, or the B-13L 130mm 5-shot pod for the Ka-50 Hokum, Bofors ARAK-70 135mm 6-shot pod for the Gripen C, and JLAU-3/A for the F-2A.

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