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SAAM

An SAAM launch in Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War; note the large green circle (target reticle) in the center of the HUD

The Semi-Active Air-to-Air Missile (SAAM) is a long-range air-to-air missile present in most Ace Combat games since Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.

Overview

The SAAM utilizes a missile guidance system known as semi-active radar homing. After being selected in flight, a large green reticle appears on the aircraft's Head-up display. After firing the missile at a specific target, the target must be kept inside of the reticle for the missile to continue tracking until it makes impact. This data transfer is what classifies the SAAM as "semi-active," in that it requires a consistent data transfer between itself and the launch aircraft.

One SAAM is powerful enough to destroy most enemy aircraft; as such, it is the weapon of choice for long-range assaults on a single aerial target. SAAMs are best utilized at their maximum range, since the target's angle of evasion is minimal and the risk of counterattack is low. However, the launch aircraft is vulnerable to counterattacks from other aircraft (or even the target aircraft) while it is still transmitting data to the missile. In one example, the target aircraft or other pilots in the same flight could be equipped with missiles that have an equal range to the SAAM, and are free to counterattack (and sometimes perform maneuvers if their long-range missiles are fully guided rather than semi-active).

Game Analysis

Ace Combat Infinity

SAAM Infinity Icon
SAAM Circle Comparison

A comparison of the SAAM's targeting circles in Infinity, taking levels and parts into account

"An air-to-air missile that homes in using semi-active radar. After firing, there is a requirement to keep the target inside the steering circle on your aircraft's display in order to maintain homing capabilities, but this allows the missile to be guided to the target with extremely high accuracy. It also offers long range, making it very effective over long distances."
Hangar

Aircraft

Cst A2A A2G HOM DIS DMG REL Price
Lv.1 10 E+ F S+ C+ F B+ 0
Lv.2 24 E+ F S+ C+ F B+ 22,200
Lv.3 32 D F S+ C+ F B+ 86,400
Lv.4 58 D F S++ B F A 339,000
Lv.5 84 D+ F S++ B F A 739,500
Total Credit Price from Lv.0 to Lv.5 1,187,100

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy

SAAM Icon Legacy
"Air-to-air missile with high accuracy and long range. Once fired, the target must be kept inside the missile's steering circle"
Hangar
Aircraft Price Ammo
F-15S/MTD Starting weapon 8
F-35C Lightning II Starting weapon 8
MiG-21-93 Fishbed Starting weapon 8
MiG-31 Foxhound 23,000 8
Su-47 Berkut 30,400 8
Typhoon Starting weapon 8

Statistics

SAAM Stats Legacy

Gallery

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

Aircraft

Gallery

Ace Combat: Joint Assault

ACX2 Icon SAAM
"Air-to-air missile with high accuracy and long range.
Once fired, the target must be kept inside the missile's steering circle."
Hangar

Cost

The SAAM costs 30 credits per use.

Aircraft

Aircraft Price Ammo
F-14D Super Tomcat Starting weapon 9
F-16C Fighting Falcon 8,000 12
F-16XL 12,600 13
JA 37 Viggen 7,600 11
F-15E Strike Eagle Starting weapon 15
Su-27 Flanker-B 14,200 12
MiG-31 Foxhound Starting weapon 21
MiG-29A Fulcrum 14,100 12
MiG-21-93 Fishbed Starting weapon 8
S-32 Starting weapon 12

Gallery

Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation

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― Hangar

Aircraft

Aircraft Price Ammo
F/A-18F Super Hornet 18
F-14D Super Tomcat 25
Rafale M 35
Su-47 Berkut 40

Gallery

Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception

ACEX Icon SAAM
"Air-to-air missile with high accuracy and long range.
Once fired, the target must be kept inside the missile's steering circle."
Hangar

Aircraft

Aircraft Price Ammo
F-4E Phantom II 2,600 8
JA 37 Viggen 2,500 8
MiG-29A Fulcrum 6,500 10
MiG-21-93 Fishbed Starting weapon 8
MiG-31 Foxhound Starting weapon 8
Tornado F3 10,400 12
F-15E Strike Eagle 10,400 10
F-16XL 14,000 10
Su-47 Berkut Starting weapon 14

Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War

SAAM icon (ACZ)
"Air-to-air missile with high accuracy and long range. Once fired, the target must be kept inside the missile's steering circle."
― Hangar

Aircraft

Aircraft Price Ammo
F-4E Phantom II Starting weapon 6
F-15E Strike Eagle 39,900 10
F-16XL 32,300 10
F/A-18C Hornet 14,400 8
F-20A Tigershark Starting weapon 10
J35J Draken Starting weapon 8
MiG-29A Fulcrum Starting weapon 12
Su-47 Berkut Starting weapon 14


Gallery

Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War

Ac5 saam icon
"Air-to-air missile with high accuracy and long range. Once fired, the target must be kept inside the missile's steering circle."
― Hangar

Aircraft

Aircraft Ammo
F-20A Tigershark 10
Mirage 2000 8
F-14A Tomcat 10
MiG-31 Foxhound 14
F-15C Eagle 10
Su-27 Flanker 10
Su-47 Berkut 14

Trivia

References

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