Rocket Launcher

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The Rocket Launcher (abbreviated as RKT in Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, RKTL in Infinity and Assault Horizon; RCL in previous 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 7: Skies Unknown

"Unguided anti-surface rockets attached to the front of the aircraft that can be continuously fired. They are ideal for neutralization fire."
― Hangar


Aircraft Price (MRP) Ammo
MiG-21bis Fishbed 0 16
A-10C Thunderbolt II 12,000 40
F-2A 9,000 20
ASF-X Shinden II 0 56

Ace Combat Infinity

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"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."


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

"A weapon that can continuously fire unguided rockets forward. It explodes on impact and damages the surrounding area. It can be used to suppress a wide area or concentrate an extremely powerful attack on specific target."


Aircraft Ammo
ASF-X Shinden II 36
JAS-39C Gripen 30
AV-8B Harrier II plus 28
F-2A 30
A-10A Thunderbolt II 36
AH-64D Apache Longbow 42
Mi-24 Hind 54
Ka-50 Hokum 36


Ace Combat: Joint Assault

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


The RCL costs 16 credits per use.


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


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


Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War

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


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


  • 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.