Deep Strike

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Deep Strike is the seventh campaign mission of Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies. This mission is mainly an air-to-ground operation; it is also the first time the player encounters an attack from Stonehenge.

Briefing[edit | edit source]

Your next mission is to attack the solar powered generator plants in the Faith Park region. These generators equal nuclear ones in output, and provide about 60% of the energy for the Erusians' [sic] military industrial complexes. Since they do not require oil or uranium supplies, we cannot stop power production by interdicting their supply lines. This deep strike mission will not only cripple the Erusians' [sic] industrial output, but also divert attention from our own imminent invasion plans.

Objectives[edit | edit source]

The player needs to destroy three buildings marked as TGTs to complete the first phase of the mission. The facility is guarded by several air defense units and fighter jets, and there are many solar panels that can also be destroyed, but they are not critical to the mission.

Mission Update[edit | edit source]

Once the three TGTs are destroyed, Stonehenge will commence bombardment over the mission area. The player should drop to an altitude below 2,000 feet and fly through the ravines in order to avoid Stonehenge's attacks. The mission is complete when the player successfully passes through the Return Line at the southern edge of the map.

Enemy Lists[edit | edit source]

Standard Units[edit | edit source]

Section Unit Points Count Notes
Initial Icon-GroundTGT.svg SOL. TOWER 120 1
Icon-GroundTGT.svg CTRL. ROOM 120 1
Icon-GroundTGT.svg RADAR 100 1
Icon-GroundEnemy.svg PILLBOX 60 2
Icon-GroundEnemy.svg FLAK GUN 40 2
Icon-GroundEnemy.svg SAM 30 2
Icon-GroundEnemy.svg AA GUN 20 2
Icon-GroundEnemy.svg SOL. PANEL 15 41 [note 1]
Icon-AirEnemy.svg TND IDS 60 3
Icon-AirEnemy.svg F-16 60 9
Icon-AirEnemy.svg F-15C 60 8
Mission Update Icon-AirEnemy.svg MI-24 50 10

Special Units[edit | edit source]

Unit Points Count Notes
Icon-AirEnemy.svg TND-IDS "DE VICO" 240 1 [note 2]

S Rank[edit | edit source]

An S rank for this mission requires 1,540 points on Normal difficulty or above (1,140 points on Easy difficulty or below).[1][2] Destroy as many non-TGT enemies as possible to obtain the required score.

Debriefing[edit | edit source]

The mission succeeded, but the combat losses due to Stonehenge were higher than expected. Victory will elude us until it is eliminated.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • During the mission briefing, the ISAF arrow crosses over Stonehenge's attack radius; the circle flashes for a brief moment, foreshadowing Stonehenge's impending attack.
    • The debriefing officer says that losses due to Stonehenge had been expected, even though nothing was said about Stonehenge attacking in the pre-mission briefing.
  • The first wave of attacks from Stonehenge do not cause any harm, so you may fly above 2,000 feet until the next one.[citation needed]

Footnotes[edit source]

  1. Solar panels can be destroyed with a single shot from the gun.
  2. The player must have completed the campaign, and must be playing on Normal difficulty or higher. De Vico appears to the far north of the plant.

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