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This article is about an in-game mission. For the in-universe event, see Helicopter Raid of Sachana.
A Diversion is a mission in Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception.


"In order to ensure our bid to capture the capitol is a success, we need to first take back Sachana Air Base. Sachana Air Base is our country's largest airbase. The enemy incurred heavy losses during the previous battle at Kalana Steppes, resulting in a near complete loss of airpower in this area. However, enemy ground troops have already begun to form a formidable intercept force in their stead. The surrounding woods would put our ground troops at a distinct disadvantage, so a helicopter unit will be used to carry them in. Your mission, sir, will be to protect the helicopter until they can safely land at the target. Intellingence reports that enemy troops trained in guerilla warfare and familiar with the terrain are holding this point. Infared sensors have been attached to the HUD to help locate enemies hiding in the forest. The heat signature from an enemy's weapon will appear on the HUD whenever they fire. Use this chance to lock on to the target. Draw enemy fire and take out as many enemy positions as possible to ensure the safety of the helicopter unit.


The player must protect the helicopters from RPGs and then destroy all defenses at the airfield. After the mission is complete, the player can optionally complete a landing sequence.

Enemy Lists

Standard Units

Unit Points Count Notes
Icon-GroundEnemy RPG 300 24
Icon-GroundEnemy SAM 180 6
Icon-GroundEnemy AA GUN 150 4
Icon-AirEnemy AH-64A Apache 100 2
Icon-AirEnemy X-29A 380 3

Special Units

Unit Points Minimum
Icon-AirEnemy B-52H Stratofortress 320 Easy Star Unit. Unlocks Extra Elron when shot down. [note 1]
Icon-AirEnemy F/A-18E "STORM" 1040 Normal [note 2]


To earn an S-Rank, at least 4 helicopters must survive.


"The helicopter has brought Sachana Air Base under their control. The mission is a success. Air power from the base will be a vital asset, especially in the battle to retake Griswall. I have the feeling the day of our capitol's liberation is not far off."


  1. Appears at the base when the helicopters enter the base's airspace.
  2. Appears to the southeast part of the map at the beginning of the mission. It will move northwest in an attempt to leave the map if not shot down.


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