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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 is tasked with escorting the helicopters on route to the Sachana Air Base. There are 24 RPG troopers in total hiding in the forest, and they only appear for a brief period of time to attack the helicopters or the player aircraft (if flying nearby) before disappearing. When the friendly helicopters are close to the air base, enemy AH-64s and SAMs will also attempt to shoot down friendly helicopters. The mission ends when at least one helicopter successfully lands at the Sachana Air Base. After the mission is complete, the player can optionally complete a landing sequence.

Enemy Lists

Standard Units

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

Special Units

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


To earn an S-Rank, at least 4 helicopters must survive (MPG must stay below 25%).[1]


"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.


  1. Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception - The Complete Guide, pages 112-115.