- "Head towards the ravine and terrain mask. Use the crevices. Get low and stay low!"
- ― Allied pilot #1
"Deep Strike" is the seventh mission of Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies.
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' 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' industrial output, but also divert attention from our own imminent invasion plans.
While there are numerous surface targets that can be destroyed - the majority of which are low-point-rewarding solar panels - there are only three facilities labeled TGT. All the player has to do is destroy these three targets and they're done. However, if the player wishes to achieve the S-rank, it's best to first take out the AA defenses (such as the flak guns and SAMs), and then perform a bombing run on the clusters of solar panels. The bandits flying around the facility can also be engaged.
Once the three TGTs are destroyed, Stonehenge, the railgun system that became the catalyst for the war, will attack the player for the first time in the game. In order to avoid Stonehenge's attacks, the player must drop to an altitude below 2,000 feet and return to base; the only way to do this is by flying inside the nearby ravine. By evading helicopter and fighter attacks and flying carefully through the ravine, the player completes the mission once they cross the return line.
Achieving an S rank is fairly simple in this mission. The player must simply takeout all of the ground facilities and maybe a few aircraft. The solar panels are the lowest value targets, but also the easiest to destroy. A few shots from the aircraft gun are enough to take them out. RCLs and bomblet dispensers work very effectively as well. Remember to keep the three TGTs until the very end so as not to be cut off from a good source of points. It is also recommended to take out the enemy ace, who is worth a fair amount of points as well.
Additionally, the player can opt to shoot down aircraft and helicopters in the ravine after the mission update, though this is considerably more difficult to do while still avoiding Stonehenge's attacks.
- TND-IDS De Vico - Appears to the far north of the solar plant (only under SP New Game -> Normal or harder)
The mission succeeded, but the combat losses due to Stonehenge were higher than expected. Victory will elude us until it is eliminated.
- During the mission briefing, while the ISAF arrow approached Faith Park, it crossed Stonehenge's attack radius. The circle flashed for a brief moment, providing a little foreshadowing to Stonehenge's attack.
- The debriefing officer says that losses due to Stonehenge were expected, even though nothing was said about Stonehenge attacking until it did so.