- This article is about an in-game mission. For the in-universe event, see Operation Varsity.
- "They are a brave bunch of soldiers. I'll give them that."
- ― Pixy
Flicker of Hope is the fifth mission of Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
The mountain town of Solis Ortus is located just outside Ustio's capital, Directus. The Allied Forces will deploy airborne troops, comprised primarily of Osea's 101st Airborne Division, over Solis Ortus, in a surprise air and ground attack on the Belkan forces. This operation will play a critical role in Ustio's liberation. Your mission is to provide support for the airborne troops. Destroy Belka's surface-to-air defence network and all interceptor aircraft, securing a safe drop zone for the airborne troops. Be aware of civilians still inside Solis Ortus. Your actions will determine their fate. Good luck.
The mission's objective is to destroy all enemy anti-air defenses that are marked TGT. Once several TGTs are destroyed, enemy fighters appear as TGTs; they must be destroyed along with any remaining ground TGTs.
The mission is completed when all TGTs are destroyed.
The following enemy lists are taken from the Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War Perfect Guide Book.
|AR #||Unit||Points|| Campaign|
|038||A-10A "Fischer"||860||Very Easy||[note 7]|
|039||F-16C "Trinker"||980||Expert||[note 8]|
|040||F-16XL "Dichter"||1020||Very Easy||Mercenary||[note 9]|
|041||F-2A "Spieler"||1080||Very Easy||Soldier||Template:Notecall|
|042||F-20A "Anwalt"||820||Very Easy||Knight||Template:Notecall|
|043||MiG-31 "Schwann"||1160||Ace||[note 10]|
Achieving an S rank on this mission requires clearing it in 9 minutes or less. 9 minutes is more than enough time to destroy all of the TGTs. The player should prioritize destroying all AA GUNs and SAMs to keep the transports and paratroopers safe.
Operation Varsity succeeded. Ground troops are now en route to Solis Ortus. It won't be long now before Ustio is liberated.
- The opening briefing mistakenly states that the paratrooper detachment involved in the mission is the "101st Airborne Division". In modern history, the 101st Airborne was a paratrooper division of the United States Army involved in various major operations in World War II, being another link between the Belkan War and WWII.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War Perfect Guide Book, pages 062-063.
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