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| image = [[File:Istas Fortress.jpg]]
 
| image = [[File:Istas Fortress.jpg]]
 
| type = Mountain range
 
| type = Mountain range
| location = South of [[Chopinburg Rainforest|Chopinburg]]
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| location = Southern [[Usea]]
| coord = 33.6°N, 130.7°E{{Ref|TLBrief|Briefing prior to [[Tango Line]]. ''[[Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies]]''.}}
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| coord = Lat. 33.6, Long. 130.7
 
| events = [[Operation Woodpecker]]
 
| events = [[Operation Woodpecker]]
 
| appearances = ''[[Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies]]''
 
| appearances = ''[[Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies]]''
 
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== Founding ==
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'''{{PAGENAME}}''' was an [[Independent State Allied Forces]] facility located in the tropical mountainous region southeast of [[Los Canas]] on the southernmost peninsula of [[Usea]]. The fortress's airfield and VTOL facilities fell under [[Erusea|Erusian]] control following the ISAF's evacuation to the east,{{Ref|AC04|''[[Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies]]''.}} but was reclaimed soon after ISAF commenced counteroffensive operations on the mainland.{{Ref|AC04M10|[[Tango Line]]. ''[[Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies]]''.}}
The entire complex of the airbase was established on a flat mountain peak near the Tango Line's strategic center, Istas Fortress. It was founded on the 3rd of September, 2001. Like its counterpart, Rigley Airbase, further northwest, Scion Airbase was an ISAF facility. When tensions between Erusea and the FCU brewed and boiled, supplies were flown in from the ISAF GHQ in Los Canas, Amber. The ISAF first depended on it to be key aerial lift hub in their operations, but later decided that its real purpose was to target the [[Stonehenge Turret Network]]. However, this was only if the Erusians invaded en masse. ISAF High Command never realized it, but the entire facility, as well as the fortress, was within [[Stonehenge Turret Network|Stonehenge's]] effective range and it was constructed at sufficient height for Stonehenge's low yield nuclear shells to annihilate the entire airbase.
 
   
== History ==
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==Description==
When the Usean Continental War broke out, Scion Airbase was claimed by Erusian forces during their premeditated onslaught. Supplies and troop reinforcements no longer aided the base's welfare when Los Canas was occupied and the ISAF GHQ was effectively transferred to North Point.
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The Istas Fortress complex was comprised of Scion Airbase, located atop a mountain plateau; a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) base atop the western mountain peaks; submarine docks, which were constructed under the base of the mountains to the north; and a resupply and refueling depot to the west. Istas Fortress's defensive capabilities were further enhanced by the area's rugged and heavily forested terrain.{{Refcall|AC04M10}}
   
When ISAF forces began their push on the mainland, Istas Fortress became a prime target. If the fortress was critically damaged to a point of disrepair, the Tango Line would be ineffective. Aircraft were sent within Stonehenge's effective range to cripple the supply lines and interdict the entire complex. Among them was Mobius 1, ISAF's premier pilot. Scion Airbase was the first sector of Istas Fortress to come under heavy attack. When the strike force moved on to towards the Submarine Servicing Complex to decimate the facilities and vessels there, Scion Airbase had been totally annihilated.
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==History==
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===Erusian capture===
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As tensions between Erusea and the ISAF erupted into open war, Istas Fortress became an important ISAF installation on the frontlines. The ISAF would use the fortress facilities as a resupply hub to support its western operations in [[San Salvacion]]. When the Erusians began using the [[Stonehenge Turret Network]] as an anti-aircraft weapon, however, Erusea began shooting down support fighters and resupply convoys launched from Istas Fortress. The resulting lost of air power put ISAF on the defensive, and Erusea proceeded to launch a massive attack on the fortress. Outnumbered and outmatched, the ISAF retreated and abandoned Istas Fortress, and the facility quickly fell into Erusian control.{{Refcall|AC04}}
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===ISAF counterattack===
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{{Quote|Below 2,000 feet? What do they expect us to do? Fly through the mountains?|ISAF pilot during [[Operation Woodpecker]]}}
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When ISAF commenced its counteroffensive on the mainland, Istas Fortress became a prime target. If the fortress could be taken, the Erusians' defensive line to the north—the "Tango Line"—could be flanked and rendered useless. On February 28, 2005, ISAF squadrons were sent on a dangerous mission inside Stonehenge's effective range to cripple the fortress. During the operation, Stonehenge opened fire, launching several volleys at the ISAF aircraft, which managed to avoid destruction by reducing their altitudes to below 2,000 feet. Despite Stonehenge's efforts, Istas Fortress was reclaimed by ISAF, and the Tango Line collapsed. ISAF would use this opportunity to advance on [[Los Canas]] to the north and liberate the city.{{Refcall|AC04M10}}
   
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
 
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<gallery>
DSC 0037.jpg
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DSC 0037.jpg|Istas Fortress viewed through an ISAF fighter's HUD.
DSC 0040.jpg|A waterfall at Istas Fortress
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DSC 0040.jpg|A waterfall at Istas Fortress.
DSC 0036.jpg
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DSC 0036.jpg|A view of the terrain surrounding Istas Fortress.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
   

Revision as of 07:12, June 8, 2016

Istas Fortress was an Independent State Allied Forces facility located in the tropical mountainous region southeast of Los Canas on the southernmost peninsula of Usea. The fortress's airfield and VTOL facilities fell under Erusian control following the ISAF's evacuation to the east,[1] but was reclaimed soon after ISAF commenced counteroffensive operations on the mainland.[2]

Description

The Istas Fortress complex was comprised of Scion Airbase, located atop a mountain plateau; a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) base atop the western mountain peaks; submarine docks, which were constructed under the base of the mountains to the north; and a resupply and refueling depot to the west. Istas Fortress's defensive capabilities were further enhanced by the area's rugged and heavily forested terrain.[2]

History

Erusian capture

As tensions between Erusea and the ISAF erupted into open war, Istas Fortress became an important ISAF installation on the frontlines. The ISAF would use the fortress facilities as a resupply hub to support its western operations in San Salvacion. When the Erusians began using the Stonehenge Turret Network as an anti-aircraft weapon, however, Erusea began shooting down support fighters and resupply convoys launched from Istas Fortress. The resulting lost of air power put ISAF on the defensive, and Erusea proceeded to launch a massive attack on the fortress. Outnumbered and outmatched, the ISAF retreated and abandoned Istas Fortress, and the facility quickly fell into Erusian control.[1]

ISAF counterattack

"Below 2,000 feet? What do they expect us to do? Fly through the mountains?"
― ISAF pilot during Operation Woodpecker

When ISAF commenced its counteroffensive on the mainland, Istas Fortress became a prime target. If the fortress could be taken, the Erusians' defensive line to the north—the "Tango Line"—could be flanked and rendered useless. On February 28, 2005, ISAF squadrons were sent on a dangerous mission inside Stonehenge's effective range to cripple the fortress. During the operation, Stonehenge opened fire, launching several volleys at the ISAF aircraft, which managed to avoid destruction by reducing their altitudes to below 2,000 feet. Despite Stonehenge's efforts, Istas Fortress was reclaimed by ISAF, and the Tango Line collapsed. ISAF would use this opportunity to advance on Los Canas to the north and liberate the city.[2]

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Tango Line. Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies.
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