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This article is about an in-game mission. For the in-universe event, see Operation Gorgon.

Last Hope is the 16th campaign mission in Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown. The player must escort General Édouard Labarthe and his transport from Erusean forces as they make their way outside Anchorhead Bay.

Briefing

Erusea's communication networks have been down since their satellites were destroyed. Unfortunately, we are experiencing trouble too. All of Usea has been affected, and we don't know when things will be back up and running. We're not even sure if this is Erusea's doing. Still, we will follow the strategy that was originally planned and move on to the next operation after liberating Farbanti. Let's get to it. Since the war began, we have been receiving communications in secret from an officer in the Erusean Army. With the capital under our control, Erusea's radical element is losing support quickly, affecting the balance of power. HQ is thinking of using the military officer as a way to gain leverage to settle peace negotiations. The officer is currently hiding in the outskirts of Anchorhead Bay, having joined up with support dispatched from the Osean Army. The plan is that they'll take a standard vehicle to a rendezvous point at a harbor in the east part of the city where a helicopter will be waiting. I would like the new Strider Squadron to provide escort for the officer. Cyclops will remain at the base on standby to serve as defense. With the communication network currently down in the capital, I very much doubt Erusea will be able to mount a regimented counterattack. However, it is likely that Erusea's intelligence department and the remaining forces who are aware of the officer's movements will interfere. Keep a close eye on the officer and make sure he stays safe. Our victory in Farbanti has given us a golden opportunity to finally end this war. Be safe out there. Take note that our satellite-based IFF has become unreliable following the recent communications failure. As such, target ID will be done by processing the images from the infrared cameras on your aircraft. Objects will initially appear as "UNKNOWN" on your HUDs, but will be ID'd once you close in on them for a set period of time.

Objectives

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Initial

Protect General Labarthe’s(LARBARTHE) vehicle until it reaches the rendezvous point. Without satellite link up all targets are yellow until you focus on them by keeping them in the center of your view until they turn green or blue. Holding “switch target” button to focus on yellow targets, even if not in center of view, will help identify them faster. Destroying UNKNOWN targets will not grant any points, and destroying too many allied units on accident will result in mission failure.

Mission Update

Destroy all TGT aircraft attacking the civilian transport. You are not allowed to attack them until they are identified.

Mission Update

Destroy TGT drones that were escorting civilian transport, without satellite uplink they act on their own. Several MQ-99 drones will be deployed from nearby container trucks to assist as well.

Enemy Lists

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Standard Units

All units will be marked as UNKNOWN on the HUD until identified by the player or an ally.

Section Unit Points Count Notes
Initial Icon-AirEnemy Su-35S 700
Icon-AirEnemy Su-34 600
Icon-AirEnemy F/A-18F 500
Icon-AirEnemy MiG-29A 340
Icon-AirEnemy AH-64D 200
Icon-GroundEnemy RADAR VEHICLE 120
Icon-GroundEnemy APC 120
Icon-GroundEnemy RKTL TRUCK 120
Icon-GroundEnemy SAM 200
Icon-GroundEnemy AA GUN 150
Icon-GroundEnemy TANK 150
Icon-GroundEnemy VEHICLE 120
Icon-GroundEnemy GUNBOAT 150
Mission Update 1 Icon-AirNeutral C-1 1000 1 [note 1]
Icon-AirNeutral F/A-18F 500 3 [note 2]
Icon-AirTGT YF-23 800 3
Icon-AirTGT Su-33 600 2
Mission Update 2 Icon-AirTGT F/A-18F 500 3
Icon-AirTGT MQ-99 350 8

Special Unit

Unit Points Notes
Icon-AirEnemy Su-35S "AXEMAN" 1,800 [note 3]

Debriefing

In order to respond to the attack on the base, Cyclops has scrambled after being on standby. We'll head up too once our planes are ready. Oh, and Labarthe is dead.

Count: What did you say?

Apparently, he was shot down by another Osean aircraft after he left the area of operations. I mean, I know it was chaos, but still. At any rate, the sealed-order operation has come to a close. We have no idea about a plan for going forward. All we can do for now is watch our own backs.

Húxiān: What's up with the commander?

He's staying in his room. He's still alive since we can hear him crying.

S Rank

Earning an S Rank on this mission requires earning a combined score and time bonus of 39,000 points or more.

The maximum time bonus available is 19,240 for completing the mission in a total of 18 minutes or less. This includes time spent retrying from the checkpoint. If the player can complete the mission in that amount of time, they only need 19,760 points from destroying targets in the mission itself to earn the S Rank.

If the player goes past the 18 minutes threshold, the time bonus decreases by 40 points every second, so the player must compensate by destroying more targets to hit the 39,000 point threshold.

Footnotes

  1. Destruction of the C-1 will result in Mission Failure.
  2. Destruction of the F/A-18Fs will result in Mission Failure, but they will become targets after the next mission update.
  3. The player must have completed this mission at least once, and must be playing on Normal difficulty or higher. Earn about 10,000 points. AXEMAN spawns above the southeastern part of the city, but will be marked as UNKNOWN until confirmed as an enemy.

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