Before the two planes take off, capture both of them in one shot. Got it?
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Rolling Thunder is mission 5A in Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception.


"Allied ground forces are stranded at Stand Canyon. They're members of the Davis Unit, who were en route to an assault on Santa Elva when they were cut off from the main force. The Santa Elva offensive could use their support, and we can hardly leave them for dead. However, Leasath has already begun mobilizing a search and destroy operation. It is only a matter of time before the Davis Unit is wiped out. I think we should launch a strike now, and save as many of our troops as we can. Although, the area of attack is within the range of the Gleipnir's SWBM (Shock Wave Ballistic Missile). The very same weapon that devastating our squadron... By implementing shielding and flying low through the canyon, it should be possible to avoid an attack by the SWBM. In the event that Gleipnir should attack, stay below the rim of the canyon or less than 2400 feet (800 meters)."


Gryphus One must protect the allied Davis Unit from Leasath forces including attack helicopters, tanks and rocket launchers while under constant attacks by SWBMs launched from the Gleipnir at Terminus Island.

Enemy Lists[]

Standard Units[]

Unit Points Count Notes
Icon-AirTGT AH-64A Apache 100 4
Icon-GroundTGT Tank 200 5
Icon-GroundTGT Launcher 120 5
Icon-GroundEnemy AA GUN 150 3
Icon-GroundEnemy Vehicle 100 3
Icon-GroundEnemy SAM 180 3
Icon-GroundEnemy Bridge 80 3
Icon-GroundEnemy Antenna 50 3
Icon-GroundEnemy Barrack 80 2
Icon-GroundEnemy Hangar 100 2
Icon-GroundEnemy Containers 120 1
Icon-GroundEnemy H.Q 150 1

Special Units[]

Unit Points Minimum
Icon-GroundEnemy Hangar 100 Easy Star Unit. Unlocks Destructive Missile when destroyed. [note 1]
Icon-AirEnemy F-16 "ICE" 840 Normal [note 2]


The S-Rank is achieved if the Davis Unit does not suffer any more than 25% casualties.[1]


"We've succeeded in rescuing the Davis Unit from the enemy onslaught. The men express their gratitude for rescuing them sir. This victory has also allowed us to begin formalizing a strategy for the recapture of Santa Elva."



  1. Appears when the player approaches an antenna in the northeast.
  2. Appears when 10 TGTs have been destroyed and the Davis unit has not taken any losses.


  1. Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception - The Complete Guide, pages 070-073.