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The Tanker Defense from Bombers mission archetype appears in Airforce Delta Storm. It involves defending allied oil tankers from three bombers each appearing after another in the NTSC version. In the PAL version, there are more than three bombers and they appear in three groups, one after another. There are three of these missions in the game and all of them are set in the Elesia province story arc.

Overall Description

In the NTSC version, these missions involve waiting for three bombers to appear, one after another, and then shooting them down before they can destroy any of the allied tankers. In the PAL version, the bombers appear almost instantly and in three groups, one after another.

Walkthrough

These missions are fairly easy. It takes a little over a minute (The time taken for the first bomber to appear is a bit different in each mission) for the first bomber to appear so feel free to shoot down enemy fighters or destroy enemy ships while waiting. When a bomber appears, wait for it to get closer to the mission range so you can avoid the risk of leaving the mission zone. Fast planes are generally recommended for these missions because you may have been attacking a bomber head-on at first, but then you probably missed them and you had to swoop back around to attack them from behind and with speed, you can catch up to them with ease if you get far behind them. You fail these missions if a bomber destroys a tanker, but complete them after shooting down all three bombers. In the PAL version, these missions are changed somewhat. There are more than three bombers and they appear in groups, one after another. Also, in Path to the Open Sea, one of the planes is also a target.

Mission Dialogue

NOTE: This applies to all three missions; There is no difference in dialogue between any of them.

Briefing

As you know, this long war is bigining[sic] fought over the basic necessities of food and other resources. We have decided to transport the crude oil taken from an oil field we are occupying to the rear. The United Forces are expected to throw everything they have into an attempt to destroy the tanker. Your mission is to guard this tanker on its voyage. Make sure that the tanker sustains no damage in the attack. Over and out.

Mission Map

Delta Leader: (When each mission is selected on the map) An enemy bomber group has been spotted heading for friendly oil tankers. Keep those tankers safe from the bombers. Once the tankers are on the open sea, our job will be finished.

Mission

Delta 2?: (When the first bomber appears after approximately 1 minute and 20 seconds into Oil SOS, 1 minute and 29 seconds into Path to the Open Sea, and 1 minute and 34 seconds into Escape at Dawn) 1st wave of enemy bombers closing! (When the second bomber appears after approximately 2 minutes and 20 seconds into Oil SOS, 2 minutes and 29 seconds into Path to the Open Sea, and 2 minutes and 34 seconds into Escape at Dawn) 2nd wave of enemy bombers closing! (When the third and final bomber appears after approximately 3 minutes and 20 seconds into Oil SOS, 3 minutes and 30 seconds into Path to the Open Sea, and 3 minutes and 35 seconds into Escape at Dawn) 3rd wave of enemy bombers closing! (When a bomber gets close enough to the tankers) There's no time! Hurry!! (When a bomber destroys a tanker) Tanker has been sunk.

[mission fails if a tanker was sunk]

[mission is completed once all bombers are shot down]

Oil SOS

Oil SOS is the second mission for Daeira Airbase in Airforce Delta Storm and the first of these tanker defense from bombers missions.

Reward

The reward for this mission is 190,000 credits plus a variable amount depending on the number of enemies taken out and, in the case of the planes, how they were taken out. Fortress on the Sands is unlocked. The JAS 39 Gripen and the Rafale C are also unlocked for 350,000 credits and 360,000 credits respectively.

Mission-Specific Features

  • This mission shares its music with The Crimson Sea.
  • The sky is a pinkish-orange sunset with big clouds.


Enemy List (Oil SOS)

Enemy Unit Number Score
Tu-160 Blackjack 3/9 22,500
Tornado IDS 2 16,000
MiG-25PD Foxbat 2 19,000
MiG-27 Flogger J* 2 18,000
DDG Kongo 3 8,000

Path to the Open Sea

Path to the Open Sea is the (discounting Black Target and Shadows of the Unknown which are both optional) fourth and final mission for Eleon Airbase in Airforce Delta Storm and the second of these tanker defense from bomber missions.

Reward

The reward for this mission is 80,000 credits plus a variable amount depending on the number of enemies taken out and, in the case planes, how they were taken out. The Su-23U Furnace is unlocked for 600,000 credits.

Mission-Specific Features


Enemy List (Path to the Open Sea)

Enemy Unit Number Score
Tornado IDS 1 16,000
Tu-160 Blackjack 3/7 22,500
Tornado IDS 2/1 16,000
MiG-27 Flogger J* 2 18,000
MiG-25PD Foxbat 2 19,000
DDG Kongo 3 8,000

Escape at Dawn

Escape at Dawn is a mission for Febris Airbase and the last of these tanker defense from bombers missions.

Reward

The reward for this mission is 70,000 credits plus a variable amount depending on the number of enemies taken out and, in the case of the planes, how they were taken out. The YF-26ER Swan is unlocked for 560,000 credits. In the PAL version, the S-55 Flanker 0 is also unlocked for 570,000 credits.

Mission-Specific Features


Enemy List (Escape at Dawn)

Enemy Unit Number Score
Tu-160 Blackjack 3/9 22,500
Tornado IDS 2 16,000
MiG-25PD Foxbat 2 19,000
MiG-27 Flogger J* 2 18,000
DDG Kongo 3 8,000

Videos

Airforce Delta Storm - Mission 20 Oil SOS (Daeira Airbase)

Airforce Delta Storm - Mission 20 Oil SOS (Daeira Airbase)

Oil SOS begins at 2:40. NOTE: This is the NTSC version.

Deadly Skies (Airforce Delta Storm) - Oil SOS

Deadly Skies (Airforce Delta Storm) - Oil SOS

Oil SOS begins at 3:00. NOTE: This is the PAL version.

Airforce Delta Storm - Mission 21 Path to the Open Sea (Eleon Airbase)

Airforce Delta Storm - Mission 21 Path to the Open Sea (Eleon Airbase)

Path to the Open Sea begins at 3:07. NOTE: This is the NTSC version.

Deadly Skies (Airforce Delta Storm) - Path to the Open Sea

Deadly Skies (Airforce Delta Storm) - Path to the Open Sea

Path to the Open Sea begins at 3:15. NOTE: This is the PAL version.

Airforce Delta Storm - Mission 22 Escape at Dawn (Febris Airbase)

Airforce Delta Storm - Mission 22 Escape at Dawn (Febris Airbase)

Escape at Dawn begins at 2:51. NOTE: This is the NTSC version.

Deadly Skies (Airforce Delta Storm) - Escape at Dawn

Deadly Skies (Airforce Delta Storm) - Escape at Dawn

Escape at Dawn begins at 2:48. NOTE: This is the PAL version.


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