Danger X 9
Objective: Capture the enemy lab and seize the plans for their new weapon!
CO: Eagle, Drake, or Jess
Enemy CO: Hawke
Difficulty: 5 stars
This is the secret mission opened if you capture the western property in the mission Sinking Feeling. You have just nine days to capture the Black Hole lab in the northeastern corner. It's an extremely fast time table. A quick survey of the terrain reveals an unusual layout. There are several pipes that barricade portions of the map off from each other. You must somehow navigate the pipe formations quickly to reach the northeast corner.
Begin by moving your western ground troops directly north. You have a battleship and cruiser in the water. Send each northeast as close to the shore as possible. Look to the east and you'll find some properties of yours next to a neutral airport. You need that airport! Build an infantry at this base. You have another base in the southeastern corner. This area is heavily defended but it's still wise to build from here as a distraction to the enemy forces. Train an infantry unit.
On the next day, move your infantry onto the airport and begin capture. From the same base the infantry came from, build a rocket launcher. You'll use it to blast apart the pipe seam just to the north. This is the route you're going to take to the lab! On your northwestern troops, look out for a battle copter assault. Use your cruiser to eliminate as many as possible. You also have anti-air (build another at the base in this corner). Make wise combat decisions to gain the advantage on each battle. Don't forget to use your battleship to soften up the enemy units!
Once you've cleared the northwestern corner, send the medium tank directly east toward the pipe seam north of your captured airport. You must go through this hole to reach the lab in time! Meanwhile, after capturing the airport, move the infantry south (to avoid getting hit by the Black Hole rocket launcher in the area) and then build a transport copter in the airport. Move the infantry onto the copter.
Your other units near the medium tank are expendable and should be used to block the chokepoint north of the airport. Plug the chokepoint east of the pipe seam exit so you can move the transport copter out safely. In the southeastern corner, continue to train units to serve as distractions.
With the transport copter safely through, just maneuver it next to the lab and drop off the infantry unit onto the lab. Capture the lab over the next two days to complete the mission.