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In light of the United States' military collapsing, the Pacific Front is attempting to take control of the Mercury Satellite Uplink in Hawaii. Not wanting such a powerful weapon to fall in enemy hands, the Soviets have decided to destroy the uplink.
- Mission description

Death From Above is the eighth mission of Act One Soviet campaign.


The General's earlier mission to eavesdrop the Allied communications revealed strange occurances that is going on – it seems that the Allies are not as united as they thought and the Devon radar tower was not meant to coordinate the American remnants as they have known, but rather for the Europeans and the Pacific forces to salvage whatever technology they can that are still under the Americans' control. Meanwhile, more American troops have joined the General's cause, but soon Moscow will be aware of this. For now they are concentrating on the European campaign, so the General is in the clear. The Soviet command knew that the General's expertise is needed for the Soviet victory in America, so they made him First Commander and restored his access to the Soviet Weapons Protocol, allowing the General to plan and command his troops in the field once again.

It turns out that the Mercury strike the General suffered during his covert operation in Paris was not an accident – the Pacific Front managed to take control of the Mercury satellite away from the Americans. Good thing that the Pacific Front didn't have complete control over it yet for the moment, and launching sporadic strikes around Soviet positions. The Soviets are initially unaware of the uplink's location, but a mysterious source hints the location to the American Pacific Fleet HQ in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Upon closer investigation, it turns out that there is a large Pacific Front base. The source specifically pointed out a control center that is being protected by some sort of defensive shield.

The General knew that he can't let the Pacific Front controlling the Mercury satellite for long. If they do, they might be able to gain full control and upgrade the orbital weapon. So, the General launched an invasion force to Hawaii in an effort to take down the supposed uplink.



The Mercury system is now stranded in space, harmless hunks of metal. It would have been nice to harness the system for ourselves, but the American scientists in our care have revealed that it is no longer a threat to us. We have nothing to fear now.
- Battlefield report

With the destruction of the uplink, the Mercury satellite now become a useless, harmless metallic contraption stranded in space, although the General thought that seizing control of the satellite for the Soviet cause would prove to be useful. Regardless, American scientists in the General's protection informed him that the Mercury satellite is no longer a threat, so the General has nothing to fear for now.

Meanwhile, the war in Europe is not going well for the Soviets, forcing them to use their MIDAS ICBMs to turn the tide by obliterating the reconstructed Chronosphere and the SteinsTech lab.

Difficulty changes

  • On harder difficulties, the initial defense phase will be more chaotic, as there will be constant barrages from Zephyrs (these can be located and destroyed in the upper-right corner, though heavily guarded by US vehicles), paradrops and Kappa Tanks.



  • This mission is based on and a role reversal of Deep Sea, the seventh Allied mission in the original Red Alert 2. Instead of the Soviets attempting to eliminate the Allied Pacific Fleet in the original game, they have to ensure the destruction of the Mercury Uplink.
  • The Mercury Uplink in this mission is surprisingly resilient, being able to withstand a direct strike from the Tactical Nuke. This is probably to prevent the player from bypassing the need to engage the Allies directly while en route to the objective and finishing this mission quickly. Though this is explained by the Force Shield texture seen around the Uplink building itself.