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Gen Gameicon.png ZH Gameicon.png
Gen1 Aurora Icons.png
Aurora
Generals Aurora.jpg
Unit
Affiliation

Gen USA Logo.png United States
A laser.png Townes
A air.png Malcolm Granger


Gen China Logo.png Leang
Role Bomber
Armament
  • Single conventional bomb
  • Point-defence laser (Granger only)
Properties
Hit points 80
Armor type
  • Airplane Armor
  • Countermeasure Airplane Armor with Countermeasures
Production
Cost
  • $2500 ($2250 with Oil Refinery)
  • $2000 (Granger) ($1800 with Oil Refinery)
  • Build time 0:30
    Produced by
    Requires Strategy Center
    Hotkey A
    Combat
    Ground attack 1000 (Aurora Bomb)
    Air speed
    • 480 (240 when badly damaged) (when attacking)
    • 120 (120 when badly damaged) (after attacking)
    Attack range 300
    Sight range 180-600
    Function
    Upgrades
    ZH Countermeasures Icons.png
    Countermeasures
    Gen1 Advanced Training Icons.png
    Advanced Training
    Hi-speed bomber ready for takeoff!
    - Aurora Bomber reporting for duty

    The Aurora was an American supersonic bomber used during the War against the GLA.

    Background

    Carrying a single high explosive bomb, the Aurora is most commonly used to destroy enemy structures. On its attack run, the Aurora's supersonic speeds prevents any enemy anti-aircraft weapons from successfully attacking it. However, on its return flight it can no longer sustain such a speed, and is very vulnerable.

    The Auroras of General Malcolm Granger are equipped with point defense laser modules, allowing them to destroy incoming missiles with lasers, vastly improving the survivability of the unit alongside countermeasure flares, although there is still no defense against bullets, flak cannons, EMP bursts, and lasers.

    General Alexis Alexander, the 'Super-weapon General', developed her own, far more dangerous version of the Aurora, known as the Aurora Alpha, which carries a fuel-air bomb. General Leang, a high-ranking Chinese general, also had access to Aurora, although she did not generally use them against any opponents attempting to attack her base.

    Upgrades

    ZH Countermeasures Icons.png
    Countermeasures Grants the Aurora a 50% chance of negating missile-based attacks. Purchasable at any American Airfield in Zero Hour for $1000
    Gen1 Advanced Training Icons.png
    Advanced Training Doubles the chance of an Aurora gaining veterancy after a successful kill. Purchasable at any Strategy Center for $1500

    Game unit

    Tactics

    The primary purpose of the Aurora is demolition. Two Aurora bombs can destroy most buildings. However, it is extremely vulnerable on its return run and has to be used carefully (as it is also very expensive). In addition to buildings, Auroras are effective at destroying slow-moving vehicles, such as artillery vehicles and heavy tanks.

    Counters

    Absolutely nothing can damage an Aurora on its bombing run, except EMP missiles or flak shells which explode near it, as their area of effect will damage them. However, once the Aurora finishes its bombing run, it becomes vulnerable to all forms of anti-air weapons. In this state, it is extremely vulnerable due to its thin armor.

    Their reliance on airfields allows opposing generals to strike them directly, therefore rendering them useless, since they are just as vulnerable as any other aircraft while on the ground.

    It is also the most expensive unit in the game; at the cost of $2500, it is even more expensive than a basic Overlord tank.

    Changelog

    • Generals patch 1.03:
      • speed increased from 90 to 120 after it drops its bomb
      • damaged speed increased from 60 to 120.
    • Zero Hour patch 1.03:
      • bomb damage increased from 900 to 1000
      • bomb damage radius increased from 70 to 100

    Quotes

    Hi-speed bomber ready for takeoff!
    - When emerging from the Airfield
    Aurora in flight.
    - When selected
    Avionics online.
    - When selected
    Supersonic aircraft.
    - When selected
    Radar won't pick us up!
    - When selected
    Breaking the sound barrier.
    - When selected
    Fasten your safe-belts!
    - When taking off
    Ignition!
    - When taking off
    Lining up for the approach!
    - When taking off
    Hittin' the blowers!
    - When taking off
    Booster engaged!
    - When taking off
    Entering coordinates.
    - When moving
    Roger that.
    - When moving
    Designation set.
    - When moving
    Flight path confirmed.
    - When moving
    Stabilizers engaged.
    - When moving
    Navigation systems check.
    - When moving
    Target confirmed!
    - When ordered to attack
    Discharging munitions!
    - When ordered to attack
    Bombing bays cleared!
    - When ordered to attack
    Delivering payload!
    - When ordered to attack
    Passing overhead!
    - When ordered to attack
    Eject to safety!
    - When being shot down
    Huaaaaaaaaaa!
    - When being shot down
    Aaaaaaaaaaah!
    - When being shot down
    Fuel levels are critical!
    - When run out of fuel
    Making a landing request!
    - When run out of fuel
    Fuel gauges are in the red!
    - When run out of fuel
    Going supersonic!
    - When using Supersonic Boost
    Supersonic thruster powered up!
    - When using Supersonic Boost
    Prepare for sonic boom!
    - When using Supersonic Boost
    Bunker Buster bombs are ready, sir!
    - When the Bunker Buster upgrade is completed
    The Bunker Buster bombs are now installed!
    - When the Bunker Buster upgrade is completed
    Upgrading all bombs to Bunker Busters!
    - When the Bunker Buster upgrade is completed

    Cut Hypersonic Aurora Quotes

    Hypersonic Aurora.
    - When selected
    Hypersonic aircraft.
    - When selected
    Hypersonic ready for take-off!
    - When selected
    Let's make this quick!
    - When ordered to attack
    We won't slow down!
    - When ordered to attack
    It'll be a clean delivery!
    - When ordered to attack

    Gallery

    Trivia

    • General Granger was originally meant to also have his own variant of the Aurora that did not only include a point defense laser module. Dubbed the "Hypersonic Aurora" which is colored black, it would have been armed with a fuel air bomb that has an extreme amount of damage (1000). This would make it overpowered, and is likely a reason for its removal. It has a model, voice sets and a selection picture, but for one reason or another it was not implemented in the game. One likely reason why General Granger did not recieve it maybe because it was given to General Alexander (without the Point Defence Laser) and renamed the Aurora Alpha, as evidenced by the extreme similarities between the Hypersonic Aurora and the Aurora Alpha. Only the cameo, soundset and model remain within the game files.
    • The standard Aurora was supposed to have a Supersonic Boost mode allowing the Aurora at the double of the speed, but it was removed possibly for balancing reasons.
    • The Aurora was possibly based in the top-secret supersonic aircraft of the same name, build in the late-1980 as a possible replacement to the SR-71, The U.S. government has consistently denied such an aircraft called Aurora was ever built.

    See also

    References

    Aurora The Rumored mid-1980s American Aircraft

    Gen USA Logo.png United States of America War against the GLA Arsenal Gen USA Logo.png
    China.gif General Leang Arsenal China.gif