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Aurora
Generals Aurora
Unit
Affiliation
Role

Strike bomber

Armament
  • Single conventional bomb
  • Point-defence Laser (Granger only)
Protection
  • Invincible (when attacking)
  • Extremely Light (after attacking)
Properties
Hit points

80

Armour 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

400 (Aurora Bomb)

Air speed
  • 480 (240 when badly damage) (when attacking)
  • 180 (90 when badly damage) (after attacking)
Attack range

300

Sight range

180-600

Function
Upgrades
ZH Countermeasures Icons
Countermeasures
Gen1 Advanced Training Icons
Advanced Training
Hi-speed bomber ready for takeoff!
- Aurora Bomber reporting for duty
Gen1 Aurora Icons

The Aurora is a supersonic attack-bomber used by the USA in its war against the GLA in Generals.

Background

Radar won't pick us up!
- Aurora Bomber

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
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
Advanced Training Doubles the chance of an Aurora gaining veterancy after a successful kill. Purchasable at any Strategy Center for $1500

Game unit

Tactics

Delivering payload!
- Aurora Bomber going in

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

Counters

Huaaaaaaaaaa!
- An unfortunate Aurora Bomber

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, any anti-aircraft weapon or fighter jet was effective once the Aurora slows down as they have extremely thin armor. They can also be destroyed by carelessly flying them through particle beams, exploding nuclear missiles and Scud storms.

Their reliance on airfields allows opposing Generals to strike them directly, therefore rendering them useless. While not on its bombing runs, the Aurora is also extremely vulnerable on the ground against almost everything that can shoot it.

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.

Assessment

Pros

  • Invulnerable and reasonably fast until releasing its payload, allowing it to penetrate air defenses
  • Bomb is very effective against most ground targets

Cons

  • Very expensive, at $2500
  • Bombs are inaccurate against fast-moving targets
  • Slows down and becomes vulnerable after releasing the payload
  • Weak armor
  • Helpless against aircraft

Selected 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

Videos

Trivia

Hypersonic ready for take-off!
- Cut Hypersonic Aurora's quote
  • 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.
Going supersonic!
- Aurora's cut quote for the Supersonic Boost mode
  • 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

Generals USA icon United States of America First GLA War Arsenal Generals USA icon

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