The SOLG program was an abandoned program performed by an unknown country during the aftermath of the Ulysses Disaster. It led to the creation of various combat satellites, which would later be commandeered by the USEA Federation during the USEAn War. These satellites were attempted to be dropped onto the Earth in a massive terrorist attack, but it proved to be a failure thanks to the United Nations Forces' mercenaries.
The SOLG program involved the creation of military combat satellites equipped with kinetic energy weapons. Such weaponry would be able to perform kinetic bombardment from anywhere in the world using various metal rods equipped on the bodies of the satellites; however, for some reason, the project was abandoned and the satellites left in orbit.
During Operation Eternal Liberation, the USEA Federation came in control of the various satellites. The kinetic platforms were out of commission, so they decided to drop the satellites onto Tokyo to cause massive damage to the populace. The United Nations responded by deploying their mercenary forces to destroy the incoming satellites. Thus far, all of the satellites commanded to fall have been destroyed, likely falling into Tokyo Bay and causing no damage to the city.
Four satellite designs were created as part of the SOLG program, from which numerous units were developed.
SOLG -Schroeter-, named after Johann Hieronymus Schröter, is the base unit. Schroeter features various kinetic weapon launchers, as well as its own defensive laser system. These lasers protect the satellite from both enemy attack as well as space debris. However, of the four designs, Schroeter features the least armor and has proven easy to destroy by the UNF.
SOLG -Oort-, named after Jan Oort, is an upgraded version of Schroeter. Oort features all of the weaponry found on the base unit, but its exterior shell was buffed to withstand repeated attacks. As compared to the grey and black colors seen on Schroeter, Oort displays a red trim throughout its design.
SOLG -Lexell-, named after Anders Johan Lexell, is a further upgraded version of the project's satellites. Lexell continues the trend from Oort and retains all of the original weaponry while featuring a further upgraded exterior shell to protect against most damage. Its design displays a gold trim.
SOLG -Gould-, named after Benjamin Apthorp Gould, is an even heavier upgraded version of the project's satellites. Gould continues the weaponry trend of the previous satellites, but features an even stronger exterior shell, allowing it to survive a massive amount of damage. This satellite is unique in featuring obstructing walls inside the artillery shell barrel, requiring careful flying. Gould's design displays a pitch black trim.
- While they appear roughly the same on the surface, all four SOLGs differed greatly from the Strangereal variant.
- Durability: While the Strangereal SOLG could be destroyed simply by destroying the panels followed by the core, the real world SOLGs requires a lot more steps to destroy. First, the mercenaries would need to destroy the SOLG's solar panels (like the Strangereal SOLG). Once that was done however, they would need to destroy the kinetic artillery reserves, something Razgriz did not need to do. Third, the core needed to be destroyed, much like the Strangereal SOLG. While this would have destroyed the Strangereal SOLG, in these battles there was one final step: flying inside of the SOLG's barrel and destroying the core from within, much like the final phase of the Chandelier. Not only was this a requirement rather than simply an alternate way to destroy the SOLG, this was also impossible to do this before the destruction of the core in the real world variants since all 4 had powerful doors blocking access to the inside until it was blown apart shortly after the destruction of the core. On the other hand, the inside of the real world SOLGs were also marginally bigger: While flying inside the Strangereal SOLG could only be done with a very small plane, the real world SOLGs barrel was large enough to accommodate several planes. The Gould unit featured obstructions inside the barrel, however, requiring careful flying.
- Defenses: The Strangereal SOLG was utterly defenseless when intercepted by Razgriz. It boasted no external defenses and its only fighter protection had been destroyed prior. In the real world, not only did all four SOLGs boast Tactical Laser System defenses on its barrel and ammo reserves (originally designed to destroy asteroid debris), but the mercenaries also had to contend with USEA fighters during the intercept itself rather than before it. The third and fourth even had a special squad of ADFX-01 Morgans to defend them, whereas Camilla, flying yet another QFA-44 Carmilla, provides additional defense for the fourth one.
- In-barrel Obstruction: As previously mentioned, SOLG -Gould- has additional obstruction inside its barrel that makes it harder for players to fly inside.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ace Combat Infinity - Dialogue by AWACS Heavy Cloud during Satellite Interception I, II, III and IV.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Ace Combat Infinity - Satellite Interception I
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Ace Combat Infinity - Satellite Interception II
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Ace Combat Infinity - Satellite Interception III
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Ace Combat Infinity - Satellite Interception IV