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F-11X Apollo Fighter

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Internal name



Allies RA3.png Allied Nations


Air superiority fighter


20mm PV-7 "Sol" autocannons x2

Hit points


Armour type

BaseAircraftArmor (200% Cannon, 100% Auto Cannon, 100% Flak, 100% Rocket, 75% Explosive, 200% Gun, 1% Sniper, 0% Melee, 5% Radiation)



Build time


Produced by




Air attack

20 (Auto Cannon)

Air speed


Attack range


Sight range
  • 400 (vision)
  • 500 (shroud clearing range)

90 rounds
Fully reloads in 10 seconds

Kick the tires, and light the fires!
- Apollo, upon being built at an Airfield

The F-11X Apollo Fighter was the Allies' primary air superiority fighter during the Third World War and The Uprising.

Background[edit | edit source]

Manufactured by the Stockholm-based Angstrom Defense, the F-11X Apollo was considered one of the world's best air superiority fighters. It features a VTOL engine configuration, allowing it to hover in place and letting it operate effectively in urban environments as well as out in the open.

Its 20 mm "Sol" autocannons can fire 500 rounds of armor-piercing ammunition per minute, and is extremely accurate for such a weapon, partly due to the Apollo's own targeting systems and maneuverability. In addition, the Apollo features an autopilot mechanism that allows it to return to base immediately using an emergency afterburner. This lets the Apollo deftly retreat from dangerous situations or rearm its weapon as quickly as possible.

Today, Apollo Fighters are a common sight in Allied military bases, and frequently take point alongside close-support or bomber aircraft such as Cryocopters or Century bombers. They have proven to be absolutely vital to this role, for their unparalleled ability to defend these mission-critical assets. At the same time, Apollos excel at hunting down Soviet aircraft reckless enough to trespass into Allied airspace.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

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Return to Base Return to base is used to get the Apollo out of a sticky situation, increasing the speed of the unit by 25% as it returns directly to it's home Airbase.

Tactics[edit | edit source]

One unique strategy with the Apollo Fighter uses the Return to Base ability to catch up with fast-flying enemy aircraft. If an enemy aircraft is heading in the vague direction of the Apollo Fighter's home Airbase, and the Apollo Fighter cannot quite catch up with the enemy (say, an enemy MiG), then the Apollo Fighter can engage its Return to Base afterburners, and thanks to the vastly increased speeds with the afterburners on, the Apollo Fighter can catch up to the enemy, turn off the afterburners once it catches up, and shoot the enemy aircraft out of the sky.

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Upon being built at an Airbase[edit | edit source]

  • Kick the tires and light the fires!

Select[edit | edit source]

  • I'm ready!
  • Apollo here!
  • Command?
  • Skies are looking good!
  • Give me the word!
  • In the clear!
  • Apollo Fighter, looking good!

Moving[edit | edit source]

  • Sure as day!
  • WILCO!
  • In the shoot!
  • Got it!
  • Up to speed!
  • Altering course!
  • Acknowledge!
  • Here we go!
  • Skies are all ours

Attacking[edit | edit source]

  • Shred 'em!
  • Show 'em the ground!!
  • Got 'em locked!
  • Cut 'em up!
  • Give 'em the heat!
  • Bounce 'em!

Move to Attack[edit | edit source]

  • Let's see what they got!
  • Bogey's on the HUD!
  • Count me in!
  • Let's play!
  • Copy that, we got 'em!
  • He's in my airspace?

In combat[edit | edit source]

  • Sky's bright tonight!
  • I got this one!
  • Focused in!
  • Right on 'em!
  • No shakin' me now
  • A little tangled up here!

Return to Base[edit | edit source]

  • Punchin' out!
  • Outta here!
  • Aww, so soon?
  • Burners up!
  • Coming home!

Retreating[edit | edit source]

  • Leave 'em behind!
  • Gettin' out!
  • Don't mind a little break!
  • RTB sounds good to me!

Under fire[edit | edit source]

  • They're locked on me!
  • Hey how 'bout some cover?
  • Apollo taking hit!
  • Taking a beating up here!
  • So much for the friendly skies!

Shot Down[edit | edit source]

  • It's the end!
  • Burning up!
  • Going down!!!
  • Where's the eject?!!
  • Aahh aahh aaaahhhh!!!

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Surveillance footage

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In real life military, "Kick the tires and light the fires" means to drastically shorten the pre-flight checks, basically meaning "check the landing gear and light the afterburners!" It may also be a reference to a quote from the movie Independence Day.
  • The Apollo fighter resembles the SAAB-35 Draken fighter, a cold war era Swedish fighter jet.
  • The Red Alert 3 instructions manual erroneously states that the Apollo fighter was armed with "beam weaponry". Its unit profile also mentions that a previous version of the Apollo used a spectrum-dispersion cannon similar to the Mirage tank. This implies the Apollo was armed with a spectrum cannon during development.
    • The instructions manual also mentions that the Apollo has Mach-3 capabilities.

See also[edit | edit source]

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