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Stealth Fighter
Gen1 Stealth Fighter.jpg




  • 2x air-to-ground missiles
  • 2x Bunker Busters (upgrade)
  • Point defense laser (Granger only)
Hit points

120 (Gen 1.00-1.03)
140 (Gen 1.04-1.08, ZH)

Armour type
  • Airplane Armor
  • Countermeasures Airplane Armor (upgrade)
  • $1600
  • $1250 (Granger)
Build time


Produced by

American airfield


Stealth Fighter General Power



Ground attack

100 (125 with Laser-guided missiles) (Jet Missiles)



Air speed

175 (120 when badly damage)

Attack range


Sight range


Gen1 Laser-Guided Missiles Icons.gif
Laser-Guided Missiles
ZH Countermeasures Icons.png
ZH Bunker Busters Icons.jpg
Bunker Busters
Gen1 Advanced Training Icons.png
Advanced Training
Ready for covert mission!
- Stealth fighter reporting for duty

The Stealth Fighter, or F-117A Nighthawk, although a fairly antiquated aircraft by the time of the GLA conflict, was still put to good use by certain USA generals.

Background[edit | edit source]

In spite of its name, the Stealth Fighter was more accurately a ground-attack or strike bomber aircraft, able to fire up to two missiles at a target before returning to a friendly Air Field to reload. More aptly for its name, the Stealth Fighter was invisible to most enemies at all times except when unloading its missiles or detected by any stealth-detect units and defences. Particularly effective against base defense structures, the Stealth Fighter gained further usefulness later in the war with the introduction of Bunker Buster Bombs.

The majority of US generals had to opt for the Stealth Fighter as a promotional choice if they wished to obtain it. However, Air Force General Granger could obtain them without spending promotional points. Also, keeping with the cutting edge of defensive countermeasures, Granger equipped his Stealth fighters with point defense laser modules to protect them from enemy missiles.

Although periodically useful for clearing Tunnel Networks or garrisoned buildings and taking on individual base defense structures, the Stealth Fighter was seldom used, with the more powerful Raptor used for attacking units and the Aurora for structures. Furthermore, most generals had to spend valuable promotional points on the aircraft.

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

Bunker Buster Bombs are ready, sir!
- Airfield Technician
Gen1 Laser-Guided Missiles Icons.gif Laser-Guided Missiles Improved the accuracy and thus likely damage of Stealth Fighter attacks (up to 25%). Purchasable at any American Airfield for $1500
ZH Countermeasures Icons.png Countermeasures Standard upgrade for all US aircraft later in the conflict. Improved the Stealth Fighter's chances against anti-aircraft weapons, particularly missiles. Purchasable at any American Airfield in Zero Hour for $1000
ZH Bunker Busters Icons.jpg Bunker Busters Made available later in the conflict, following the vast deployment of GLA Tunnel Networks. Bunker Busters were not only capable of eliminating infantry garrisoned in buildings, but also clearing out Tunnel Networks. Purchasable at any American Airfield in Zero Hour for $1000
Gen1 Advanced Training Icons.png Advanced Training Allows the Stealth Fighter to gain rank twice as quickly. Purchasable at any Strategy Center for $1500

Game unit[edit | edit source]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The Stealth fighter was highly effective at attacking construction units such as dozers and workers, and was able to destroy base defenses with ease. Standard base defenses usually did not detect the fighters until they were literally right on top of them. While the Raptor packed a considerably more potent arsenal and capable of attacking air units, they were unable to cross a heated battlefield safely, especially if such units as Quad Cannons and Gatling Tanks were common. The Stealth Fighter was able to slink across the battlefield right on top of or into an opponents base if the proper counter measures were not built. With the bunker busters upgrade the Stealth Bomber was also able to force infantry out of garrisonable structures, often heavily damaged if not killed. A Tunnel Network housing vehicles in it, when bested by a Bunker Buster will also be forced to evacuate the vehicles inside. The only infantry surviving the Bunker Buster are Rangers and hero units except Boss General Black Lotus.

Counters[edit | edit source]

The Stealth Fighter was comparatively expensive, did little damage to enemy armour, and was vulnerable to a combination of stealth-detecting and anti-aircraft units. Its inability to attack air units was another considerable drawback when compared with the Raptor.

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Ready for covert mission.
- When selected
They won't get a lock.
- When selected
Slippery target.
- When selected
Stealth Fighter, ready for fly-by.
- When selected
Smooth and slick.
- When selected
- When selected
Sneaking in.
- When moving
Running cool and quiet.
- When moving
I'll leave no trail.
- When moving
No restrictions.
- When moving
Paying a surprise visit.
- When ordered to attack land units
In and out.
- When ordered to attack land units
That's a lock.
- When ordered to attack land units
We're going in.
- When ordered to attack land units
Just passing through.
- When ordered to attack land units
He's on my screen.
- When ordered to attack air units
Out of the blue!
- When ordered to attack air units
You got company.
- When ordered to attack air units
Clear the skies!
- When ordered to attack air units
Take 'em out!
- When ordered to attack air units
Eject, quick!
- When being shot down
This one's lost!
- When being shot down
- When being shot down
Fuel's almost gone!
- When run out of fuel
Gotta land soon!
- When run out of fuel
Get me down!
- When run out of fuel
We're under wraps.
- When ordered to patrol
I'll guard this airspace.
- When ordered to patrol
Surveying the area.
- When ordered to patrol

Cut Laser Stealth Fighter Quotes[edit | edit source]

Laser Stealth Fighter, ready for take-off.
- When selected
Laser systems online.
- When selected
Stealth Fighter, ready for laser combat.
- When selected
Fill 'em with holes!
- When ordered to attack
Blast 'em!
- When ordered to attack
Heat 'em up!
- When ordered to attack

Cut Support Stealth Fighter Quotes[edit | edit source]

Supporting our troops.
- When selected
Support Stealth, here.
- When selected
Health from above.
- When selected
Let's get out there and support our troops.
- When moving
Give 'em some health!
- When moving

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The F-22 Raptor's stealth characteristics and avionics are largely superior to that of the outdated F-117A Nighthawk, not to mention that it is capable of engaging both air and ground threats. This was most likely done due to balancing reasons, as making the Raptor as powerful as it is in real life would have made it an overpowered unit.
  • The Stealth Fighter has unused quotes for attacking aircraft, implying that it was once intended to be a fighter, as its name suggests, as opposed to a bomber.
  • A special "support" Stealth Fighter was planned for the Superweapon General. It would heal infantry beneath it in a similar manner to the Ambulance, and was probably supposed to complement the unused Repair vehicle. However, only the voice set remains.
  • According to residual Zero Hour sound files, General Townes was supposed to have his own version of the Stealth Fighter called the Laser Stealth Fighter. However, only the voice quotes remain.

See also[edit | edit source]

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