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Bug Al-Samad Airfield is a mission from Operation Desert Spear set in Saudi Arabia.


Reports indicate Shaheed may be using an airfield east of Jizan. Infiltrate the airfield, download the flight logs, and get out without being spotted.

Available Intel[]

Intel Type Source Price Description
Al-Samad Dossier Anonymous $5000 Dossier information on Al-Samad. Purchasing this Intel will expand your dossier on the Al-Samad terrorist organization.
Security Information Anonymous $600 Mission map for Bug Tower mission. For a small fee, a surveillance company will provide you with a detailed map of Al-Samad's airfield.
Sniper Rifle Dead Drop Anonymous $800 Darcy's contact will, for a price, leave a precision rifle in a pre-arranged location in Al-Samad's airfield, for use in your mission.

Objectives and Walkthrough[]

The mission will start with a briefing by Mina Tang.

If you have already done the mission Intercept Nasri the Arms Dealer then Mina will comment on it and her reputation will change depending on how you dealt with Nasri.

  • Nasri Killed - Mina -1
  • Nasri Extorted - Nothing
  • Nasri Arrested - Mina +1
  1. Shaheed
  2. Airfield
    • Aggressive - Mina -1
    • Suave
    • Trusting - Mina +1
  3. Alpha Protocol
    • Revenge
    • Comforting - Mina +1
    • Confident
      • Angry
      • Curious
      • Matter-of-Fact
        • Cuts Red Tape
        • Curious
        • Questioning
  4. Why Me?
  5. Dossier (Only available if Mina's first two dossiers are unlocked. Otherwise the option will appear, but will act as Disconnect option.)
  6. Disconnect - Ends conversation.

Mandatory objectives[]

Infiltrate airfield[]

Find a way to gain access to the airfield.

First building straight ahead has $500, special ammo, first aid station, and a computer. Hack the computer to open the gate to the next location.

The building across is locked with a keypad. Inside you will find ammo and access to the roof. From the roof you can zip line to the next area.

  • XP: +100

Defeat Shaheed's Elite[]

In the warehouse on the left you will find first aid station, armor mod and x2 ammo. Climb up the ladder and on the second floor get a $500 Duffle Bag. Defeat the two elite guards (wearing red masks) to earn:

  • XP: +100
  • Mina Tang +1

Disable Security[]

Warehouse on the right has a $500 Duffle Bag and ammo. You will find a computer, and hacking it disables some of the cameras:

  • XP: +100
  • Mina Tang +1

Bypass checkpoint[]

Bypass the security checkpoint and get to the rest of the airfield.

If you are trying to do a stealth run, you will have to sneak past by hiding behind the truck on the left side, and then hug the wall on the left to avoid the guard on the tower.

  • XP: +100

In the warehouse there is some a $500 Duffle Bag, ammo, and a first aid station.

Destroy Weapons Cache[]

Plant the bomb (just press action button) on one of the weapon caches in the warehouse marked on your map.

  • XP: +100
  • Mina Tang +1

Proceed to the control tower. There are 3 ways inside: 1) The locked door on the side of building, 2) Keypad, 3) roof access ladder. Inside there is a $2,500 Briefcase, $5,000 Safe. first aid station.

Gather Intel[]

Hack a computer on the ground floor of the control tower.

  • XP: +50

Obtain flight records[]

Obtain records of Shaheed's flight plan from the airfield computer system.

They are on a computer in the basement of the main building tower.

  • XP: +50
  • Mina Tang +1

In the basement, you will find a $2,500 Briefcase and ammo.

Bug Tower[]

Bug the control tower to monitor data on incoming flights.

A $2,500 Briefcase and a $5,000 wallet are in the control room of the tower.

  • XP: +500

After-mission briefing:

  1. Mina Tang - First dialogue
    • Aggressive
    • Suave
    • Professional
  2. Mina Tang - Second dialogue
    • Aggressive
    • Suave
    • Professional


Agent Thorton infiltrated an Al-Samad airfield in order to plant a surveillance device in the air traffic control tower.

Bonus Objective: Several weapon caches at the scene were found and destroyed - this should cause resupply difficulties for Al-Samad in the region.

Effect: Lowered Munitions Supply for Terrorists in Saudi Arabia.

Bonus Objective: Agent Thorton encountered and killed Shaheed's elite guards. This should make future attempts to eliminate Shaheed much easier.

Effect: Reaching Shaheed should meet with less resistance when his location is discovered

Bonus Objective: Agent Thorton obtained flight records from the airfield's systems and transmitted them to Alpha Protocol.

Bonus Objective: Agent Thorton hacked into a computer at the airfield and transmitted additional intelligence concerning Al-Samad's activities in the region.

Agent Thorton successfully planted a listening device in the Control Tower - this allows monitoring of Al-Samad traffic in the region and should make intercepting them much easier.

If you already completed another mission

  • With the information obtained from the mission, Shaheed's location in Saudi Arabia has been discovered and the final phase of Operation Desert Spear is active.
  • New Mission Gained: Intercept Shaheed and Recover Missiles.

Choices and consequences[]

Consequences of previous missions[]

  • If you have already done Intercept Nasri the Arms Dealer and arrested Nasri, Mina will express her approval during the briefing (+1 ). Killing him will result in her disapproval (-1).

Consequences in following missions[]

  • Killing Shaheed's elite personal guard will result in weakened opposition when finally confronting Shaheed (with normal guards instead of elite). Also during the Investigate Jizan Weapon Stockpile mission there won't be elite guards near the satellite dish.
  • During the briefing, Mina gives you a dossier entry about Darcy. If you then do Investigate Jizan Weapon Stockpile and pick the Dossier option during that briefing, you will get Darcy's secret dossier fact, concerning Senator Darcy. Opens up more dossier intel at the end of the game, if he hates you (?).


This mission has multiple bugs involving checkpoints, where reloading can completely remove the guards from nearby areas, making the mission trivial. Restarting from any checkpoint other than the one triggering upon accessing the last building led to most of the enemies that are supposed to spawn between the reloaded check point and next checkpoint not spawning (they don't count as evaded either so that's lost XP). Reloading from checkpoint that precedes the last checkpoint made the level impassible, by blocking the only access to the last part of the level. Also, there's a computer on the ground level in the last building that when hacked sometimes results in +75 XP (aside from the usual XP from hacking) and a completed optional objective "Gather Intel". However it doesn't seem to do it most of the time. Seems like it depends on how you accessed the last building and if you reloaded during the mission.