|Date||15th April, 2000|
|Objective||Rescue Dr. Winston|
Rescue relief worker
|Previous mission||Operation: Steel Wind|
|Next mission||Operation: Angel Wire|
Cold Thunder is the second mission in the Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six.
John Clark - You made quite an impression on the Belgians during that embassy takedown - they're insisting that we handle this situation in the Congo. Horizon is the darling of the biotech industry - wildly profitable, with a strong activist streak. I'll let their CEO, John Brightling, fill you in on their activities in Africa. The bottom line for us is that the leader of their research team is a VIP named Catherine Winston. High-ranking friends at NIH, WHO, dinners at the white house - you get the idea. It's absolutely essential that if you get anyone out that it's her.
John Brightling - We're not in the Congo to turn a profit. We're there at the request of the World Health Organization to see if we can come up with a cure for the epidemic that's been decimating West Africa's cattle population. You have to understand: Horizon doesnt exist to make money. Horizon exists to make a better future. If people think we're crazy, well, that's their problem.
This is Rainbow's second official mission. NATO is insisting that Rainbow take care of this situation. Horizon is the darling of the biotech industry, wildly profitable with a strong activist streak. The leader of their research team is a VIP named Dr. Catherine Winston. It is absolutely essential that she must be rescued.
The Horizon Corporation, who was founded in 1979, is stationed in the Congo to develop a cure for the epidemic that's been decimating West Africa's cattle population. It was founded in 1979.
The Rebels that have gained control of the outpost call themselves the "Hutu" Rebels, that have been at war with the Tutsis for decades.
Rainbow's objective is to neutralize the terrorists or rescue Dr. Catherine Winston by escorting her to the extraction zone. However, on veteran or elite difficulty, RAINBOW must rescue another unnamed male scientist hostage. Dr. Winston and the other hostage are in separate rooms, each guarded by one terrorist. The loading screen consists of two operatives outside the rebel camp If the player successfully completes the mission, an image of RAINBOW operatives surrounding Dr. Winston and the other scientist outside the outpost appears. If the player fails the mission, and image of a Hutu rebel standing above the bodies of RAINBOW operatives and a fellow rebel appears.
The Hutu terrorist forces aren't too bright, you can sneak in behind them without having a clue of what's about to happen. However, you should avoid frontal encounters with the rebels. The key is to act fast, move into the main building without being spotted, swiftly enter the rooms and put down any rebel you might encounter. Dr. Catherine Winston is being held hostage on the first floor of the building accompanied by two insurgents, be sure to spot the insurgents in time before they kill Dr. Winston. On veteran or elite, another hostage is being held in a basement that can easily be accessed in the front of the house. It is difficult to rescue this hostage without being detected on the outside of the outpost, since terrorists often patrol the front of it. The higher the difficulty, the more enemies there are. It is advised that the player should sneak behind the outside patrols and only kill any rebel that spots them (silenced weapons are suggested). The operatives should secure the hostage(s) and then either proceed to kill every rebel after confirming the hostage(s) safety or escorting the hostage(s) to the extraction zone.
- When this mission is completed, the NEWSWIRE (while planning any mission following this one) will state that the rebels had released the hostages, but in reality, they were all most likely killed and the hostages were taken by force
- Despite having many sniping advantages from the main building, the rebels chose to have a majority of their patrol on the grounds outside
- The Hutus are one of the two groups only fought against in one mission during Rainbow six, as Free Europe is fought in two, the Phoenix group (GS included) fights in several (being the main antagonistic group of the game) and Calderon's guards (who actually work for Phoenix as well) in two. The only other group fought once is Force 10-18 in Ghost Dance
- One of the operatives on the loading screen is Genedy Filatov, but if the player is doing the mission for the first time in the campaign, he is technically not a part of Rainbow until the fifth.
- Dr. Winston is the only character in the original RAINBOW Six trilogy that is captured more than once in the game. She is also held hostage by terrorists in the tenth mission: Razor Ice.
- Although RAINBOW is told not to alert the main rebel camp on the other side of the house, there is only one rebel guarding the tents there.