Steel Wind is the first mission in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six.
February 7, 2000
A group of armed terrorists pertaining to the Free Europe neo-nazi movement have seized control over the Belgian Embassy in London and are holding the ambassador and several of the embassy's employees hostage.
This is Rainbow's first official mission. The British military had proposed that they send in the SAS to resolve the crisis, but the Belgian government in Brussels isn't at all happy with that decision. Every government official is all eyes on this mission. Both sides of the Atlantic tends to disagree with the existence with a group like Rainbow, so if Rainbow blows this one up, NATO might just shut the organization down.
As for the Free Europe terrorists, everything we know indicates that they are not too well organized, however their recored history dating back from 1996, shows that they are highly dangerous and will not hesitate in executing the hostages if action is taken against them.
Rainbow's objective is to neutralize all the terrorists residing inside the embassy or to rescue the hostage(s) by escorting them to the extraction zone, with minimal civilian losses. No matter what difficulty the mission is on, RAINBOW still must rescue the ambassador. The ambassador has not yet been detected by any of the terrorists yet, but if a terrorist finds him, he will be executed. If the mission is played on Veteran or Elite difficulty, then there will be a second hostage on the first floor (the ambassador's aide). This hostage is guarded by one terrorist, but the terrorist will not execute her unless if he sees any member of RAINBOW in the embassy. If a hostage is executed or all of the RAINBOW operatives are unable to fight, the mission counts as a failure. If the player succeeds, an image of the ambassador and his aide being guarded by RAINBOW operatives in front of the embassy appears. If the player fails the mission, an image of two dead RAINBOW operatives in the street appears.
The enemy is scattered out on both floors of the embassy, there is a high chance that most of the terrorists will be located on the first floor. On the second and third floors you will find many narrow rooms and corridors, so watch out for enemy fire coming from anywhere inside the rooms or on the far side of the corridors. More terrorists (and one additonal hostage) are added if this mission is played on veteran or harder. The enemies do not appear to be wearing any body armor. Frag grenades are often discouraged in this mission, since the terrorists are not in groups. These terrorists are normally armed with Uzis, but on the third floor, terrorists have AK-47s. A well timed assault with each team entering all areas of the embassy could easily result in the mission's sucess in under two minutes.