The nuclear weapons disposal facility on Shadow Moses Island in Alaska's Fox Archipelago is attacked and captured by Next Generation Special Forces led by members of FOXHOUND. The terrorists have got their hands on hundreds of nuclear warheads and they're demanding that the government turn over the remains of Big Boss. They warn that if their demands are not met within 24 hours, they'll launch a nuclear weapon. Solid Snake is once again called back to duty in a top-secret mission to deal with the greatest terrorist threat the world has ever seen. His mission is to first single-handedly infiltrate the nuclear weapons disposal site and rescue the two hostages-DARPA chief Donald Anderson and the President of ArmsTech, Kenneth Baker-and then to eliminate the terrorists and prevent a nuclear launch. The time limit is 24 hours. Once again, Snake heads to battle...alone.
A Special Forces unit formed to deal with local insurgencies, regional conflicts, and counter terrorism. They're a shadow unit employed secretively in plitically sensitive operations where the overt introducton of military assets would be otherwise impossible. All members of the unit are masters of airborne, underwater, and survival operations as well as experts in infiltration missions. The first commander of the unit was the legendary soldier, Big Boss. Already aware of the importance of standard soldiers in guerrilla warfare, he decided to form an elite unit of high-tech soldiers after viewing the power and effciency of high-tech weapons in the Gulf War. After the Outer Heaven Revolt, Campbell, who had been the sub-commander, became the commander of the unit and did away with the codename system. He began to put his own personal stamp on Unit FOXHOUND, adopting even more high-tech equipment such as spy satellites and the like.
Next Generation Special Forces:
Reserve members of Unit FOXHOUND selected after undergoing genetic map testing. They were originally members of a counter-terrorist Special Forces group, but after the death of Big Boss, the mercenaries employed by Outer Heaven were purchased by the government and added to the group to form the Next Generation Special Forces. Although most of the soldiers had no real battle experience, they went through gene therapy and were trained with Force XX1-the Army's 21st-century soldiers-in wargames designed to simulate the type of conflicts anticipated in the next millennium. They are also nicknamed "The Space SEALS."
A heavily fortified nation formed deep in South Africa in the late 1980s. It was actually a large-scale mercenary dispatchment company created by Big Boss. Although it nearly achieved military supremacy through the development of Metal Gear TX-55-the nuclear-equipped walking battle tank-Outer Heaven was destroyed along with Big Boss by Solid Snake, the hero sent by Unit FOXHOUND.
A fortified nation in central Asia ruled by a minority ethnic group. Although the superpowers of the East and West became involved in its 1997 war for independence, it was the activity by Zanzibar's mercenaries, collected from all over the world, that played the largest role in its victory. For that reason, the war became known as "the mercenary war" and it gave rise to a whole new generation of professionals who made a business of war.
Defense Advanced Reaserch Projects Agency [DARPA]:
A government agency charged with the mission of reaserching various technologies for use in military applications.
a leading companing in the field of bioengineering. ATGC is an acronym for adenine, thiamine, guanine, and cytosine. The Next Generation Special Forces gene therapy was a joint project between the Department of Defence and the ATGC Company.
A military weapons manufacturing company with its main office in Seattle, Washington. It achieved rapid growth during the Cold War in what was a boom time for arms industry, and became the second largest arms manufacturer in the world. ArmsTech was involved in the development of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) and the rail gun, but they suffered an enormous finanical loss when those projects were terminated. Moreover, although ArmsTech led the world in the development of steath technology, they have recently experienced tremendous economic difficulty because of their failure in their bid to manufacture the USAF's next line of main fighter planes.
Microelectro Mechanical System [Nanomachines]:
Tiny machines created by means of MEMS (MicroElectro Mechanical System) technology. Used in ultra-small transmitters and medical DDSs. Although the size is on a micrometer scale, they are reffered to as Nanomachines because their single electronic transistor and synergy ceramics employ nanoscale technology. Snake begins this operation after received an injection of Nanomachines, which include a transmitter, radar, and anti-NBC defense systems.