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"Escort Volk to the extraction point."
— Level description

Iron Lady is the twelfth mission of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The mission is a continuation from the previous one, "Bag and Drag", and takes place in Paris, where the player mans the guns of an AC-130, similar to the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare mission "Death From Above". The player toggles between Derek "Frost" Westbrook and the AC-130 Gunner.



The mission begins with Frost with the rest of Metal Team and a captive Volk, waiting for extraction by Raptor 2. However, as a V-22 Osprey (possibly Raptor 2) flies towards the extraction point, it is hit by enemy rocket fire, and spirals out of control. The helicopter hits a large group of cars, and Metal Team are forced to dodge the carnage caused by the crash.

Since their primary landing zone is compromised, an AC-130 with the call sign of "Warhammer" is tasked with escorting them to another extraction point. The AC-130 crew is cleared to use lethal force against any enemy infantry, armor, or air units, however, their rules of engagement do not permit the use of deadly force against the buildings as it is believed that civilians may still be inside. As a large enemy force consisting of infantry, helicopters and tanks starts to travel through a large roundabout, the gunship fires, destroying large amounts of the Russian personnel and assets. As the AC-130 is mopping up, Odin 6, a group of three A-10 Thunderbolt IIs, commences with a bombing run which destroys the remaining Russian armor in a spectacular explosion. Before Metal Team can move up, the gunship sweeps the surrounding streets, clearing out more enemy forces in the vicinity. When the area is clear, Metal Team starts to advance down the street. However as they do, more hostiles appear and Warhammer decimates them. As the Delta squad start to move closer to a junction, enemy infantry engage them from behind, and the gunship again takes them out.

Approaching the fork in the road, hostile armored vehicles and helicopters emerge, and Warhammer has to destroy them. When Metal Team finally reaches the fork in the road, they come under heavy RPG fire from a building in the middle of the fork. After getting clearance from Overlord, Warhammer fires at the building, causing half of it to collapse, which kills all enemies inside. Metal Team takes a left at the fork and heads towards a hotel across the street. Above them, Warhammer is targeted by Russian MiGs, forcing the crew to deploy flares and make sharp turns to avoid enemy missiles. Before the MiGs can make another pass, they are intercepted by American Air Force fighter planes. The friendly fighter planes can not stay for long however. Resuming its task, Warhammer fires on the embassy.

Inside the hotel, Metal Team are pinned down by enemy fire, and Warhammer can't provide fire support due to hostile fire. Sandman, seeing that they're on their own, order Truck and Frost to flank the enemy machine gun pinning them down. Running through the hotel's corridors, they engage a small group of Russians. Eventually they arrive at a balcony with a view over the courtyard. Frost picks up a sniper rifle and kills the machine gunner. When he is eliminated, Metal Team advances into the courtyard, killing hostiles in the embassy. Once they reach the end of the courtyard, a Russian tank appears. Frost throws a smoke marker near the tank, so that Warhammer can destroy it.

As Metal Team wait for Uniform 6-2 to extract them, a large Russian force surrounds the area. As Warhammer starts to clear them out, the Humvees arrive. Russian forces, alerted to the convoy's presence start to converge on it, and Metal Team along with Viktor "Volk" Khristenko board the Humvees. Uniform 6-2 leaves the intersection and barely miss being hit by rockets, fired by Russian MiGs. Sandman orders Grinch to man the .50 cal, mounted on top of the Humvee. Two enemy vehicles start to chase Uniform 6-2 through the French streets. Helicopters join the pursuit, and Warhammer destroys the enemy vehicles. The convoy makes a hard left to avoid more enemy armor. They continue to make sharp turns to dodge the enemy vehicles, which Warhammer destroys. Eventually the convoy drives through an intersection where three hostile tanks are side by side trying to destroy the convoy, but the gunship eliminates them.

Uniform 6-2 turns right and starts to drive along the side of the Seine River. Multiple enemy helicopters start to pursue them, and Warhammer uses precise aiming to destroy them. However, as the convoy reaches the Pont d'Iéna, a tank round hits the front Humvee, flipping it over. Uniform 6-2 stops at the bridge and Warhammer begins to engage tanks stationed on the bridge. Frost clambers out of the overturned Humvee, and is ordered by Sandman to grab a Javelin. Using it, he destroys two enemy tanks. Using smoke markers to indicate targets for Warhammer, Metal Team advance along the bridge. As they reach roughly halfway along the bridge, a Russian MiG attempts to bomb the U.S forces, but instead hits the bridge. Sandman throws down red smoke to mark the extraction point.

As Russian helicopters insert even more infantry, Warhammer runs out of fuel and is forced to return to base. A significant concentration of enemy armor and infantry converge on Metal Team's position from the Eiffel Tower. Odin-6 returns for a bombing run, but because Metal Team is all out of smoke markers, it is forced to perform a dangerously close bomb run north of Metal's position. As the Russian forces are obliterated, the Eiffel Tower, having sustained too much damage, tips over and falls into the river. As it collapses, a large force of American helicopters swarms the landing zone. Everyone boards a Little Bird, except for Grinch and Volk, who waits for the next helicopter. The mission ends with Metal Team being extracted from the bridge with a view of the destroyed Eiffel Tower. Multiple CH-46 Sea Knights are seen going to the bridge, while airstrikes are being launched at a building.

Video Walkthrough

Weapon Loadout

Starting Loadout
Found in level



30. First snipe the mounted gun, then head into the glass greenhouse building and locate the intel at the top of the stairs inside.

31. After battling the tanks, spot a bus on the left side of a bridge. The intel is inside it toward the back.


Main article: Iron Lady/Transcript



  • The AC-130's shots clip through the Eiffel Tower.
  • The mission's name "Iron Lady" refers to the Eiffel Tower's nickname. It is also the nickname of Margaret Thatcher, who served as Prime Minister of the UK from 1979-1990.
  • If the player looks at the crashed Osprey via the AC-130, it appears to be completely intact.
  • At the start of this mission the M4A1 and USP .45 have red stains on them, they disappear after the player gains control of Frost in the building.
  • The player's ammunition will be refilled upon the last transition from the AC-130 to Frost, although the grenades for the M4A1's Grenade Launcher, flashbang and frag grenades will not be refilled.
  • If the player looks at the Eiffel Tower from the AC-130, it can be seen that the Eiffel Tower is not damaged at all.
  • The player can be killed by the Osprey at the beginning and can also be similarly run over by the Little Bird at the end of the mission.
  • Just before the Eiffel Tower falls, there is a grammatical error in the subtitles. The subtitles say: "The tower's not gonna take much more that!", when he actually says "The tower's not gonna take much more than that!"
  • Even though this mission takes place after the events in "Bag and Drag", which took place on October 9 at 14:10:05, the time says "October 9th - 07:42:20". This is most likely an oversight, and was meant to be 07:42:20 PM, which should be 19:42:20.
  • Strangely, if the player uses the machine gun at the courtyard and keep using it once the tank arrives, they will be forced to get off it, and the turret itself will be automatically destroyed.
  • If the player keeps carrying the Javelin after destroying the two T-72 tanks on the bridge, its ammo will disappear once the Russian Armor group arrives from the Eiffel Tower's side.
  • After the player gets out of the Humvee on the bridge, the player can walk through the Humvee and find an M16A4.
  • If the player takes the MSR and zooms at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, a significant amount of corpses can be seen, amassed in a straight line fashion.
  • The helicopters and troop trucks at the end of the level can be destroyed with a Javelin.
  • The tank that appears in the courtyard cannot be destroyed or damaged by an RPG.
  • Near the end the AC-130 can still be seen flying overhead even after stating they are low on fuel.
  • At the start of the mission Sandman's M16A4 has no ACOG Sight but when Frost, Truck and Sandman board the chopper at the end, Sandman's M16A4 has an ACOG Sight.
  • During the opening cutscene, a recording will be shown of the last mission's final part with Frost using a SCAR-L ACOG Sight despite the player switching it for another weapon.
  • When the player looks under the Eiffel tower when controlling AC-130 gunner, they can see a large pack of artillery (presumably Russians), the player can destroy them, but seems to be unnecessary as the A-10s are going to destroy them anyway at the end of the mission.