The Democtratic Republic of the Congo, also known as DR Congo, the DRC, Congo-Kinshasa, East Congo, or simply the Congo, is the southernmost country located in Africa.
The United States Armed Forces, wanting to send the message that they do not need Iron Man for keeping world peace, tasked Hammer Industries with developing a single pilot close-quarter combat vehicle nicknamed the Aerodynamic Marvel. General Thaddeus Ross, officer in charge of the project, ordered the vehicle to be carried in a B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber and deployed over Congo, in order to perform a field test in an actual war zone monitored by Ross and lead designer Justin Hammer.
However, despite Hammer's claims that the vehicle was not vulnerable to surface-to-air attacks, the Congolese Army was able to shoot the plane down, leaving the pilot alone in hostile territory.
The Armed Forces recruited Tony Stark to rescue the pilot, hoping Iron Man would fulfill the original mission of the Aerodynamic Marvel, making Stark kill the Congolese Army members in the area without blaming the Armed Forces, masquerading as an act of self-defense during the rescue mission.
The Congolese Army approached the vehicle, salvaging any piece of equipment they could and capturing the pilot. Ross tried to self-destruct the mechanism to avoid any further complications, but was unable to do it due to the damage to the virtual umbilical systems.
Iron Man arrived just in time to save the pilot from being executed by Congolese soldiers waving the flag of the Ten Rings. However, he refused to kill the soldiers, disarming and knocking them down attacking the soil beneath them.
Stark flew away with the pilot, receiving a call from Ross, who ordered him to evacuate the soldier to Egypt, an order Stark completed despite being tired of being manipulated for the sake of the pilot's life.