Amphibious assault craft/heavy tank/anti-ship and submarine vessel
|For other uses, see Destroyer.|
|“|| Assault Destroyer, proud to serve!|
- Assault Destroyer Captain
|“|| Today I love the assault destroyer more than my own mother, and I wouldn't be here if not for her.|
- Mirage Tank pilot
As the Soviet Union further encroached on its neighbors from every direction, the Allied Nations sought a versatile solution to coastal threats that could press onto the shore to secure a beachhead. Years of design conducted in secret, headed by the finest panel of international military vehicle specialists ever assembled by the Allies, resulted in the assault destroyer—an amphibious warship featuring a highly accurate armor-piercing cannon suitable for land and sea warfare, as well as layers of specially-designed armor that can be activated to draw enemy fire away from otherwise-unprotected targets.
Assault destroyers are so massive that only Allied seaports are large enough to manufacture them, even though the vessels themselves are fully as capable on land as they are at sea. In fact, on land, the relative girth of assault destroyers is such that they dwarf most other vehicles, including the Soviet Union's own main battle tanks. These vessels all are fitted with a swivel-mounted armor-piercing main gun, more powerful and no less accurate than that of virtually any modern tank, and their performance characteristics on land rival all but the Soviet Union's own Apocalypse tanks. Of course, unlike apocalypse tanks, assault destroyers can traverse land and sea with equal ease, which recently has come into play throughout numerous combat encounters between Allied and Soviet forces near the Strait of Gibraltar as well as near the Allies' science facilities in Mykonos.
In spite of the assault destroyer's raw power as an amphibious armored assault vehicle, its greatest strength may be its defensive capability. First and foremost, this vessel's reinforced hull can shrug off all but the most violent of concussive blasts—the assault destroyer is probably the single most heavily armored element of the Allied military, rivaling even manufacturer Gerhardt-Giraud's own aircraft carriers. Yet while heavy armor is nothing special to the modern battlefield, magnetically-charged "black hole armour" most certainly is. Each assault destroyer has the capability to activate a special field, which causes nearby ordnance to gravitate toward the assault destroyer instead of its intended target. While purposely drawing enemy fire may seem like lunacy, the assault destroyer's extremely durable hull absorbs most enemy fire as a fine sponge soaks up a spilt beverage.
Assault destroyers' black hole armor makes them probably the single most reassuring sight that other Allied forces could hope to encounter on the battlefield. Even though activating the black-hole armor field means having to avoid use of their main guns for fear of internal combustion, assault destroyers still are extremely powerful when not attacking simply because they can prevent more-vulnerable Allied forces from coming to harm. Thankfully, at least, Allied forces tuned to the same encrypted frequencies as assault destroyers need not fear damaging their brothers-in-arms, and may fire through the black-hole field as normal.
|Main Cannon||The main weapon for the Destroyer, the forward mounted cannon is capable of dealing heavy damage to armored enemy targets, and has a 180 degree firing arc, allowing it to engage unit to either side of the destroyer. It is, however, mostly ineffective against enemy infantry.|
|Blackhole Armour||By activating the Blackhole Armour, the Destroyer gains a 25% armour increase, as well as absorbing all incoming damage in a small radius around the ship, including that directed at other nearby units.|
|“|| Send them to hell!|
- Assault Destroyer in battle
The assault destroyer provides the Allied fleet with heavy anti-surface and anti-submarine defense. To assist the taking and expansion of beachheads, the ship may deploy onto land on four treads as a tank. Befitting its immense mass, once on land it may simply run over lesser vehicles, destroying them instantly.
The assault destroyer is equipped with black hole armor, a magnetic force field that alters the trajectory of nearby enemy fire toward the ship. This allows the destroyer to absorb fire that would otherwise impact less durable friendly units. The armor only works on material weapons such as bullets, shells, and missiles. It has no effect on beam-type weaponry such as lasers and tesla-bolts. When the armor is active the ship's cannon may not be used. The technology may be based on stolen Soviet research.
Of note is that the black hole armour also attracts V4 and Dreadnought missiles and even Artemis Precision bombs from the protocol Surgical Strike, which means that they will be assured of hitting a destroyer with the armour activated, even if it is moving.
Notes from the Field
Battlefield reconnaissance has revealed at least these facts about the Assault Destroyer:
• Amphibious assault -- Assault destroyers have similar handling characteristics both at sea and on land, though their typically-gruff, typically-proud captains scoff at this suggestion, pointing to myriad nuances such as how the vessels can only move in reverse while on land, and so forth.
• Black-Hole armor -- The "secret weapon" of the assault destroyer is some sort of field that draws fire into it while supercharging the vessel's defensive strength even further. Some allege that Allied spies stole this technology from the Soviets, who have been researching military magnets for decades.
• For surface use only -- While powerful, the assault destroyer's main gun is only effective against surface targets, leaving the vessel with no direct response against enemy aircraft. Soviet subs also pose a threat to assault destroyers. Debate continues over whether these vessels are evenly matched.
• Stay out of its way -- On land, the assault destroyer can simply crush smaller vehicles, let alone enemy foot soldiers. Infantry are still considered a threat to these vessels, however, since its main gun is too bulky to be effective against them.
The assault destroyer is somewhat similar to the Destroyer of the Third World War. It is similarly armed, but no longer needs an onboard aircraft to attack submarines. It is fully amphibious, but can only be constructed from an Allied Seaport with access to Heightened Clearance. It is much slower on land than at sea. The assault destroyer cannot fire when the black hole armor is activated (but gains much increased armor) and, like its Red Alert 2 counterpart, cannot attack aircraft. The main gun is effective against vehicles and buildings, but highly ineffective against infantry.
The main role of the assault destroyer is to provide anti-submarine protection, support Allied beach landings, and to use its black hole armor to protect more vulnerable units (such as Mirage tanks or Athena cannons) from incoming fire.
Its closest analogues on sea are the Soviet Akula submarines and the Imperial Naginata cruisers. While lacking the raw firepower of either one, it has the advantage of being amphibious. In addition, it is somewhat cheaper to produce. With black hole armor activated, it is also significantly tougher.
Its closest analogues on land are the Soviet Apocalypse tank and King Oni. The assault destroyer is significantly weaker than either one, but is cheaper, available earlier (tier 2, as compared to tier 3 for the others), and is amphibious.
- Deadly against armour
- Can crush walls, Tier 1 and Tier 2 units
- Very tough
- Cannon can hit submarines
- Cheaper than both the Naginata Cruiser and the Akula Submarine
- Cheaper than both the Apocalypse Tank and the King Oni
- Black Hole Armour intercepts enemy fire
- Quickest building Tier 2 main naval vessel
- Always requires Heightened Clearence (Tier 2)
- Not as efficient on sea as the Naginata or the Akula Sub (its closest sea equivalents)
- Not as efficient on land as the Apocalypse Tank and the King Oni (its closest land equivalents)
- Useless against aerial attacks
- Somewhat expensive ($1500)*
- Cannot use Black Hole Armour and its cannon at the same time
- Lackluster armor compared to real tank units
- Black Hole Armour can prove a double edged sword if the Assault Destroyer and it's envoys get attacked by artillery units such as V4 launchers and dreadnoughts.
- Slower on land than most Allied units
- Like any slow moving unit it is a delicacy for artillery.
- Swivel mounted gun makes it impossible to aim at targets attacking from behind, requiring the entire vehicle to turn around to fire.
- Cannon useless against infantry
- Short attack range.
- Dies instantly when a Yari Mini-Sub uses its secondary ability on it.
Upon exiting a Seaport
- Assault destroyer, proud to serve!
- Stand by for orders!
- What do you have, command?
- Finest in the fleet!
- Look tight, gentlemen!
- Destroyer, standing by!
- They're not getting past this ship!
- Assault destroyer, taking to the waters!
- Destroyer crew, standing proud!
- Flank speed!
- Make way!
- Stay alert!
- Out of our way!
- Full power!
- How we looking?
- Keep your eyes peeled!
- Anything on radar?
- Steady as she goes, people!
- We've got a new heading!
- Copy that, helmsmen?
- Make some waves!
- Plot this course!
- Set the rudder!
Moving to land
- Ready the landing gear!
- Unlock those treads!
- Ready for land approach!
- Let's get up on there!
- Making landfall!
Moving to water
- Ready naval systems!
- Seal those tread ports!
- Time to get wet, people!
- You got that, gunners?
- Send 'em to hell!
- Take them out!
- Put 'em away!
- They have nowhere to turn!
- Fire away!
- Nail 'em!
- Subs on scan - get 'em!
- Make 'em fish food!
- Kill that sub!
- They can't hide!
- Sink 'em!
- Feed 'em some charges!
Use Blackhole Armour
- Get ready for some incoming!
- We're gonna take some hits, men!
- Armor deployed!
- Things are gonna get pretty busy, crew!
Move to Attack
- Man up people, this is it!
- Make me proud!
- Target bearing set!
- Radar's all lit up!
- Load that turret!
- Make short work of 'em!
- That main gun ready?
- Come on, battlestations!
- Let's see this through, gentlemen!
- Don't fail me now!
- We're in it, command!
- Keep loading those guns!
- We're not done with them!
- Let 'em take their best shot!
- Earn your salary, men!
- Chance up, men, we're getting outta here!
- Draw them back!
- They'd be fools to follow us!
- HQ, we're heading back!
- This ship's not going down, not on my watch!
- Engine block, you guys okay?
- I need a sitrep now!
- Deck 2, status report!
- Deck 1, talk to me!
- We've got incoming fire!
- It'll take more than that to stop us!
- Originally, the Assault Destroyer was supposed to launch depth charges at submarines instead of firing its main cannon. The model for the depth charges, the weapon launch points, the trajectory, and the weapon itself (named "AlliedAntiNavyShipTech1_DepthCharge") all exist within the game codes. However, the weapon is unused, and it lacks explosion effects.
- If an Assault Destroyer using Black Hole armor absorbs incoming torpedoes, it will not be damaged if it is on land.