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Avenger
Generals Avenger
Unit
Affiliation

Generals USA icon USA
China China (Leang only)

Role

Anti-aircraft vehicle

Armament

Twin anti-air lasers
Laser-based support suite

Protection

Medium

Properties
Hit points

300

Armour type

Anti Air Vehicle Armor

Production
Cost

$2000
$2400 (Alexander)
$1500 (Townes)

Build time

0:13

Produced by

USA war factory
China war factory (Leang only)

Requires

Strategy center (except for Alexander)

Hotkey

G

Combat
Ground attack

20 (Small Arms)

Cooldown

500
200

Speed

30 (20 if badly damaged)

Attack range

300

Sight range

150-300

Function
Add-ons
Gen1 Scout Drone Icons
Scout Drone
Gen1 Battle Drone Icons
Battle Drone
ZH Hellfire Drone Icons
Hellfire Drone
Upgrades
Gen1 Composite Armour Icons
Composite Armor
Gen1 Advanced Training Icons
Advanced Training
Abilities

Shoot down missiles and aircraft
Increase firing rate at the targeted unit

Notes
  • Strong vs missiles, aircraft
  • Weak vs land units.
ZH Avenger Icons

The Avenger was an American support vehicle based on the Humvee's chassis and introduced later in the War against the GLA.

Assessment

Pros

  • Advanced laser turret can destroy incredible numbers of incoming missiles
  • Reduces aircraft to scrap in seconds
  • Paints targets with its laser designator, increasing the fire rate of friendly units attacking the marked target.

Cons

  • Slow moving
  • Defenseless to all ground units
  • Cannot destroy unguided projectiles, such as ones from the Inferno Cannon or Nuke Cannon
  • Vulnerable to sudden strike aircraft
  • Aurora Bomber is immune to their laser
  • Expensive

Upgrades

Drones

Cut em clean!
- Avenger attacking Aircraft
Gen1 Scout Drone Icons
Scout Drone The Scout Drone increases the vehicle's sight range and reveals nearby stealth units. Costs $100.
Gen1 Battle Drone Icons
Battle Drone The Battle Drone is armed with a small machine gun, and could also repair its parent vehicle. Costs $300.
ZH Hellfire Drone Icons
Hellfire Drone The Hellfire Drone, available in Zero Hour, fires a small but surprisingly powerful missile against enemy ground units. Costs $500.

Drones can be further upgraded with Drone Armor.

Vehicle Specific

Tactical Lasers online!
- Avenger
Gen1 Composite Armour Icons
Composite Armor Avengers gain an armor boost and are harder to destroy. Purchasable at any Strategy Center for $2000
Gen1 Advanced Training Icons
Advanced Training The Avenger gains veteran status twice as fast. Purchasable at any Strategy Center for $1500

Gameplay

Advantage

The Avenger could paint ground units with a laser designator, improving the accuracy of friendly units in the vicinity. In addition, it was equipped with a Point defense laser similar to, but more advanced than that of the Paladin tank, providing impressive protection against enemy missile attacks both for the Avenger itself and nearby units. Lastly, the Avenger had two large anti-aircraft lasers cannons mounted on the back of the vehicle. While the weight slowed down the vehicle somewhat, these lasers provided efficient anti-aircraft support. In this way, they improved the survivability of other US units in battle and were virtually untouchable by aircraft, falling only to vastly superior numbers.

Disadvantages

Unfortunately, all of these equipment meant that the Avenger was slow and quite fragile, as well as possessing virtually no weapons for defending itself against ground forces, requiring an escort at all times. Because they utilised such advanced laser technology, Avengers were also quite expensive for most American generals to obtain (they were naturally cheaper for General Townes). They were also easy targets for hijackers, Jarmen Kell's snipe ability and any other units that did not utilise missile based weaponry. In addition, the advanced technology of this system meant that in order to be manufactured, the base required a Strategy Center to be built first, meaning it was typically only available later in a conflict. Due to its focus as a support vehicle, its point defense laser was not calibrated for targeting enemy infantry like the Paladin tank.

Tactics

Used sparingly in most offensives due to its cost, it was still nonetheless an effective countermeasure against units that used rocket attacks, such as Rocket Buggies and missile-armed infantry. The Avenger's PDL meant that these vehicles would have a hard time destroying an Avenger or any nearby troops unless greatly outnumbered. Additional Avengers are used to take down large aircraft faster, like the Chinese Helix and cargo planes. In particular, a strong combination involved with the Avenger consisted of General Townes's Laser Crusaders. The Laser tank fired more quickly thanks to the Avenger's targeting designator, which made the deadlier the duo quite deadly, not to mention covering both spectrum of anti-ground and anti-air combat.

Quotes

Aircraft targeting ready!
- When selected
Defensive laser systems
- When selected
Scanning for enemy aircraft
- When selected
Tactical lasers online
- When selected
Targeting cursor set
- When selected
Re-calibrating
- When moving
Confirmed
- When moving
Yes, sir!
- When moving
Advancing!
- When moving
Analyzing terrain effects
- When moving
Charging up
- When ordered to attack
Commencing light array
- When ordered to attack
Acquiring target
- When ordered to attack
Initiating laser strike
- When ordered to attack
Cut them clean
- When ordered to attack
Designating the target
- When ordered to use laser-based support
Flush them out
- When ordered to use laser-based support
Targeting for rapid fire
- When ordered to use laser-based support
They may not like the attention
- When ordered to use laser-based support
This will help keep an eye on them
- When ordered to use laser-based support

Trivia

  • This unit is named after the real life M1097 Avenger anti-aircraft and anti-missile system. The real vehicle uses Stinger missile launchers instead of lasers. However, prototype laser weapons have successfully been mounted on and tested with Avengers.
  • The Avenger's laser pointer originally granted a damage increase, this has been changed to a rate of fire increase in the final game.
  • The Avenger suffers from some graphical glitches. The laser turret on the back may sometimes disappear if it comes out of the fog of war. Additionally, if one was pilot sniped (or hit by a neutron blast), then the laser turret turns white like for every other vehicle, but the actual vehicle remains the same color, even if it is captured by enemy troops. Furthermore, if a bomb truck disguises as one, the laser turret on the back will be invisible. The latter was fixed in Zero Hour patches 1.01 and 1.03.
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