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Flak Track
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Unit
Affiliation

Soviets

Role
  • Personnel carrier
  • Air defense
Armament

Flak cannon

Protection

Light

Tier

1

Tech level

3

Properties
Hit points

180

Armour type

Heavy

Transport slots

5 infantry units

Amphibious

No

Production
Cost

$500

Build time

0:20

Produced by

Soviet War Factory

Combat
Ground attack

25 (FlakTWH)

Air attack

35 (20 when elite) (FlakWH)

Cooldown
  • 25 (40 in RA2) (ground)
  • 25 (air)
Speed

8

Attack range
  • 5 (ground)
  • 10 (8 when elite) (air)
Sight range

8

Function
Elite upgrade

Increased strength, firepower, rate of fire, self-healing
2 rapid succession shots while attack air unit.

Armoured personnel carrier ready!
- Flak Track
RA2 Flak Track Icons
RA2 Flak Track Veteran Icons

The Flak track is a Soviet anti-aircraft support vehicle used during the Third World War and Psychic Dominator Disaster. It was also the first mass-produced Soviet light support vehicle designed after the Second World War.

Background

Flak tracks are the Soviets' multipurpose vehicles. Their main purpose is the first line of air defense, with the flak cannon mounted on them. Excellent against Allied air units, these cannons are also effective against lighter vehicles and infantry, but are poor choices against stronger tanks and buildings. Their secondary purpose is to transport infantry to the front line. Each Flak track can carry up to 5 infantrymen.

In-game

Flak them down!!
- Flak Track attacking air units

This light Soviet vehicle is designed to defend against both air- and light ground-assaults. It attacks by expelling flak, much like the Flak trooper, which effective against lighter vehicles and infantry, but are poor choices against stronger tanks and buildings. Unlike the Allied IFV, Flak tracks can squish enemy infantry. For example, they can run over enemy attack dogs before unloading engineers to ensure the capture of a key structure (this is popularly called the engi rush). The same tactic is used for Crazy Ivans and Cuban terrorists. Another one is used also for the Allied Spies from Allied Barracks built/captured with Allied battle lab to create chaos for spies to sneak in.

Aftermath

In the War of the Three Powers, the Flak track was replaced (along with the Sea Scorpion) by the amphibious Bullfrog which fulfilled the same role.

Assessment

Pros

  • Good against infantry and aircraft.
  • Powerful in numbers.
  • Can transport up to five infantry units. Allied spies are also useful with this transport to easily steal technologies and resources from enemies.
  • Cheap and costs only $375 if an Industrial Plant is constructed.
  • Fast.
  • Deals splash damage.
  • Can crush infantry (except Tesla Troopers, Brutes, Chrono Legionnaires, Commandos, and Desolators).
  • Excellent scouting unit due to its fast movement speed and sight.

Cons

  • Useless against most vehicles and against structures. Any defensive structure can destroy them without trouble.
  • Lightly armoured.
  • Frequent target from Black Eagles since they can destroy Flak Tracks with one shot. Flak Cannons, Flak Troopers, and Apocalypse Tanks are more suitable against them.

Selected Quotes

Armored personnel carrier ready!
- When selected
Ready for transport
- When selected
Let's clear the air
- When selected
Do you have a plan?
- When selected
What is the mission?
- When selected
Making tracks
- When moving
I'll carry out the operation
- When moving
Getting in closer
- When moving
Maneuvering
- When Moving
Cutting path
- When moving
Firing salvo
- When ordered to attack
Flak away
- When ordered to attack
Tear them apart
- When ordered to attack
Flak them down!!
- When ordered to attack
Guns loaded
- When ordered to attack

Gallery

Trivia

  • This unit is inspired from a German made anti-air halftracks used by the Axis powers (the Sdkfz 251/17 - Sonderkraftfahrzeug (2 cm FlaK38), Sdkfz 10/4 & 10/5, etc.) during World War II. After the war, it is still produced by Czechslovakia as the OT-810 Half Track.
  • Flak track's original name is Half-track, which is seen in the game files. Flak track is replaced by Half-track in Mental Omega 2.0.
  • The Flak Track also vaguely resembles a BTR-152 in overall shape; An actual Soviet APC and anti-air vehicle (albeit with 2 sets of rear-wheels instead of tracks).
  • OpenRA added this unit from the successor to their Red Alert 1 mod with a custom sprite fitting the old art style.
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