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Flak Trooper
RA2 Flak Trooper
Unit
Affiliation

RA2Sovietlogo Soviet Union

Role

Anti-air infantry

Armament

Flak gun

Tier

2

Tech level

1

Properties
Hit points

100

Armour type

N/A

Amphibious

No

Production
Cost

$300

Build time

0:12

Produced by

Soviet barracks

Requires

Radar Tower

Combat
Ground attack
  • 20 (FlakTWH)
  • 30 (IFV) (FlakTWH)
Air attack

20 (8 when elite) (FlakGuyWH)

Cooldown
  • 20 (ground)
  • 15 (IFV) (ground)
  • 25 (air)
Speed

4

Attack range
  • 5 (ground)
  • 7 (IFV) (FlakTWH) (ground)
  • 8 (air)
Sight range

5

Function
Elite upgrade

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

At least I have job...
- Flak trooper
RA2 Flak Trooper Icons
RA2 Flak Trooper Veteran Icons

The flak trooper was an anti-air infantry unit used by the Soviets during the first and second iterations of the Third World War.

Overview

The standard trooper carries a powerful portable flak cannon over his shoulder, with the added weight making them slower than the average conscript. They have proved very effective in infantry firefights, as their flak cannons were highly destructive against infantry thanks to their added splash damage, an advantage that was made more lethal in regards to their surprisingly long range. However, in order to avoid exhaustion from lugging around their heavy weapons, flak troopers were issued very light armour, and could be killed easily by enemy anti-infantry units.

Soviet time travel created a different flak trooper during the War of the Three Powers which filled the same role, and was armed with Magnetic Mines.

The trooper also has anti-aircraft capabilities, as their flak cannons allowed proximity shells to be shot high into the air. The unit dealt similar splash damage against air units that are clustered close together, such as Allied Harrier jets en-route to a target. It should be noted that in comparison to the Soviet flak cannon emplacement, the flak trooper paled in range and damage, but this was compensated by being cheaper, mobile, independent on power supply and versatile in means of being able to engage a wide variety of targets, not just aerial units. Groups of these troopers could defend any important site, as their cannons were capable of destroying enemy aircraft with ease.

On the other hand, flak troopers were not seen as permanent solutions as cheap base defense, as they performed poorly against armoured foes. Their flak cannons were almost useless against enemy armour, though they could do some noticeable damage to lighter vehicles like Allied IFVs and Yuri's gattling tanks. Flak tracks were ultimately a better solution as mobile anti-air units.

Oddly, when the flak trooper is prone, he travels faster. Also, when placed in an IFV, he cannot target aircraft.

Assessment

Pros

  • Effective against infantry and aircraft.
  • Cheap early game anti-air choice for Soviets;.
  • Deals splash damage.
  • Does noticeable damage to lighter vehicles.
  • Unlike when in IFVs, flak troopers can also target aircraft when placed in a Battle Fortress.
  • Good for countering swarms of infantry.

Cons

  • Less armoured than a conscript (despite the similar appearance).
  • Almost useless against enemy armour.
  • Slow moving.
  • Can be crushed.
  • Can kill friendly units because of their splash damage.
  • Cannot target aircraft when placed in an IFV.

Quotes

Flak trooper reporting.
- When selected
Ready.
- When selected
Orders, comrade?
- When selected
At least I have job...
- When selected
Da!
- When moving
I am going.
- When moving
Moving out.
- When moving
This gun is heavy.
- When moving
Flak attack!
- When ordered to attack
This will be messy.
- When ordered to attack
Clouds of death!
- When ordered to attack
A little flak?
- When ordered to attack
I can't see through flak!
- Under fire
They're shooting me!
- Under fire
Help me, Romanov!
- Under fire
I'm just one man!
- Under fire

Gallery

Trivia

  • In real life, USSR engineers designed a similar weapon in the 1960s - "Kolos" anti-air grenade launcher, that fires unguided rockets against low-altitude planes and helicopters. This system was tested successfully, but did not go into production due to the advent much more capable MANPADS.
  • The flak trooper is voiced by Douglas Rye.
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