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Flak Trooper
Flaktrooper
Unit
Affiliation

USSR

Role

Anti-air/Anti-vehicle infantry

Armament

Flak cannon/Magnetic Mines

Tier

1

Tech level

1

Properties
Amphibious

No

Production
Cost

$300 (up to 1.10)
$400 (1.11 and later)

Build time

0:05

Produced by

Barracks

Hotkey

F3

Function
Abilities

Magnetic Mines (toggle)

Flak trooper, doing my time!
- Flak trooper rolling out of the Barracks.
RA3 Flak Trooper Icons

The flak trooper was the Soviet Union's anti-vehicle and anti-air infantry during the Third World War and The Uprising.

Background

Not much is known about the background of the flak troopers, other than that they were Gulag inmates who were forced to carry out their sentences on the battlefield. Because of this, they were given the undesirable task of carrying heavy flak cannons and volatile anti-vehicle mines.

Abilities

RA3 Magnetic Mine Icons
Magnetic Mine Switches to vehicle mines, that can be placed on vehicles and buildings. When in this mode, if the Flak Trooper is run over, these mines will detonate, damaging the vehicle.

In-game

Let's see how this thing works…
- Flak trooper, attacking

They are especially formidable when garrisoned in buildings. They are cheap, moderately effective anti-tank units and very effective anti-air units, easily equal to the Javelin soldier and superior to the Tankbuster in terms of versatility. However, they are still very vulnerable to anti-infantry weapons and can be crushed by tanks. Even so, they are an essential complement to any infantry attack force.

Assessment

Pros

  • Effective against vehicles and aircraft, particularly when garrisoned
  • Magnetic mines are a good counter to tanks
  • Mines inflict more damage than both Javelin's missiles and Tankbuster's plasma shots.
  • If an enemy vehicle crushes a Flak Trooper when wielding magnetic mines, they will detonate, damaging the vehicle.

Cons

  • Weak against infantry
  • Mines can only be applied vehicles and structures
  • Vulnerable to anti-infantry units
  • Their flak cannon is weak against heavy armour and structures
  • Mines are melee weapons and require the Flak Trooper to close in on the target, at the risk of getting shot or crushed.

Quotes

Created

  • Flak trooper, doing my time!

Selected

  • Flak trooper!
  • Yep!
  • Where's that food you promised?
  • What's it gonna be?
  • Someone's gonna pay!
  • Just wait 'til I get these chains off!
  • Who wants a piece of this?
  • I'm innocent, I swear!
  • Beats being in the gulag...
  • So this what they call community service...
  • You're gonna make me carry this?!
  • I have to carry this around?

Switching to magnetic mines

  • Mines ready!
  • Mines!

Switching to flak cannon

  • Flak ready!
  • Alright, flak cannon!

Moving

  • Okay, but then I rest!
  • I'm going!
  • Whatever!
  • Alright!
  • If you say so!
  • Ye! Ye!
  • What do I get?

Garrisoning structure

  • Get in there!
  • Whats in there?
  • They serve food?
  • Just don't lock the door!

Attacking land

  • Flak 'em!
  • Kill!
  • Punish them!
  • Is he next?
  • Here's your share!
  • There, see what it's like!

Attacking air

  • They're staring us down!
  • You ain't hiding from nobody!
  • Think you're safe up there?!
  • Heads up!
  • A little butterfly!
  • Na khvatay! (Here grab it!)

Attacking with magnetic mines

  • Hold this for me!
  • Stash it!
  • Kaboom!
  • Hehehe!
  • Let 'em have it!
  • Hehehe....!

Moving to attack

  • Let's see how this thing works...
  • What have I got to lose!?
  • They have it coming!
  • Let's get this over with!
  • Time for their medicine!

In combat

  • That's right, sucker!
  • And there's more coming!
  • Ah, don't cry now!
  • Come on, punk!
  • Let's riot!
  • Can I go free now?
  • So this is war!

Under fire

  • I've seen worse!
  • They don't scare me!
  • They won't take me alive!
  • You think that hurts?
  • Ahh! That hurts!
  • Nu ty kozyol! ( Russian: "Hey, you a**hole" )

Trivia

  • When wielding Magnetic Mines and are not selected, Flak Troopers toss the mines like toys, even accidentally drop them to ground, if that occurs, they're seen frightened and expect the mines will explode, thus take evasive action. This is akin to Grenadier squads from Tiberium Wars.
  • The Hammer and Sickle seen in the Flak Trooper's flak cannon in the cameo cannot be seen in their ingame model.
  • Flak Troopers status as convicts forced to carry their sentence is based on Shtrafbats - Soviet penal battalions that fought on the Eastern Front in World War II.
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