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Flak Trooper
Flaktrooper
Unit
Affiliation

USSR

Role

Anti-vehicle/anti-air infantry

Armament

Vorona Steelshot flak cannon
Magnetic Mines

Protection

none

Tier

1

Tech level

1

Properties
Hit points

Low

Armour type

none

Amphibious

No

Production
Cost

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

Build time

0:05

Produced by

Barracks

Combat
Ground attack

High

Air attack

Very High

Speed

Slow

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 a Soviet anti-vehicle/anti-air infantry unit during the third iteration of the Third World War and The Uprising.

Background

Beats being in the gulag...
- Flak trooper

Unlike their GWIII counterparts, this generation of flak troopers are convicts, forced to carry out the remainder of their sentence as a heavily armed flak cannon operator instead of rotting in a gulag (Soviet forced labor camp). Furthermore, their portable flak cannons can turn vehicles and tanks into scrap metal in a few seconds. They wear heavy duty steel body armour and chains. They are also strapped with satchels of explosives, which they can use against enemy armour (or as a suicide weapon, if they are crushed by a tank).

Despite being a prisoner, or probably because of it, the Flak Trooper is allowed to speak freely in various ways, such as contradicting and complaining about how "awful" the gulag was. Also, Flak Troopers themselves may actually be Polish, Slovakian or Yugoslav POWs captured by Soviet troops during the Soviet advance into Germany and such made the Geneva Convention useless if the latter was true (as the Soviets did not sign the convention). A different variant is that the real gulag had almost no ideological control, with freedom of speech limited only by fellow inmates. And who in his mind would listen to a convicted "enemy of the people", anyway?

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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