Main Battle Tank
Soviet War Factory
|“|| Who's looking for a good pounding?|
- Hammer Tank
The Hammer tank was created in the gray, monolithic Building 19 of the Arkhangelsk Tank Plant. Its development was generally uneventful, except for one, major incident, which nearly caused the entire building to collapse. While researching the magnetic harpoon technology for the Apocalypse tank, it was discovered that a properly calibrated beam can literally tear apart metal. After a few modifications, the TS-1 Tsarsky leech beam was born.
The Hammer is unmistakably Soviet. It has a blocky, angular chassis with exposed treads, complimented by a bulky cockpit. The tank has an integral steel-cavity armour plating, protecting the crew and its most delicate mechanisms, including the TS-1 leech beam.
Each Hammer comes standard with an 85mm autoloading cannon with air cooled ammunition storage, with an excellent rate of fire and reduced chance of ammunition accidents. In order to stabilize the offset cannon, Soviet scientists used technology from Sickles and terror drones that keeps them upright and operational. The cannon's position seems odd, but only until one considers the functionality of the leech beam.
The leech beam, apart from being able to draw metal from enemy vehicles and melding it into its own armour (effectively "healing" itself), can also scavenge weapons from destroyed enemy vehicles, by increasing the amplitude at the moment of the target's destruction. The weapon is then attached to a universal One-Size-Fits-All weapon mount on the left side of the turret.
|“|| Did he just scratch my paint?|
- Hammer Tank
Being the main armor of Soviet firepower, the Hammer Tanks were usually the front-line units in the Soviet offensive into Western Europe, backed up by their more powerful cousins the Apocalypses. Hammer Tanks were notable for engaging in tank battles with the Allied Guardian Tanks such as in Operation: The Shark and the Lure and The Famous Liberation. More often however Hammer Tanks fall victim to Allied bombers.
|The following is based on the Soviet campaign of Red Alert 3 and contradicts canon sources.|
|The following is based on the Empire of the Rising Sun campaign for Red Alert 3 and contradicts canon sources.|
The Hammer Tank deals somewhat less damage and is slower than the Guardian, it's Allied equivalent, but makes up for this with better armour, a somewhat higher rate of fire and much greater versatility thanks to the Leech Beam, which can grant it anti-aircraft or anti-infantry capabilities; something the Guardian lacks. Of course, such capabilities come with some cost and the Hammer is a little more expensive than the Guardian.
|Terror Drone Surprise||Releases a Terror Drone after the unit is destroyed (probability: 75%).|
|Grinder Treads||Allows the unit heal itself if it crushs its enemy.|
|Toxic Corrosion||Attach to the targeted unit a poison bomb that damage itself and pollute the area after it is destroyed.|
|Mass Production||Reduces cost of the armor unit by 25%|
|“||Give me that!||”|
|Leech Beam||Longer range weapon, slowly damage its target, slowly heal itself, steal weapon of its target after sucessful destroying it.|
TS-1 Tsarsky Leech-Beam
|“|| Hold Still!|
- Hammer Tank
The TS-1 Tsarsky Leech-Beam is the Hammer Tank's secondary attack. It uses a magnetic beam to steal armor and weapons off enemy tanks, allowing the tank to effectively repair itself and gain a secondary weapon. This gives the Hammer a unique versatility that no other weapon has. In addition, the range of the Leech-Beam is considerable, longer than the 85mm cannon itself. The Leech-Beam can also steal armour from buildings but does not have any effect on infantry.
Note that the Hammer Tank that is leeching an enemy vehicle does not have to destroy the vehicle itself in order to gain it's secondary weapon, it just has to have the Leech Beam locked on the target when it is destroyed. This is useful when leeching tougher enemies such as Assault Destroyers, Apocalypse Tanks, King Onis, Giga Fortresses, etc., which Hammer Tanks are largely in effective against. For example, a commander can start leeching an Assault Destroyer and then finish it off quickly with Twinblades or something powerful. Though they admit it is tempting, the Soviet leadership has announced that no commander has ever used the leech gun on their own units.
- That one? Heh! NO PROBLEM!
- HOLD STILL!
- THEY WANT TO PLAY?
- DID HE JUST SCRATCH MY PAINT?
- Load the cannon!
- This will only take a second.
- Who's giving you trouble?
- What do you say?
- Yeah,Just like that!
- Nail "em!
- Pound them to the ground!
- Crush "Im!
- This unit has its gun on the right side like the Scorpion Tank of the Brotherhood. The design of the 85mm gun and it's placement also bears much resemblance to the Scorpion. Also, in the blueprints, the gun is placed on the wrong side. The generally curvy and bulky layout of the tank is something it shares with the Bullfrog and is a generally Soviet design feature.
- The Leech Beam is similar to the Nod's Avatars' Commandeer Technology ability in Tiberium Wars, except that the Hammer Tank can rip weapons off the tanks of all sides, not just their own side, which was the case for the Avatar. The Hammer Tank can also do it at a distance, whereas the Avatar had to walk right up to the vehicle in question. This makes it a bit similar to GLA tanks as well, because they also upgrade their weapons from scavenged parts of vehicles.
- A Hammer Tank is one of the 3 tanks that leads you through the tutorial missions. It often teases the Tsunami Tank and gets hit as a result. In the last tutorial mission the driver humorously switches to an Apocalypse Tank.