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25px-Disambig This article is about the GLA unit. For other uses, see Hijacker.
Let's go car shopping!
- Hijacker reporting for duty
Hijacker
Gen1 Hijacker
Need a vehicle?
Unit
Affiliation

GLA

Role

Anti-vehicle support

Protection

Low

Properties
Hit points

100

Armour type

Human Armor

Production
Cost
  • $400
  • $600 (Prince Kassad)
Build time

0:10

Produced by

GLA Barracks

Requires
Hotkey

I

Combat
Speed

30 (20 if badly wounded)

Attack range

Melee

Sight range

100-200

Function
Abilities
  • Can capture any enemy vehicle.
  • Camouflaged while still.
Notes
  • Strong vs tanks, vehicle.
  • Weak vs infantry, scouts.
Gen1 Hijacker Icons
Hijackers are daring thieves employed to steal vehicles for the GLA.

Background

They won't expect anything.
- Hijacker, waiting for a vehicle to be jacked

Hijackers run toward their targets, force their passage into the vehicle's interior, and take over the wheel. They are completely inconspicuous to enemy units when idle. If the hijacked vehicle is American, the hijacker can escape the vehicle using its ejection system should it be destroyed, gaining the same veterancy as the destroyed vehicle, which can then be passed onto the next vehicle they hijack (similar to the US Pilot). They cannot hijack vehicles with passengers on board.

With such experienced thieves in limited supply, GLA commanders could only obtain them from a Barracks if they were a certain rank and had spent promotional points. Since Prince Kassad's forces have a much greater focus on stealth, he can deploy Hijackers directly, and they are equipped with better stealth gears, allowing them to conceal themselves even when moving.

Ability

It will be mine!
- Hijacker on the capture
Gen1 Hijack Icons Hijack - Hijack target enemy vehicle.

Tactics

I'll just drop in!
- Hijacker going to steal a vehicle

Hijackers are particularly efficient at stealing tanks and long-range vehicles. Hijacking vehicles with veterancy will "promote" the Hijacker, and if the vehicle is an American one, the Hijacker can eject out of the vehicle upon its destruction. A good tactic when facing multiple US vehicles using the Hijacker is by jumping into one of them, then jump into the nearest vehicle when the hijacked vehicle is destroyed and carry on.

Hijacker is a good counter to heavy tank divisions, such as the Chinese Overlord tanks.

Counters

I just wanted to borrow a car!
- Hijacker taking fire

Although they are fast runners, they are still vulnerable to anti-infantry weapons and have a harder time stealing light vehicles. They are easily targets once spotted by stealth detectors. Hijackers are stealthed while still, however, they become visible when moving. They also lack weapons and could not attack other infantry or aircraft. Therefore, GLA commanders have to be very careful and make sure that Hijackers remain undiscovered.

Also, if the vehicle stolen by a Hijacker is destroyed by an aircraft, the Hijacker does not emerge.

The introduction of some stealth detection and light vehicles to an armored formation would help provide significant protection against Hijackers. US vehicle may opt for Scout Drone upgrade to spot them. Sentry Drone (especially when upgraded) is also a good counter, being cheap, mobile, available immediately (not requiring promotional points), and impossible to hijack.

Infantry transports such as Assault Troop Crawlers and Battle Buses are immune to hijacking once loaded with passengers, and can easily kill any exposed Hijackers.

Assessment

Pros

  • Stealthed when idle / Completely stealthed (Kassad variant)
  • Cheap
  • Can hijack all manned ground vehicles
  • Can eject out of US vehicle with no need for veterancy
  • Promoted Hijackers will pass on veterancy level to captured vehicles
  • Can capture a tank attempting to crush it
  • Good for neutralizing heavier tanks and artillery
  • Can capture construction vehicles to access other generals' technology

Cons

  • Defenseless
  • Vulnerable to anti-infantry
  • Vulnerable to aircraft
  • Breaks stealth when moving (does not apply to Kassad variant)
  • Stealth can be neutralized by detectors
  • Cannot hijack unmanned vehicles (i.e. Sentry drone)
  • Cannot hijack vehicles with passengers
  • Requires General's Promotion with regular GLA
  • Unavailable to Dr. Thrax and Rodall Juhziz

Selected Quotes

How about a test drive, huh?
- When selected
Need a new vehicle?
- When selected
I can drive anything
- When selected
They won't expect anything
- When selected
Let's go car shopping!
- When selected
Excellent plan!
- When moving
Step by step
- When moving
Well-calculated move
- When moving
I'll mix among them
- When moving
Shht! I can't be seen
- When moving
Sight unseen
- When moving
Always wanted one of those
- When ordered to hijacking vehicles
I'll take control
- When ordered to hijacking vehicles
It will be mine!
- When ordered to hijacking vehicles
I'll just drop in!
- When ordered to hijacking vehicles
I don't need keys
- When ordered to hijacking vehicles
I've been found
- Under fire
We didn't plan for this
- Under fire
No place to hide
- Under fire
I just wanted to borrow a car
- Under fire

Videos

Trivia

  • Due to engine limitations, capturing a crewless vehicle with a veteran Hijacker does not pass on his veterancy bonus, and the Hijacker will not escape if the vehicle is destroyed even if it is an American vehicle.

See Also

Gla Global Liberation Army GLA War Arsenal Gla

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