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Hornet
Hornet
Unit
Affiliation

Allies

Role

Bomber

Armament

Bombs

Protection

Light

Tier

3

Tech level

-1

Properties
Hit points

75

Armour type

Light

Production
Cost

$50 (INI only)

Produced by

Aircraft carrier

Requires

Allied battle lab

Combat
Squad size

3

Ground attack
  • 40 (ORCAAP)
  • 80 (when elite) (ARTYHE)
  • 100 (when crashed) (AP)
Cooldown
  • 3
  • 20 (when crashed)
Air speed

12

Attack range
  • 5
  • 3 (when crashed)
Sight range

2

Function
Parent

Aircraft carrier

Elite upgrade
  • Increased strength, firepower, rate of fire, self-healing
Hornets in the air!
- Aircraft carrier, when ordered to attack

The Hornet is a miniature, unmanned fighter-bomber utilized by Allied Aircraft carriers of the Allies during Third World War and the Psychic Dominator Disaster.

Background

Effectively a scaled down bomber, the Hornet is armed with five Hornet homing missiles and operates out of Allied aircraft carriers. Each vessel can carry three fighters of this type and automatically repairs damaged units and replaces lost ones. Due to their small size, fuel limits restrict operational range.

Game unit

The Hornets are unable to inflict as much damage the missiles fired by Dreadnoughts and Boomers, but can attack moving targets with better precision. Being attack jets, Hornets also give the carrier a longer striking range than that of the Dreadnought's or Boomer's missiles. Hornets are also more durable than Dreadnought and Boomer missiles, making it more likely that a carrier strike wave will survive long enough to hit the target. On the other hand, carriers cannot launch strikes as frequently as the Dreadnought and Boomer can launch missiles (it takes even longer if the carrier must replace downed planes). Hornets are also capable of gaining veterancy promotions, though this is often short-lived due to the Hornet's expendability on the battlefield.

Aftermath

After Cherdenko's trip to 1927, the Hornets was replaced by the Sky Knight jets in the War of the Three Powers.

Trivia

The old official website mistakenly referred to them as Intruders.[1]

The Hornets were primarily based on the actual Boeing F/A-18 Hornet , a strike-fighter aircraft used by the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps for aircraft-carrier based operations. Unlike the in-game Hornet, the real-life Hornet uses a catapult take-off but arrested recovery (CATOBAR) method of take-off and landing aboard aircraft carriers and is capable of being used for air-to-air combat on top of its ground strike capabilities. Besides being operated by aviators in the U.S. Navy and Marines, the F/A-18 is also widely used by many air forces around the world (including the Finnish, Australian, Swiss, Kuwaiti, and Malaysian air forces).

References

  1. Red Alert 2 website, Allied units, retrieved 9/3/2011
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