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KDB-5 Sickle
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Unit
Affiliation

USSR

Role

Anti-infantry walker

Armament

Heavy PKX 12.7 mm machineguns (x3) All-Terrain stilt-legs (x4)

Properties
Armour type

Light

Production
Cost

$900

Build time

0:10

Produced by

War Factory

Function
Abilities

Flea jump

Let's mow some people down!
- Sickle
RA3 Sickle Icons

The KDB-5 Sickle is USSR's basic anti-infantry vehicle in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3.

Background

Keep shooting, comrades!
- Sickle, attacking

Originally designed as a police vehicle for use in fringe republics noted for their "heightened" risk of revolt, the Soviet Union's KDB-5 Sickle has a compact form factor, four durable steel stilt-legs, and three articulated gunnery positions that make it ideal for urban operations and crowd control. It exceeded expectations in its original role of riot support, becoming a mainstay in Soviet mechanized armor divisions while escalating Ukraine's Kazminov Design Bureau to the upper echelons of the Soviet Union's weapons manufacturers.[1]

The Sickle's three turrets are capable of swiveling 130 degrees, and are positioned to allow the unit engage multiple targets at once. However, as a result, the unit is unable to train all three guns on a single target. This wasn't much of a downside, as a single gun could mow down several infantry at ease. Additionally, the guns cannot target aircraft, fueling speculation that the KDB intentionally designed this flaw to ensure that the Soviet Military would also adopt the Bullfrog.[1]

The Sickle is also capable of jumping great distances, allowing it access to areas that wheeled or tracked vehicles cannot reach. This unique ability has proved useful in ambushing unsuspecting enemies before they have time to counter. In response to Sickle crews using this ability for recreation, the military command passed strict limitations on the use of this ability.[1]

Despite its innovative nature, the Sickle is cost effective due to the inexpensive alloy it is made from. This inexpensiveness comes at the cost of durability, as it can easily be countered by tanks and anti-armor weaponry. Sickle crews have also been noted to display increased sadistic or self-damaging behavior compared to their comrades.[1]

Following the defeat

The image of one such Anti-Personnel Walker personified as a very sad-looking and bruised ice hockey player, with tears in its eyes and with one of its legs in a cast, became iconic, paired with a Soviet postwar saying, translated to "Hey, we tried." The remaining number of serving sickles was supplemented by its older prototype, the Reaper.

Abilities

RA3 Flea Jump Icons
Jump The Sickle's hydraulic systems can be overloaded to enable a "flea jump" which can be used to leap over obstacles, onto bluffs, hills and can even be used to jump straight into a horde of men, causing severe damage. This ability will recharge over time.

Game unit

The Sickle is available from a War Factory.

It is notably fast, meaning it can catch up with almost any infantry and so are useful as armored scouts, escorts or perimeter patrols. The sickle sports three machine guns but can only bring two to bear, that means it can engage up to 2 enemies at once, mostly from the rear and front.

The main characteristic is its Flea Jump ability, allowing it to leap over terrain and hopefully crush infantry at its landing zone, making it useful for quick dispatch, even to commandos if the jump is well timed and accurate.

However, it does have its drawbacks. Being an IFV on legs, it will always be beaten up by tough bruisers such as tanks and other anti-vehicle units. It also doesn't sport any AA capability, unlike its older cousin, so aircraft have no problem dispatching such fragile vehicles. Its flea jump may be a devastating tool, but not to be overestimated; its light weight means it does not have sufficient mass or energy to crush vehicles.

It is not amphibious, either, so transport by an allied Twinblade is the best option to get these infantry banes across the deadly seas.

Notes

  • The Sickle's spider-like appearance is likely inspired by (or stolen from) the Terror Drone, an earlier scouting drone developed by Kazminov's rival, Sversky Robot Works.
  • In the Soviet Campaign, the Sickles were first deployed to assist Natasha in retaking the Krasna-45 launch facility.
  • Originally, the walker had unenclosed gunners. This changed in development.

Assessment

Pros

  • Strong against infantry
  • Fast and versatile
  • Can jump across narrow water, ridges and rifts
  • Flea Jump proves lethal to enemy infantry
  • One of the best commando killers in the war
  • Can kill multiple enemy soldiers at the same time

Cons

  • Weak against aircraft
  • Poor armour
  • Cannot use all three guns against one target
  • Flea jump may crush friendly infantry
  • More expensive than the Riptide ACV

Notes from the field

Battlefield reconnaissance has revealed at least these facts about the Sickle:

Fully covered -- Each Sickle has three heavy machine guns, each covering a 130-degree firing arc around the vehicle. Sickles may effectively fire while moving and can engage multiple independent targets, but cannot bring their full force to bear on any one target.

Cannot attack aircraft -- While Sickles have an unparalleled ability to attack in any direction around them, their turrets cannot swivel vertically far enough to engage enemy aircraft. Speculation that KDB purposely designed this limitation to ensure that both its Sickles and its KDB-2 Bullfrogs get purchased in bulk is patently false.

Flea-jumping -- The "flea jump" has proven to be extremely useful for reconnaissance purposes, as Sickles may leap right up onto plateaus unreachable on foot, for example. Some Sickle gunners have even been known to literally jump right on top of enemy infantry divisions. Should the enemies receiving this attack survive, Sickles wind up poised to finish them easily.

Cost-effective -- KDB uses an inexpensive alloy to keep Sickle costs very reasonable, which makes this unit plentiful in modern battles. While the Sickle's armor can all but shrug off the sort of small-arms fire that might erupt after a disappointing ice hockey contest, it cannot withstand much more than a brush with anti-tank weaponry.

Quotes

Created

  • Sickle here! Ready guys?
  • Let's mow some people down!

Select

  • Sickle patrol!
  • What do you have, boss?
  • Quiet down! It's HQ!
  • Yup!?
  • We're right here!
  • Good, we have lots of ammo!
  • Infantry go down quick!
  • Yay boss!?

Moving

  • Got that HQ!
  • Who's next?
  • Anybody around?
  • On patrol!
  • You heard the boss!
  • Keep your belts on, boys!
  • We're going now!
  • Over here, guys!
  • Okay, that way then!
  • Bumpy ride!

Attacking

  • Harvest time!
  • It'll all soon be over!
  • Slice 'em down!
  • Good night!
  • Let's do 'em!
  • Shooting gallery!
  • That one, kill it!
  • Hurrah!

Jump

  • Hee hee hee!
  • Oh yeah!
  • Hahaha!
  • Heads up!
  • Hehe!

Move to Attack

  • There they are!
  • Don't let them go!
  • They're out of range, hurry!
  • Go after them!
  • We'll catch them!

In combat

  • Shoot them all!
  • Just mowing the lawn!
  • Aim for the injured!
  • Keep shooting, comrades!
  • Hah, getting pay by the bullet!
  • Watch the flanks!
  • Chew 'em up and spit them out!

Retreating

  • We're getting out of here!
  • It's no use, fall back!
  • Let's bolt!
  • I'm taking care of me!
  • That is it for me!

Under fire

  • Watch out!
  • We're hit!
  • Chyort voz'mi! (Russian for "Argh dang it!")
  • Keep your heads down!
  • It's heating up!

Trivia

  • It sometimes shoots low-flying aircraft.
  • There's a rare glitch in Uprising that it explodes after jumping.

Gallery

Videos

See also

  • Riptide ACV - Allied anti-infantry vehicle counterpart.
  • Mecha Tengu - Imperial anti-infantry vehicle counterpart.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Red Alert 3 Sickle unit profile
RA3 USSR logo Soviet Red Alert 3 Arsenal RA3 USSR logo
CNCTW Juggernaut HQ Render Mechanized walkers CNCTW Juggernaut HQ Render

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