|Laser "Crusader" Tank|
Keep the Power Flowing!
Main Battle Tank
High-energy directed pulse laser cannon
480 (580 with Composite Armor)
USA War Factory
80 (Armor Piercing)
|Add-ons||Scout Drone Battle Drone Hellfire Drone|
|Upgrades||Composite Armor Advanced Training|
|“|| Laser Crusader ready for engagement!|
- Laser Crusader Tank
Based on a Crusader chassis (and thus often dubbed the 'Laser Crusader'), Laser Tanks had turrets equipped with deadly laser weapons, most effective against other vehicles and structures. The tank fulfilled the same role as the Crusader in Townes' forces, costing the same for him to acquire.
Much of the technology behind the Laser Tank remains classified. It is still unclear why, if Townes failed to maintain sufficient base power levels, the tanks became entirely inactive; or why the lasers are not accurate against infantry.
|“|| Power up the laser!|
- Laser Crusader
|Scout Drone||The Scout Drone simply fed battlefield information to the vehicle crew, increasing their sight range and revealing nearby stealthed units. Costs $100.|
|Battle Drone||The Battle Drone was armed with a small machine gun to defeat enemy infantry, and could also repair its parent vehicle. Costs $300.|
|Hellfire Drone||The Hellfire Drone, available in Zero Hour, fired a small but surprisingly powerful missile against enemy ground units. Costs $500.|
Important Note: Drones can be further upgraded with Drone Armour.
|“|| Composite Armor installed sir.|
|Composite Armour||This upgrade improves the armor of each Crusader.||Purchasable at any Strategy Center for $2000|
|Advanced Training||Allowed Crusader, along with all other USA units gain veteran status twice as fast.||Purchasable at any Strategy Center for $1500|
|“|| Raising intensity!|
- Laser Tank engaging enemy forces
The laser generated by the Laser Tank was more dangerous to enemy armor than even a standard 120mm tank shell. Only the Chinese Overlord could match the Laser Tank, and Townes' machine was far cheaper and faster. In large numbers, however, they were more than capable of decimating entire armored columns in seconds.
Laser Tanks are also fairly ineffective against infantry, needing support against rocket-toting infantry. Avengers are efficient for this purpose. Avengers are also a necessity to protect these tanks from air assault.
As with most US tanks, Laser Tanks, when in large groups, can even defeat Overlord Tanks.
|“|| Light them up!|
However, it still had the same weaknesses as the standard Crusader, namely a vulnerability to aircraft and anti-tank infantry. In addition and as noted above, due to the need to maintain a steady level of power at the nearest base for Laser Tanks to be used, destroying enough of a Townes' power plants would not just shut down his base defenses, but also the Laser Tanks.
This vehicle is also the reason the Paladin tank is not used by Townes.
The Laser Crusader's complete dependence on base power, a key weak point, was completely removed from play as of community patch 1.06 , thus leaving enemies with one weakness less to exploit. However, for balance purposes, Laser Crusaders still consume power and hence, they are still accounted for in overall base power load.
- The tank shares some of its lines with the Crusader Tank, even the line "Crusader Tank responding".
- Technically, since the tank just fires a laser as its weapon, it shouldn't have any recoil in the turret. However it may probably because the laser weapon wasn't perfected yet and there was extra kinetic energy produced. The recoil is probably caused by this kinetic energy or added as a safety method to prevent hull damage.
- Crusader Tank USA only
- Scorpion Tank Not available to Prince Kassad
- Battlemaster Not available to General Shin Fai