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For more uses, see light tank.
Light Tank
TD Light Tank In-game
A Nod light tank in the desert.
Unit
Affiliation
  • Nod (light tank)
  • GDI (infantry carrier)
Role

Main Battle Tank

Armament

75mm cannon

Protection

Medium

Tech level

3

Properties
Hit points

300

Production
Cost

$600

Build time

0:40

Produced by

Airfield

Combat
Ground attack

9

Speed

18

Sight range

3

TD Light Tank Icons

The M2 Bradley light tank is the basic tank of Nod in Tiberian Dawn.

Background

The M2 Bradley was originally an American Infantry Fighting Vehicle, developed to meet the growing need and proven effectiveness of IFVs. It was originally mounted with a 25mm autocannon and TOW missiles to engage tanks with. It was originally a complicated machine and had its disadvantages, but for all intents and purposes the vehicle ended up becoming successful with some of the mightiest armies on Earth, many of whom are sponsors of GDI. The newest member of the Bradley vehicle family is, however, a light tank used exclusively by the Brotherhood of Nod: it sacrificed the troop-carrying capacity for a 70mm light tank gun that is marginally-effective against heavy armor while retaining speed and maneuverability.

Legacy

During the late stages of the war, Nod developed a new, more powerful Light tank (mostly used by the Black Hand). After the war, Nod replaced the light tank with the Tick tank.

In-game

If compared to the GDI Medium tank, the M2 Bradley has less firepower and armor but more speed. Direct confrontation against GDI tanks is often foolish unless Nod tanks have higher numbers and are supported by other vehicles, such as Artillery and Stealth tanks. Its small dimension and somewhat light weight enable medium cargo plane, available to conventional airfreight, to haul and drop these tank on any designated airstrip. The tank would then only require minimal preparation, if required, before commissioned into battle. GDI or opposing Nod force capturing the airstrip can also "purchase" the tank if the airstrip captured have access code to the tank supply lines protocol. 

Behind the Scenes

The light tank is a Nod game unit in Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn but Bradleys also appear as a GDI vehicle in the animations. These however are normal Bradleys; their gun is clearly a 25mm (being way to small for a 70mm and correct size for 25mm) and they also have the TOW missile launcher.

The light tank is called a M2-F Bradley light tank in the manual.

Assessment

Pros

  • Good against vehicles and buildings.
  • Cheaper and faster than a medium tank
  • Can crush infantry.
  • Can be used for swarming hit-and-run tactics.
  • Powerful in numbers.
  • Fast to produce.

Cons

  • Ineffective against infantry, although they can be used to crush them
  • Vulnerable to aircraft
  • Weak individually
  • Less firepower and armour than the medium tank
  • Vulnerable to anti-vehicle weapons
  • Does not fare well against Mammoth tank, unless purchased in larger numbers.

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See Also

CNC1 Nod Emblem Brotherhood of Nod First Tiberium War Arsenal CNC1 Nod Emblem
Sheppard Tanks Sheppard

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