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Nuke Cannon
Gen1 Nuke Cannon
Unit
Affiliation

China

Role

Heavy artillery

Armament

280mm cannon with Nuclear/Neutron tactical nuke

Properties
Hit points

240

Armour type

Tank Armor

Production
Cost

$1600

Build time

0:20

Produced by

China War Factory

Requires
Hotkey

N

Combat
Ground attack
  • 400 (Explosion) (Nuke)
  • 1 (Explosion) (Neutron)
Cooldown

10000

Speed

20 (18 when badly damaged)

Attack range

350 (minium 150)

Sight range

180-350

Function
Upgrades
Gen1 Artillery Training Icons
Artillery Training Science at Rank 1
ZH Neutron Shells Icons
Neutron Shells
Abilities

Can switch between Nuclear and Neutron Shells (when researched)

Notes

Leaves Radiation Field Small upon destroy

Gen1 Nuke Cannon Icons
Behold, the bringer of light.
- Nuke Cannon rolling out of the War Factory

The Nuke Cannon was China's and arguably the world's most advanced siege weapon, firing tactical nuclear shells over considerable distances, with suitably destructive results. The majority of generals had to spend promotional points to acquire it (possibly at the expense of another ability), although the Chinese Government entrusted General Tsing Shi Tao the use of Nuke Cannon without spending promotional points.

Background

We bear gifts.
- Nuke Cannon

The Nuke Cannon consisted of a large howitzer-like weapon mounted on a tracked vehicle, with a cabin for the crew located at the front, similar to a regular truck.

Before firing the cannon, the vehicle had to deploy four stabilizers. This, coupled with the slow speed of the vehicle and long reloading time of the main gun, made using it in the field time-consuming and potentially very costly; Nuke Cannons cost considerably more than Inferno Cannons, but were similarly weakly armoured and even more vulnerable to enemy fire. Nevertheless, many generals considered the destruction wrought by the Nuke Cannon to be worth the hassle, as nuclear shells were effective against tanks and infantry at far greater ranges than the Inferno Cannon, which could only lob comparatively weak shells.

Later in the conflict with the GLA, all Nuke Cannons could be supplied with Neutron Shells (an alternate to Nuclear Shells), which killed infantry instantly while leaving structures and vehicles intact. This way garrisoned buildings could be cleared and vehicles neutralized and used by Chinese forces.

Abilities

We will be generous.
- Nuke Cannon
Nuclear Shells
ZH Nuclear Shells Icons
Loads the powerful tactical nuclear warheads. Good against any ground target.
Neutron Shells
ZH Neutron Shells Icons
Switches to neutron shells. These shells emit a flash of neutron radiation which does little to no damage to structures but kills infantry, clears garrisoned buildings, empties enemy tanks and kills everything inside Tunnel Networks instantly when the warhead detonates.

Upgrades

Base

Brighter than the sun.
- Nuke Cannon
ZH Neutron Shells Icons Neutron shells Allowed alternate warhead configuration for Nuke Cannon shells. They killed infantry outright, including vehicle crews. Purchasable at any Nuclear Missile Silo (except General Kwai's) for a cost of 2500$.

Promotion

Gen1 Artillery Training Icons Artillery Training Nuke cannons are built as veteran. Purchasable at the General Tsing Shi Tao's, General Fai's and vanilla China's promotion menu with a rank of 1 star.

Strategy

This day is to be remembered.
- Nuke Cannon

The Nuke Cannon, in spite of its ponderousness, was effective both as a siege weapon and an aid for base defence, helping to finish off enemy units caught up in stationary defences. Their nuclear shells were extremely deadly against pretty much anything on the ground, as no vehicle smaller than a Paladin Tank could survive more than a single shell-infantry were simply swept aside by the explosion while buildings were at their complete mercy. It was perhaps the most cumbersome unit in the war, but some generals were still put off by its slow speed and deploying time, however, as well as the fact that it could not be transported in a Helix. Furthermore, the Nuke Cannon was vulnerable to any other unit at close range, and especially vulnerable to aircraft. It required protection at all times. Careful attention was required when deploying the Nuke Cannon in urban settings, as careless crews often launched their shells directly into the walls of nearby buildings, needlessly destroying the vehicle. It was also the second most expensive Chinese unit, next to the Overlord Tank.

Despite these weaknesses however, it has several advantages that set it apart from other siege weapons. It uses a dud shell instead of a missile unlike the GLA's rocket buggy and scud launcher as well as the USA tomahawk launcher. This makes it extremely effective at destroying base defenses as the shells cannot be stopped by anything. The splash damage from the nuclear shells can kill multiple enemies and leave radiation that harms all infantry and vehicles that go through it. The neutron shell upgrade makes it even more effective at stopping enemies in their tracks, as the blast from a neutron shell is able to slay all infantry instantly, even those in ground based vehicles, allowing Chinese forces to acquire the vehicles for their own gain. While the Nuke Cannon has a long set up time, it can easily be halved by setting it to Defend. This does lower its range slightly but makes it capable of quickly pulverizing anything unfortunate enough to come within range.

Assessment

Pros

  • The most powerful artillery in the war
  • Very effective against all ground targets
  • Good at penetrating base defenses
  • Can be used as a defensive cannon
  • Trained as veterans via Artillery Training
  • Projectile cannot be shot down, intercepted or jammed
  • Neutron Shell upgrade allows the Nuke Cannon to depilot vehicles and clear garrisoned structures from long distance

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Slow moving
  • Low rate of fire
  • Vulnerable to aircraft
  • Explodes on death
  • Can actually be crushed by Overlords
  • Cannot be transported by Helixes
  • Availabe via General Promotions (except for General Tao)
  • Unavailable to General Kwai
  • Must set up turret in order to attack or pack up for moving, in which the Nuke Cannon is vulnerable
  • Not as effective in urban combat as their own shells may cause friendly fire

Selected Quotes

Behold, the bringer of light.
- When emerging from the War Factory
We bear gifts.
- When selected
Nuke warheads preserved.
- When selected
They will never forget.
- When selected
We will be generous.
- When selected
The mother of all weapons.
- When selected
Green is good.
- When moving
Where shall we prepare?
- When moving
Be careful, she's fragile.
- When moving
Precious cargo.
- When moving
We must be patient.
- When moving
Preparing for the moment.
- When deploying
Setting up for countdown.
- When deploying
Deploying.
- When deploying
Packing up materials.
- When undeploying
Preparing for transport.
- When undeploying
Folding up.
- When undeploying
Brighter than the sun.
- When ordered to attack
Brace yourselves!
- When ordered to attack
Morning glory.
- When ordered to attack
This day is to be remembered.
- When ordered to attack
The final word.
- When ordered to attack

Gallery

Videos

Trivia

  • The icon image was based on the 280mm Atomic Cannon fired during Upshot-Knothole. The M65 might have inspired the creation of the Nuke Cannon.
  • There are unused versions of the Nuke Cannon for Nuke General. The only significant difference in these is that the Chinese red star is replaced by a radiation symbol. The Nuke Cannon was also supposed to get a unique selection picture. It's rather surprising they ended up unused, seeing as they would have been very easy to implement.
  • The original Nuke Cannon model (with six stabilizers) is used as General Tao's version in the mod Shockwave.
China People's Republic of China First GLA War Arsenal China

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