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Tank Destroyer
CNCRA2 Tank Destroyer
Unit
Affiliation

RA2Alliedlogo Allies
(Flag of Germany Germany only)

Role

Anti-armour support tank

Armament

Advanced armour-piercing AT gun

Tier

2

Tech level

2

Properties
Hit points

400

Armour type

Heavy

Production
Cost

$900

Build time

0:36

Produced by

Allied war factory

Requires

Airforce Command Headquarters

Combat
Ground attack
  • 150 (UltraAP)
  • 175 (when elite) (UltraAPE)
Cooldown

70 (60 when elite)

Speed

5

Attack range

5 (6.75 when elite)

Sight range

8

Function
Elite upgrade

Increased strength, firepower, rate of fire, self-healing

You call THAT armour?
- Tank destroyer
RA2 Tank Destroyer Icons
RA2 Tank Destroyer Veteran Icons

The German tank destroyer was an Allied anti-armour tank during the first and second iterations of the Third World War.

Overview

The German Tank Destroyer can easily eliminate enemy vehicles. Its advanced armor-piercing gun is weak against enemy infantry and structures.
- Red Alert 2 German multiplayer loading screen

It has a large anti-tank cannon mounted on a flexible, tracked platform, which is capable of easily destroying enemy tanks, even punching through the heavy armour of Apocalypse tanks and ore miners. However, the tank destroyer was strictly capable of providing anti-armour support, as it was nearly useless against infantry or structures. It was also relatively lightly armoured and unable to attack air units. They can still lose to Apocalypse tanks in one-on-one matches, making them better to use in large groups against vehicles.

It is not known to have operated after the events of the Psychic Dominator Disaster.

Like all other Allied country-specific units, it did not make an appearance in the Red Alert 2 campaign. In Yuri's Revenge, it was introduced in Operation: Tomb Raided.


In-game

The UltraAP damage type deals full damage to units with light and heavy armour, less than half damage to medium armour, and barely any to everything else; hence, the tank destroyer's weapon is efficient against vehicles, but not infantry.

The AI usually attacks with 4 tank destroyers. They prioritize enemy vehicles above all other targets, and will completely ignore any building or infantry unit while at least one enemy vehicle exists on the battlefield. If all vehicles are destroyed, tank destroyers become like any other tank, with no preferred target, and will attack the nearest building or infantry unit.

Tank destroyers are one of the possible crate bonuses in skirmish and multiplayer matches.

Assessment

Pros

  • Strong against vehicles and grounded aircraft
  • Can even punch through the front armour plating of Apocalypse tanks and ore miners
  • Same cost as a Rhino heavy tank ($900)
  • Better armoured than the Grizzly battle tank
  • Can destroy most light vehicles, particularly artillery, in a single shot
  • If elite and gets a firepower upgrade from a crate, it can destroy most vehicles with a single shot

Cons

  • Useless against non-vehicles (not counting crushing infantry)
  • Cannot attack aircraft
  • Slower than the Rhino heavy tank
  • Loses against an Apocalypse tank in a one-on-one match
  • Inaccurate against moving vehicles
  • Relatively weak armour
  • Only available to Germany

Trivia

  • In the Chinese version, Tank Destroyer is erroneously translated as "坦克殺手" (tank killer), while the correct translation should be "坦克殲擊車" (tank eliminator vehicle).
  • Since World War II, real-life tank destroyers had been largely phased out. Their roles are taken by advanced IFVs such as M2 Bradley, which carries anti-tank missiles.
  • The tank's chassis is taken from a Merkava. It is also similar in appearance to the cut Howitzer unit.

Quote

In the vanilla Red Alert 2, the tank destroyer shares the voice set with the Grizzly battle tank, like most other Allied vehicles. It was given a unique voice set in Yuri's Revenge.

Tank destroyer reporting
- When selected
No armour's too tough
- When selected
They've got to get through me first!
- When selected
Not a tank I can't break
- When selected
Deutschland's finest
- When selected
Taking position
- When moving
Advancing
- When moving
In the field
- When moving
Moving forward
- When moving
Demolition derby time
- When ordered to attack
Let's see who's tougher
- When ordered to attack
Piece by piece
- When ordered to attack
Nothing left but junk
- When ordered to attack
You call THAT armour?
- When ordered to attack

Gallery

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