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For other generations of this tank, see Tesla tank.
T92T Tesla Tank
RA2 Tesla Tank
Russian Tesla Tank
Unit
Affiliation

Soviets (Russia only)

Role

Support tank

Armament

Tesla coils

Protection

Light-Medium

Tier

2

Tech level

10

Properties
Hit points

300

Armour type

Heavy

Amphibious

No

Production
Cost

$1200

Build time

0:48

Produced by

Soviet War Factory

Requires

Radar Tower

Combat
Ground attack

135 (150 when elite) (Electric)

Cooldown
  • 75 (60 in RA2)
  • 60 (50 in RA2) (when elite)
Speed

6

Attack range

4 (6 when elite)

Sight range

8

Function
Abilities

Can shoot over obstacles

Elite upgrade

Increased strength, firepower, rate of fire, self-healing, attack bounces off target damaging other nearby enemies

Maximum Power!
- Tesla tank
RA2 Tesla Tank Icons
RA2 Tesla Tank Veteran Icons

The T92T[1] Tesla tank is a special Russian tank used during the Third World War and the Psychic Dominator Disaster.

Background

Russian Tesla Tanks fire a short range Tesla Bolt that can short circuit enemy vehicles and even arc over enemy walls.
- Red Alert 2 Russia multiplayer loading screen

It uses a fully tracked chassis with two small turret-mounted Tesla coils. The mobile Tesla system has less range and power against vehicles and structures than its stationary counterpart. However the lightning bolts arc over obstacles and easily eliminate infantry.

In the War of the Three Powers, a new version of the tank was created but it still was not widely deployed.

Deployment History

The Tesla Tank was only seen during the Allied campaign mission Chrono Storm since the operation took place in Russia's capital Moscow, the tank's main production facility.

Game unit

The tanks are particularly effective en masse as, although lightly armored, their attack was quite strong and had a very short reload time, meaning it can make short work of most vehicles, especially Grizzly tanks and IFVs. Like other tanks, it can also crush enemy infantry by simply running over them. They however have trouble breaking through Prism Towers and other heavy defenses, due to the short range of their Tesla weapon.

The Tesla tank is a country specific unit: in order to build it in skirmish, one needs to play as the Russia country. Another method of building the tank lies in capturing a Tech Secret Lab which may give the plans for this tank, allowing it to be constructed even from non-Soviet war factories. In Skirmishes, crates may contain this "short circuit on wheels."

Tesla tanks are quite capable of acting as distracting units like Apocalypse tanks; they have less than half of the health as an Apocalypse tank, move faster, cheaper and more effective damage against all ground targets.

The AI usually attack with 3 Tesla tanks and 2 Rhino tanks. They prioritize defensive structures above all other targets, and will bypass all other types of enemy structures and units while any defenses remain on the battlefield. However, once they become aware of enemy units, they will leave their previously targeted building and engage them instead. Once all of the nearby enemy units are defeated, they will proceed to attack the nearest building from their current location. Note that like all tanks that prioritize defenses, Tesla tanks do not consider Tank bunkers to be a defense regardless of whether or not it contains enemy tanks.

Once all defenses are destroyed, Tesla tanks become like any other tank with no preferred target; they will attack the nearest building to them regardless of type, and will turn and attack enemy units if they become aware of any nearby.

Assessment

Pros

  • Highly lethal against infantry, tanks and buildings.
  • Fast speed.
  • Powerful in numbers.
  • Can shoot over obstacles.
  • Short reload time.
  • Can destroy the Prism Tank alone. 
  • When elite, its attack bounces off multiple targets at once. 
  • Can crush infantry (except Tesla Troopers, Brutes, Chrono Legionnaires, Commandos, and Desolators

Cons

  • Cannot attack air units.
  • Lightly armored.
  • Short range.
  • Vulnerable to mind control, Terror Drones and aircraft.
  • Does not fare well against groups of Mirage Tanks due to Tesla Tanks' low armor and short range.
  • Has trouble when breaking through heavy defenses.
  • Somewhat expensive ($1200) unless you have an Industrial Plant, which will be reduced to $900.
  • Only available to Russia.

Selected quotes

Generators humming
- When selected
Wired for destruction
- When selected
Capacitor at full charge
- When selected
I have the power
- When selected
Reading meters
- When selected
Positively
- When moving
Efficient and clean
- When moving
Maximum power!
- When moving
That sparks my curiosity
- When moving
Nothing wasted
- When moving
Free hook-ups
- When ordered to attack
No charge for extra power
- When ordered to attack
Prepare for rolling blackout
- When ordered to attack
Need a little boost?
- When ordered to attack

Gallery

References

  1. Early concept art linked in the gallery
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