Amphibious main battle tank
Yoritomo 8.8cm AP Cannon
Kagami Nano-Deflective Armor
|“|| The Tsunami Rises!|
The Tsunami Tank is the MBT of the Army of the Empire of the Rising Sun. Although light and small, it is far more technologically advanced than both the Soviet and Allied standard tanks, and is also amphibious. It's armed with a standard tank cannon, though the Tsunami tank also has the Kagami Armour that, when triggered, activates an invisible army of nanomachines which sacrifice themselves to repel the next attack against the Tsunami, compensating for it's light armour somewhat.
The Tsunami Tank is a very typical Imperial unit: extremely versatile, fast and agile but lightly armoured. The high rate of fire of the cannon makes up somewhat for the light damage it does, and it is quite possible that the Tsunami Tank does more damage per second than both the Hammer and Guardian....if it lasts that long in battle.
|“|| Wash them from the earth!|
- Tsunami in battle
When the Soviet Army first faced the armored divisions of the Empire of the Rising Sun, rumors quickly spread of strange, gleaming, amphibious tanks that were invulnerable to enemy fire. Some even believed that this invulnerability came from the Rising Sun-emblazoned banners mounted on the rear tread assemblies, and there were stories of brave but misguided conscripts managing to actually get within arm's length of the banners before being ruthlessly slaughtered.
As the war raged on, it became clear that Tsunami Tanks were protected not by any supernatural powers but rather by an innovative new armor system. The highly trained Tsunami crews are adept at using this shield technology in both offensive and defensive encounters. By diverting nanomachines from operation of the main gun, the Tsunami is capable of producing an impact shield that manifests as a cloud of nanomachines surrounding the hull of the unit. When even a moderate-intensity energy field is applied to the nano-relays, an energy web forms, which can effectively lessen the impact of ballistics on the hull of the Tsunami. The downside, of course, is that the field takes both power and nanomachine resources required to operate the main cannon, rendering the tank unable to fire while the field was activated. In addition, the powerful energy field degrades the nano-relays over time, limiting the protection to short bursts to avoid complete collapse of the nanomachine system.
While not invulnerable as once thought, the Tsunami is still a potent weapon. More than just a typical amphibious vehicle, which stay waterborne only long enough to get to dry land, Tsunamis are as capable on water as they are on land, often escorting ships and assaulting naval targets. The extent to which the Imperial military views them as naval vehicles is aptly demonstrated by the lines of Tsunami tanks often seen emerging from the Imperial Naval Yards and deploying directly into naval combat. Like their namesake, they are also able to wash ashore and leave a trail of destruction far inland.
All of this technology and versatility comes at a price. The Tsunami is the lightest main battle tank in any inventory and has difficulty standing against Guardian or Hammer tanks in a toe-to-toe fight. This fact, and the complexity of the Tsunami's other features, make it a difficult weapon to master - to meet its demands crews go through a rigorous training regimen modeled on traditional Japanese warrior training. Putative tank pilots spend long hours in isolated training facilities studying tactics and weapon systems. In direct contrast to most Soviet and Allied training doctrines, Tsunami crews also study philosophy, poetry, and traditional calligraphy, dedicating themselves to an almost monastic life of warfare and scholarship.
The arduous, continuous training and isolationist culture of the Tsunami crews builds a strong esprit de corps among crews and members of this elite force seldom leave of their own choosing. There are even unconfirmed reports of Tsunami crew members committing seppuku rather than being transferred to another branch of the Imperial military. Whether these reports are true is unknown. What is known is that the Tsunami tanks and their crews form the very backbone of the Imperial war machine.
|“|| Just look at this body compared to the teeny little Japanese tank to my left!|
- Tsunami and Hammer Tank in the Tutorial
Tsunami Tanks are at a disadvantage when going head to head against the other main battle tanks, due to their light armour. However, a typical way to circumvent this is to have several of them activate their special armour and draw incoming fire while the others continue firing. The rapid firing rate of the cannon compensates for the relatively low damage done. However, even with the nanodeflectors activated, Tsunami Tanks may still be crushed by the usual Tier 3 units. Tsunami Tanks are particularly vulnerable to anti-tank infantry and aircraft, like the other main battle tanks used in the war. However a good stratagy to counter a few of the flaws the Tsunami tank has, is to keep groups of them moving at all times because they do lack armor they make up for it in speed. However, at $1000, they are also the most expensive main battle tank in the game, tying with the Hammer Tank. Their amphibious ability, however, gives them an unparalleled versatility compared to the Guardian and Hammer Tanks. It also makes them good escorts for expanding Nanocores.
Notes from the FieldEdit
|“|| There is honor in death|
- Tsunami unafraid of death.
Battlefield reconnaissance has revealed at least these facts about the Tsunami Tank:
• Deadly Wave—The Tsunami Tank is a fully amphibious main battle tank, able to seamlessly transition between land and water combat. It is effective against all land-based and water-based vehicles, giving Imperial commanders tremendous flexibility on the battlefield.
• Protected—The Kagami Nano-deflective armor can be used offensively to break through enemy lines in order to assault vulnerable targets in the rear or defensively to give the tank extra time to escape from danger. Because the main gun is inactive when the Kagami is active, the tank can even move faster as it is not limited by the main gun target stabilization system.
• Big things come in small packages—While technically a lighter tank than either the Guardian or Hammer tanks, the Tsunami Tank's survivability is increased by the combination of the Kagami armor and its amphibious nature. Crews are careful to avoid direct confrontation with enemy MBTs, instead relying on judicious use of water and the Kagami armor to secure victory.
• Vulnerable to air—Like all main battle tanks, the Tsunami is vulnerable to attacks from the air, as well as from anti-vehicle infantry. The Kagami armor can help the Tsunami survive until either anti-air support arrives or until the crew has managed to crush the offending infantry.
- There is honor and death!
- The Tsunami rises!
- We defend the code!
Since the attacks on two Floating Fortresses in Gibraltar and the North Atlantic by the Allied Nations and Soviet forces, the Empire of the Rising Sun gradually left Europe with scratches to their bodies and the entire faction. At the Toyama High Command in Tokyo, Emperor Yoshiro and Prince Tatsu believed that tsunamis are created from tons of water, so they created the Tsunami Tank to give Naomi Shirada her strength of amphibious tests with the Tsunami MBT and for land to Shinzo Nagama and Kenji Tenzai in testing the driving near the city.
Lissette Hanley and her Allied Commander, shortly after Premier Cherdenko and General Krukov abandoned their plans of sending the Soviet Navy to the city and attacking the Imperial Docks under Naomi, landed in Tokyo's western sector. Tatsu called the famed Commander an primitive ganjin in anger of attacking the entire city, but his Tsunami MBTs along with his Commanders were destroyed in the defense of two Allied bases that survived a Psionic Decimator encounter. In the Uprising, all of the tanks were destroyed during four massed rebellions in Japan.
The Soviet Union destroyed them all in pushing back an invasion of the Red Army by the Imperials. Taking back Leningrad from Kenji, Moscow's outskirts from Yuriko & Shinzo and Vladivostok from Tatsu was that the Soviets declared their enterprise. Without General Krukov at the Von Esling Airbase in Iceland, a promoted Soviet Commander lost a tactical diversion and with Moskvin, they razed all Tsunami Tanks in the area before reaching the Emperor's Palace. Shinzo, Kenji and Naomi were killed along with Yoshiro to whom Tatsu called the Soviets "dishonourable" for his father's death.
The Imperial campaign had all of the Tsunami Tanks, taking part in the invasion of the Soviet Union and defeating the Allies. The Uprising had the tanks taking part in their campaign and Yuriko's mini-campaign where she escapes from the Shiro Sanitarium against Shinji Shimada and his own forces, loyalised to him.
Behind the scenesEdit
|“|| Claim the seas for the empire!|
In Tutorial, the Tsunami was seen with the Guardian and the Hammer Tanks as trainers, teaching the new Commander how to command units - and also victimized the Hammer Tank by firing at it, because it's driver called it a "teeny little Japanese tank", asked ridiculous questions, etc.
Although in an updated regular Red Alert 3, the Tsunami Tank can repair during it's nanoshield process, this feature was removed from Uprising for unknown reasons. Commanders are advised to keep that in mind when ordering crews to activate it.
The Tsunami's special ability allows it to move faster.