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V3 Rocket Launcher
RA2 V3 Rocket Launcher
Unit
Affiliation

RA2Sovietlogo Soviet Union

Role

Rocket artillery

Armament

V3 rocket

Protection

Light

Tier

2

Tech level

3

Properties
Hit points

150

Armour type

Light

Production
Cost

$800

Build time

0:32

Produced by

Soviet War Factory

Requires

Radar Tower

Combat
Ground attack

50

Cooldown

150

Speed

4

Attack range

18 (minimum 5, 3 in RA2)

Sight range

7

Function
Elite upgrade

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

Sending air mail!
- V3 Rocket Launcher
RA2 V3 Launcher Icons
RA2 V3 Launcher Veteran Icons

The V3 rocket launcher was a Soviet long-range artillery vehicle used during the first and second iterations of the Third World War. It was an improved version of the V2 rocket launcher, which was used to great effect during the previous war, and similarly, was an attack-only vehicle that fired powerful, but slow projectiles.

Background

V3 rocket launchers are essentially heavy cargo trucks with modifications that allowed them to fire V3 missiles at distant targets. They were created to be a cheap and easily deployed missile platform that would make artillery attacks a viable option on American soil.

Deployment history

V3 launchers were widely used in the Soviet invasion of the United States. A number of them were deployed to besiege New York City in the beginning of the attack and were responsible for the destruction of the Statue of Liberty. They had since been seen in every Allied mission as they attempted to dislodge Allied positions, often without success.


RA2Sovietlogo The following is based on the Soviet campaign for Red Alert 2 and some details might contradict canon.

In the non-canon Soviet campaign, V3 launchers were first deployed during Operation: Big Apple, where they assisted in reaching the Allied battle lab between the Twin Towers. It remained to be a valuable weapon in the commander's arsenal for the rest of the campaign.

In-game

Of all the main siege units, the V3 launcher has by far the longest range and damage per shot. An elite V3 can obliterate most structures in one to four shots, and mass groups of them can overwhelm all but the most overtly reinforced base defenses, especially since they are the only primary land based siege unit capable of firing upon the Grand Cannon from outside its range. V3 launchers have no problem shooting targets at different elevations (higher or lower ground).

Counters

It is unable to protect itself at close range, and can be destroyed very quickly by pretty much anything that can fire on it. Due to improvements in targeting technology (and lack of speed produced by rocket booster) by the time of the Third World War, it was possible for the rockets to be shot down mid-flight. Interestingly, the missiles moved in a ballistic trajectory, not a conventional launch-level-dive attack, which in effect lengthened the delivery time, allowing AA defenses to mow down the missiles before reaching the target. To solve this, it is wise to escort V3 rocket launchers with tanks.

Glitches

There is a glitch in V3's flying mechanics. When a group of V3 launchers is shooting at a single target, it is possible that a single V3 rocket may deviate from the target, keep flying upward until it leaves the theater screen, clearing some area from its fog of war. This may have something to do with V3 missile stacking limits.

Another glitch happens when a V3 is ordered to attack any target within its range, provided that the V3 is not facing the target's direction. At the exact moment the V3 faces towards the target (the rocket is not launched yet), order the V3 to go anywhere (even to the edge of the map) and let it stop there. The V3's rocket will automatically launch and the missile will head towards the target and even leaves the theater screen. If the V3 is facing the opposite direction where the target is, the rocket will turn and still head for it.

Aftermath

In the alternate timeline, the V3 launcher was succeeded by the V4 rocket launcher, which combined the missile trajectory of the V3 and the V2's characteristic of enemy AA being unable to shoot down the launched missile.

Assessment

Pros

  • Excellent siege unit.
  • Outranges all base defenses, including Grand Cannons.
  • Causes splash damage.
  • Cheaper and available earlier than the Allied prism tank ($800).
  • Capable of crushing infantry.
  • Uses powerful explosive missiles when elite.

Cons

  • Fragile. Even a single Harrier is enough to destroy one.
  • Cannot attack aircraft.
  • Slow moving.
  • Unable to fire at close range (blind spot).
  • Cannot defend itself, requires escorts.
  • Splash damage causes friendly fire.
  • Launched missiles are slow and can be shot down by AA defenses unless deployed in numbers.
  • Not as accurate as the prism tank.
  • Useless against fast-moving targets.
  • Makes a unique sound when moving, that allows enemy commanders to be aware of their presence.

Quotes

Ready for launch
- When selected
Armed for destruction
- When selected
Rockets fueled and ready
- When selected
V3 launch unit
- When selected
Let's keep our distance
- When selected
Advancing to new location
- When moving
Moving to new launch site
- When moving
Not too close, please!
- When moving
Repositioning
- When moving
Missile launch confirmed!
- When ordered to attack
Trajectory set
- When ordered to attack
We have ignition!
- When ordered to attack
Sending air mail!
- When ordered to attack
Warhead primed!
- When ordered to attack

Gallery

Trivia

  • The V3 driver's voice is similar to the GLA Bomb Truck from Generals and Zero Hour.
  • In reality, while the V2 was a German V-weapon, known in the original German as Vergeltungswaffen, the V3 was a supergun designed to fire on Allied cities in WW2.
  • In the cutscenes, the V3 launchers are played by modeled after real-life SA-2 SAM missile launchers.
  • In the Russian version, the V3 launcher is called Луна-3 (Moon-3).
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