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ZOCOM Orca
  • Basic
  • Upgrade with Ceramic Armour
Unit
Affiliation

CNCKW ZOCOM Logo ZOCOM

Role

Gunship

Armament

Sonic grenade launchers

Protection

Ceramic armour

Tier

2

Properties
Hit points

1800

Armour type

Light (100% Cannon, 100% Rocket, 100% Grenade, 100% Gun, 1% Sniper)

Production
Cost

$1500

Build time

0:15

Produced by

Airfield

Hotkey

F1

Combat
Ground attack

750 (x5) (Rocket)

Cooldown

0.3 seconds, 7.5 seconds to reload full clip

Air speed

175

Attack range

250

Function
Upgrades

CNCTW Sensor Pods Cameo Sensor pod
CNCKW Ceramic Armor Cameo Ceramic armour

Abilities

CNCTW Pulse Scan Cameo Pulse Scan
CNCTW Sensor Pods Cameo Sensor pods
CNCTW Return to base Cameo Return to base

The skies are clear!
- ORCA Gunship
CNCKW ZOCOM Orca Cameo

Unsatisfied with the Orca Gunship that the majority of GDI employed at the time, ZOCOM had their own model of Orca designed and employed within their squadrons. These ZOCOM Orcas are outfitted with Sonic Grenade launchers, which cause powerful area-of-effect damage.

Background

ZOCOM can also upgrade their Orca Gunships with ceramic armour plating, increasing its lifespan substantially. They cost as much as Firehawks however and are mostly used for carpet bombing, as the Orca's sonic grenades are unsuitable for surgical strikes into enemy territory.

Abilities

CNCTW Pulse Scan Cameo
Pulse Scan Emits a stealth-detecting scan in a small radius around it. This ability has a 1 minute cooldown (Ctrl+A).
CNCTW Sensor Pods Cameo
Sensor pods Deploy a stealth-detecting sensor pod. This activated ability costs $100 to use, but has no cooldown (Ctrl+S).
CNCTW Return to base Cameo
Return to base Orders the Orca to break off and immediately return to its docking station (Ctrl+D).

Upgrades

CNCTW Sensor Pods Cameo
Sensor pod This upgrade allows the Orca to deploy a stealth-detecting Sensor Pod that can be launched onto friendly or enemy vehicles and structures, or onto the ground (Ctrl+S). Purchasable at any Command Post for $500 and takes 0:15 to research.
CNCKW Ceramic Armor Cameo Ceramic armour Gain a significant degree of protection (Ctrl+S). Purchasable at ZOCOM Airfield for $1000 and takes 0:30 to research.

Game unit

As the war with Nod seemed to drag on with no end in sight, GDI's ZOCOM branch looked to other, more unconventional means of defeating the Nod forces that seemed to infest every nook and cranny. Thus, the ZOCOM Orca was developed.

Based on the immensely successful Orca strike aircraft of GDI's standard ranks, the ZOCOM Orca has two major alterations: Its rockets launchers were removed and replaced with sonic grenade launchers. Unlike standard rockets, sonic grenades have a decent area of effect and can cause massive and sometimes lethal damage to infantry and ground vehicles.

Its one area of failure, however, is other aircraft. The Mk.II has devastating air-to-ground capability, but lacks the equipment neceassary to engage airborne targets, and so is a preverbial sitting duck when other aircraft are present. Sending them in to distract enemy air units is a viable but expensive proposition; ZOCOM Orcas do not come cheap. Their one strength in such situations is the Ceramic Armor upgrade. This adds an extra layer of hardened armor plating to the existing layer, virtually doubling its survivability. Skilled Commanders protect their Orcas well with followers of mobile AA or, missile-armed, Firehawk escort to protect Orcas from hostile air.

Assessment

Pros

  • Extremely devastating to infantry and ground vehicles
  • Just as fast as a standard Orca
  • Ceramic Plates make for a durable aircraft
  • Several can severely damage an epic unit
  • Fires very fast, shrinking the window it is exposed to enemy fire
  • Excellent for support and assault roles

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Unable to hit fast moving units
  • AA units are still a considerable threat
  • Unable to engage other aircraft
  • Easily destroyed
  • Has to return to base to reload, while Hammerheads loaded with Zone Raiders could provide similar firepower and stay over the battlefield as long as the Commander needs it with infinite ammunition.

Gallery

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