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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

A modified variant of the Orca Mk. III, the ZOCOM Orcas are outfitted with Sonic grenade launchers instead of rocket pods.

Background

Since they mostly operate in areas with heavy Tiberium contamination, ZOCOM forces make heavy use of sonic weapons to aid their abatement efforts. One such example is the ZOCOM Orca, a modified Orca Mk. III that fires sonic grenades, which cause powerful area-of-effect damage.

Since operations in the hostile environment of Red zones often require more durability than sheer firepower, ZOCOM Orcas cannot be upgraded with Hardpoints, but can be equipped with Ceramic armour to increase their survivability.

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

Unlike the standard rockets used by the Orca, sonic grenades have a decent area of effect and can cause massive and sometimes lethal damage to infantry and ground vehicles. However, just like regular Orcas, they are completely defenseless against enemy aircraft. Meaning they have to be protected by AA units. They also cost 400 credits more than a regular Orca.

Assessment

Pros

  • Extremely devastating to infantry and ground vehicles
  • Just as fast as a standard Orca
  • Ceramic Armor 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
  • Shares the same detection issue with the standard orca which its detection systems must be activated manually
  • 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

GDI icon test ORCA Aircraft GDI icon test
CNC3 GDI logo Global Defense Initiative Third Tiberium War Arsenal CNC3 GDI logo

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