|“|| Bomb Truck, ready for dispatch!|
- Bomb Truck ready to deliver
|“|| I will send a clear message!|
- Bomb Truck
'Wreck, recycle, revenge' is a common motto within the GLA ranks. It means that whatever scrap they can find, they can reuse it and kill the person who destroyed it. One such mechanical construct is the so-called Bomb Truck. Literally just a truck with tons of explosives packed in the rear, these rides to hell are driven by some of the most fanatical and willing people in the GLA, whose visions of a better future has been programmed into their minds by the charismatic leader of the Brotherhood of the White Falcon, Abdul bin Yusuuf. While still under command of Warlord Mohmar, Yusuuf had much control over his followers. He guided them to their targets, disguised as civilian transport trucks, and when the time comes, they would push the detonator and send whatever poor building they ran into flying in thousands of different directions.
The illusive chemist Dr. Thrax and fanatical bombmaker Rodall Juhziz managed to create 'improvements' for the Bomb Truck. A mixture of different biological weapons packed underneath a secured tarp - nicknamed 'tents of doom' by American soldiers - could release a giant cloud of deadly neurotoxins into an area. Gasoline canisters and oil barrels were used by Juhziz to create an even more powerful fireball, one that could even send a Paladin Tank flying. When the two weapon makers worked together they were capable of mixing these two deadly upgrades and create Bomb Trucks that would create immensly powerful chemical blasts. However, when Anwar Sulaymaan came into power, his new chemist Tahar Ibrahiim and aforementioned Yusuuf had a shortage of chemical weapons and high explosives. Sulaymaan decided that a mixture between the two weapons is useless, and as such, Bomb Trucks can no longer release both chemical and HE blasts. When the GLA rose again in the early 2040s, Ibrahiim refused to use these weapons, so Sulaymaan gave Yusuuf all rights to do so, and today he is the only common user of the trucks.
|Order this unit to immediately detonate themselves.|
Disguise as Vehicle
|Disguises the Bomb Truck as the target vehicle. The disguise will be lost if the Bomb Truck is seen by an enemy detector.|
High Explosive Bomb
|Replaces the Bomb Truck's explosives with a more powerful high-explosive bombs, increasing the Bomb Truck's damage by 33%.|
Costs $300 and takes 3 seconds to complete.
|Replaces the Bomb Truck's explosives with a biological warfare weapon, causing the Bomb Truck to become a wreckage that continuously leak toxin upon detonation.|
Costs $300 and takes 3 seconds to complete.
|Attaches napalm canisters to this unit, causing it to release a napalm explosion upon detonation.|
Requires salvaged Chinese Tier 1 technology.
Cluster Bomb Payload
|Attaches cluster bombs to this unit, causing it to scatter explosive mines upon detonation.|
Requires salvaged ECA Tier 2 technology.
|“|| HITTING THE GAS!|
- Bomb Truck about to collide with an enemy building
Capable of leveling multiple structures at once, the Bomb Truck is one of the most powerful ground units in the game. The Bomb Truck can not only be disguised as enemy vehicles and slip past defensive lines, but can also be upgraded with two explosive upgrades that improve the Bomb Truck in certain areas. The High-Explosive Bomb increases the Bomb Truck's destructive power signifcantly, while the Anthrax Bomb leaves an anthrax cloud after the explosion, killing infantry and corroding vehicles.
|“|| They won't tell the difference!|
- Bomb Truck disguising itself as a vehicle
The best way to use the Bomb Truck could be to simply drive it into the enemy's base (camouflaged of course), position them next to important structures and hit the detonator. If a player or the AI is foolish enough to not have any stealth detecting units in their base, then the Bomb Truck can slip by without a problem.
Another way to use the Bomb Truck is to place it somewhere like a mine, say on a bridge. When the enemy comes over with their army, the Bomb Truck detonates and destroys a large portion of them, if not all. Bomb Trucks can be of course also used as units to simply ram into buildings or units and blow them up. With the High-Explosive Bomb in place, almost no base defense or tier 0-1 unit can survive. The Bio Bomb can also be used as means for area denial. Upon detonation there remains the wreck of the Bomb Truck which creates and keeps the Anthrax in place, damaging any units that will pass through here. The wreck must be destroyed to get rid of the toxins, which requires a substancial amount of damage.
Stolen Nuclear Bombs can also be applied to your Bomb Trucks but unlike the normal, HE or Anthrax (beta) warheads your Bomb Truck has to find a nuclear crate and drive over it in the same way that other vehicles do with normal salvage crates. Depending on your enemy you may find one of 4 possible nuclear crates lying around to pick up:
- A generic nuclear crate which looks like several small nuclear shells will be left behind by Chinese tanks equipped with the Nuclear Tanks upgrade, Chinese Nuclear Reactors and things like the Nuke Cannon; the resulting warhead will be a Dirty Bomb which has the same power as a HE warhead and also leaves behind some radiation (these crates disappear after 60 seconds unlike the other 3 because they are quite abundant).
- A Chinese nuclear crate which comes from a Chinese Breeder Reactor or Chinese Nuclear Missile; this turns the Bomb Truck into a powerful nuclear weapon which deals massive amounts of damage in a single explosion.
- A Russian MIRV crate which comes from a Russian Topol-M (loaded) or a Russian Missile Silo (loaded); this turns your Bomb Truck into a carrier vehicle for 5 small nuclear shells similar to what the original owner would have launched, be fast though since unlike the other types a MIRV crate can be collected by everyone else as well as GLA players but unlike GLA players they will get money from it.
- An European neutron crate which comes from a European Pandora or European Research Facility upgraded with the Pandora protocol; this turns your Bomb Truck into a carrier for a single-shot neutron bomb which may kill drivers inside vehicles provided said vehicles survive the initial explosion.
Yet another way to upgrade Bomb Truck becomes available when using a Recycler to steal enemy technology. In engagements with the army of the People's Republic of China, Recyclers were send out to steal flamethrower technology and napalm bombs, which were in turn applies to the sides of Bomb Trucks, which increased their existing firepower even further by also adding a ferocious napalm firestorm to the initial warhead. In the same way, combat with the European Continental Alliance has yielded fruits to the labour in the form of managing to steal various artillery shells, bombs, missiles etc, which have been wired with old cellphones to turn them into makeshift mines. Strapping these IEDs to a Bomb Truck turns the area around the explosion into a minefield, waiting to explode in the face of unsuspecting enemy soldiers and vehicles. Even worse is the combination with an anthrax warhead, which makes getting rid of any anthrax leaking wreckage that much harder because approaching it becomes much more difficult due to the danger of the aforementioned mines.
- Bomb Truck on its final journey
The Bomb Truck is, as you may know, a suicide unit, which means it has to come within melee range of the targeted unit to kill it. Ranged and/or powerful units such as the Sentinel Tank can blow it up in one hit, and if other Bomb Trucks surround it, they'll go up too. Stealth detecting units can reveal a disguised Bomb Truck instantly.
If you want to prevent Bomb Trucks from entering your base you should put stealth detecting units next to your defenses, so when the Bomb Truck is revealed the defenses can destroy it.
Other means such as air units or artillery can also destroy it, of course and if everything else fails, you can still order your ground units to force-fire on any suspicious vehicles nearing your base.