"Meteor" 280mm atomic cannon
25 (20 when critically damaged)
450, minimum 150, radius 50-80
|“|| Behold, the bringer of light!|
- Nuke Cannon Leaving the War Factory
|“|| The mother of all weapons!|
- Nuke Cannon
The Nuke Cannon, semi officially nicknamed 'Meteor' 280mm atomic cannon, first saw action during the later stages of the Global War on Terror. The Nuke Cannon of the new generation is a even more terrifying opponent as it is capable of a much superior firing range and its destructiveness has increased many times over from it's initial deployment back during the GLA wars. However it no longer possesses neutron weaponry since the Budapest Convention of 2037. A bright white light, a shockwave and you are reduced to dust.
|Order the unit to continuously attack the target area.|
|“|| Brighter than the sun...|
- Nuke Cannon attacking
The Nuke Cannon serves as China's tier 2 artillery unit delivering more range and firepower than the Inferno Cannon. Its long range tactical nuclear shells are effective against all ground targets. The shells have a large blast radius making it specially effective against slow moving targets and big groups. Like other shell-based artillery the Nuke Cannon's shells cannot track their targets but also cannot be intercepted. After impact the shells spread a pool of radiation for short time that is lethal for infantry and can greatly damage light vehicles.
It should be noted that like most upper tier artillery, the Nuke Cannon is expensive, slow and barely armoured. It must deploy itself before firing.
Nuke Cannons have a very powerful ranged attack which can kill most units in one shot. They are good at countering enemy artillery and excellent at destroying base defences and buildings due to the weapon's range.
Expensive, high build time, slow rate of fire and the need to deploy before being able to shoot, it is vulnerable due to the fog of war surrounding it and thus needs a spotter like a Listening Outpost to reveal the entire area around it due to its own limited vision. Like other artillery units, the Nuke Cannon is vulnerable to fast-moving units that can evade its attacks and potentially get within its minimum range (such as the GLA's Combat Cycle). It also has no defence against aircraft, meaning that most helicopters and jets make for a good counter provided care is taken that there are no AA units escorting the Nuke Cannon.
- The Nuke Cannon was likely based on the real life M65 Atomic Cannon.
- The Nuke Cannon cameo picture is taken from the Grabble Test.