One of the most feared albeit decisive weapons deployed in the Russo-European War, the Pandora is a military refit of a European Space Agency payload delivery mechanism that used an electromagnetic railgun to fire small satellites and Solaris maintenance equipment into orbit. By the time Russian forces found themselves at the verge of victory in southern France, ECA high command made a controversial decision to avert its defeat: Despite the official ban on neutron weapons that had been imposed on behalf of China after the Global War on Terror, the European nuclear powers Britain and France have modified some of their regular nuclear weapons into so-called 'enhanced radiation warheads'. Whilst just as devastating as any other tactical nuclear weapon, these neutron bombs are designed to emit an extreme magnitude of radiation during the explosion which is strong enough to penetrate the armor of even the most heavily protected vehicles, leaving them intact for capture by anyone willing and desperate enough to stomach the sight of what remains inside after the crew members have succumbed to the radiation. The Pandora is capable of launching these terrifying warheads over long distances, letting them detonate right upon impact or upon delayed proximity activation after they have hit the ground.
Launch a Neutron Warhead
Fires a neutron warhead at the target location within the Pandora's weapon range that explodes on impact.
Launch a Neutron Mine
Fires a neutron mine at the target location within the Pandora's weapon range that sets itself on the ground and will be armed after 10 seconds, at which it becomes stealthed. The neutron mine can be set to proximity or manual trigger and detonated at will once armed, but does not explode if destroyed.
Show Weapon Range
Show the unit's minimum and maximum weapon range on the radar map and the terrain for 6 seconds.
Behind the scenes
Originally the Pandora was known as the "Cobra-Neutron Tank" in the old Rise of Europe mod, which was supposed to fire a high-concentrated neutron radiation beam. After Rise of Europe merged with Rise of the Reds, the Cobra was redesigned and converted into the current Pandora.
The Pandora uses a railgun, which is able to fire farther than conventional gunpowder cannons, explaining how it has such a long range over its competitors.
The Pandora and the Nuke Cannon are both able to fire a nuclear shell, though the only nuclear artillery piece to exist in real life was the M65 Atomic Cannon. Other nations may have created nuclear shells for their artillery, but the M65 was the only purpose built nuclear artillery piece to exist.
The Nuke Cannon's Neutron shells in Zero Hour only killed infantry instantly by lethal "gas" radiation upon detonation and didn't do any damage to vehicles or structures while the Pandora's neutron warheads creates a nuclear-like explosion and emits a flash of neutron radiation that lingers after detonation, which is more accurate to how a real-life neutron weapon should behave.
The shell used by Pandora is possibly a salted nuclear warhead that consists of extremely radioactive material placed inside the warhead, giving it a more concentrated radiation burst.