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Propaganda Airship
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The behemoth of the skies.
Unit
Affiliation

China

Role

Support

Armament

2x gatling guns

Tier

2

Properties
Hit points

640

Armor type

ChinookArmor

Sight radius

300

Speed (air)

25 (20 when critically damaged)

Production
Cost

$1200

Build time

0:20

Produced by

Chinese Airfield

Requires
Hotkey

P

Combat
Ground attack

5 GATTLING

Air attack

5 GATTLING

Cooldown

400-100

Attack range

200, radius 1

Function
Upgrades
Abilities
  • Firing rate increases over time
  • Broadcasts propaganda over a radius of 200 to heal friendly units by 1% of their hit points per second and increases their firing rate by 25%
  • Propaganda Battlecry
Elite ability

Self-repair

Do you need some morale support?
- Propaganda Airship
Propaganda airship icon
The Propaganda Airship is a Chinese armored airship tasked to broadcast propaganda over a wide area while also providing light fire support for advancing forces.

Lore

Concerns over civil unrest in urban areas and sensitivity over international outrage caused by their previous handling of such troubles led the Chinese Ministry of Information to examine less controversial methods for quelling restless populace.

General Jin, of the PLA Secret Police force, noted the possible use of the airship as a means of urban pacification through propaganda, and soon afterward a small fleet of specially equipped airships would hover over troubled cities filling the sky with their overwhelming size and patriotic propaganda broadcasts. Some were inspired by the sight, many were terrified, most desisted whatever civil disobedience they were involved in.

When war came again General Jin did not forget his airships. He ordered several of them to be modified to his specifications and then sent to his headquarters. Many in the PLA hierarchy secretly questioned the validity of this plan, but to publicly question the leader of the Secret Police force was not a wise choice.

Now these are the ultimate option for a Chinese commander's propaganda needs. Resembling leviathans of ancient legend, they keep friendly troops motivated to heal themselves and gives great bonuses to their combat effectiveness. They are also armed with two chainguns, one on top of the Airship for anti-aircraft use, and one under the cockpit for use against lightly armored ground targets - in fact, against expectations, they have been found a good way of providing fire support for Chinese units with these weapons. While a design of redundant lift cells that has benefited from recent advances in fabric composition and lightweight composite plates has made them of nigh unbelievably sturdy construction, if their armor is penetrated, they also die in a blaze of glory. Literally.

Abilities

Ability Description
Propaganda airship propaganda battlecry icon
Propaganda Battlecry
The Propaganda Airship broadcasts a patriotic battlecry that inspires friendly units in a radius of 200 around it into a killing frenzy, increasing their firing rate by 20% and firepower by 10% for 12 seconds. 30 seconds cooldown.

Overview

The Propaganda Airships serves as a support airship to the hordes of Chinese units or even other friendly units, equipped with propaganda speakers and its two Gatling cannons for protection on its own; the one on the below engages on ground while the one on the above engages aircraft.

The propaganda broadcast over a large area, providing fire support for friendly units that are affected by this, it also works on aircrafts. It can even be further upgraded when the Subliminal Messaging upgrade is deployed. Additionally, it gives ability to use Propaganda Battlecry on friendly units which they will gain Frenzy, increasing rate of fire and firepower for affected units.

This airship is adequately armored enough to take more damage before getting destroyed, this can be furthered by Aircraft Armor upgrade from Breeder Reactor.

However, if this is destroyed, it will plummet to the ground and explode in flames as it touches on the open ground. Should that happen, it will also damage the friendly units, especially infantries which they can easily be killed by bulky flames.

Quotes

The Propaganda Airship is voiced by George "Seòras" Exley.

See: Chinese unit quotes#Propaganda Airship

Gallery

Trivia

  • There is a 1 out of 10 chance that the Propaganda Airship is produced as an easter egg variant with the following comical differences:
    • The images on the screen are meme-based with some funny messages instead of the normal ones' Chinese propaganda messages.
    • The Propaganda Battlecry ability plays clips from Trololo instead of As the War Approaches.
    • Attempting to do a group select will exclude the easter egg Propaganda Airship from the normal ones.

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