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A group of Shmel Troopers guarding hazardous materials
RPO-A Shmel thermobaric rocket launcher
20 (10 when injured)
160, minimum 5, radius 5-20
Resistant to flame, toxin and radiation
|“|| Do you shmel what Russia's cooking?|
- Shmel Trooper
|“|| Time for a little barbecue?|
- Shmel Trooper
Ever since the first use of neutron weapons in early 2048, the Russo-European War has escalated out of control, with ECA forces throwing themselves into a relentless counter-offensive against the decimated and fatigued forces of the Federation. Both sides took excessive precautions, for the threat of a tactical nuclear strike from one of the warring parties now loomed over every engagement that strayed too far from its initial battle plan. Being prepared for the worst and experienced enough to deal with it, the Russian Army has deployed sizable contingents of its RBC (Radiation, Chemical and Biological) Protection Troops to the frontline.
The Chemical Troops were among the first to reach the sites of the French nuclear bombings to rescue what few survivors there were but they also played a vital role in combat ever since: Their standard weapon is the Shmel incendiary rocket launcher whose thermobaric munitions make short work of infantry in the open as well as in cover. The Troopers can also fire a non-lethal smoke rocket to create an impromptu diversion for their comrades in the field. Their multi-layered protection suits make them more resistant to radiation, toxins, flames and other hazards. Furthermore, Russian commanders should be advised that Shmel rockets will no longer be issued to RPG Conscripts after a series of fatal accidents and excessive expenditures of ordnance on minor targets.
Fire Smoke Rocket
|Launch a smoke rocket at the target location from a distance of 180 to 220, which creates a smokescreen that lasts for 3.5 seconds and make nearby enemies blindly fire at the smokescreen if they are not firing at something else. 25 seconds cooldown.|
|Launch an anti-toxin rocket at the target location from a distance of 180 to 220, which removes toxin and radiation in a radius of 100 around the target. 25 seconds cooldown.|
Requires Advanced Infantry Munitions.
- Can clear garrisons
- Can fire smoke rocket to distract enemy fire
- Can fire anti-toxin rocket to clean bio-hazards (when upgraded)
- Can auto-heal (when upgraded)
- Resistant to biological hazards
- Grants temporary Camaraderie fire-rate buff to allied infantry when unit dies, and receives it when allies fall
- Cannot attack aircraft
- Thermobaric rockets do less damage to tanks and structures
- Not resistant to Neutron radiation
- Slow rate of fire
The Shmel Trooper is voiced by Graion Dilach.