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Athena Cannon
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Unit
Affiliation

Allicon USAicon United States

Role

Siege

Armament

Mobile Mercury Uplink

Tier

3

Properties
Hit points

330

Armor type

Medium

Production
Cost

$1600

Build time

1:06

Produced by

Allied War Factory

Requires
Combat
Speed

4

Attack range

14, minimum 3

Function
Abilities

Using a Mercury Strike near Athena Cannons increases their firepower by 20% for 16 seconds

Notes
  • Can crush infantry
  • Cannot be depiloted
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The Athena Cannon is an artillery unit unique to the United States, which relays a target for the Mercury satellite to strike with a powerful laser attack.

Description

One of the more interesting concepts to be fleshed out in the United States' arsenal is the Athena Cannon. A large but fragile vehicle, it uses highly advanced communications devices to connect with the Mercury Satellite, providing it with information about enemy positions so that the orbital weapon can adjust to the new coordinates and unleash a powerful orbital laser strike.

In comparison to the Mercury Strike controlled through the primary Uplink structure, the more precise coordinates set thanks to the use of Athenas helps focus the firepower of the Mercury's laser beam, allowing the satellite to deal more damage to enemy structures. However, the radius of such attack is smaller than the one Allied commanders can order via the control building. Nevertheless, while the power of an Athena-controlled Mercury attack is great, it might be tricky to use against moving objects due to activation lag.

The Athena Cannon's activation lag is a short pre-firing delay due to the need to re-calibrate the satellite's position and angle in order to fire. More importantly, if a Mercury Strike has previously been called down in the vicinity of an Athena Cannon's current position, their attack power will further be increased for a short while.

Overview

Assessment

Pros

  • Very effective against structures.
  • Decent against groups of infantry and light units.
  • Can safely destroy most defensive structures from a long range.
  • Deals area damage in a small target area.
  • Using Mercury Strike nearby can temporarily increase its firepower.

Cons

  • Quite expensive ($1650).
  • Slow-moving.
  • Not very durable.
  • Vulnerable to aerial and anti-armor threats.
  • Exploitable minimum range.
  • Laser beam has activation delay, which makes it difficult to hit moving units.

Appearances

Quotes

The Athena Cannon uses the voiceset of the same unit in Red Alert 3.

When Selected

  • We're connected.
  • We're live.
  • Your call is important to us.
  • Full satellite access.
  • How can I help?
  • Athena satellite, how can I assist you?
  • Your call is important to us.

When ordered to move

  • My pleasure.
  • Thank you, please hold.
  • Understood, please standby.
  • Updating position.
  • Anything else I can do for you?
  • GPS signal clear.

When ordered to attack

  • Locking coordinates!
  • Set up the target array!
  • Target acquired!
  • Begin sequence!
  • Call for fire!
  • Sat link, initialize!

Gallery

Trivia

  • In 3.0, the Athena Cannon was known as the Basswave, which fires sonic blasts instead. It was changed due to the inclusion of Haihead's Shadray.
  • Azri_Apoc is credited as the voxel artist for Athena Cannon.

See also

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