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High speed, low drag.
- A Bulldog Tank on the move
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The Bulldog Light Tank is one of two tanks used by the United States. It is a lighter companion to the heavier Abrams Tank, armed with a cannon and flashbangs to weaken enemy infantry.

Description

In order to counter heavier Soviet armor, a light tank concept was proposed with emphasis on the quick elimination of enemy vehicles. The concept of this tank was based on the older Light Tank design from the Second World War, along with some significant upgrades, including the incorporation of a powerful 90mm cannon. Out of this concept, the Bulldog was born. Along with being one of the fastest tanks on the battlefield, the Bulldog simultaneously makes use of flashbang launchers in order to stun and blind enemy infantry. The Bulldog's flashbang targeting is not as precise as that of the Riot Trooper, though, making it difficult for Bulldogs to clear enemy garrisons. Nonetheless, the speed and firepower Bulldog battalions possess are a welcome addition to the United States' fast-attack doctrine.

Overview

Fast, inexpensive, and with decent firepower, the Bulldog Tank is a nice early game unit that the U.S. can utilize to put an opponent off his footing. These attributes combine to make a unit that is tailor built for early harassment and rapid assault tactics, making it a potent threat to enemy structures, vehicles or even infantry. A group of four or more can ravage undefended miners or military facilities, and then quickly get away from most pursuers.

Equipped with flashbangs, the Bulldog tank can provide excellent infantry support when used in tandem with anti-personnel weapons. The flash grenades suppress infantry in a small target area, reducing their firepower. Furthermore, it is worth noting that Bulldog flash grenades are also damaging projectiles beside their debuffing nature. Together with its high speed, the Bulldog Tank is a good candidate to crush infantry, making it useful against Flak Troopers or Archers.

Although an effective rapid assault unit, the Bulldog Tank cannot take much punishment. Bulldog Tanks are inferior against heavy main battle tanks such as Rhino Tanks and Qilin Tanks in terms of firepower and armor. Bulldog Tanks also cannot attack aircraft, which makes them easy pickings for precision airstrikes. In the late game, Bulldog Tanks are outmatched by monster tanks but they can still play a part in harassment, or escorts for fragile U.S. armor like Athena Cannons.

Assessment

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  • Effective against armored vehicles.
  • Reasonably inexpensive ($750).
  • Can crush infantry and fire on the move.
  • Decent firepower and speed.
  • Flashbang deals firepower debuff and damage to infantry in a small target area.
  • Flahsbang makes running over most infantry a safer option.

  • Vulnerable against aerial and anti-armor threats.
  • Inferior to heavy tanks.

Quotes

The Bulldog Tank uses the voiceset of the Grizzly Tank in Red Alert 2.

When Selected

  • Vehicle ready.
  • Ready to roll.
  • Destination commander?
  • Yes sir?
  • Unit reporting.

When ordered to move

  • Good to go.
  • High speed, low drag.
  • On our way, sir.
  • Outstanding.
  • Bound forward.
  • Securing position.

When ordered to attack

  • Closing in!
  • Weapon ready!
  • Commencing assault.
  • Firezone confirmed!
  • Driver up.

Trivia

  • The Bulldog Light Tank bears some resemblances to the real-life M41 Walker Bulldog light tank used by the United States Army.
  • Prior to 3.3, the Bulldog Light Tank's flashbang reduces infantry's firepower by 50% (10% for now), but does not have area-of-effect, and deals less damage to them.

See also

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