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- Mirage Tank
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The Mirage Tank is an advanced tank used by the European Alliance, known for being able to disguise itself as trees.

Description

Mirage Tanks are some of the most advanced anti-armor units in the Euro Alliance arsenal. Developed in the SteinsTech laboratories in Germany, the tank has the unique ability to camouflage itself as a tree as long as the tank is stationary. In addition to being undetectable on radar, this allows the Mirage Tank to remain hidden in plain sight. With its Kinetic Energy Penetrator Cannon, the tank is more than a match for enemy armor, especially during ambushes. The battlefield is a dangerous place, but when even the trees are gunning for you, your enemies know there is nowhere they can hide.

Overview

An advanced anti-tank weapon of the European Alliance forces, the Mirage Tank is capable of disguising itself as an innocuous tree to the enemy when stationary. Equipped with a KEP cannon that is specially designed to shred enemy armor, the Mirage Tank is a formidable anti-vehicle opponent in the mid-game. This, combined with its camouflage ability and radar invisibility, makes the Mirage Tank excellent for ambushing unsuspecting enemy armored vehicles. However its KEP weapon is not as effective against infantry and structures.

The Mirage tank's firepower, range and armor is superior against most main battle tanks and light vehicles. However it is not suited to withstanding engagements with most monster tanks. They are also less effective and more vulnerable when moving around. Despite that, Mirage Tanks have a decent chance to survive tank skirmishes by remaining stationary and relying on their camouflage ability.

Countering and attacking Mirage Tanks requires a little extra micromanagement. One has to identify stationary Mirage Tank trees, and force-fire on them, as one's forces might stop attacking when Mirage Tanks disguise into trees again. Destroying surrounding trees would also help in detecting sneaky Mirage Tanks easier.

Assessment

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  • Very effective against armored vehicles.
  • Camouflages itself as a tree when not moving.
  • Invisible on radar.
  • Can crush infantry.

  • Vulnerable to anti-armor weapons.
  • Cannot attack air units.
  • Mediocre against infantry and structures.

Quotes

The Mirage Tank uses the voiceset of the same unit in Yuri's Revenge.

When selected

  • Mean, green and unseen.
  • Nobody's here but us trees.
  • Want some shade?
  • Aren't the trees lovely?
  • Perfect hideout.
  • Natural sanctuary.

When ordered to move

  • Replanting.
  • Going mobile.
  • Look natural.
  • Layin' low.
  • Creeping ahead.
  • On the prowl.
  • Now you see me, soon you won't.

When ordered to fire

  • Sneak attack!
  • Ha-haa!
  • One more for the landfill!
  • Time for an ambush!
  • Surprise!

Trivia

  • Its appearance is based off the initial concept art for the Mirage tank from Red Alert 3.
  • In version 3.0 the Mirage Tank was able to disguise as other variations of trees and other city clutter (e.g. stop signs, traffic lights) by ordering it to attack the designated disguise target.
  • Azri_Apoc is credited as the voxel artist for Mirage Tank.

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