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Stingray-class Strike Vessel
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Stingrays in battle
Faction SovietLogoThumb Soviet Union
Unit Type Amphibious Escort
Designation Anti-Surface
Prerequisites
Production Building Naval Yard
Secondary Ability Tesla Discharge
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Only in water, damages enemies
Cost $1000
Production Time 0:10
Heroic Upgrade Superconducting Alloy
Dev. Status RA3 Original Unit
Country of Origin  RussianSFSRthumb Russian SFSR
Manufactured at  Ministry of Experimental Science, Omsk
Key Features  » Tesla Gigavolt Coilgun (x2)
 » Tesla Burst-capacitor
 » Collapsible All-terrain Mover (x6)
 » Insulated Hull Prevents Accidental Death
 » Transmitters Send Test Results to HQ

"Batteries, fully charged!"

- Stingray operator

Tactical AnalysisEdit

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An artist's depiction of a Stingray floating serenely on the water.

  • Tesla coilguns: The most prominent feature of the Stingray strike craft is its set of twin Tesla coilguns, which are much smaller than the Union's emblematic defensive weapons yet still extremely dangerous. Both coilguns are always brought to bear on a single target, for a lethal dose of alternating current.
  • Frizzled fish: By amplifying its coilguns to redirect voltage through millions of capacitors in the hull, the Stingray is able to radiate extreme levels of electrical current through surrounding waters. While this briefly short-circuits the vessel, it suffers no lasting harm, unlike anything else nearby. Stingray inventor R. Grozavitz originally used this technique for fishing, and today, Stingray operators use it to combat Allied dolphin divisions.
  • Movers and Shakers: Stingrays recently gained full amphibious capability, although the seas are their natural habitat. On land, Stingrays move slowly and awkwardly, although the ability to get up onto shore does help make these vessels well-suited to surprise attacks and coastal raids.
  • Delicate science: The Stingray's experimental, nonmilitary roots are most evident in the vehicle's light armour: Conventional weapons can easily punch through the Stingray's hull, rupturing the rather unstable equipment inside. Stingray operators are therefore encouraged to fight bravely and strike first.

WWIII Operational History Edit

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In the Vorkuta Unrest ten years ago, hundreds of Soviet combat engineers and shipwrights were corralled and given strict sentences in response to their attempted protest of the Soviet Union's continued research into its Tesla-based weapons technology.

The Stingray-class strike vessel-a first attempt at a naval weapons platform featuring the Soviets' infamous electric coilguns-nevertheless went into full production the following year. The Soviet Ministry of Experimental Science, responsible for the Tesla Coil and all its spin-offs including this one, has continued tinkering with and revising the Stingray design ever since, obsessively iterating on its capabilities by continually mining data from Stingray performance logs. The current model, assures the Ministry, is the safest and most effective yet.

The Stingray was first invented when the eccentric Moscow-born scientist Roman Grozavitz, responsible for the portable capacitors still used in the Tesla trooper armoured suits, decided to outfit his private speedboat with a pair of Tesla coils in order to enhance his frequent fishing expeditions. The coils, he assumed, would not only be used to effectively hunt the fish, but would simultaneously cook them to a burnt crisp, just as he liked. This whim gradually became an obsession; Grozavitz worked tirelessly to outfit his boat with a rubber-coated, insulated hull and a power supply that was light yet efficient.

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While the work left him wifeless and rubleless, the Soviet Ministry of Experimental Science took notice and took him under its wing, granting subsidies and providing accommodations for the "brave ... innovative exploration into the science of lethal electrocution", as the Ministry Weekly Journal reported at the time.

Soon enough, the Soviet Union was crafting that which was previously considered impossible, or at least stupid: fast-moving ships fitted with electrifying weapons that could reduce more than just fish down to their elementary particles. Today, some still consider the late Grozavitz a hero for helping unearth some of the true destructive potential of Nikola Tesla's lifetime of work.

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Variant of the Stingray with a 7.62mm machine gun turret in the stern.

Once the Union understood how to create fast-moving strike ships with insulated hulls and Tesla-based weaponry, the Ministry of Experimental Science excitedly explored various improvements to the original design. The only one that stuck after all these years are the Stingray's collapsible movers, which resemble the six legs of an insect, and allow the vessel to move on dry land over rough-hewn terrain, much like the Sickle security vehicle.

The need for this arose as the Union's enemies realized that the best way to retaliate against Stingray assaults was to fight them from inland, capitalizing on the limited range of the Tesla coilguns as well as the light armour of these ships. Now that they can move onto shore, the enemies of the Union are no longer safe even on land.

Because of the inherent danger in the design of these ships, the Union recruited scientists in poor standing to operate them, offering them generous-sounding compensation packages and an opportunity to be featured in the Weekly Journal in exchange for successful tours of duty.

Post-War Operational History Edit

A clever modification to the Stingray's power release cache has created an alternate weapon system for the Stingray. By reducing the overall power flow and replacing the existing transfer coils with a new superconducting alloy used in the cores of Tesla Reactors, electricity can be routed through the coils indefinitely and without a charge time, allowing the Stingray to instantly switch targets and hit the enemy with much more frequency.

Unfortunately, this system is still very experimental and unreliable, and the modifications cannot be reversed easily, so it has been banned by Soviet command. Only crews with significant influence within the Experimental Science Ministry would dare attempt to implement it.

Stingray
Amphibious
Heavy Escort
Cost 1200
Build Time 0:10
Health 150
Speed 100/50
Armour Type Light Armour
Tesla Coilgun
Pre-Fire Delay (1), Infantry Killer
Energy
Range 200
RPS 1/2
Damage 30
Suppression N/A
DPS 15
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