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The Vulcan is one of three Anti-Air units available to the factions of the former United States during the Second American Civil War. It is the only US faction anti-air unit to utilize an automatic cannon, rather than guided surface-to-air missiles.

StatisticsEdit

  • Type: Anti-Air
  • Availability: US factions
  • Cost: $46,000
  • Anti-Infantry Attack: 11
  • Anti-Vehicle Attack: 10
  • Anti-Air Attack: 15
  • Defense Rating: 7
  • Hit Points: 21
  • Collateral Damage: 4
  • Sight Range: 3
  • Target Range: 2
  • Movement Range per turn: 6
  • Fuel Supply: 40

AnalysisEdit

The Vulcan is the most versatile Anti-Air unit available to US factions. Its strong attack ratings in all three categories- Infantry, Vehicles, and Air Units- mean that the Vulcan is more than capable of defending both itself and any force it is attached to. As with all Anti-Air units, pairing Vulcans up will mean they will double up on anti-air capability, making destruction of any fighter or bomber that comes into their range automatic. In terms of versatility and self-defense, no US faction Anti-Air unit is better than the Vulcan.

The Vulcan's movement rate of 6 hexes per turn means it can match speed with the fast-moving Abrams and FCS Jackson tanks, the fastest American-made main battle tanks of the Second American Civil War.

Where the Vulcan falls short is Target Range, with a rating of 2. Versus the Chaparral with 4 and the Avenger with 3, the Vulcan features the shortest TR of any Anti-Air unit available to the US factions. Its firepower within its TR of 2 is excellent, but its short range means the Vulcan simply cannot provide the same Anti-Air coverage to friendly forces that the Chaparral and Avenger can. If used as the main Anti-Air unit of a faction, the Vulcan will have to be used in larger numbers than the previous two vehicles, or otherwise supplemented constantly by fighter cover.

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • The M163 Vulcan Air Defense System (VADS) is a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) that was used by the United States Army. The M168 gun is a variant of the General Dynamics 20 mm M61 Vulcan rotary cannon, the standard cannon in most U.S. combat aircraft since the 1960s, mounted on either an armored vehicle or a trailer.
  • The M163 is a modified and re-purposed M113 armored personnel carrier.