|(Minor) faction(s)||Soviet Union|
|Secondary Ability||Speed boost|
|Mod Relevance||Uprising Unit, Lore|
|Country of Origin||Soviet Union|
|Key Features|| » Tungsten-Coated Grinder Drum|
» Armoured Canopy
» Air-Cooled Engine Block
» Aqua-Sensitive Pontoons
» Cleaning-Mop Compartment
Not so very long ago, it seemed as though everyone, not just the Soviets, believed the Soviet Union's Red Army to be unstoppable. Countless battle tanks, overwhelming air power, and legions of infantry comprised the largest and most powerful military force ever assembled. This mighty army suffered terrible losses to the Empire of the Rising Sun's surprise attack. This blow was devastating; the Allied Nations swept in and finally achieved a debatably decisive stale-mate with its old arch-enemy. Nevertheless, the Red Army survives, thanks to the leadership of certain surviving officers and some good old fashioned Soviet pragmatism.
The Union denies allegations that the Red Army is attempting to rearm, but emerging details of new combat-ready forces seem to contradict those claims. For example, the Soviet Union would like you to believe that its recently-unveiled vehicle, best known as the VZG-3071 Grinder Tank, is nothing more than an industrial-strength road roller build to smooth out pavement and clear wreckage in the Union's dozens of ruined cities. If this were true, why would the Grinder have military-grade armour and decidedly unsafe top speeds? And why would manufacturers directly linked to the Red Army be responsible for the Grinder's manufacturing? This observation was the result of Allied ACIN agents sent into the Soviet Union to spy on their newest military hardware.
As it turns out, they were not, apparently. Although eye-witness accounts vary, the bottom line is that the operator of one of the Grinder prototypes, unaccustomed to the vehicle's overhauled engine, somehow caused eight deaths, 37 injuries, and several million rubles' worth of additional property damage while attempting to dump several wrecked Hammer tanks into the city's reservoir. This almost led to the shuttering of the Grinder's manufacturer.
On a side note, the Grinder is too bulky and too slow to be of any use for the Soviet military. They apparently really only serve as Construction Vehicles and road cleaners. Any kind of armour is only to serve the crew in case a building ruin will topple and crash on the Grinder. There has been a suggestion to give the Grinder a personal "Iron Curtain" device to make up for the flaws, but this has been deemed unreasonable. If such a device would exist, it would have already been planted on the Apocalypse Tanks in the first place.
Behind the ScenesEdit
The Grinder Tank, as with any Uprising Unit, will not feature in the game.