|Hispaniola-class Patrol Boat/Hydrofoil|
|Hydrofoils on anti-piracy patrol|
|Secondary Ability||Switch Weapon Jammer/Anti-Air Gun|
Deactivates enemy weapons/Heavy damage against aerial foes
|Heroic Upgrade||Spectrum Gun|
|Dev. Status||Original RA3 Unit|
"Nice waters here, eh?"
- - Hydrofoil
- No fly zone: The Hydrofoil packs one heavy-duty anti-air cannon in the Icarus 20 mm close-in weapons system. Any enemy aircraft entering into the AA gun's significant range quickly receive a withering hail of highly-accurate fire. Between the AA gun's swivel mount and the Hydrofoil's top speed, escaping inland tends to be one of the few viable options when faced with this weapon.
- The Scramblegun: Each Hydrofoil now comes standard with the Scramblegun weapon jammer, which fits interchangeably into the same hardpoint as the AA gun. As the name suggests, this device disrupts the weapons systems of a target vehicle, preventing it from attacking. Among other benefits, the scramblegun means Hydrofoils have a limited ability to defend themselves against surface targets.
- Subs on sonar: Hydrofoil captains spend much of their time watching the skies, which, unfortunately for them, means submarines such as the Soviet Akula-class can sometimes close in for the kill without being noticed. Because Hydrofoils are extremely vulnerable to direct attack, they sometimes travel within the safety of an Allied Assault Destroyer's Black Hole Armour field.
- Coastal support: Even though Hydrofoils are unable to move inland (in spite of a number of failed attempts to create amphibious models), they have still proven to be very useful as off-shore support for ground operations. Their anti-air weapons are among the best in the Allies' entire arsenal, and their Scrambleguns have enough range to affect inland targets.
WWIII Operational History
Adapted from a light skiff commonly employed by forces of the South American Allied nations' Coast Guard, the Allies' Hydrofoil is a fast-moving vessel designed for surveillance and defensive operations. It features a fast-firing 20mm close-in weapons system well-suited for engaging low-flying enemy aircraft, although its facing limits the weapon to a pure anti-air role.
However, the Hydrofoil gains versatility thanks to its Scramblegun weapon jammer, an electromagnetic beam that draws upon the Hydrofoil's advanced computers and fuel reserves to temporarily disable most known weapons systems on an individual, nearby target. Thus, while the Hydrofoil is not equipped to fend off a full-scale naval invasion, it can adequately fend for itself and provides invaluable support as part of a naval strike group.
Today's Hydrofoil was made famous in the Battle of Port-au-Prince, in which a small fleet of them were able to shoot down an entire squadron of MiG fighters before the MiGs could eliminate a wing of Century bombers carrying reinforcements to the city. Meanwhile, several of the Hydrofoils broke off to thwart an offshore Dreadnought bombardment.
This was the first time a naval commander employed one group of Hydrofoils dedicated exclusively to jamming enemy ship capabilities and another to shred an air force. After the MiGs were destroyed, the Hydrofoils executed a high-speed tactical retreat. The only naval casualties that day were Hydrofoil detachments that were unlucky enough to be sucked from out of the water by the Soviets' hated magnetic satellite. It has been rumoured that the performance of the Hydrofoil that day was largely responsible for increased numbers of Soviet Akula-class submarines in Soviet operations around the Gulf of Mexico.
Though the Hydrofoil is usually one of the first naval units fielded by many naval commanders, it features one of the most useful pieces of technology ever produced by the Allied nations in the Scramblegun weapon jammer. The Scramblegun's electromagnetic force is demanding on all onboard weapon systems and thus is mutually exclusive with the 20mm gun.
The jammer's capability is focused enough to block the weapon systems of vehicles as small as the Sickle or ships as large as a Dreadnought. This allows the Hydrofoil to at least stalemate a conflict with most other naval craft or enemy armour at the shoreline, leading a group of Guardian Tank and Apollo Fighter pilots to publicly question why the jamming technology has not been applied to ground and aerial attack craft. It appears that until Allied military scientists work out a way to add more than a single special weapons hardpoint to any design, they will have to make due as-is.
Hydrofoil captains are more often than not former Coast Guard defenders looking to do the Allied Nations proud, and they tend to be regarded for their poise in the face of formidable enemy fleets. While it must be daunting to hit the seas equipped with nothing that can directly attack other naval forces, most Hydrofoil captains seem to relish the opportunity to go head-to-head with more imposing ships--and effectively shut them down.
Post-War Operational History
After Hydrofoils were proven effective in combat, Allied high command ordered for a stronger and more effective weapon in case an Achilles fighter isn't around. Several Hydrofoils have been outfitted with experimental Spectrum guns in order to test their effectiveness. The resulting model proved very effective, but because of the high cost and low availability of this new weapon, only the most experienced Hydrofoil gunners are issued with this system.
Just the Stats
|Armour Type||Light Armour|
|Icarus Rotary Cannon|