Nothing is impossible for the motherland.
- An Akula Missile Sub launches missiles
In the Second Great War, the Russians developed several ballistic missile submarines. Ships capable of launching powerful missiles from incredible distances to annihilate targets with barely any chance of retaliation. Unfortunately for the Russians, these prototypes were destroyed by the Allies. This did not however discourage the Soviets from developing the Akula, the spiritual successor of these missile subs.
Though this massive submersible is very slow, it can emerge from the depths to strike at targets anywhere, making them one of the most feared units in the Russian arsenal. They do not carry any defensive measures, however, and are thus vulnerable when they rise above the waves or are detected. Just like Dreadnought's missiles, the Akula's projectiles can be shot down with AA weapons.
Different from other subfactions, the Russian siege navy unit is the Akula Missile Sub, which It has higher hit points but lower speed compared to Dreadnought.
The biggest feature of Akula is submersible, similar to Epsilon Resheph, which allows Akula to escape most of the enemy (especially air units) attacks before going to the strike site. In addition, Akula can also escapes most of the mind control from PsiCorps Epsilon Elites.
Like other siege ships, the missiles launched by Akula are vulnerable to anti-aircraft weapons. Therefore, when using Akula to perform siege operations, it is best to clean up the nearby anti-air navy units, or let all Akulas fire at the coastal anti-air defense structures first.
- In Puppet Master, around ten minutes into the mission, an Akula Missile Sub will sneak into the city and attack the Psychic Beacon stationed in the centre, in the process freeing the mind controlled Russian forces from Yuri.
- The Akula is properly introduced as a buildable unit in Power Hunger, where they are tasked with destroying the Chinese Hammer Defenses located on the coast so the Russians can make landfall.
- In Stormbringer, the mind-controlled Russian forces will try to use Akula to attack Weather Control Device.
Behind the scenes
- Originally the Akula was supposed to explode with radiation on death, but it was removed prior to the release of 3.0.
- The Akula Missile Sub is based on the real-life Typhoon-class nuclear ballistic missile submarines known as Akula in the Russian Navy. The similar submarhine also appears in Red Alert 1 and Red Alert 3 as Soviet units.
- Unlike the Boomer Submarine in Yuri's Revenge, the Akula is able to instantly dive into the sea level (done by using Stop command or S key) when the missiles are ready to fire; the missiles won't disappear but continue igniting and flying to the designated target.