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Nothing is impossible for the motherland.
- An Akula Missile Sub launches missiles
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The Akula Missile Submarine is used by Russia in place of Dreadnoughts, which has the advantage of being submerged while not firing at the cost of being slower.

Official description

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.[1]

Overview

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.

Even though the Akula is a submarine, it is unable to attack conventional naval units and air forces, so it is necessary to use Typhoon Attack Sub and Seawolf guard it.

Appearances

Act Two

  • 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.

Assessment

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  • Strong siege weapon with incredibly long attack range.
  • Very durable.
  • Decent rate of fire.
  • Can detect cloaked and submerged units.
  • Excellent in destroying bases without warning.
  • Longer range and more powerful rockets than those of Scud Launchers.
  • Can self-repair.

  • Very vulnerable to anti-submarine units.
  • Extremely slow.
  • Expensive ($2200) unless an Industrial Plant is built ($1650).
  • When surfaced due to receiving damage, submarine will be vulnerable to further land and air attacks.
  • Missiles can be shot down by anti-aircraft fire.
  • Missiles are unreliable against fast moving units.

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.

Trivia

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