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Coronia tank division.
—A Draco Tank driver reporting for duty
The Draco Drone Tank is the main battle tank of the Wings of Coronia.

Official description

The weapon designs of the Wings of Coronia all share a similar trait: they were designed to be extremely mobile and capable of using the manipulation of winds to a maximum extent. Focused on launching deadly attacks from its main base hidden in the clouds, the Wings also heavily rely on flying units, which is prevalent even in the design of their main battle tank, the Draco.

Armed with a cannon capable of easily piercing through vehicle armor, the Draco has also been enhanced with a windspin engine, which allows them to keep up with other fast units on the battlefield during scouting missions and hit'n'run attacks on enemy positions.

The key piece in the Draco's design however, is the ability to release its turret as an autonomous flying drone in case of the vehicle's failure due to the damage taken. When this tank is destroyed, its turret will active its own engines and detach from the main body, allowing it to rise into the skies and continue the fight from above, much to Coronia's enemies' surprise. These drones can't resist too much damage but might give Foehn's commanders the advantage they need in fights against enemy forces, which are not supported by anti-aircraft weapons.[1]

Overview

While the Coronian Draco Tank lacks the firepower and survivability of Haihead's Cyclops Walker and Last Bastion's Bison Tank, it does have several advantages that its other counterparts don't. Since the Wings of Coronia focus their doctrine around aerial warfare and speedy machines, the Draco Tank was specifically designed for those two roles in mind.

The Draco Tank, like the majority of all ground-based Coronian-exclusive units, can receive a speed boost if it loiters near a Spinblade. While its standard speed is quite mediocre, it can even outrun and chase down the Mantis Tank (credited to be the fastest main battle tank in the entire war) once it attains the bonus.

Enemy forces that destroy the Draco Tank and don't have anti-air weapons available can be in for a nasty surprise. This is because, upon destruction, there is a high chance that the Draco will release its turret into the air, acting as an autonomous drone that can engage enemies. While the drone is very lightly armored and won't last even under the slightest anti-aircraft fire (even a lone Flak Trooper can destroy a Draco drone with minimal injuries), it is surprisingly agile and can fire on the move as it chases down its targets from the skies.

The Draco Tank is also slightly cheaper than its other Foehn counterparts and while not the most ideal unit for direct tank-to-tank battles, they can psychologically force the opponent to spend more resources to bring anti-air units into the fray, out of fear of the Draco's drones coming back with a vengeance upon their parent vehicle's demise.

Assessment

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  • Effective against armored vehicles.
  • Can crush infantry and fire on the move.
  • Decent armor and rate of fire.
  • Fast movement speed that rivals Scorpion Cell's Mantis Tank when boosted by Spinblades.
  • Its boosted speed, rate of fire and ability to fire on the move allows it to outmaneuver slower units.
  • Releases its turret as a flying anti-armor drone when destroyed.
  • Flying drone can provide the slight advantage against enemies without AA support.

  • Not as effective against infantry.
  • Vulnerable against aerial and anti-armor threats.
  • Inferior to heavy tanks.
  • Fairly slow without speed boosters.
  • Released flying drone is fragile and vulnerable to anti-aircraft fire.
  • Flying drone cannot target air units.
  • Flying drone's firepower is lower than Draco's.

Trivia

  • The Draco Tank is based on the HT-01B Magella Attack Tank (notably, its ability to deploy its turret into an autonomous drone and similar design) from the Gundam anime series.

See also

Other Foehn main battle tanks:

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