Smoking has health risks, you know?
—A Dustdevil pilot warning the hazards of his smoke bombs
The Dustdevil is a Soviet support bomber that can weaken enemies through its smoke bombing runs.
With the reintroduction of the Soviet jet fighters, an interesting twist was made to the airforce they've strived so long to rebuild. While it is widely known that the Latin Confederation bought most of its weapons from Russia, the Dustdevil is most likely the only weapon concept originating from their Battle Labs that the Russians and even the Chinese had an interest in.
Proving how effective the smoke screens deployed from their planes are, the Latin Confederation designed a plane around one of the unused MiG fuselage prototype, that is able to quickly deliver large loads of smoke screen at the designated area. This smoke will decrease the combat effectiveness of any unit that is not equipped with advanced targeting control system, which by current standards is most of the infantry and human-piloted vehicles.
Once a Soviet faction has Field Bureau and Airbase, the commander can produce a support fighter called Dustdevil, which role is to continue throwing smoke bombs over the target area and reduce the attack power of enemy units within the range, similar to Latin Confederation's Smoke Bombs. Due to the simple construction requirements, the Dustdevil harassment tactics can be used at an earlier time, although the cost of Dustdevil is slightly higher than that of its peers. In addition, as the same support aircraft, Dustdevil's hit points is higher than the Allied Hummingbird, meaning Dustdevil can survive more times in the air attack.
Use the Dustdevil to cover enemy positions with blinding smoke that will decrease their accuracy.
—Unused Soviet intel during Operation: Firewalking
- The Dustdevil makes its first appearance as a buildable unit in Firewalking.
Behind the scenes
The Dustdevil's voxel is a public asset and can be used by other modders. The link can be found here (note that the link leads to a voxel pack, where several voxels including the Dustdevil's are downloaded in a single pack).
- The Dustdevil bears resemblances to the MiG Fighter in Red Alert 3.
- The Dustdevil's quote "Try it, you'll like it." is derived from the Toxin Tractor in Generals.