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Electronic Countermeasures Tank
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Unit
Affiliation

China

Role

Support tank

Armament

Electronic countermeasures suite

Properties
Hit points

300

Armour type

Tank Armor

Production
Cost

$800

Build time

0:10

Produced by

Chinese war factory

Requires

Propaganda center

Hotkey

e

Combat
Ground attack

24 (Subdual Vehicle)

Cooldown
  • 100
  • 650 (Missile Jammer)
Speed

40

Attack range

200

Sight range

150-360

Function
Abilities
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Disable vehicles
Prepared for signal distortion.
- ECM Tank leaving the War Factory

China developed the E.C.M. (Electronic Counter Measures) Tank to support its attacking tank legions. It utilizes a soft-kill jammer designed to deflect incoming projectiles in a small radius around the vehicle.

Background[edit | edit source]

Missiles won't get through.
- ECM Tank

This vehicle-based suite of electronic countermeasures protects advancing Chinese columns. A multi-frequency jammer effectively disrupts guided missile and rocket attacks, which can cause them to miss their targets. Its directed beam can also disable the electronics of vehicle units.[1]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

They won't know what happened!
- ECM Tank disabling a vehicle
Disable Vehicle
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The ECM focuses its energy into a jamming beam to deactivate another vehicle, deactivating the missile deflection as long as it's active.

Game unit[edit | edit source]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Corrupt their communications!
- ECM Tank

To disable vehicles, the ECM tank had to fire a focused jamming beam from a stationary position. If it lost its focus, the targeted enemy unit would re-activate. Therefore the ECM tank was purely an assistant in the elimination of hostiles. Having friendly units close to the tank was also a bad idea when the tank directed missiles away, as the missiles were still live and capable of damage friendlies. It was however, a frustrating task for GLA commanders attempting to use Rocket Buggies against them, especially against base defense with ECM tanks loitering near them.

Despite lacking offensive weapons, the ECM Tank is still more than capable of crushing infantry and holding off against a sole vehicle with its jammer.

Counters[edit | edit source]

Jam their frequencies!
- ECM Tank attacking

Unfortunately, the ECM tank needed to focus all of its power when jamming a vehicle, so when doing so missiles that would normally be disrupted would be able to continue as normal, allowing missile armed infantry to engage the tank.

While it could escape small arms fire, if enemy tanks cornered one they could quickly finish it off. The ECM tank also had issues with disabling Overlord or Emperor tanks, as the sheer size of the vehicles made them very hard for a single ECM to disable, often taking a much longer time than the ECM could survive under fire from such tanks without support. Also if a vehicle such as a Battle Bus or a Humvee was loaded down with infantry, the infantry could still fire from their ports.

Artillery that fired projectiles that were not missile based, such as those from the Inferno cannon also presented an issue, as they could not be deflected by the tank's jammer suite.

Selected Quotes[edit | edit source]

Prepared for signal distortion.
- When emerging from the War Factory
Frequency jammers on standby.
- When selected
ECM Tank.
- When selected
Missiles won't get through.
- When selected
Emission rate steady.
- When selected
Noise level set.
- When moving
Inputting coordinates.
- When moving
Triangulation complete.
- When moving
Resetting navigation systems.
- When moving
Enabling power train.
- When moving
Disabling target!
- When ordered to disable enemy vehicle
Corrupt their communications!
- When ordered to disable enemy vehicle
They won't know what happened!
- When ordered to disable enemy vehicle
Shut their systems down!
- When ordered to disable enemy vehicle
Jam their frequencies!
- When ordered to disable enemy vehicle

See also[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The ECM Tank apparently had a jammer which disabled all enemy drones near itself. It was probably removed because the developers noticed it causes serious issues with friendly fire, which made the effect backfire.
  • Oddly enough, despite being unguided rockets in real life the ECM Tank can deflect "missiles" fired by GLA RPG Troopers.
  • In rare cases, the game would glitch and a vehicle shut down by an ECM tank would remain disabled after the tank had either switched targets or been destroyed, effectively making it a sitting duck. Exceptions are made, however, as infantry units within transport vehicles such as the Humvee, Battle Bus, and General Fai's Assault Troop Transport could still fire upon nearby threats.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Command & Conquer: Generals Zero Hour manual. Los Angeles, California: Electronic Arts Los Angeles, 2003.
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