Soviet ore collector (Red Alert 3)

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Ore Collector

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Internal name



RA3 USSR logo.png Soviet Union


Resource gatherer




"One-touch" reactive armor coat



Hit points


Armour type

BaseMinerArmor (0% Melee, 0% Sniper, 50% Gun, 100% Auto Cannon, 100% Flak, 100% Rocket, 150% Cannon, 150% Prism, 150% Tesla, 100% Explosive, 100% Concussive, 5% Radiation)





Build time


Produced by

Ore refinery, War factory, Naval yard



Land speed


Sea speed


Sight range
  • 200 (vision)
  • 500 (shroud clearing range)

In reactive armor mode:

  • Speed halves
  • All damage taken reduced by 75%
  • Immune to terror drone attack
Ready for the collection.
- Ore Collector

The Ore Collector was the Soviet Union's resource collector vehicle, first seen during the Third World War.

Background[edit | edit source]

The Soviet Union's nearly unaccountable military spending required the nation to rapidly fill its coffers with resources that could be directly applied to production. Therefore, fleets of vehicles known simply as ore collectors became a common sight in resource-rich areas, transferring ore between mines and nearby refineries.

Each ore collector is dutifully assembled by loyal Soviet men, women, and children from recycled parts taken from other Soviet vehicles expended in battle: Their cockpits are based on the same bubble canopies used in flak cannons and in Kazminov Design Bureau's own Bullfrogs; their collapsible pontoons are taken from Sputnik exploration vehicles; their reactive-armor coats are composed of sheeted alloys smelted from Hammer tanks and Apocalypse tanks; their cargo bins are made from the recycled fuselages of downed MiG fighters, and so on. Each collector's designated driver is given a framed, commemorative list of names and addresses of all the loyal soldiers whose vehicle parts were used to create that particular unit. Ironically, in spite of the rather conservative original design principle behind the ore collector, each one turns out to be fairly costly to manufacture, in part because of all the formality and ceremony around the respectful use of recycled vehicle parts.

Ore collector pilots are civilian drivers who are, for various reasons, unable to fight on the front lines. The Soviet Union created an expensive and elaborate publicity campaign that brought in collector drivers by the thousands, promising that volunteer drivers would not be incarcerated for thought-crimes for not enlisting in military services. These drivers were assured their personal safety as well, due to the ore collector's ability to deploy full-body reactive armor that easily withstood 70mm tank shells during tests. Individuals particularly gifted in mathematics were given the cushiest ore-collection posts, where they could readily apply their skills to tabulating massive sums of the resources they themselves would bring in for the good of their countries. This gave these men some legitimate work to do on the job, in between occasionally having to defend themselves from Allied counteroffensives.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

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Reactive Armor Deploys special ceramic armor, which also reduces speed and covers the cargo hold.
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Cargo Bay Folds up the anti-tank armor, regaining mobility and the ability to carry out ore gathering.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Creater[edit | edit source]

  • Ready for the collection!
  • The Union must be funded!

Select[edit | edit source]

  • Collector!
  • It is in good hands!
  • A noble task!
  • We must all do our part!
  • Without questions!
  • It is for the good of all!

Select when use Reactive Armor[edit | edit source]

  • Precautions are necessary!
  • We are closed!
  • We must protect it!
  • Is danger still near?
  • Are they gone yet?

Moving[edit | edit source]

  • We still have collecting to do!
  • Shouldn't we be working!
  • Laziness will not be tolerated!
  • And what about the collection?
  • Is this necessary?
  • A detour?
  • If need be!
  • Transporting!
  • Updating manifest!

Return to Refinery[edit | edit source]

  • The Union will redistribute!
  • Ready the paperwork!
  • All will be accounted for!
  • The wealth must be shared!
  • To the Motherland!

Harvest[edit | edit source]

  • We must meet our quota!
  • The Union requires it!
  • War is expensive!
  • It will be well spent!
  • This is for the people!

Retreating[edit | edit source]

  • Save the collection!
  • Take it back to the people!
  • We must return it to safety!
  • Quickly!

Under fire[edit | edit source]

  • The collection is in danger!
  • We are being attacked!
  • Help! Bandits!
  • They're trying to stop me!
  • Do something before it is too late!

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Surveillance Footage

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • If a Terror Drone infects a Soviet ore collector, and the collector deploys reactive armor afterwards, the Terror Drone will deal less damage, this is strange, considering the Drone is already inside the collector.
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