The new, advanced artillery unit deploys stabilizers and becomes stationary before firing, to accommodate the massive recoil. In return, it has an awesome range and its shells are effective at reducing fortifications and advancing enemy forces to dust, as the cannon is surprisingly very accurate even against moving targets.
The artillery design proved to be very influential, as new generations were developed, most notably the stealthed Specter of the Third Tiberium War.
In vanilla Tiberian Sun, the artillery is the Brotherhood's most powerful conventional unit, with extreme range, accuracy and power, which make it excellent in both siege and defense roles. What makes the artillery more horrifying is its status as a low-tech-level unit; a player may build it with only a combination of a war factory and a Nod radar; not even a tech center is required. When five or more are deployed, GDI Titans (in limited numbers) will be shredded by concentrated fire without even getting close.
Airpower is the most effective way to deal with artillery, as experienced players with skillful micromanagement can destroy several clustered artillery in a single bombing run with Orca bombers, so artillery users have to pay extreme attention to mobile air defense, which is most often provided by large group of rocket soldiers or Attack cycles. Stealth tanks are not an ideal option for mobile air defense because they will not attack actively and have to decloak before firing, which takes time. One of the setbacks associated with the mobile artillery is the fact that artillery shells may create large crater near the user's base if used for defensive purposes, rendering the terrain unsuitable for building construction.
The Artillery was nerfed in Firestorm, having its precision reduced significantly. This change is hardcoded in the game's executable, requiring a complete unit and weapon cloning if it is to be reverted. This does not affect vanilla Tiberian Sun that is run from the same executable.