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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[]

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]

Game unit[]

They won't know what happened!
- ECM Tank disabling a vehicle

Abilities[]

Strategy[]

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 reactivate. The ECM tank was purely a support vehicle, and could not do direct damage to its target. Misdirected missiles were still live and dangerous; they could damage any nearby units. Despite these limitations, the ECM tank could offer protection from rocket attacks, especially those from rocket buggies. An ECM unit loitering near base defenses could make them very difficult for a GLA faction to take down.

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[]

Jam their frequencies!
- ECM Tank attacking

The ECM is unable to counter missiles when paralyzing enemy vehicles, which unfortunately is a frequent occurrence as it is mixed with units that often expect action. If it ever comes under fire from enemy units, it is unlikely to survive unless its escort fights them off, especially if air units are present since it cannot target them. Non-missile projectiles, such as artillery shells, are immune to interception. Due to their sheer size, Overlord tanks and variants often required several ECMs to be fully disable. Transports that allow infantry to fire from within like the Humvee and Battle Bus can still engage targets within range despite the vehicle itself being immobilized.

Selected Quotes[]

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

Trivia[]

  • 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.
  • The ECM tank is loosely based on a Cold War Russian vehicle called the Favicon Wikipedia SPR-1, which can jam the fuses in modern mortar rounds.

See also[]

References[]

  1. Command & Conquer: Generals - Zero Hour manual. Los Angeles, California: Electronic Arts Los Angeles, 2003.
China People's Republic of China First GLA War Arsenal China
Sheppard Tanks CNCTW Scorpion Tank Cameo
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