|For the Chinese structure, see Gatling Cannon (Generals).|
The name comes from the term "gatling gun": the cannons are armed with a pair of these lethal weapons. Firing a high-caliber slug with a tremendous muzzle velocity, the cannons can target both ground units and aircraft.
Gattling cannons take a while to "spin up"; in other words, it takes some time for the cannons to reach their maximum rate of fire and, therefore, their maximum damage potential. This means that while the cannon is adequate to deal with light infantry and aircraft initially, it has to survive a prolonged period of sustained firing to be able to significantly damage vehicles. Moreover, compared to most surface-to-surface base defense emplacements, it is also noticeably more durable and slightly harder to kill.
However, their range is relatively short. They are vulnerable to larger tank battalions due to their low damage output to vehicles in short-duration fire, and are outranged by artillery.
- Yuri's Revenge patch 1.001: ground attack range increased from 5 to 6.
A line of gattling cannons defending a base in San Francisco.
- Patriot missile system (Red Alert) - Allied equivalent
- Flak cannon (Red Alert 2) - Soviet equivalent