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CNCTW Ion Cannon Control Center Cameo.png Ion Cannon Control Center
Internal name GDIIonCannonControl
Affiliation CNC3 GDI logo.png GDI
CNCKW Steel Talons Logo.png Steel Talons
Role Superweapon
Global Conquest strategic structure
Armament Ion cannon
Tier 3
Hit points 20000
Armor type Heavy (75% Cannon, 50% Rocket, 100% Grenade, 25% Gun, 1% Sniper)
Cost $5000
$6000 (GC)
Build time 0:50
Produced by GDI construction yard
Requires Tech center
Hotkey F6
Cooldown 7:00
Power -20
Abilities CNCTW Ion Cannon Cameo.png Ion Cannon
Only one may be built at a time
Ion Cannon control mode active. Ion Cannon controls online. Positioning over Eastern Seaboard. Fire when ready.

The Ion Cannon Control Center is GDI's superweapon structure in Tiberium Wars and Kane's Wrath.


A third generation ion cannon

By the time of the Third Tiberium War, GDI's ion cannons were more lethal and accurate than ever[1]. The ion cannon control center allowed GDI commanders to call down an ion cannon strike from one of GDI's orbital battle stations, which could vaporize virtually everything within a large radius[2].

Unlike nuclear weapons, which GDI had vowed to never use[3], ion cannons were far more precise, and do not cause environmental harm[2].

However, the ion cannons depended on the Goddard Space Center, and the entire ion cannon network went offline after the facility was destroyed by a Nod attack. It wasn't until the attack on Temple Prime that repairs were complete and the ion cannons were brought back online[4].


CNCTW Ion Cannon Cameo.png
Ion Cannon This superweapon has a 7 minute charge-up time, during which it must remain powered and intact. It fires a devastating blast that can destroy a large portion of a base. The Ion Cannon Control Center will be visible to all players and will start a countdown timer visible to all players after the building is constructed. Each small ion beam does 1000 cannon damage, while the final blast inflicts 20000 cannon damage over a radius of 250.

Role in Global Conquest

In Global Conquest, the ion cannon control uplink is a strategic structure that allows access to the ion cannon.



  1. Verdu, Michael. 2006-09-29. Technology in 2047. Mirror: Technology in 2047. C&C3 X360 Page. 2010-02-21.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars manual. Los Angeles, California: Electronic Arts Los Angeles, 2007.
  3. Electronic Arts Los Angeles, Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars. GDI Archives, "GDI's Nuclear Weapons".
  4. Electronic Arts Los Angeles, Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars. GDI mission 11: "Sarajevo".
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