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- Lasher
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The Lasher Light Tank was the main battle tank of Yuri's forces.

Background

The Lasher, like most of Yuri's units, was mounted on a narrow chassis. Unlike most of Yuri's vehicles, the Lasher was a conventional tank. Mounted on the top was a light cannon, fairly effective against vehicles and buildings, but ineffective against infantry. The Lasher was equipped with a frontal drum-shaped, spiked cylinder, designed presumably to remove sandbags. However, the Lasher was indeed a light tank, and could not stand much punishment - yet was equal to that of an Allied Grizzly. The Lasher, like most Yuri vehicles, could enter a tank bunker to supplement its weak armor. Due to its fairly low price, it was easy to mass produce and overwhelm the more expensive tanks of the Soviets, an advantage that was negated if their enemy was equipped with an Industrial Plant.

The Lasher was erased after the Soviets meddled with the space time continuum.

Game unit

The Lasher is the same as the Grizzly tank, except the Lasher's gun projectile moves faster.

Like most conventional tanks, the Lasher light tank is vulnerable to all air units, and to uncrushable and anti-tank infantry, such as Tesla troopers, Guardian GIs and rogue Brutes. Lasher tanks could also be mind controlled by rogue Yuri Clones. In addition, it was Yuri's only dedicated anti-armor vehicle.

Keeping these rather frail tanks alive is considerably more difficult as Yuri does not have access to a buildable repair facility. In turn, it is more vulnerable to Terror Drones. 

Therefore, for all of its disadvantages, it was essential for Yuri's commanders to keep a division of these tanks not only for protecting their vulnerable mind-control units, but to defend their bases from enemy tanks should the base's mind control defenses fail.

In the data files, the Lasher replaced the Light tank (Red Alert 2).

Assessment

Pros

  • Equal to the Grizzly Tank in terms of armor, gun and mobility, but gun projectile moves faster.
  • Powerful in numbers.
  • Good mobility
  • Powerful if garrisoned on a Tank Bunker since it gains range, rate of fire and power bonus.
  • Cheaper ($700) than Rhino Tank.

Cons

  • Less firepower and armour than the Rhino Heavy Tank.
  • Vulnerable to air units and uncrushable anti-tank infantry like Tesla Troopers, Guardian GIs and Brutes, unless Elite.
  • Easily destroyed compared to other MBTs.
  • Does not fare well against Apocalypse Tanks, unless purchased in larger numbers. (4 to 5 Lashers against one Apocalypse Tank).
  • Vulnerable to Terror Drones (unless supported by Gattling Tanks), as Yuri has no land repair station or any means to repair them.

Selected Quotes

We will puncture through
- When selected
Lasher Tank ready
- When selected
Yuri's tank division
- When selected
Where is battle?
- When selected
Turn up the speed
- When moving
Take me to frontlines
- When moving
Yes, master Yuri
- When moving
The hunt is on
- When moving
Gonna make some scrap metal
- When ordered to attack
We can whip 'em!
- When ordered to attack
They will not escape!
- When ordered to attack
Bow to Yuri!
- When ordered to attack
Prepare for your lashes!
- When ordered to attack

Gallery

Trivia

  • Lasher Tanks with Elite status use the Tank Destroyer's firing sound, instead of its own.
  • Due to an oversight by Westwood, the unused vanilla Red Alert 2 Light Tank barrel displays on the Lasher Tank. That unit is also entirely overwritten in code and art in Yuri's Revenge, as the Lasher uses its "LTNK" label.
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