Technology enhancer, support power provider
Light (75% Cannon, 50% Rocket, 100% Grenade, 25% Gun, 1% Sniper)
|Quad turrets||This upgrade adds additional firepower to Nod's three-segment base defenses by adding a fourth turret to all Shredder Turrets, Laser Turrets, and SAM Turrets. The fourth turret is placed on top of the pre-existing turret hub. This upgrade costs $1000 and takes 0:30 to research (Ctrl+S).|
|Dozer blades||Dozer Blades can be added to Scorpion Tanks and Reckoners to bolster their armor and make them immune to mines. They cost $2000 and take 1:00 to research (Ctrl+A).|
Support powers provided
|Laser fencing||Allows Nod commanders to fortify structures with a fence that defends against Commandos, Shadow Teams, and Saboteurs. This power costs $500 and has a cooldown time of 0:15. Laser Fencing also doubles the armor of any structure affected.|
|Decoy army||The selected units are cloned by the Nod player using hologram technology to emulate real units. The decoys can be ordered around the map and will lift the fog of war, but do not inflict damage and vanish when targeted. Decoy Army costs $500 and has a cooldown of 1:00. The decoys last for 0:59.|
|Cloaking field||Makes all vehicles in the area invisible permanently (even those that leave husks and keeps their invisibility when taken)and harms infantry in the area.|
|Power signature scan||This ability reveals all Power Plants on the map. It has a duration of 10 seconds, costs $300 and takes 1:00 to recharge. Black Hand only.|
|Radar jamming missile||The Operations Center can fire a missile that temporarily disables the radar of hostile players for ten seconds. The Radar Jamming Missile costs $300 and has a cooldown time of 1:00.|
Changes in Kane's Wrath
The Dozer blades, signature generators and Liquid Tiberium core power plant upgrades are provided by the Operations Center rather than the Technology lab. It also allows the purchase of the valuable Quad turrets upgrade to all turret base defenses, and the Laser fence defensive structure. Additionally, building an Operations Center unlocks the Beam cannon in the War Factory and does not require the Tech Lab, unlike in Tiberium Wars.
Certain support powers are enabled or disabled depending on the Nod faction used. The Black Hand subfaction cannot use the Cloaking field support power, but is the only Nod subfaction that has access to the Power signature scan intelligence power.
Even in Vanilla CNC3, this building is vital for building Flame Tanks, a very important unit for map control and harassment. The stealth power is useful for Scorpion Tanks, and the decoy power can help attack bikes and buggies survive more.
The importance of this building grows in Kane's Wrath with is extended capabilities, and Reckoner transports may be of use in extending the usefulness of infantry and deploying them to claim the map, especially for the Marked of Kane subfaction. Fanatics and Beam Cannons can also help close out a more aggressive match by destroying key enemy structures; as can a well timed radar jamming (against a player) while attacking a key target such as a refinery.
Flame Tanks are vitally important, therefore if the match lasts into the lategame, a redundant copy of this building should be built where possible, to avoid disruption by superpower damage or another building-snipe attack. Note that this building also unlocks the ability to build an expansion MCV at the War Factory, (making it easier to create a hidden expansion base) as well as excellent defensive options in the form of the SAM turret (and Black Hand Mantis AA drone); and the infantry Black Hand (if a War Factory is unavailable or too costly for their vehicular bretheren) as well as their alternative subfaction variant the MoKTiberium trooper. Overall, once a war factory is established, it is extraordinarily useful to have this building: construct an operations centre today!
Role in Campaign (Tiberium Wars)
- GDI Campaign: Hampton Roads Shipyard mission: In order to retake Hampton Roads from Nod, destroying the Operations Center is the first primary objective of the GDI commando.
- Nod Campaign: Ayer's Rock mission: In order to capture Kilian's southern base, both the Construction Yard and the Operations Center must be captured by two surviving saboteurs.
- When the Radar jamming missile support power is launched, the Operations Center's satellite dish starts to revolve and only stops if the missile is again ready to use.
- In Kane's Wrath, selling the Operations Center returns a squad of Black Hand troopers instead of ordinary militia men.