SAM turret (Tiberium Wars)

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For other SAM turrets, see SAM site.
CNCTW SAM Turret Cameo.png Surface-to-Air Missile turret

CNCTW SAM Turret.jpg

CNCKW SAM Turret Upgrade.jpg

Internal name NODRocketBunker
Affiliation CNC3 Nod Logo.png Nod
CNCKW Black Hand Logo.png Black Hand
CNCKW Marked of Kane logo.png Marked of Kane
Role Anti-air base defense
Tier 2
Hit points 7000 (hub)
1000 (each turret)
Armor type Light (75% Cannon, 50% Rocket, 100% Grenade, 25% Gun, 1% Sniper)
Cost $800
Build time 0:08
Produced by Nod construction yard
Requires Operations center
Hotkey F3
Air attack
  • 125 (x3) (Rocket), for one turret
  • 225 (x3) (Rocket), for one turret (upgrade)
  • 0.6 seconds to fire 3 missiles, 2 seconds to reload clip
  • Attack range 450
    Upgrades CNCKW Quad Turrets Cameo.png Quad turrets (KW)
    CNCKW Tiberium Core Missiles Cameo.png Tiberium core missiles
    Power -6
    Abilities Detects stealth

    The SAM turret is an anti-aircraft emplacement of the Brotherhood of Nod in Tiberium Wars.


    Like their ground-focused counterparts, up to three of these turrets are linked to a single hub and each is capable of self repair as long as the hub remains intact. When a hostile airborne unit enters range, the turrets unlesh a volley of three missiles each. While weak individually, the combined power of nine explosive missiles is enough to severely damage or outright destroy most aircraft.

    Note that range is counted for each turret separately, so the player has to decide whether he wants better coverage by spreading the turrets out or more firepower, by packing them into a tight cluster. In comparison to GDI and Scrin AA turrets, this SAM turrets could cover greater areas, but are a little less effective, because rockets need several seconds to hit the target after launch, sometimes its enough for enemy to make a successful attack.

    Tiberium Core missiles upgrade the SAM Turrets' rockets with tiberium infused missiles. Dramatically increasing potency and damage against air targets with a small dash of splash damage. Tiberium core missiles emit a green hue and tail during flight.

    The hub system can also be upgraded with a fourth turret (Kane's Wrath only).


    CNCKW Quad Turrets Cameo.png Quad turrets This upgrade places a fourth small turret directly on the hub, adding 33% more firepower (Ctrl+S). Purchasable at any Operations Center for $1000 and takes 0:30 to research.
    CNCKW Tiberium Core Missiles Cameo.png Tiberium core missiles The power of weaponized Tiberium greatly enhances the effectiveness of SAM missiles (Ctrl+D). Purchasable at any Tech Lab for a cost of $2500 and takes 1:15 to research.

    Game structure

    SAM Turrets, like many Nod defenses, are composed of four parts: a central hub and three small turrets. The hub is placed first, and then the three small turrets are planted by the commander within a small radius around the hub. Whenever one of the small turrets is knocked out, the others still fire, and if the hub isn't destroyed, the destroyed turrets will respawn after ten seconds. SAM Turrets protect Nod installations from aerial attacks. Each sub-turret fires 3 missiles at aircraft, for a total of 9 missiles per barrage. Note that individual SAM turrets have decreased armor and take 50% more damage while firing.


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