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Sending air mail!
- V3 Rocket Launcher
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The V3 rocket launcher was a Soviet long-range artillery vehicle used during the first and second iterations of the Third World War. It was an improved version of the V2 rocket launcher, which was used to great effect during the previous war, and similarly, was an attack-only vehicle that fired powerful, but slow projectiles.


V3 rocket launchers are essentially heavy cargo trucks with modifications that allowed them to fire V3 missiles at distant targets. They were created to be a cheap and easily deployed missile platform that would make artillery attacks a viable option on American soil.

Deployment history

V3 launchers were widely used in the Soviet invasion of the United States. A number of them were deployed to besiege New York City in the beginning of the attack and were responsible for the destruction of the Statue of Liberty. They had since been seen in every Allied mission as they attempted to dislodge Allied positions, often without success.

RA2Sovietlogo.png The following is based on the Soviet campaign for Red Alert 2 and some details might contradict canon.

In the non-canon Soviet campaign, V3 launchers were first deployed during Operation: Big Apple, where they assisted in reaching the Allied battle lab between the Twin Towers. It remained to be a valuable weapon in the commander's arsenal for the rest of the campaign.


Of all the main siege units, the V3 launcher has by far the longest range and damage per shot. An elite V3 can obliterate most structures in one to four shots, and mass groups of them can overwhelm all but the most overtly reinforced base defenses, especially since they are the only primary land based siege unit capable of firing upon the Grand Cannon from outside its range. V3 launchers have no problem shooting targets at different elevations (higher or lower ground).


It is unable to protect itself at close range, and can be destroyed very quickly by pretty much anything that can fire on it. Due to improvements in targeting technology (and lack of speed produced by rocket booster) by the time of the Third World War, it was possible for the rockets to be shot down mid-flight. Interestingly, the missiles moved in a ballistic trajectory, not a conventional launch-level-dive attack, which in effect lengthened the delivery time, allowing AA defenses to mow down the missiles before reaching the target. To solve this, it is wise to escort V3 rocket launchers with tanks.


There is a glitch in V3's flying mechanics. When a group of V3 launchers is shooting at a single target, it is possible that a single V3 rocket may deviate from the target, keep flying upward until it leaves the theater screen, clearing some area from its fog of war. This may have something to do with V3 missile stacking limits.

Another glitch happens when a V3 is ordered to attack any target within its range, provided that the V3 is not facing the target's direction. At the exact moment the V3 faces towards the target (the rocket is not launched yet), order the V3 to go anywhere (even to the edge of the map) and let it stop there. The V3's rocket will automatically launch and the missile will head towards the target and even leaves the theater screen. If the V3 is facing the opposite direction where the target is, the rocket will turn and still head for it.


In the alternate timeline, the V3 launcher was succeeded by the V4 rocket launcher, which combined the missile trajectory of the V3 and the V2's characteristic of enemy AA being unable to shoot down the launched missile.



  • Excellent siege unit.
  • Outranges all base defenses, including Grand Cannons.
  • Causes splash damage.
  • Capable of crushing infantry.
  • Uses powerful explosive missiles when elite.


  • Fragile. Even a single Harrier is enough to destroy one.
  • Cannot attack aircraft.
  • Slow moving.
  • Unable to fire at close range (blind spot).
  • Cannot defend itself, requires escorts.
  • Splash damage causes friendly fire.
  • Missiles reload and fire slowly and can be easily shot down by AA defenses unless deployed in numbers.
  • Useless against fast-moving targets.
  • Makes a unique sound when moving, that allows enemy commanders to be aware of their presence.


Note: If Yuri's Revenge is not installed, this unit will use quotes from the Rhino heavy tank.

Ready for launch
- When selected
Armed for destruction
- When selected
Rockets fueled and ready
- When selected
V3 launch unit
- When selected
Let's keep our distance
- When selected
Advancing to new location
- When moving
Moving to new launch site
- When moving
Not too close, please!
- When moving
- When moving
Missile launch confirmed!
- When ordered to attack
Trajectory set
- When ordered to attack
We have ignition!
- When ordered to attack
Sending air mail!
- When ordered to attack
Warhead primed!
- When ordered to attack


  • Standalone V3 munitions are seen as an in-game object, stacked on shelf. Upon destruction it has a mushroom cloud effect similar to an elite V3 rocket upon detonation. The effect, however, is visual only and will not harm surrounding units.
  • The explosion of a V3 rocket can lift vehicles, causing them to tilt to a degree.
  • This tilting effect is effective even on iron-curtained units, and is stackable with multiple detonations. When the tilt angle of target vehicle exceeds certain a limit it will overturn and instantly explode. This makes V3 one of the only two units (the other is Dreadnought, which fires a derivative of V3) technically capable of destroying vehicles protected by Iron Curtain.

Behind the Scenes

  • The V3 used generic Soviet vehicle voice in the vanilla game, and unique unit quotes were added in Yuri's Revenge.
  • In Yuri's revenge, V3 operator's voice is very similar to that of GLA Bomb Truck's in C&C Generals.
  • The designation 'V3' is named after Stalin-era V2 rocket launcher in Red Alert universe, not related to well-known German Wunderwaffe in real life.
  • In cutscenes, V3 launchers are portrayed after real-life SA-2 SAM launchers.
  • In the Russian version, the V3 launcher is called Луна-3 (Moon-3).


See Also

We will bury them! Soviet Third World War Arsenal Death to capitalists!
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