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Uef icon gunship3 transport UEF T3 Heavy Air Transport: Continental
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  Heavy air transport. Features 28 transportation clamps, heavy cannons, missile launchers and a shield generator. Can carry up to 28 units.
Build Costs Energy icon -28125
Mass icon -2000
Time icon 7500
Consumption
Energy icon -250
Max Health
Shield Health
Shield Rebuild
Shield Radius
Health icon 4500
Shield icon3000 (+30/sec)
Time icon35 (+86/sec)
  8.5
Speed
Fuel
15 (Air)
Fuel icon13:20
Veterancy UEF veteran icon Kills icon 3 ( Health icon +3/s)
Intel (Radius) Vision: 32
Direct Fire - Projectile
DPS 33
Projectile  Damage
15
Rate of Fire
2.2 Projectiles/s
Range 25
Anti Air - Projectile
DPS 52
Projectile  Damage
20
Salvo Size
Reload time
6 Projectiles
2.3 seconds
Range 50
Death
Damage
Damage radius
25
3

The UEF T3 Heavy Air Transport, nicknamed the Continental, is a UEF unit. It is a transport unit. It possesses 28 transportation clamps, double that of the Star Lifter and can transport 28 T1, 12 T2 or 6 T3 units. It comes with two heavy plasma cannons, four Flayer SAM launchers and a shield.

Armed enough to be a very decent gunship, this transport has the capacity to go over heavily defended bases to insert heavy forces into their unarmed back door. A shield and powerful AA makes the Continental very near immune to interception from fighters, and the cannons allow it to wreak havoc over your opponent's armies on its way. However, do NOT at any point overestimate the durability of the Continental; it will still crumple in flames if it is strafed by large numbers of ASFs or it flies into a heavy AA array so choose your landing point carefully and escort it with ASFs of your own. A Continental flying over a small array of even 8 T1 AA towers will be positively shredded in a matter of seconds- so don't assume your transport is invulnerable. However, remember the more you have the better chance they have of surviving. The main setback is its cost and time to build; losing a Continental fully loaded with T3 units is a devastating blow.

It is somewhat rare to see a player using this craft as a ghetto gunship since its onboard LABs only attacks enemy units in patrol mode, but having the firepower of 28 mech marines added to a ship plus the two cannons on the transport allows you to inflict heavy damage. Using it as a gunship is not a bad idea in theory.

Ghetto Gunship vs. Broadsword Edit

A ghetto gunship may be a superior choice, when comparing stats below:

Comparison
Stat Broadsword Ghetto Gunship
Total Mass Cost 1680 2980
Total Energy Cost 35000 32045
Time Cost 8400 11420
Direct Fire DPS 300 654
Anti-Air DPS 2 208
Mass/DPS ratio (lower is better) 5.6 4.55
Total Health 6000 7500
Speed 8 15

As can be seen, the T3 Ghetto Gunship is ultimately a cost effective tool, blending very high damage with excellent AA and greater survivability than a broadsword, if a commander is willing to wait longer.

Things to ConsiderEdit

Using the Continental as a gunship has its flaws. A Continental does not automatically engage targets (unless set to patrol) unlike the T2 Star Lifter, and although shield health and hull health combined totals 7500, only the shields health will protect light assault bots from harm. Once a Continentals shield is taken down, LABs (light assault bots) become extremely vulnerable to AA, especially flak. If the LABs are destroyed (which they easily are), the Continentals direct fire DPS drops significantly (a Continental with no LABs does 66 DPS to ground targets). Since the Continental uses a shield bubble to protect its units, an interceptor can fly into the shield and destroy the LABs. Flak has been observed to destroy LABs in groups, even while the shield is still on. A smart commander would build flak if found facing T3 Ghetto Gunships. If you are wanting to use a cost effective gunship (mass to DPS wise), try considering the UEF T2 Star Lifter, which when outfitted to be a gunship has a mass-to-DPS ratio of 2.53, and will automatically engage targets rather than landing and exposing itself to ground fire.

This renders the Continental impractical for all but transport and base defence, where it excells in both areas:

The Continental is the ultimate transport for your troops, being able to carry up to a maximum of 28 units, shielding them from harm while providing ground and air support until they reach their destination.

The Continental is possibly one of the best defence units you can have patrolling your base. If equipped to be a ghetto gunship, a squad of patrolling Continentals can provide excellent defence for your base, from land, air and sea. With more than twice the AA DPS of a Restorer, and more than four times the direct fire DPS, Continentals can dish out enough damage to protect your base from even the toughest ground experimentals (although they should be used as a complement to the Ravager, not a replacement) all while intercepting oncoming aircraft with their 4 SAM launchers.

TriviaEdit

The Continental's AA missiles are considered SAMs, even though SAM stands for "Surface to Air Missile". Its weapons systems really are technically AAMs- "Air to Air Missiles".

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A Continental outfitted as a Ghetto Gunship (shown with shield down)
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