The Phoenix series of armored vehicles is a set of Russian armored military vehicles that were developed after the Soviet Union's demise and were adopted by the Russian Armed Forces and put into service in 1993. While they have become outdated in favor of the Nosorog Series Armored Vehicles, the Russian military is still phasing them out and sending them to reserve storage, and as such it's not impossible to see one in Volosia.
After the dissolution of the USSR and the demise of the Union Industries Corporation, Urga seized the business opportunity while the infant Russian Federation was in need of a military upgrade. Before long they had a prototype of each Phoenix variant ready to go and not long after that the designs were accepted and production began in 1994. The Phoenix became the iconic main battle tank of the Russian Armed Forces well into the 21st century, and was only dethroned by the arrival of the Nosorog Series Armored Vehicles.
With many of these vehicles going to storage at the time the Third Volosian Civil War broke out, the Russian Federation chose to send some of them to the United Volosian Republic, one of many vehicles given to the faction by the Russians during the war.
The Urga Phoenix has four different variants designed for different combat applications. Each variant takes on the chassis and body of the real-world BTR-90, while the turrets vary depending on the variant. These variants are the Phoenix T-95, a main battle tank variant with a resized T-90 turret, the Phoenix AASV-5 (Anti-Aircraft Support Vehicle,) which takes the turret of the ZSU-23-4, the Phoenix F-7 MLRS, which takes on the turret of the TOS-1, and the Phoenix BST21 IFV, which takes on the visual appearance of a true BTR-90, turret and all. See gallery below for images of real-world inspiration vehicles.
The Phoenix BST21 takes the visual appearance of a stock BT90 complete with its own turret, and as such is equipped with light weapons used for infantry support. These weapons are six smoke grenade dischargers, and one main IFV-style cannon. The BST21's main armament is well-suited for anti-personnel work as well as destroying destructables and light vehicles, but heavier weapons will need to be brought up to eliminate enemy tanks.
The AASV-5, or Anti-Aircraft Support Vehicle, is a heavier variant of the Phoenix designed specifically for shooting down enemy aircraft in a storm of heavy small-arms fire. It visually takes the appearance of a BTR-90 with its main turret removed and replaced by the turret of a ZSU-23-4, and as such the vehicle is equipped with four heavy machine guns mounted in the turret. They are mainly designed for combating enemy aircraft with their impressive rate of fire and damage output, but if necessary they can be used against ground targets such as infantry or light vehicles.
The T-95 main battle tank was the backbone of Russian armored divisions in the 90's and well into the 21st century, and remains a formidable tank in the hands of the UVR despite it becoming rapidly obsolete in the face of modern tanks. Taking on the visual appearance of a BTR-90 with a T-90's turret on top of it, the vehicle is equipped with twelve smoke grenade dischargers, a coaxial heavy machine gun, and a 120mm main cannon designed for vehicle-to-vehicle combat. While it is not effective against aircraft, any ground targets are going to have a tough time dealing with a T-95 thanks to the tank's various weapons systems. In addition, its armor is still formidable in Volosia against the limited power of indigenous tank designs.
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The Phoenix F-7 Multiple Launch Rocket System is the long-range artillery power of the Russian military, and while the vehicle is only equipped with a hull-mounted machine gun for limited self defense, its main rocket apparatus can bring to bear 24 heavy incendiary missiles and fire them across a large distance. While it has little direct combat capability of its own, the F-7 is well-suited for supporting main battle tanks or bombarding enemy positions from afar. With the incendiary capability of its missiles, it is also capable of burning whatever it can't explode.
From a gameplay perspective, this vehicle's projectiles will despawn much later than your average tank's, and the vehicle's missiles are affected by gravity, allowing the player to shoot up and over terrain obstacles. A single barrage from this vehicle should be enough to eliminate an entire enemy base if used correctly, and its incendiary capability will ensure that anything missed by the missiles' explosions will be burned.
- The vehicle got its name from the fact that it was created by Urga after the company capitalized upon the misfortune of the late Soviet Union. With the new Russian Federation needing upgrades, Urga was quick to seize the opportunity, and develop the Phoenix from the ashes of the Union.