Designation: AT-22(Assault Tank)
Role: Main Battle Tank
Armament: 150mm Ionized Railgun
Type: Medium Vehicle
The Hunter is an evolution of the APC chassis from the Third Tiberium War. Although the APC chassis was not originally crafted to withstand direct cannon fire, significant modifications which combine a new generation armored hull with an upgraded version of the APC powertrain allow the Hunter to maintain an acceptable armor rating while retaining its speed advantage. Despite these improvements, the Hunter can't quite match the armor of other tanks, forcing it to rely on its speed when engaged in heavy combat.
Being built upon an APC framework gives the Hunter more speed than any previous GDI battle tank. Using wheels in place of treads has enabled Hunters to react to situations quickly and prevent insurgents from disrupting the TCN. Their respectable top speed allows Hunters to chase down all but the fastest enemy units and destroy them.
Dawn Of A New Age
The Hunter has the distinction of being the first GDI vehicle equipped with both a Tiberium Core Generator and Ionized Weaponry. The generator is an efficient and relatively cheap energy source created as a byproduct of the TCN and is used primarily to power the cutting-edge ionizer array. In layman's terms, the ionizer installed in the railgun adds high energy particles to the projectile shortly before launch, substantially increasing the projectile's destructive potential. This cloud of highly charged particles ionizes with the surrounding air as it travels, giving the characteristic blue glow now common among all GDI weaponry in the TCN era.
Usually the first line of defense for the TCN, the AT-22 Hunter, with its unique combination of speed and firepower, is the vehicle of choice for patrol and interception missions in dangerous territory. Tasked not only with defending the TCN, but pursuing and destroying those that threaten it, Hunters are exposed to more combat situations in one week than other troops experience in months. This familiarity with danger and combat has made Hunter crews more experienced than their brothers in arms, and they are much quicker learners on the field of battle.