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Counters, Defending Against UAV's
Which weapons can destroy UAV's?
Hailstorms, hellstorms, phalanx, flaks, bombards. Note that these weapons will continue to function the way they normally do. So Hailstorms will shoot at a UAV until it's destroyed, then move onto the next. Phalanxes and Bombards will shoot once at a UAV and hit or miss, move onto the next one. Flaks will fire a shotgun-like spread and any UAVs caught in the blast will be destroyed.
My base was hard to crack until the new launcher. Now we have a new longer range weapon?
For Base-Attacks, Launchers are still alot stronger. UAVs are not a huge threat for a base, which can stand Launchers. UAVs have a slightly higher range and deal 25% more damage to fleets, but Launchers do Splash-damage, deal 25% more damage to buildings, can not be destroyed by Flaks/Bombards/..., and no specials do reduce radioactive damage.
No, most current specials do not work with drones.
Addendum: UAVs are like Impulse Launchers in that they are a brand new type of weapon so most existing specials will not work with them. The only difference is that Launchers deal Radioactive damage while the Hornet deals penetrating damage. However, generic specials, such as Siege Targeting, will work with them.
The launch range of 97 means that the carrier ship will launch the UAV once they are in that range, if you leave that 97 Range the Carrier will stop launching UAVs. If you leave the 97 range while being swarmed on the swarm will last its full duration but the carrier will not launch additional UAVs until you re-enter that range.
Is my OP still safe from sniping? is 4 water 1 land safe?
If your OP follows the standard 4 water and 1 land tile you might need to move it to 4 water tiles and 2 Wall Tiles. Technically the Hornet UAV is only about 0.8 Range Longer than a SFB3 Assault Missile.
Flight time is a little faster than an assault missile, the swarm duration is how long they fly around the ship blasting their little guns, and then the reload is how long it takes for the Carrier Ship to launch another drone.
— no confirmed. My estimation, after analyzing the video. [src]
Is it 66 DAMAGE in total for the flight tine of the UAV or is it 66 per 0.6 reload of the UAV during flight?
The UAV Reload stat indicates how often the UAV will do damage, so 66 Damage every 0.6 Seconds while they swarm for 3.2 Seconds. Which means a single UAV will do 396 Damage before returning to the Mothership.