Artillery is heavy weaponry designed to inflict maximum damage at long range. Usually arrangements for these weapons come with downsides; increased cost, low survivability, and weapon handling issues. However, damage and range are always useful attributes in a weapon, and the use of artillery, alongside missiles, is exceedingly common in Supreme Commander. There are many variations, as described below.
Mobile artillery is often used to deal damage to durable, tanky units or buildings, and has long range. There is no T2 artillery, instead there are Mobile Missile Launchers (MML).
Mobile light artillery Edit
T1 mobile light artillery is built at T1, which is a useful, and often used unit, and is essential for T1 point defense busting, and can be used even late into the game; due to the low speed of larger units, and its impressive DPS for its cost.
Mobile heavy artillery Edit
T3 mobile heavy artillery is built at T3, with an medium cost, are often used as base busters, and are very effective at their task. They can also be used in conjunction with a fire base, to provide heavy long range fire support. They are only moderately effective at taking on experimentals, as they have no armor, and are entirely indirect fire units.
These heavy defences are expensive but deal plenty of damage at long range. They compete most notably against Strategic Missiles for destructive potential. Arty ammo doesn't need to be rebuilt, typically hits the target quicker than missiles and cannot be blocked by Missile Defence, but Arty tends longer to setup and has less range
Stationary T2 artillery installation Edit
T2 artillery installations are built are at T2, and are often used as a heavy base defense substitute (en mass), although their high cost and energy consumption means they are often not built until late game.
Stationary T3 artillery Edit
T3 heavy artillery installation is built at T3, with an immense cost, their immense range, high damage, and relatively high ROF, and a relatively low energy consumption (considering the economy required to build one). After considering this, they are perfect for base busting, have no self defense, and must be defended heavily, although their cost really is a limiting factor when considering whether to build one or not.
The Aeon T3 rapid fire artillery: Salvation, again see the game ender article for more information. Once built, every second it exists, the enemy is worn down yet more. Further ensuring your victory. While not technically an Experimental, its build costs and times make it more expensive than many experimentals.
This Cybran experimental rapid-fire artillery: Scathis is mobile unlike its cousins, and this is also a game ender. It has a really fast ROF and will blow any target area to smithereens with a barrage of shells. The shells haven't got that much damage, but they have a large area of effect.