This article is considered accurate for the current version (1.54) of the game.
The 74b-1 Ronan Gunship specializes in roaming between larger vessels at high-speeds and boring into their hulls with ease. It’s armed with multiple tripod mounts to support the midship high-explosive mortar cannon.
Accuracy: 2.5m radius at minimum range up to 14.5m at max range (not including Wind effect)
Can also be used in direct fire mode (Max Range: 45 meters)
It has three dedicated ammo slots that can hold 100 Mortar Shells, 100 Shrapnel Mortar Shell, and 30 Flare Mortar Shells respectively. It also has additional dedicated ammo slots that can only hold ammunition for the mounted weapons. What they can hold depends on the weapons installed: 30 12.7mm OR 15 20mm OR 14 30mm OR 10 RPG OR 8 ARC⧸RPG OR 12 Tremola Grenade GPb-1, 4 PT-815 Smoke Grenade, and 4 Green Ash
Items can be dropped on the deck, however the ship cannot move with dropped items on its deck.
Soldiers on the deck cannot use handheld heavy weapons.
The 74b-1 Ronan Gunship has 1650 HP and is disabled under 30% health. It has "Large Ship" armor resistance: it can soak small arms fire, shrapnel, 12.7mm machine guns, and it is immune to Flamethrowers. It's also fairly resistant to anti-tank weaponry. High explosive shells are very effective against it. It has subsystems that have a chance to be disabled by heavy explosives and anti-tank weaponry if hit specifically: Turret/Cannon: 10%. It has Tank Armor. With it, in best case scenario, penetrating projectiles only have a 22% chance of penetrating and doing damage. That chance goes up quickly if the armor is worn or if it is shot from up close or with ammo that has penetration bonuses. It takes 150 Basic Materials to fully repair it from 1% to 100% health with a Hammer. Its health, subsystems, and Tank Armor can be instantly repaired at a Shipyard for 50 Basic Materials.
NOTE: Manual repair with a Hammer and Basic Materials can't be done from the ship's own deck.
Must be fully researched in the Vehicle Tech Tree in order to be produced.
Storage & Transport
The 74b-1 Ronan Gunship can be stored in a Seaport.
It cannot be packaged or transported by another vehicle. As such, it must be driven to its destination, regardless of where it is.
The 74b-1 Ronan Gunship, like all gunboats, are capable of attacking, and eliminating regular naval vehicles, but will not be super effective against Large Ships, which have much stronger weaponry. Due to this, gunboats should not engage them in direct fire, unless the situation demands it.
Whenever possible, it is recommended to use the main mortar cannon, as High Explosive damage is the best way of damaging most naval vehicles, mainly those with the "Tier1LargeShip" armor type. Since the tripod mounts are located on the front and rear of the ship, in order to provide firing arcs for them, the Driver needs to steer the boat towards, or away from their target(s). Despite not having any tripod weapons that can effectively damage "Tier1LargeShip" armor types, the Cutler Foebreaker, and the Daucus isg.III are decent enough weapons to mount on them. If the crew is planning on taking down infantry targets, it is better to use Mounted Machineguns.
Ideal Ammunition Loadout
Although the vehicle can hold up to 100 ammo for two of three of its ammo types, it's recommended to bring fewer than that (between 40 to 80) due to oversupplying (as any engagement will use far less than 100 ammo). If the vehicle runs out, they can resupply at a nearby naval base.
“Ronan” is the anglicized form of Rónán which is a given name of Irish and Breton origin. The name roughly translates to "little seal"
Prior to Update 0.45, the 74b-1 Ronan Gunship used 14.5mm, which was later removed from the game
It was changed to 12.7mm and given a high-velocity modifier to keep its damage output the same as before
In Update 1.54 ("Naval Warfare"), the "Ronan" was completely redesigned.
The dual 12.7mm turret was completely removed.
The artillery turret was moved to the front and its ammunition changed from 120mm to Mortar Shells.
Two tripod mounts compatible with Tripod Weapons were added, one on the front and rear of the ship.
A fully walkable deck was added, and the color scheme changed to a greenish-grey.
The 74b-1 Ronan Gunship from the front
The 74b-1 Ronan Gunship from the rear
The seat placements inside the 74b-1 Ronan Gunship
Showcase of the 74b-1 Ronan Gunship during the Update 1.54 devstream.
Render Models of the 74b-1 Ronan Gunship from the Update 1.54 devstream.
Render Models of the 74b-1 Ronan Gunship from the top, interior and exterior.
Concept art for the 74b-1 Ronan Gunship.
The old 74b-1 Ronan Gunship from the front (prior to Update 1.54)
The old 74b-1 Ronan Gunship from the rear (prior to Update 1.54)
Old render Models of the 74b-1 Ronan Gunship prior to Update 1.54