The Cannon is considered to be the last resort for craft armament. It suffers from both a lack of power and a pitiful range, making it effectively useless against all but scout class UFOs.
The cannon's main advantage is its huge magazine. Though the Stingray and Avalanche have greater range and power, the missiles do have a very limited ammunition supply. The cannon on the other hand, having 200 shells and a greater firing rate, has many chances of striking its target. What it lacks in power, it makes up for in volume.
The cannon's biggest problem is to actually get a UFO to enter its firing range. The best way of closing on a UFO quickly is to use an aggressive stance and to pray that the UFO does not flee. When a UFO finally manages to get within range, the next problem is to actually survive any return fire.
Due to these limitations, Cannons are very quickly outclassed by the craft Laser Cannons and Plasma Beams. Cannons continue to remain useful to a small extent by the simple fact that they have a much greater chance of shooting down smaller UFOs without completely destroying them.
They reload in 50-round lots.
|Reload Time:||4 frames|
|Ammunition Used:||Cannon Rounds (x50)|
Note that the accuracy and reload time given in the in-game UFOpaedia are incorrect. The values given here are taken directly from the executable.
|X-COM: Enemy Unknown/UFO Defense: Craft|
|Craft:||Skyranger • Lightning • Avenger • Interceptor • Firestorm|
|Craft Armaments:||Stingray • Avalanche • Cannon • Fusion Ball Launcher • Laser Cannon • Plasma Beam|