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- Excavator
DA Portrait Excavator.png

The Excavator is a construction vehicle that is used to construct all buildings of the U.S. Army. It can also repair damaged allied buildings.[1]

The Excavator can be produced from headquarters. The Excavator can be immediately selected by pressing the "=" key or clicking on the "Zz" button whenever it is inactive.


Excavators are heavy construction equipment consisting of a boom, stick, bucket and cab on a rotating platform (known as the "house"). The house sits atop an undercarriage with tracks or wheels. A cable-operated excavator uses winches and steel ropes to accomplish the movements.

They are a natural progression from the steam shovels and often called power shovels. All movement and functions of a hydraulic excavator are accomplished through the use of hydraulic fluid, with hydraulic cylinders and hydraulic motors. Due to the linear actuation of hydraulic cylinders, their mode of operation is fundamentally different from cable-operated excavators.


DA Portrait Excavator DEFCON3.png DEFCON 3 structures
Headquarters, Refinery, Derrick, Barracks, Field generator, Light armor depot, Sandbags shelter (Direct Action only)[1][2], Field hospital, Mercenary command post (High Treason only)[2], Shipyard (High Treason only)[2].
DA Portrait Excavator DEFCON2.png DEFCON 2 structures
Sandbags shelter (High Treason only)[2], Heavy armor depot, Heliport, Air force control tower, ADATS defense turret, Repair depot. Requires Alert Status DEFCON 2.
DA Portrait Excavator DEFCON1.png DEFCON 1 structures
Patriot ballistic defense system, Wolverine missile silo. Requires Alert Status DEFCON 1.


Dozer here, over.
- Selected
Reporting for duty!
- Selected
Just point that way.
- Selected
On my way.
- Moving or Constructing
Clear copy, stopping now.
- Stopping
Shutting it down.
- Stopping
I'm shutting her off.
- Stopping



  1. 1.0 1.1 Eugen Systems, Atari, Act of War: Direct Action. March 15, 2005.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Eugen Systems, Atari, Act of War: High Treason. March 24, 2006.

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