(Before you read the text,i draw the Reaper from a 3D model and most of the information comes from the Fandom. Source included)
(Also all Camos are from me not the game)
Good evening,here you can see the Reaper from the game "Command and Conquer Red
Alert 3 Uprising
The Reaper is like the Sickle an walker and built by the Ministry of Experimental Science. The difference is that the Reaper was an prototype and it is an Anti-Surface / Anti-Air Walker with 3 grenade launchers (they look more like mortars or light guns) and an Katysha rocket launcher. And like the Sickle 4 heavier and bulkier Terrain stilt-legs. It has thicker armor than the sickle and has an similiar ability. The problem is that the legs break after the jump. This is has a small pro which can be used to smash vehicles or a group of hostile troops. After the landing the reaper is mostly able to shoot afterwards even without legs.
There are several reasons why the sickle was more preferred than the reaper. First the Sickle was obviously cheaper than the Reaper.It cost more than a main battletank. Second in 99% of the tests,Reapers legs always broke when it landed and the crew grown fearful of having to use the vehicle's jump capability because of how painful the landings are. The only pro in comparison to the Sickle is that Reaper could jump longer than the Sickle.
But the primary flaw was its multiple weapon systems are too heavy for its spindly legs means that the Reaper was also slower than the sickle.
From all problems that the Reaper had. It appeared as a very capable multipurpose combat vehicless.
Most Soviet forces are considered to be specialized and efficient, the Reaper can be seen as something of a jack-of-all-trades, but while being a jack-of-all-trades, it is very effective in doing it's job even with all the flaws
But why was the Reaper used after the war?
Thousands of Sickles met their defeat on the battlefield, but this did not stop the Soviet Ministry from refurbishing an older and less reliable prototype in an effort to defensive capability and to remain solvent as a business.
(in other words,too many sickles were lost during war. But since Reapers saw no combat in the war,they had many prototypse in storage and were only renovated)
Since this is an prototype before Sickle. The Reapers first purpose was likely to be an police vehicle.
Personally to say since the Reaper could also walk on rough terrain like the sickle and the legs looks more capable for using heavy weapons makes it ideal for using the weapons on rough terrain or in mountains regions. One personal flaw i see here is that the Reaper is too large and high,what means that the Reaper was easier to spot and more difficulty to hide on the battlefield.(i know its more designed to be an direct attack unit than an reconnaissance or an unit for ambushes)
- Camos removed -
3D Model: https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/cnc ... 0614125300
C&C Red Alert 3 Uprising: Reaper Surveillance Footage