The M12A1 Light Anti-Armor Vehicle (M12A1 LAAV), commonly known as the Rocket Warthog, is a variant of the UNSC M12 Force Application Vehicle that features a mounted 102mm SC-HE Rocket Turret. It is designed to quickly defeat large groups of infantry and lightly-armored vehicles such as the Shadow and the Ghost.
Overview and Background
The Warthog is a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle and is the UNSC's primary ground vehicle, used for its scouting and reconnaissance capacity, or as an integral part of a mechanized infantry unit; the Warthog has been a part of the UNSC's armored vehicle fleet for two centuries, and is the most recognizable vehicle in their arsenal.
The Warthog is a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle capable of going over any obstacle without difficulty. It's a highly maneuverable vehicle, capable of making sharp turns and reaching top speeds of 125 km/h (78 MPH). It's chassis design places it into the jeep family of vehicles, featuring an open cabin with no doors or roofing and seating for three occupants; a driver, a passenger, and a gunner manning the Warthog's turret mounted on the rear. Due to the increasing number of injuries sustained by marines using the Warthog in combat, engineers have installed two large holsters between the driver and passenger seats. These holsters are then fitted with two large health kits, each kit containing enough field dressing components to heal all three of the Warthog's occupants. These kits are permanently expended once activated and cannot be replaced until the vehicle has undergone a maintenance check, meaning that they are reserved until at least two of the occupants urgently require medical attention.
The A1 LAAV variant of the Warthog is equipped with an M39 102mm Shaped Charge-High Explosive Rocket Turret as its main armament; a triple-barreled variant of the M41 Rocket Launcher attached to a modified turret body with a targeting assist computer affixed on top, all of which is mounted on the tray at the rear of the vehicle. The M39 fires 3 102mm High-Explosive Anti-Tank Rockets (the same ammunition used by the Rocket Launcher) semi-automatically before initiating a four-second reload cycle, during which the Warthog and its occupants are vulnerable to counterattack. Each of these rockets are extremely destructive on their own, instantly killing infantry caught in their blast and destroying most vehicles in one or more direct hits. However, the slow flight speed of the rockets makes the Rocket Turret ineffective when used against fast-moving targets (which includes most vehicles), meaning that the rocket turret is generally deployed as an anti-infantry weapon.
- Effective at taking out groups of enemies, vehicles, and even Phantom dropships
- If fired too close to the vehicle or the player, the Warthog will mostly likely be destroyed or the player will die from friendly fire
- The Rocket Hog was first only playable in the multiplayer of Halo PC
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