the Rattler

A highly modified A-10 Thunderbolt, the Rattler was conceived of and built by Destro's MARS corporation. Serving as a dangerous air to air and air to ground combat vehicle for Cobra, it has served them well over the years. The Rattler has these capabilities:

Handling
RV 40
Velocity
RV 100
Durability
RV 30
Protection
RV 40

AEA-56 Quick-Thrust Short-Range Missiles: these four missiles are primarily meant for air to air combat, but can be used on ground targets in a pinch. Designed to track and eliminate heat sources, these potent explosive devices have the following vehicular characteristics:

Handling
RV 20
Velocity
RV 100
Durability
RV 20
Damage
RV 30 Slashing (fragmentary)

Armor Plating: the Rattler is built from an aluminum/carbon composite frame, has titanium plating around its engine covers, gunner's turret, an 'armored bathtub' cockpit, and has molded, shell-proof turrets, all of which contribute to its high Durability and Protection traits.

Cobra-band Radio: Cobra gear uses a communication system of its own, not beholden to conventional broadcast standards. The Rattler in particular has comm gear with rank value 30 range (500 miles), and benefits from rank value 20 signal encryption.

EO-118 Renegade Electro-Optical Missiles: these two missiles are suitable for tracking any radio emitting target, especially those using an active radar system. Functional as both air to air and air to surface missiles, these rockets have the following characteristics:

Handling
RV 20
Velocity
RV 100
Durability
RV 20
Damage
RV 40 Slashing (fragmentary)

Flight: the hallmark feature of the Rattler is its ability to soar above the opposition. Functioning at rank value 100, this function allows the Rattler to cruise at 450 miles per hour, with an ultimate combat radius of 300 miles (1.5 hours over target).

Infra-red Air Defense Jamming System: useful for deflecting heat-seeking missiles, this system consists of heat-emitting flares dropped behind the Rattler, to confuse warmth-tracking projectiles. This rank value 20 countermeasure makes heat seekers unreliable.

Kerry CDV-9B 'Jawbreaker' Nose Cannon: the Rattler's primary non-missile armament, this front-facing chin turret can inflict devastating damage. It can fire a short burst to inflict rank value 20 Armor Piercing Piercing damage, +1 RS in a high-volume stream of lead.

LORADS Constant-Scan Ion-Seeking Missile: these two missiles, armed with a LORADS (long range radar and display system), can easily track and destroy moving targets by means of a powerful radar lock, and are blessed with the following vehicular characteristics:

Handling
RV 20
Velocity
RV 100
Durability
RV 20
Damage
RV 40 Slashing (fragmentary)

Levitation: the primary departure from the basic A-10 model Destro 'borrowed', Rattlers have the ability to take off and land vertically. This VTOL capacity consumes lots of fuel, but its rank value 10 levitation allows a lot of Rattlers to be launched from a very small space.

PL-MK48 Wave-Sensor Cluster Bombs: primarily an air to surface attack vessel, the Rattler is equipped with several bombs. Its six 750 lb cluster bombs are launched from two triple ejector racks carried on the Rattler, each of which inflict rank value 40 Slashing damage.

If more than one bomb is dropped on a single target, raise the damage inflicted by +1 RS for each doubling of explosives that hit. Furthermore, this damage is fragmentary in nature, affecting everybody within their detonation sector equally if they are not under cover.

Radar-Guided Autopilot: the Rattler has a powerful, flight-enhancing mechanism that can automatically guide it around obstacles, which is great for nap-of-the-earth flying. This function works at rank value 20, and acts at that rank value to Handle the Rattler when active.

Twin 40mm Multiple-Fire Cannons: mounted in the Rattler's gun-booth, these twinned machine guns can be fired to lethal effect. They inflict rank value 20 Piercing damage when firing a short, controlled burst, or rank value 30 Piercing damage when fired fully automatic.

Xenon Stun-Spot Search Lights: the Rattler is equipped with powerful, twin light emitters in order to spot hard to see targets when flying at night. Able to illuminate a sector with rank value 30 light, the Rattler can mostly pinpoint targets directly ahead of it.

1988 Variations

the Tiger Rat

When commissioning their Tiger Force unit, GI Joe made use of numerous old vehicles, both of their own manufacture and Cobra's, in order to equip them. GI Joe was able to source numerous captured Rattlers in the creation of their very own Tiger Rat aircraft.

Though manufactured by MARS, the Rattler is based upon the A-10 Thunderbolt II, an American ground attack aircraft. Thus, GI Joe repurposing them is kind of like bringing them home, after a fashion. Aside from their bright paint job, a Tiger Rat is identical to a Rattler.

1997 Variations

the A-10 Thunderbolt II

Having already refitted numerous captured Cobra Rattlers for GI Joe use, modernizing them a decade later was a cinch. Rechristening them the A-10 Thunderbolt II, upon which Rattlers were ultimately based, the Joes' A-10s also feature this variant armament:

Rapid-Pulse Laser Cannon: replacing the Rattler's Jawbreaker, the Joes' A-10 features a front-facing, multi-barrel pulse laser emitter. This directed energy weapon inflicts rank value 20 Armor Piercing Energy damage when firing one pulse, raised +1 RS with a series of such.

2002 Variations

the Rattler

Almost twenty years after first flying them into combat, Cobra refreshed the avionics of their Rattlers in 2002. While they have the same basic characteristics, one can tell these new Rattlers from their counterparts by their brilliant brass coloration.

Extra Goodies:

Rattler 4C System: Edition 13 Text File Download

Cobra directories featuring a version of the Rattler:

  1984 2002  

GI Joe directories featuring a version of the Rattler:

  1988 1997  

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