the Killer WHALE

Built with the lessons learned from Vietnam in mind, not to mention radical ideas 'borrowed' from Soviet experiments, the Killer WHALE (Warrior: Hovering Assault Launching Envoy) is designed as a patrol, assault, and envoy vehicle, serving a role similar to seaborne light helicopters. The Killer WHALE has the following vehicular characteristics:

C
Rm 30
S
Ty 6 **
B
Rm 30 *
P
Ex 20

* The Killer WHALE has a net body score of Remarkable (30), save for on its skirts. These have an effective material strength of only Excellent (20), but they are a constructed from a steel mesh / nylon weave that is highly puncture resistant, and while they may suffer damage it takes a considerable amount of firepower to kill their flotation effect (and can likely be patched before then).

** The Killer WHALE can move at approximately 35 knots (40 MPH) on the open water, though it is limited somewhat on land. If attempting a land crossing, the WHALE is limited to only Poor (4) speeds - 25 miles per hour - at maximum... which is why it is also equipped with a spare motorcycle in the event that the vehicle's driver needs to scout out an area in a hurry.

Armored Cabin: while the pilot, gunner/navigator, and weapons operators are somewhat exposed while operating the Killer WHALE, the vehicle does have a large cabin that can hold passengers. This box, at the center of the vehicle, is heavily armored. It can hold a small, four-man assault team and provide them +2 CS Protection while riding (as compared to the rest of the vehicle).

Communications System: the Killer WHALE functions with significant range on land or sea, and as such it needs a good communications system to keep in touch with a main base. Functioning at Good (10) rank, the WHALE's radio allows it a 50 mile radio range, which is usually enough to either connect with a command ship or get a proper radio 'bounce' from friendly communicators in the field.

Depth Charges: the Killer WHALE is equipped with two depth charge racks. These can be loaded up with standard, 100 pound drums that are armed with pressure sensitive detonators (good for dropping them to specific depths to waylay submarines and such). These drums will explode to inflict Amazing (50) Edged Attack damage to everything within one area of their detonation point.

High Speed Reconnaissance Sled: similarly, the Killer WHALE is equipped with a small powered sled it can launch over the water, in order to assist in reconnaissance and surveillance on the water. While the WHALE itself is faster, a second pair of eyes never hurts, and this sled can also be used to get someone from one ship to another in a hurry. It has these characteristics:

C
Gd 10
S
Pr 4
B
Gd 10
P
Sh 0

* Radio Transceiver: the Killer WHALE's recon sled is equipped with a mini-watt, highly directional radio transceiver that it can use to keep in contact with the main craft. This gear works with Good (10) range, an approximate distance of 25 miles; this is almost the limit of its vehicular range as well, so this works out perfectly; after all, it can receive stronger signals more easily.

HL-66 Light Surveillance Cycle: somewhat slow on land, the Killer WHALE is equipped with a small, lightweight motorcycle to rapidly engage in reconnaissance and patrols. Stored just in front of the WHALE's fans when not in use, this vehicle can be broken out in seconds to assist in ground operations. The HL-66 Light Surveillance Cycle has these vehicular statistics:

C
Gd 10
S
Am 50
B
Gd 10
P
Sh 0

Pounder Cannons: mounted on each side of the Killer WHALE, these twin 105mm cannons can only fire at what is directly in front of the vehicle, but can strike to devastating effect. Fired in tandem, they will inflict Incredible (40) Shooting damage to whatever they hit, which is often enough to sink whatever it is that Cutter (or whoever else is manning them) is blasting at.

Quad Tube Missile Launchers: mounted on each side of the Killer WHALE, behind the Thrasher guns, these box launchers are loaded up with four anti-aircraft missiles each (and can be reloaded several times per mission). These missiles do the stated damage when launched singly, with a +1 CS added for each doubling in number (+1 CS for 2, +2 CS for 4, and +3 CS for 8). They have these capabilities:

C
Ex 20
S
Am 50
B
Ex 20
Damage
Remarkable (30) Edged Attack (fragmentary)

Thrasher Anti-Aircraft Guns: the Killer WHALE has two of these twinned, 50mm guns, each mounted in a 'Crow's Nest' ring turret for maximum range of fire. These can be fired to inflict Remarkable (30) Shooting damage at hostile aircraft, though they can also be wielded against other ships, vehicles, or even personnel when necessary. They have hundreds of rounds ready and loaded at the start of each mission.

1988 Variations

the Night Striker

A lightly modified Killer WHALE, the Night Striker has been outfitted and repainted in a primarily black color scheme - with nocturnal adventures in mind. A favorite of the Night Patrol despite the fact that its various fans make it rather loud while operating, the Night Striker gives that group all of the Killer WHALE's capabilities whenever they have need of them!

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