the Coastal Defender

1987 saw the GI Joe team making use of a whole lot of experimental technology - even more so than usual. One such experimental component that they were testing out in the field was the Coastal Defender, which on first glance simply looks like a regular trailer.

Of course, when activated, the Coastal Defender can unfold to reveal that it is not a mere towed crate, but in fact a functional missile station, ready to provide support against land or sea based opponents. The Coastal Defender has these built-in capabilities:

Cookie Cutter System: the Coastal Defender's targeting computer is equipped with a 'ground clutter' target identifier, which helps its operator to avoid inflicting 'friendly fire', by only highlighting potential enemy vehicles. It can tell friend from foe with rank value 20 skill.

Radar Unit: the Coastal Defender is equipped with a pulse repetition frequency radar dish that has a 360 degree rotation capability. It can track targets around it for several miles, doing so with rank value 30 ability.

Scrambler Missiles: the Coastal Defender has four rear-facing battlefield support missiles it can fire, which are mainly used against whoever is pursuing it... but can also target other land or sea-based foes. The damage they inflict rises +1 RS for each doubling of missiles fired:

RV 20
RV 50
RV 20
RV 30 Slashing (fragmentary)

Shape Change: the Coastal Defender's main 'gimmick', it can rapidly fold out from its crate configuration to a fully functional fire support platform. This only takes one turn to accomplish, and only requires one operator to do so (rank value 6 shape change).

Extra Goodies:

Coastal Defender 4C System: Edition 13 Text File Download

GI Joe directories featuring a version of the Coastal Defender:


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