the Mean Dog

The Mean Dog is another 6WD vehicle the GI Joe team first put through its paces in 1988, but it's different than the others in one startling way. You see, the Mean Dog can split into three separate components when necessary, depending on conditions in the field.

Though it is very advanced, technically speaking, the Mean Dog is also built very tough. This is quite fortunate, for it is typically driven by the GI Joe operative known as Wild Card, who has a tendency to break anything he touches. The Mean Dog has these capabilities:

Handling
RV 6
Velocity
RV 20
Durability
RV 20
Protection
RV 20

Automatic Cannon Vehicle: the rear half of the Mean Dog, this powerful vehicle is driven by an V-10 830 BHP super-charged main engine drive - and it needs that power to haul its weaponry around. When separated, the ACV has these characteristics:

Handling
RV 10
Velocity
RV 10
Durability
RV 20
Protection
RV 20

Body Armor: the Mean Dog's components are lined with 70mm thick aluminum and hardened steel plating, providing its occupants the Protection rating listed for each. This armor defends everyone except for the brave operator of the Mean Dog's Spitfire cannon.

Communications Array: each half of the Mean Dog is equipped with a gigahertz frequency, frequency wobbler clandestine operations radio system. This makes for rank value 10 communications power (with a 25 mile range) that has rank value 30 signal encryption.

Deflection: both halves of the Mean Dog are equipped with sloped deflection armor on their front canopies. This grants them -1 RS of deflection against frontal attacks, no matter the type or origin that such attacks may take.

Fast Attack Scout Vehicle: when necessary, the front half of the Mean Dog can split off from the rear, moving along thanks to a tripod wheel that extends from its linkage with the ACV. The FASV is equipped with these vehicular statistics:

Handling
RV 6
Velocity
RV 30
Durability
RV 20
Protection
RV 20

Fire Ring Turret: the FASV portion of the Mean Dog is equipped with a .50 cal machine gun mounted on a small pivoting ring turret. It can be fired to inflict rank value 20 Piercing damage in a short burst, raised to rank value 30 Piercing damage when fired full auto.

Multi-Max Missiles: the Mean Dog carries ten of these, half in each of two 'box' missile banks on each side of the ACV portion of its body. These missiles inflict the damage listed below, adding +1 RS for each doubling of projectiles that actually hits it target:

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

Rear Personnel Platform: the Mean Dog has plenty of room in each of its components, but sometimes there's a whole lot of Joe passengers and not enough seats. In such situations, two additional Joes can hang onto the rear of the vehicle, standing on this platform.

Spitfire Stand Alone Automatic Cannon: the main weapon of the Mean Dog, its Spitfire cannon is normally mounted on the rear of the vehicle, atop the ACV. However, it can be removed if necessary in order to serve as a, well, stand alone weapons station.

This 20mm cannon can fire up to 3,000 rounds per minute, which translates into 300 rounds per turn. It inflicts rank value 40 Piercing damage per burst, and has enough rounds available to sustain this rate of fire for several minutes before it runs out.

Extra Goodies:

the Mean Dog 4C System: Edition 13 Text File Download

GI Joe directories featuring a version of the Mean Dog:

  1988  

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