the Avalanche

The Avalanche is another in the GI Joe team's long tradition of heavy duty, cold weather combat vehicles. It takes after the HAVOC somewhat, in that it is a heavily armed and armored, tracked vehicle that can also support a small VTOL aircraft, providing its own air support.

The Avalanche has the following vehicular characteristics:

C
Ex 20
S
Gd 10
B
Rm 30
P
Rm 30

Anti-Piercing Armored Treads: the treads on the Avalanche are specially designed to resist the effects of armor piercing attacks. These treads may ignore up to 2 CS of Armor Piercing on such attacks that are targeted on (or incidentally hit) them.

Freeze Blast Cannon: this unique weapon draws in moisture from the environment around it to recycle it as voluminous blasts of bone-chilling ice and slush, which inflicts Remarkable (30) Stunning Energy damage per debilitating (and potentially lethal) blast.

Ice Mine Deployer: the Avalanche may deploy a full field of ice mines with digital accuracy, littering an area with Remarkable (30) intensity fragmentary (Edged Attack damage) explosives. These defensive weapons are excellent for area denial and hot, vehicle-on-vehicle combat.

Missile Launchers: the Avalanche has two synchronized, computer enhanced, pinpoint trajectory launch bays. They fire surface-to-air missiles that function as follows, inflicting +1 CS damage if two missiles are fired, or +2 CS damage if a full volley of four rockets strike a target:

C
Rm 30
S
Sh X 150
B
Ex 20
Damage
Rm 30 Edged Attack (fragmentary)

Pulse Cannon: mounted on the side of the Avalanche's freeze blast cannon, this 'cannon' is actually a one-shot missile launcher. While the Avalanche's other projectiles are surface-to-air missiles, this one can strike any target on land, sea, or air. It otherwise works per the above.

Shock-Proof Canopy: the transparent blue dome over the driver's seat of the Avalanche is specially treated to be shock and shatter 'proof'. While this does not improve its Body score compared to the rest of the Avalanche, it does allow it to share the same effective m.s.

Telecommunications Suite: the Avalanche has a two-way, audio/video communications system. Using a powerful UHF/VHF antennae, it has Good (10) - 25 mile - communications range, which features Remarkable (30) ranked signal encryption.

Attack Craft

Perhaps the largest surprise equipped within the Avalanche's already curious arsenal, this secondary vehicle is a supersonic, vertical take off and landing aircraft. It can be used to supply the Avalanche instant air support, often in an unexpected fashion, and has these capabilities:

C
Ex 20
S
Sh X 150
B
Ex 20
P
Rm 30

Backblast Cannons: the Avalanche's attack craft is outfitted with twinned 55mm assault cannons, allowing it to inflict considerable damage. These weapons, fired simultaneously, inflict Incredible (40) Shooting damage in a fully automatic, overwhelming hail of lead.

Flight: once launched, the attack craft can scout ahead of the Avalanche to spot trouble, and can also be surprise air support in a pinch, as most tracked vehicles don't contain such airborne oddities. The attack craft can either hover or fly at up to Shift X speeds, or Mach 1.

Laser Light Identification System: these basic, yet handy laser emitting 'tags', allow the attack craft of the Avalanche to identify itself to friendly sensor systems that detect it, acting as a 'cookie cutter' IFF unit which prevents friendly fire incidents.

Missile Launchers: the attack craft is equipped with two top-mounted, synchronized, computer enhanced, pinpoint trajectory missiles. Having the same characteristics as the Avalanche's missiles, above, they can be fired singly or together to inflict +1 CS damage.

Shock-Proof Canopy: the transparent blue dome over the cockpit of the attack craft is 'shatter proof'. Being made with the same basic process as the Avalanche's own canopy, this allows the attack craft's canopy a Body rating +1 CS higher than the rest of the vehicle proper.

Extra Goodies:

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GI Joe directories featuring a version of the Avalanche:

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