the Assault Quad

One of the newer additions to GI Joe's motor pool, the Assault Quad is a small, lightweight (1,500 lbs) all-terrain, 4WD vehicle. With a range of 230 miles and its heavy armament, the Quad is perfect for dealing with small groups of infantry. The Assault Quad has these characteristics:

C
Ex 20
S
Rm 30 *
B
Ex 20
P
Sh 0

* The Assault Quad has a road speed of 85 MPH, limited to 60 MPH (Gd 10 Speed) off-road.

Box Missile Launcher: this rear-mounted weapon has ten fully functional missile bays, each of which can hold one miniature rocket. These rockets come equipped with a lethal, fragmentary warhead, which inflicts Edged Attack damage. These STS rockets have these statistics:

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

Communications Suite: the Assault Quad is equipped with a radio transceiver system, allowing the driver to send field data to a central command, and then receive new orders in turn. This functions at Good (10) rank, and has a maximum range of about 25 miles.

Grill Missile Launcher: supplementing the Quad's box launcher is this secondary missile system, concealed beneath the vehicle's grill. This launcher fires a single, short-range incendiary missile at its target, which inflicts SD Energy damage. This missile has these capabilities:

C
Ex 20
S
Am 50
B
Ex 20
Damage
Remarkable (30) SD Energy (fragmentary)

Halogen Lamps: the Assault Quad's headlights are quartz-halogen bulbs that can illuminate an area with Excellent (20) ability. In addition to being able to brighten up one's ride, they can also be used in a pinch to launch a surprise, blinding attack under the right circumstances.

Machine Gun: mounted on the front left side of the Quad is a small, rotary barrel machine gun. This weapon can discharge a short burst of rounds to inflict Good (10) Shooting damage, or be fired continuously to inflict Excellent (20) Shooting damage.

2004 Variations

Venom Striker

Liking the effectiveness of GI Joe's Assault Quad, Cobra naturally fielded their new and improved counterpart just two years later. Painting it cherry red, giving it a scaly look, and replacing some of its weaponry, the Venom Striker is equipped with this variant functionality:

Quadruple Cannon: Cobra's Venom Striker substituted these paired emitters for the Assault Quad's box missile launcher. They emit four continuous beams of energy which combine on their target to inflict Remarkable (30) Armor Piercing Energy damage with each deadly attack!

Assault Quad

After Cobra modified the design for the original Assault Quad, GI Joe in turn stole those alterations for their own use. This gives the vehicle much less long-distance firepower, but replaces it with a much more immediate threat, nixing its box launcher to acquire this function:

Quadruple Cannon: the Assault Quad's second iteration allows it to live up to its name in two ways. Replacing its box launcher, they emit four continuous beams of energy which combine on their target to inflict Remarkable (30) Armor Piercing Energy damage with each deadly attack!

Venom Striker, Mark 2

Intent on outdoing GI Joe once they stole their modifications to their stolen Venom Strikers, Cobra engineers recreated the Venom Striker as a BTR vehicle. It seems to have the same capabilities as the original Cobra derivative, with the addition of its modular characteristic:

Shape Change: when they feel the need, Cobra operators of the Mark 2 Venom Striker can reconfigure it in the field, from one distinct mode into another. Its typical operating mode is that of a 4x4 ATV, though it can be transformed with minimal effort into a... wheeled luge?

Extra Goodies:

the Assault Quad Universal Heroes Text File Download

GI Joe directories featuring a version of the Assault Quad:

  2002 2004  

Cobra directories featuring a version of the Assault Quad:

  2004  

* Note: there were three distinct variations on the Assault Quad in 2004: the regular Cobra edition, the GI Joe edition, and the BTR Cobra edition.

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