the Desert Coyote

Looking at the Desert Coyote, it's hard not to imagine a weaponized go-kart. And that's essentially what a Desert Coyote is - it is built in the same general shape, albeit one with a rear gunner station and a launcher on the side. The Desert Coyote has these vehicular characteristics:

Ty 6
Ex 20
Gd 10
Pr 4

Communications Suite: the Desert Coyote is equipped with an advanced radio transceiver system, allowing the operator to send battle-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.

Driver's Cannon: mounted on the front of the Desert Coyote is a small machine gun - it rests over the steering wheel, in fact. It can discharge a short burst of rounds to inflict Good (10) Shooting damage, or be fired continuously to inflict Excellent (20) Shooting damage.

Gunner Station: the Desert Coyote has a slightly extended rear bumper with a cage around it, allowing one Joe to desperately hang on to the rear of the vehicle and man its top-mounted gun. And this weapon is no joke, for it's a full-on heavy machine gun mount.

It can discharge a short burst of rounds to inflict Excellent (20) Shooting damage, or be fired continuously to inflict Remarkable (30) Shooting damage. This is more than enough to give most infantry pause, as the Desert Coyote can usually carry a whole lot of ammunition.

Launcher: finally, the Desert Coyote has a one-shot missile pod mounted on its left side. The vehicle doesn't have room for a reload, so its operator has to save it for the optimum usage, depending on the situation. It has these vehicular capabilities:

Gd 10
Am 50
Gd 10
Remarkable (30) Edged Attack (fragmentary)

2005 Variations

After just two short years of operation, the Desert Coyote was upgraded by GI Joe! They started by giving it a new, tan and green camouflage paint job, as opposed to its previous, inverted color scheme, and enhanced its gunner station with, well, more gun, as follows:

Twinned Mini-Guns: replacing the gunner station's original weapon, its gun mount now holds dual, rotary-barreled mini-guns! They can fire a short burst of ammunition to inflict Remarkable (30) Shooting damage, or be fired continuously to inflict Incredible (40) Shooting damage!

Extra Goodies:

the Desert Coyote Universal Heroes Text File Download

GI Joe directories featuring a version of the Desert Coyote:

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