the Patriot Grizzly
Another in a long line of powerful GI Joe tanks, the Patriot Grizzly is a modern fighting vehicle from top to bottom. The original model of this mighty ground combat vehicle is equipped with a bevy of enemy-crushing weaponry, and possesses the following characteristics:
Autocannon: the Patriot Grizzly's front end features a rotary-barreled machine gun, which can only be fired straight ahead. It can fire a short burst of rounds to inflict Excellent (20) Shooting damage, or be fired continuously to inflict Remarkable (30) Shooting damage.
Communications Array: the Patriot Grizzly is equipped with an extremely powerful, gigahertz-frequency, frequency-wobbler radio system. This makes for Good (10) communications power (with a 25 mile range), that features Remarkable (30) signal encryption - not bad at all, that.
Gear Cases: the Patriot Grizzly has, spread about it, various cases filled with useful gear. It has a fully stocked first aid kit, tool kit, and a small case for its pilots' arms and ammo, should the Patriot Grizzly get disabled and its occupants have to fight it out directly.
Headlights: there are two lamps on the front of the Patriot Grizzly tank. Combined they can be used to cast Excellent (20) illumination over an area, lighting it up quite nicely, and in ambush situations can be used to blind an opponent for 1d10 turns (though usually just once).
Machine Gun Mount: mounted on a cupola atop the Patriot Grizzly's main tank turret, this secondary gun can be swiveled in a 360 degree arc. It can fire a short burst to inflict Excellent (20) Shooting damage, or be fired continuously to inflict Remarkable (30) Shooting damage.
Radar Array: the Patriot Grizzly is equipped with a powerful ground radar unit, which lets it track objects in its vicinity. This vicinity is defined as everything within a mile radius of its current location, line-of-sight notwithstanding, and functions at Feeble (2) rank.
Side Turrets: atop the Patriot Grizzly's turret lies two small guns, one to each side, which are controlled by its internal occupants. These guns inflict Good (10) Shooting damage when firing short bursts of lead, or Excellent (20) Shooting damage when fired continuously.
Tank Cannon: the Patriot Grizzly's main weapon is its immense cannon. It can fire massive shells that will inflict Amazing (50) Shooting damage to its target, along with -1 CS Edged Attack (fragmentary) damage to all uncovered targets in the area struck. It has a five mile range.
Thermal Imaging: in addition to its standard visual detection methods, the Patriot Grizzly has the ability to spy upon its environment where the infrared spectrum is concerned. It can see radiant IR objects and heat sources with Good (10) ability.
Night Force Version
A year after its initial rollout, the Patriot Grizzly was slightly modified, the better to serve the interests of GI Joe's Night Force. Instead of its tan and gray camouflage pattern, it now features a green, black, and brown camouflage theme, though it otherwise functions per the above.
Of course, the Joes actually had two different kinds of Patriot Grizzly to choose from in '04. The second had colors more closely matching its original, desert camouflage scheme. The trick was that this Patriot Grizzly was built with BTR technology, and has these additional capabilities:
Additional Autocannon: while the original Patriot Grizzly has one front-mounted, fixed rotary-barrel autocannon, the BTR version of this vehicle has two! When its fire is added to the first, the autocannon (described above) will inflict +1 CS damage in either mode.
Missile Launcher: on top of its already impressive tank cannon, the BTR Patriot Grizzly has the use of an additional missile launcher. This weapon can only have one projectile loaded at a time, but this powerful explosive has these vehicular characteristics:
Remarkable (30) Edged Attack (fragmentary)
Shape Change: the whole point of BTR technology is that it can be field-modified by just a few Joes in little time. The Patriot Grizzly can be transformed from a regular tank into a one man, treaded gun platform (which benefits from a +1 CS Speed rating) in no time flat!
GI Joe directories featuring a version of the Patriot Grizzly:
* Note: there were two distinct variations on the Patriot Grizzly in 2004: the Night Force edition, and the BTR edition.
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