the Split Fire

Engineering challenge! Imagine you have the job of taking an ordinary pickup truck design, and weaponizing it as much as is physically possible. Once you've completed this exercise, you might come up with something that resembles the GI Joe team's Split Fire.

At first glance, it looks like an ordinary pickup truck. But then you see the two seated gun stations behind the cab, and the missile launchers hidden next to the headlights. And it still has a roomy cargo bed! The Split Fire has these characteristics:

Handling
RV 10
Velocity
RV 30
Durability
RV 20
Protection
RV 6

Body Armor: the frame of the Split Fire is built tough - possibly Ford ™ tough! It possesses an effective Handling trait of 20, which only offers its cab's occupants -2 RS Protection from attack (it lacks doors, after all, exposing them to more harm).

Communications Array: the Split Fire is equipped with a gigahertz frequency, frequency wobbler clandestine operations radio system. This provides rank value 10 radio transception (a 25 mile range), that features rank value 30 signal encryption.

Headlights: the front of the Split Fire is graced with several xenon lamps - and those that aren't disguised missile launchers even work! Overall, the Split Fire can pump out rank value 20 illumination, enough to fill an sector at night or blind foes in a surprise attack.

Machine Guns: each side of the Split Fire has a gun station mounted on, just behind the cab. These must be operated by individual gunners to be fired, and come equipped with a compact seat for just such a purpose; they are not controlled by those inside the cab.

These oversized guns can fire short bursts of lead to inflict rank value 20 Piercing damage, or be fired continuously to inflict rank value 30 Piercing damage. If both gunners concentrate their fire on a single target, they may boost the previous damage ratings by +1 RS.

Missile Launchers: the Split Fire has two missile launchers, one hidden next to each headlight. These projectiles inflict the damage listed below, and behave as their statistics dictate, but can increase their damage by +1 RS if both strike a target simultaneously:

Handling
RV 20
Velocity
RV 50
Durability
RV 20
Damage
RV 30 Slashing (fragmentary)

Passengers: as a modified pickup truck, the Split Fire can hold a bunch of folk. Its cab seats two comfortably, and it has two gunner stations - one on each side. Furthermore, several additional Joes can fit in any unused cargo bed space!

Winch: this front-mounted, heavy-duty instrument allows the Split Fire to pull various vehicles, objects, or people around. It can effectively do this with rank value 40 Brawn, allowing it to move a maximum weight of ten tons before the high tensile strength wire cable snaps.

Extra Goodies:

the Split Fire 4C System: Edition 13 Text File Download

GI Joe directories featuring a version of the Split Fire:

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