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:

Body Armor (s): the frame of the Split Fire is built tough - possibly Ford ™ tough! It possesses an effective m.s. of 10, which only offers its cab's occupants intensity 8, or +2, protection from attack (it lacks doors, after all, exposing them to more harm).

Communications Array (i): the Split Fire is equipped with a gigahertz frequency, frequency wobbler clandestine operations radio system. This provides intensity 5 radio transception (a 25 mile range), that features intensity 10 signal encryption.

Headlights (i): 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 intensity 8 illumination, enough to fill the area at night or blind foes in a surprise attack.

Machine Guns (a): 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 one's Agility +6 in damage, or be fired continuously to inflict their Agility +7 in damage. If both gunners concentrate their fire on a single target, they may boost the previous damage ratings by +1.

Missile Launchers (i): the Split Fire has two missile launchers, one hidden next to each headlight. These projectiles inflict intensity 11 damage each, but can also increase their damage by +1 if both missile launchers strike a target simultaneously.

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!

Propulsion (a): despite all of its heavy ordnance, the Split Fire is still rather spry. Perhaps the Joes installed a Hemi ™? It can move with intensity 3 speeds on the open road, or 90 MPH, even when fully loaded down. This is at a -1 (60 MPH) when off-road.

Winch (s): this front-mounted, heavy-duty instrument allows the Split Fire to pull various vehicles, objects, or people around. It can effectively do this with a Strength of 12, allowing it to move a maximum weight of ten tons before the high tensile strength wire cable snaps.

Extra Goodies:

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