Thursday, January 22, 2015

22. Aquila

The aquila can be found watching over Martian ranger patrols, zone stalker convoys and gatecrasher pioneers. It has been found invaluable to those expecting combat on the surface of atmospheric planets, where the drone can be sent up to shadow the patrol, providing fire support when necessary, firing its autocannon down on designated targets.

An aquila is typically contacted only through laser link so as to minimize the possibility of hacking. Against physical attack, it relies first on its reduced signature and chameleon skin, ideally  remaining unnoticed until firing. After firing its presence becomes obvious; it is programmed to rapidly and semi-randomly relocate after every salvo. Still, an attack by dedicated anti-air weapons will usually be successful, and aquilas have short careers. It is a testament to their usefulness that they are still considered a worthwhile investment.

The body of the drone is a sharp rhombus with a centrally mounted autocannon, with hemispherical coverage. The thrust vector system allows the drone to hover, rapidly switch direction, and most importantly, retain its stability while firing.

Mechanics

Aquilas are robots [Expensive]

Movement Rate: 8/40 Max Velocity: 120 Armor: 8/8 Durability: 40 Wound Threshold: 8 Mobility System: Thrust Vector

Enhancements: 360 Degree Vision, Access Jacks, Chameleon Skin, Enhanced Vision, Reduced Signature, Laser Link,1 Weapon Mount (Swivel with Rail Autocannon with the equivalent of HE minimissiles)

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