Primary Function: Anti-Air
Manufacturer: Military Armament Research System (MARS)
Gun Type: M-61A1 Gatling
Type of Fire: 4,500 rounds/min (Pneumatic Gun Drive)
Magazine Capacity: 1,550 rounds
Ammunition: Armor Piercing Discarding Sabot (APDS), Depleted
Uranium sub-caliber Tungsten.
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IRON GRENADIERS B.A.N.S.H.E.E.
Bipedal ANti-air System, Hybrid-Experimental Element
by Rick Gonzales
1 AT-ST Scout Walker
Designed by a MARS Special Research & Development Team based in the
high-desert region of California's Death Valley, BANSHEE is the epitome
of rapid-fire, computer-controlled radar and gun systems. It protects
Iron Grenadier airfields and garrisons from air attacks because its state-of-the-art
EW package virtually makes every enemy aircraft a statistic. The
biped weapons platform features a panning torso mounted on two "chicken-walker"
super-hydraulic, ferro-fibrous legs. Mounted on the torso are two
electronically-controlled, pneumatically-driven twin-20mm six-barrel Gatling-type
cannons firing at a 4,500 rounds-per-minute rate. The twin cannons
can operate in tandem, or unilaterally. In the cockpit, the Driver
sits in the rear and the Gunner sits in the front. The Gunner may
manually track or "hand-off" one gun to the computer while he retains control
of one. Normal operation ties the guns together under the Gunner's
control for ground targets.
BANSHEE is not limited to its primary role as Anti-Air. It can
also be used as a scout vehicle, urban assault, decoy assault, rear security
and patrols. Because of the weak legs, it is not ideal for frontal-assault
tactics. It can be used to protect fortified positions since its
four 20mm cannons are ideal to shoot down incoming missiles as well as
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