AV-22 Sparrowhawk

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AV-22 Sparrowhawk
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Production information

Manufacturer:

United Nations Space Command

Technical specifications

Length:

16 meters (52 ft)[1]

Width:

9.6 meters (31 ft)[1]

Maximum speed:

611.6 kilometers per hour (380 mph)[2]

Engine(s):

Dual ducted air fans

Armament:

Crew:

1 pilot + 1 gunner[1]

Usage

In service:

Human-Covenant War
Reclamation conflict

Role(s):

  • Close air support
  • Air escort of ground forces

Affiliation:

UNSC Defense Force

 

The AV-22 Sparrowhawk, often called simply the Hawk, is a a VTOL attack aircraft used by the UNSC Defense Force.

Operational history[edit]

The AV-22 first saw action on Harvest during the final months of the Harvest Campaign in early 2531.[1] Weeks later, several Sparrowhawks attached to the UNSC Spirit of Fire defended their parent vessel from a Covenant CPV-class heavy destroyer during the Battle of Shield 0459, proving the VTOL's effectiveness as both a ground-support platform and as an impromptu atmospheric fighter.[3] Although the Sparrowhawk was widely produced during the first decade of the war, problems with its ducted fan propulsion system[4] and the high costs of repair and replacement resulted in limited production after 2550.[1] Nonetheless, the Sparrowhawk saw use during the Battle of Draetheus V sometime between 2553 and 2557.[5] On March 11th, 2558 several AV-22 Sparrowhawks belonging to the Spirit of Fire, alongside multiple AC-220 Vultures and GA-TL1 Longswords, attacked the UNSC Infinity when the Pilgrims Pride was pulled into the Infinity's docking bay.[6]

Prior to the Sparrowhawk's introduction, the AV-14 Hornet filled a similar anti-tank and ground support role, and as such is considered the Hawk's predecessor.[1]

Overview[edit]

The AV-22 is a formidable air-to-ground anti-tank aerodyne that is used to hunt tanks and support gound advances.[7] Rather than using thrust-vectoring jets like most UNSC aircraft, the AV-22 makes use of two ducted fans to provide lift and thrust. The Sparrowhawk has a maximum airspeed of 611.6 km/h (380 mph)[2] and boasts impressive maneuverability.

The VTOL's primary armament is a nose-mounted M6 Grindell/Galilean Nonlinear Cannon, an upgraded version of the M6 "Spartan Laser".[8][1] It is also outfitted with a pair of twin-linked GUA-23/AW/Linkless Feed Autocannons on either side of the fuselage; these autocannons fire 30mm rounds and are capable of neutralizing infantry and light vehicles with ease.[1][9] This armament, combined with the VTOL's impressive speed and maneuverability, allows the Hawk to engage Covenant Type-26 Banshees on more than equal terms and to pursue fleeing dropships or engage them as they approach; even a pair of Sparrowhawks can destroy a Type-29 Vampire - the bane of the AV-14 - with minimal attrition.[3]

The Sparrowhawk is classified as an "Attack VTOL", as evidenced by the "AV-22" designation. However, some branches of the UNSCDF classify the aircraft as a gunship due to its heavy armament.[1] The SkyHawk jumpjet appears to based on the same airframe as the Sparrowhawk, and is indeed almost identical apart from the tail.[10] This may suggest that the SkyHawk is derived from the AV-22's design or vice versa.

Gameplay[edit]

In Halo Wars' skirmish and multiplayer modes, the Hawk is the unique unit of Professor Ellen Anders. It is available as the final upgrade for the AV-14 Hornet at a cost of 900 supplies and a tech level of 3. The game's first title update increased the Hawk's price to 1350 supplies in order to prevent spamming of the unit.

Trivia[edit]

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Gallery[edit]

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 182
  2. ^ a b Sparrowhawk production image
  3. ^ a b Halo Wars, campaign level Repairs
  4. ^ Halo Encyclopedia, page 249
  5. ^ Halo: Spartan Assault, Operation F: Hydra
  6. ^ Halo: Escalation - Issue #4
  7. ^ Halo Wars Official Site: Halo Wars Update 03.12.07
  8. ^ Halo Wars: Limited Edition, Anders leader card
  9. ^ Halo Wars manual
  10. ^ Halo: Fall of Reach - Invasion - Issue 3