AV-49 Wasp

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AV-49 Wasp
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Production information

Manufacturer:

Misriah Armory

Model:

AV-49[1][2]

Technical specifications

Length:

7.62 meters (25 ft)[3]

Width:

6.4008 meters (21 ft)[3]

Height:

2.225 meters (7.3 ft)[3]

Mass:

1,360.7 kilograms (3,000 lb)[3]

Maximum speed:

500 kilometers per hour (310 mph)[3]

Hull:

Light armor[2]

Armament:

Usage

Year introduced:

2553[3]

In service:

Post-Covenant War conflicts

Role(s):

Close air support[2]

Affiliation:

United Nations Space Command[2]

 

The AV-49 Wasp is a VTOL aircraft in service with the United Nations Space Command.[1]

Specifications[edit]

The AV-49 shares several similarities with its fellow aerodynes, the AV-14 Hornet, AV-19 SkyHawk, AV-22 Sparrowhawk, and AV-30 Kestrel.[4] The aircraft features an integrated VTOL propulsion system that combines dual lift ducted fan engines pioneered by the AV-30, with air-cooled vectored-thrust fusion thrusters for forward movement. The AV-49 also features twin autocannons and rocket launchers,[5] energy shielding, and cyberlink-compatible fly-by-light avionics.[4]

Designed for expeditionary usage, the Wasp can be easily prepped and deployed with minimal tools, and their hardened storage containers have identical dimensions to NAVLOGCOM-standard flat containers, simplifying interstellar transport logistics. The AV-49 Wasp supplements existing stocks of AV-14 and AV-22 aircraft in Marine service.[5]

The Wasp was developed alongside the STINGER-class Mjolnir, which has two neural interface controllers to allow the operator to switch from flight to ground combat modes at the speed of thought.[1]

Variations[edit]

  • ONI Wasp: The size and mobility of the AV-49 Wasp makes it a favorite of ONI Security teams in high-threat environments. ONI Wasps are outfitted with heavy armor and upgraded weapons, such as all-environment homing missiles capable of locking on to ground vehicle targets and HEDP (High Explosive Dual Purpose) machine gun rounds. As the dark livery of these particular AV-49 Attack VTOLs imply, ONI Wasps are very often employed during stealth surveillance operations and night-strike sorties. The hushed and rumor-laden nature of this reality has earned both the craft themselves and their respective pilots the nickname "duskdevils".
  • AV-49H: Also known as the Hannibal Wasp, the AV-49H was a collaboration between Misriah Armory and Hannibal Weapon Systems on initiatives to evolve their existing offerings of weapon systems and vehicles. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than inside the Hannibal Wasp. This highly-advanced Wasp sports upgraded heavy armor, gauss repeaters, and experimental ion field bomb launchers as well as more speed and evasiveness than the ONI Wasp.[6]

Production notes[edit]

A vehicle called the Wasp was cut from Halo 4 early in development.[7] Whether it had any relation to the AV-49 Wasp is unclear.

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Trivia[edit]

  • Like the Hornet, the Wasp's numerical designation is a derivative of 7 (7x7, or 7 squared, is 49)
  • The cockpit features a handle that rests between the legs of the operator, nearly identical to the ejection seat trigger handles of many modern aircraft.
  • The Wasp's model in Halo 5: Guardians features a decal bearing the label of the MK71 emergency food preparation station.

Gallery[edit]

Halo 5: Guardians REQ cards[edit]

List of appearances[edit]

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