Anvil-II air-to-surface missile

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An Anvil-II ASM missile pod mounted on a D77-TC Pelican.

The Anvil-II is a type of air-to-surface missile used by the United Nations Space Command. They are normally mounted via rocket pods on Pelican dropships[1] for clearing ground targets and drop zones of enemies.[2]

Design details[edit]

ANVIL-II missiles are typically mounted in rocket pods underneath the wing of D77-TC Pelican and D77H-TCI Pelican dropships. While typically employed for air-ground purposes and air strikes, they are capable of being employed against stationary airborne targets. ANVIL-IIs can also be mounted on top of the Pelican, such as the G77S Pelican gunship variant.

Service history[edit]

The ANVIL-II missile was the weapon used by the Spartan-IIs when they attacked the Covenant ship Unrelenting near Chi Ceti IV. Spartans 087, 117, and 034 infiltrated and set off three ANVIL-II warheads around the ship's core, destroying it.

This missile was utilised throughout the Human-Covenant War. During the Battle for Earth, Pelicans employed the missile to conduct airstrikes against the Type-47A Scarab wreaking havoc throughout the city of New Mombasa[3], and later on against Type-52 Phantom targets during the jungles of Africa.[4] They would later be emplyed throughout the Battle of Installation 05, with Pelicans co-opted by the Flood utilising Anvil missiles to striek against Sentinel targets throughout the Quarantine zone.[5]

During the Second Ark Conflict in 2559, UNSC Logistics AI Isabel installed additional ANVIL-II missile pods as a part of G77S Pelican Gunship for additional air support. These pods were mounted on the upper part of the Pelican's chassis.[6][7]

Trivia[edit]

  • The player can be killed by Anvil-II missiles at the end of Sierra 117 if the player starts killing the surviving Marines and Arbiter when a Pelican is present.
  • For development purposes, the missiles fired by the Pelican at the end of Sierra 117 actually employ the model and textures of HEAT missiles used by the Rocket Launcher.

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List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. Halo: Mortal Dictata, page ??
  2. Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 306
  3. Halo 2 campaign level, Metropolis
  4. Halo 3 campaign level, Sierra 117.
  5. Halo 2, campaign level Quarantine Zone
  6. Halo Wars 2
  7. Canon Fodder - The Art of War(s)