A fougasse is an improvised weapon that generally takes the appearance of a barrel or tube that is buried about a foot beneath the ground. It has grenades or some other form of propellant in the bottom of it and can be filled with napalm ("fire" fougasses) or spent shell casings and various bits of metal ("shrapnel" fougasses). They can be remote detonated, sending fire and shrapnel upwards, cutting down anything above them for up to several meters. Normally they are used to destroy ground targets, but the Master Chief and his team of Spartans used ten fougasses to destroy five Covenant Banshee fliers during an engagement on Jericho VII. He activated it when the fliers were still close to the ground on a strafing run so the blast hit them perfectly. During the Onyx Conflict in 2552, Team Saber used fougasses to ambush a pair of Onyx Sentinels.
List of appearances
- ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 5
- ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 249