Fuel rod cannon

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Fuel rod cannon
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Production overview


Assembly Forges (presumably[note 1])


Anti-personnel/vehicular weapon




Ammunition type:

Class-2 (38mm/1.5in)[1] or Class-3 fuel rods[2]

Rate of fire:

Low (1 shot per 7 seconds) to average (2 round per second)

Muzzle velocity:

72 metres per second (160 mph)

Effective range:

Medium, 165 metres (540 ft)

Service history

In service:

Human-Covenant War
Great Schism
Post-Covenant War conflicts


The fuel rod cannon is a Covenant vehicle-mounted projectile weapon.[2] It is a larger and more powerful version of the Type-33 LAAW, with anti-vehicle and anti-air applications. It is employed by a variety of vehicles, including Banshees, Anti-Air Wraiths and a variant of the T-26 Shade turret.

Design details[edit]

The weapon fires fuel rods, caseless projectiles which contain radioactive, highly explosive material encased in a transparent shell. The colloquialism "fuel rod", commonly used by the UNSC to refer to the weapon's ammunition, is technically incorrect;[1] it originates from the projectiles' resemblance to how nuclear fuel rods are commonly depicted in popular culture.[3]

This weapon functions in a similar fashion to the man-portable Type-33 LAAW, but the fuel rods fired by the cannon are larger and more damaging. Most fuel rod weapons, including the T33 LAAW, fire ammunition designated as Class-2, which is effective against armor and infantry on short ranges. For anti-air combat, however, the Covenant employ a more effective type of fuel rod, designated as Class-3. Although visually identical to the Class-2 rounds, Class-3 fuel rods are more powerful, have a greater range, and are capable of tracking the heat signatures of vehicles.[2]


Banshees are equipped with a single fuel rod cannon for attacking hardened ground targets, while Anti-Air Wraiths are fitted with two pods of three. Fuel rod Shades are equipped with a single fuel rod cannon. All of these variants fire Class-2 rounds, with Banshees being capable of also firing Class-3 projectiles.

The Mgalekgolo's assault cannon uses similar technology, as it fires bolts of green incendiary fluid.

Banshees often use the weapon to wipe out groups of infantry, or to soften heavily armored targets before finishing them with its medium plasma cannons. The projectiles are especially lethal to light vehicles, such as a Ghost or Mongoose, which will be sent flying by the explosion.

The automated Turrets used to defend Covenant bases are sometimes equipped with Fuel Rod Cannons, in order to better defend the base against vehicular assault.


  • In Halo 3, on Heroic or Legendary, if an Anti-Air Wraith gets a direct hit on the player, it will kill him/her instantly. However, it is rather rare for an Anti-Air Wraith to attack ground targets.
  • In Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST in a similar case to the fuel rod gun if an NPC is flying the vehicle and shoots the Banshee Bomb and it will have an even stronger lock-on, but yet again when the player attempts this it will lack said feature, however in Halo: Reach and Halo 5: Guardians it is possible for the player to use this feature.
  • In Halo 2, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach, and Halo 4 T-33 LAAWs or Fuel Rod Guns are referred to as Fuel Rod Cannons.


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Given that the fuel rod canon-mounted vehicles and the Type-33 Light Anti-Armor Weapon are all manufactured in the Assembly Forges, it is safe to assume the fuel rod cannon originates from there as well.


  1. ^ a b Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 77
  2. ^ a b c Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 9
  3. ^ Bungie.net: Type-33 Light Anti-Armor Weapon
  4. ^ Halo: Landfall
  5. ^ Halo: Reach

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