Fuel rod cannon

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This article is about the vehicle-mounted weapon. For the infantry-portable, shoulder-mounted weapon, see fuel rod gun. For the weapon used by the Mgalekgolo, see Assault cannon.
Fuel rod cannon
A Ogab'd-pattern anti-aircraft Wraith firing its fuel rod cannon during the Battle of Installation 00. From Halo 3 campaign level The Covenant.

An Ogab'd-pattern anti-aircraft Wraith firing its rapid-fire fuel rod cannon

Production overview


Varies; presumably depends on vehicle

Human-Covenant War


Anti-personnel, anti-armor, anti-vehicle, anti-aircraft[9]



130.2 centimetres (51.26 in)[9]


23 kilograms (51 lb)[9]

Ammunition type:

Class-3 fuel rod[10]

Effective range:

168 metres (550 ft)[9]

Service history

In service:

Human-Covenant War
Great Schism
Post-Covenant War conflicts


The fuel rod cannon, sometimes known as plasma flak cannon,[11] is a vehicle-mounted projectile weapon typically used by the Covenant and its remnants on a variety of their vehicles, notably including Skyhunter Wraiths,[7] Banshees,[1][8] and Seraphs.[2] As its name suggests, the fuel rod cannon fires Class-3 fuel rods, which have a greater range and a capability to track heat signatures when compared to their Class-2 counterparts, which are typically loaded in the infantry-portable fuel rod gun.[10]

The United Nations Space Command's Office of Naval Intelligence has typically type-classified the Banshee's fuel rod cannon under the designations of Heavy Anti-Armor Weapon/Mounted, Heavy Fuel Rod (Class-3) or Type-26 Heavy Anti-Armor Weapon/Mounted (T-26 HAAW/M).[12][13][14] Nicknames for the fuel rod cannon include Big Green Death and Green Death.[9]


Design details[edit]

Fuel rod cannons, though sharing many properties with the Mgalekgolo's assault cannon,[15] fire Class-3 fuel rod caseless projectiles, which contain radioactive, highly explosive material encased in a transparent shell.[16] The Class-3 fuel rods fired by the cannon are larger and more destructive than their Class-2 counterparts, which are intended for armor and infantry on short ranges. For long range or anti-air combat, however, the Class-3 fuel rods are more powerful, have a greater range, and are capable of tracking the heat signatures of vehicles.[10] They are marginally weaker than a plasma mortar, but travel at a higher velocity with a higher accuracy.[9] Variants exist within the fuel rod cannon classification: for example, whereas the Banshee employs a forward-firing, semi-automatic single cannon, the Ogab'd-pattern anti-aircraft Wraith employs triple-rack rapid-fire fuel rod cannons that fire a barrage of fuel rods.[2][17]


Fuel rod cannons
Rapid-fire/heavy fuel rod cannons[10]
Novox-pattern fuel rod cannons

Production notes[edit]


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 287
  2. ^ a b c d e Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 288
  3. ^ a b c Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 301
  4. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 302
  5. ^ a b Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 470
  6. ^ a b Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 471
  7. ^ a b c d Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 275
  8. ^ a b c d e Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 286
  9. ^ a b c d e f Halo Encyclopedia (2011 edition), page 339
  10. ^ a b c d Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 9
  11. ^ Halo Waypoint, Halo Community Update - Blitz Coverage (Retrieved on Oct 28, 2021) [archive]
  12. ^ a b Halo Waypoint, Universe - Vehicles - Banshee (Retrieved on Apr 6, 2015) [archive]
  13. ^ Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide, page 119
  14. ^ Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide: Glossary
  15. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 298
  16. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 299
  17. ^ a b Halo Waypoint, Universe - Vehicles - Wraith (Retrieved on Oct 29, 2020) [archive]
  18. ^ Halo Wars 2, Banished Turret in-game unit
  19. ^ Halo Wars 2, Phoenix Logs: Turret
  20. ^ Halo Waypoint, Universe - Weapon - Fuel Rod Cannon (Retrieved on Oct 29, 2015) [archive]
  21. ^ Halo Waypoint, Season 1 Outcomes Report | Halo Infinite (Retrieved on May 29, 2023) [archive]