M12R Rocket Warthog
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For the Halo: Combat Evolved Rocket Warthog, see M12A1 Rocket Warthog.
The M12R Light Anti-Aircraft Vehicle, abbreviated as M12R LAAV and commonly referred to as the Missile Warthog, Rocket Warthog, or Rockethog, is a UNSC ground vehicle. It is a variant of the M12 Force Application Vehicle that features a mounted M79 Multiple Launch Rocket System or its M80 successor.
The M12R LAAV is designed to quickly and efficiently defeat lightly armored vehicles such as the Type-48 Revenant and the Type-32 Ghost. The M12R LAAV differs from the basic M12 LRV only in its armament, a single M79 Multiple Launch Rocket System which fires six 65mm Argent V rockets per volley every two to three seconds. The M79 MLRS' rockets are capable of achieving target lock on aircraft, though they cannot lock onto ground vehicles.
During the UNSC's counterattack against the Covenant at Szurdok Ridge during the Fall of Reach in August 12, 2552, an M12R was deployed with a single soldier mounted on the rocket launcher for use by NOBLE Team's Kat-B320 and SPARTAN-B312 after their M12 Light Reconnaissance Vehicle had been destroyed and they had to fend off Covenant infantry and turrets.
During the hostilities with the reformed Covenant, many of these vehicles participated in the battle and campaign fought on the Forerunner shield world Requiem in 2557 and 2558, respectively. Several were used by Fireteam Crimson during their missions, including the clearing of the location known as Quarry and the defense of Cauldron Base.
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