M202 XP machine gun
The M202 XP machine gun is a type of machine gun utilized by the UNSC. It is used in automated stationary gun turrets. Common in the early years of the Human-Covenant War, the weapon had become obsolete in the field by 2541; however, it still found use in training exercises, such as those of the Spartan-IIIs. They fire stun rounds for training and can fire live rounds if needed.
The automated stationary gun used in the training of Spartan-IIIs has a minimum angle of fire; a person can stay out of the cone of fire to avoid getting shot. Their tracking speed is limited, as the Spartan-IIIs were able to stay well ahead of its line of fire. They are secured to a platform by securing bolts. On the platform, the gun is hooked up by wires to: a radar array that uses radar to target, a power supply that powers the turret, and an automated fire control. They can also be disassembled and be used manually, like a normal gun. For example, this was done in the Spartan-IIIs' training to combat the trainers with more than their bare hands.
The UNSC also had M202s mounted in automated base defense turrets during the early stages of the Human-Covenant War. The platforms had three M202XP MGs mounted, and they were more sophisticated than those used in the training of Spartan-IIIs, allowing for a larger field of fire.
In Halo Wars, the M202 is the machine gun found on the UNSC base turret. The initial model of turret features one machine gun, though the medium and heavy turret upgrades each add an extra M202 to the structure, totaling three machine guns when fully upgraded.
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