This article is about the UNSC main battle tank used during the Human-Covenant War. For other uses, see Scorpion (disambiguation).
The Scorpion's central chassis is simple in design, consisting of a central heavily armored hull, a turret-mounted cannon toward the stern, a pintle-mounted machine gun and the operator's compartment forward of the turret, and four independently suspended track bogies. The chassis is covered with heavy ceramic-Titanium armor plating, making it incredibly resilient to damage from small-arms and ordinary plasma weapons; however, it is still possible for infantry-portable anti-armor weapons to inflict catastrophic damage. Additionally, the armor does not provide any special resistance to heavy plasma impacts and energy projectors. The turret houses the Scorpion's main gun, as well as ammo stores, an autoloader, and targeting sensors. It is unmanned, and is full rotation with gun having a barrel elevation of 60 degrees and a depression of -30 degrees. The secondary gunner's station, located to the right of the commander's compartment, is equipped with a ring mounted pintle. The pintle can soft mount any typical infantry support weapon; however, the standard mount is a M247T machine gun. The four articulated track pods are independent, each consisting of an electric motor driven bogie and terrain adaptive treads, as well as modular, being able to be removed and replaced with ease while in the field. Additionally, armored track skirts can be added to the pods for increased protection. The main powerpack, a hydrogen-burning turbine located at the rear of the hull, charges the storage batteries for each track pod's motor and powers the other core systems. This engine core can be removed for servicing with minimal tools and lift equipment. The Scorpion's efficient engine allows it to travel up to 750 kilometers (466 miles) before needing to be refueled. Along with its weapons system, the Scorpion is equipped with anti-mine detecting software and electronics to help increase safety while in use.
The M808 Scorpion requires only two people to fulfill its effective role; the driver operates the vehicle and has complete control of the main armament while the gunner mans the machine gun. Typically, only two personnel operate an M808C Scorpion. However, if both individuals lack neural interfaces, an additional gunner may be required to assist. Up to four additional passengers may safely ride on — and fire from — the "jumpseats" (one on each bogie), though doing so places them at great risk of enemy fire. If necessary, VIPs and sensitive material can be safely crammed inside the tank's main cabin.
The M808C Scorpion is equipped with a two-tier weapon system. The tank's primary armament is the M512 smooth-bore high-velocity cannon, a gun capable of firing 90mm tungsten shells and canister rounds with a three-to-four-second interval between each shot. The primary weapon is also equipped with an autoload feed system, requiring no manual loading from the armor's personnel. The M512 cannon is very powerful and can destroy a Covenant Type-26 Wraith in two to three shots. The main cannon is discernibly devastating to infantry targets at any range, instantly killing targets at the impact zone and severely injuring those close by.
The Scorpion's standard secondary armament is a mounted M247T machine gun, capable of firing 7.62mm armor-piercing rounds at a very high rate. Along with its offensive capabilities as an anti-vehicle platform, the M808C also fills an anti-infantry role; its machine gun can eliminate heavily armored and shielded targets at medium range.
The M808C is not ordinarily equipped with a coaxial machine gun in its turret.
During the Fall of Reach in 2552, M808C Scorpions were dispatched around the continent of Eposz, battling the Covenant invaders, particularly during the Battle at Szurdok Ridge. As the invasion drew to the end, an M808C Scorpion was abandoned near the Covenant-occupied Farragut Station, near the ONI facility SWORD Base. It was recovered by SPARTAN-B312 and the ODST squad accompanying the Spartan, and used to destroy the nearby Covenant anti-air cannons and pave the team's way to SWORD Base's gate. More Scorpions saw action during the Battle of Aszod, but most of them were destroyed under the overwhelming Covenant forces.
Numerous M808C Scorpions were utilized by the UNSC Marines during the Battle of Mombasa, but most of them, again, were destroyed by the Covenant, especially because the diminishing number of Marines in the city.[note 2] As the battle drew to an end, three ODSTs from squad Alpha-Nine commandeered an M808C Scorpion during their escape on the city's Waterfront Highway while escorting an important asset. During the later parts of the Battle for Earth, the military base Crow's Nest housed many vehicles, including Scorpions, some of which were destroyed when the Covenant assaulted the base.
Near the conclusion of the Human-Covenant War, particularly throughout the Battle of Installation 00, three M808C Scorpions, one of them commandeered by John-117, were deployed from UNSC Forward Unto Dawn near Installation 00's Cartographer to punch through the Covenant defense to get to the Cartographer. In the ending hour of the war, an M808C Scorpion was used in the Battle of the Citadel, in which it engaged two Covenant Type-47B Scarab walkers.
Following the end of the war, M808C Scorpions were popular during War Games matches aboard Anvil Station and the UNSC Infinity. In 2554, M808C Scorpions were a part of the UNSC garrison on Draetheus V. Many were assigned to the 23rd Armored Cavalry and operated during the battle for the planet. Infinity carried several M808Cs during her operations in both Battle of Requiem, two of which were commandeered once again by John-117, the first being used to clear a path to the grounded Infinity, and the second to punch through the Covenant defenses around the gravity well generator holding the ship within Requiem. At the Battle of Installation 03, an M808C Scorpion was used to eliminate Covenant and Promethean opposition at the Altar.
Upon her return to the planet six months later during the Requiem campaign, Infinity again deployed M808C Scorpions to assist in ground operations, including two that were assigned to Spartan Fireteam Crimson during their mission to the site codenamed Apex. By October, 2558, the M820 had largely replaced the M808C as the mainline iteration of the Scorpion, though some Army and Marine Corps units continued to operate the older tanks.
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