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The Independent Wheel Drive Spade is a civilian flatbed truck manufactured by TurboGen. The latest installment in TurboGen's line of all-terrain transport vehicles, the Spade is a versatile, rugged, and rather affordable vehicle, making it very popular among colonial settlers. the vehicle is named after the Spadehorn, a bovid indigenous to Reach, which belies the truck's use among farmers.
As its name suggests, the Spade features an independent-wheel drive system, giving it the ability to traverse difficult terrain with relative ease. It is powered by an M96 methane engine which uses compound energy, capable of powering the truck for long periods of time in physically demanding locales. The Spade's flatbed can carry large quantities of supplies, and a tow cable is mounted to the front grille, adding to the vehicle's utility. The Spade is available in a wide variety of colors.
The Spade is designed for operations on rugged colonial worlds that possess only minimal infrastructure. The Spade and its sibling frontier trucks share parts – and handling characteristics – with the ubiquitous M12 Warthog, which meant that many recruits were already proficient with basic vehicle maintenance and off-road driving skills before they ever arrive at UNSC boot camp.
The Spade is primarily used among heavy-industry workers and farmers who operate in rugged environments. Before Reach fell to the Covenant in August 2552, Spades were a common sight in the rural town of Visegrád, Eposz and in industrial facilities based out of Ütközet. They were also used by civilians on Tribute.
After the Human-Covenant War, Spades were a common tool of the pioneers who took it upon themselves to resettle and re-terraform worlds that were glassed by the Covenant. One of these worlds was Reach itself, where Spades were used by the pioneers as they worked to bring life back to the ruined world.
The Spade is a usable vehicle on the Halo: Reach. First appearing in the level Winter Contingency. It functions identically to a gun-less Warthog, although with Jorge-052 on the team, he will use his M247H Heavy Machine Gun as a makeshift turret.
It was also added to Halo: Reach's Forge in the Halo: The Master Chief Collection version of the game. In this addition to the Forge, it is referred to as "Pickup" and can be recolored to numerous options.
The Spade was known as the "Pioneer" in early concept art.
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