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Measuring 7.1 meters (23.3 ft) in length and 4.2 meters (13.8 ft) in width, the Prowler is a vehicle designed and built by the Jiralhanae. Like the other primary Jiralhanae mainstay vehicle - the Type-25 Chopper - the Prowler is primarily composed of a large and bulky front section, with the driver sat in the back. The frontal bulk of the Prowler shields the driver from enemy fire from the front, though the unarmored sides and back leave the driver exposed to enemy fire. The front section of the Prowler is equipped with a single pintle-mounted light plasma cannon, with the operator inset into the vehicle in a manner akin to gunners on some specific Wraith variants. The plasma cannon is of little practical utility, with drivers instead preferring to use the maw of spikes on the vehicle's front to charge enemy lines and perform ramming attacks instead. The sides of the Prowler are kitted out with two "sleds", capable of supporting a passenger each - allowing the Prowler to serve in a limited capacity as a troop transport.
When driving, the Prowler is capable of reaching a top speed of 58 miles per hour (93 km/h) thanks to the aforementioned "sleds" - in actuality dual suspension tracks that use Covenant anti-gravity technology with the original Jiralhanae design.
The Prowler is a Jiralhanae-native design, though modern-era production models manufactured by the Sacred Promissory marry Covenant technology to the original Jiralhane design. The design's particular origins remain unclear, though some have suggested that the original Prowlers may have originated as arctic fast-attack vehicles (FAVs) or maritime patrol boats.
Curiously, the Prowler bears an extremely heavy resemblance to another Jiralhanae vehicle; the Marauder. While it is unknown if there is any definitive link between the two craft, the resemblance is extremely notable with the Marauder having been constructed and use since prior to the nuclear wars that devasted the Jiralhanae homeworld long ago.
The Prowler was one of a number of armaments and vehicles manufactured by the Sacred Promissory for the Jiralhanae close to the end of the Human-Covenant War, in preparation for the Jiralhanae takeover of the Covenant armed forces. It was first in the final months of the war, seeing use primarily during the Battle of Installation 00. It was later employed by the forces under the command of Hekabe during Carrow Conflict following the war's end. More recently, it has been employed in the stockpiles of the Banished, with Castor considering their deployment during Operation: WOLFE in 2559.
The Prowler is a light recon vehicle, much like the Warthog. It only appears in Campaign mode on the levels The Ark and The Covenant. It has moderate infantry support capabilities, as well as being able to transport four soldiers rapidly across a battlefield. With two Prowlers, an entire team of eight can travel together. A Prowler loaded with a gunner and two riders with heavy weapons is a force to be reckoned with.
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