It was decided that the old Chinook supply collectors, while fast and agile, had weak armour and couldn't survive prolonged engagements with enemy forces. They decided to create a heavily armoured supply truck to suit this purpose.The design chosen was based on the tried and tested half track design to ensure both speed, armour and the capability to cope with the worst terrain. It was an instant success as it was able to be taken to places which were previously inaccessible by all other vehicles. As an added bonus, one particularly ingenious field commander thought about making more use of the good design. He had noticed the serious problem that a lot of the time his tank columns were advancing much faster than his field command stations and therefore they were unable to do running repairs. He therefore fitted state of the art repair arms to his trucks for use after they had collected all available supplies in the area.
Due to their now large investment in tank power, they had to compensate for this by removing a large amount of funding from certain aspects of their aerial forces. This unfortunately meant they not only lost a large amount of their strike fighters but equally importantly their aerial reconnaissance ability. In fitting with their new combat style, it was decided that their recon should take on a large, heavily armoured design so it could remain on the front line whilst performing its crucial duties. Rather than make it totally unarmed like previous attempts had been, it was given a powerful yet experimental defence mechanism which was not without its drawbacks. On command from the captain of the particular vehicle, it could emit a powerful EMP pulse in a large area, effectively disabling all vehicles in its large "knockout" radius. However, it had the drawback that it also disabled all allied vehicles in the area and due to its experimental nature, the weapon takes a long time to arm and prepare before the pulse can be used. It is so power hungry that when used it momentarily drains power from allied bases.
The Sioux is the AC’s heavily armoured assault helicopter. It was created by combining a totally new frame with lighter yet stronger armour. The result allowed more weapons to be added onto the heli, without a significant increase in weight or loss of performance. With its effective mix of armour and weaponry it rapidly began to out perform all known gunship designs. The Sioux’s twin repeater cannons lay waste to all targets ranging from infantry to tanks to even the mostly strongly fortified structures. To give it an edge they also equipped it with specially modified, guided AT missiles in an attempt to wipe out all visible targets without any threat of retaliation. These were stored in old style pods in order to help prevent malfunction and to the hide the new technology from other countries. Even though they were stored in pods, these missiles took so long to arm that only 2 could be fired at once before another set could be prepared.
The AC struck a deal with the Patriot Supplies weapons manufacturer to create a combination of a powerful flak tank and an agile transport unit capable of carrying infantry to many places on the battlefield. The dual burst guns make sure no aerial units get within their range by blasting bursts of flak towards their targets, shredding them in seconds.
A recommended tactic for aspiring commanders it to load the Sky Knight with two Hawkeye troopers and un-garrison them to help engage both ground and air based threats. To help its accuracy, it has 2 laser targeting beacons mounted on top of the guns to help guide its normally inaccurate flak guns.
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