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M7057 / Defoliant Projector

Official Designation:            M7057/DP
Length (o/a):                         116.8 cm               (46 in.)
Weight (empty):                   45.8 kg                   (101 lbs)
Weight (loaded):                  55.5 kg                   (122.5 lbs)
Cartridge:                              Pyrosene-V
Max. effective range:          13.4 meters          (44 ft)
Magazine capacity:              9 x three-second bursts

Unit Replacement Cost:      cR. 1,520.00

Description:
The M7057/DP is a standard chemical flamethrower, which projects and ignites a stream of a volatile, semi-liquid fuel. Flamethrowers are cumbersome and relatively difficult to use (psychologically as well as mechanically).

Observations:
Referring to the M7057/DP as a weapon[1] is a bit of a misnomer as the dee pea in its nomenclature indicate that it is a defoliant projector—to be used to rapidly clear away heavy foliage for in-theater construction projects and to destroy new or persistent growth from emplaced and/or hardened military assets. That having been said; despite being all but obsolete militarily its effectiveness as a psychological weapon is undeniable—unfortunately the psychological effect is a double-edged sword.

Remarks:
“makes short work of weeds and thickets—but I wouldn’t carry one into combat. Not on your life.”

“I can see where it would be real effective in ousting dug in troops, but you aren’t gonna be making any friends using it that way.”

“I don’t see where carrying around a big can of super-flammable stuff right next to my xxxx is such a good idea.”

“You know those things ship with a cart, right? You aren’t expected to carry them anywhere… they are not a weapon that you use on people… not even on alien people.”

“I hate me some baby kongs, and I will kill every man Jack of ‘em that I see, but I don’t think I could burn ‘em—best to draw the line somewhere and that seems like it.”

“Foxtrots die pretty quick once you put the fire to ‘em. We ought ‘a burn ‘em all. Low-life bastards. Burn all those low-life alien foxtrots.”

 “Gotta get too close for it to be any use offensively—if you’re gonna use it as a weapon best to use it in a defensive role—fill up passages and weak-points in your perimeter with fire.”

 “It takes a certain kind’a lunatic to use a flamethrower… all I’m sayin’.”



[1] That the M7057/DP has been frequently pressed into service as a primitive energy weapon of sorts is a distressing but irrefutable fact. It is one in a very small number of items available to UNSC personnel that remotely earmarks the user for a full battery of psychological tests.


HBO's Halo CE News Roundup 

Posted by urk at 6/24/2010 9:12 AM PDT

It's fully customizable!

Looks like HBO has their finger on the pulse of the latest Halo Custom Edition news. And yup, the heart's still beating. If you're still playing, or you're thinking about picking it up, you should hit the link below.

Massive Halo CE News Roundup

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Feast of Bones 

Posted by urk at 3/29/2010 1:55 PM PDT

Robt McLees speaks on behalf of the dead.

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Halo: The Cole Protocol 

Posted by urk at 10/22/2008 12:43 PM PDT

In the first, desperate days of the Human-Covenant War...

Amazon.com has gone live with the back copy for Tobias Buckell's Halo: The Cole Protocol. Thanks to HBO for scaring up the link. Here's the copy from Tobias' blog:

"In the first, desperate days of the Human-Covenant War, the UNSC has enacted the Cole Protocol to safeguard Earth and its Inner Colonies from discovery by a merciless alien foe. Many are called upon to rid the universe of lingering navigation data that would reveal the location of Earth. Among them is Navy Lieutenant Jacob Keyes. Thrust back into action after being sidelined, Keyes is saddled with a top secret mission by ONI. One that will take him deep behind enemy lines, to a corner of the universe where nothing is as it seems.

Out beyond the Outer Colonies lies the planet Hesiod, a gas giant surrounded by a vast asteroid belt. As the Covenant continues to glass the human occupied planets near Hesiod, many of the survivors, helped by a stronghold of human Insurrectionists, are fleeing to the asteroid belt for refuge. They have transformed the tumbling satellites into a tenuous, yet ingenious, settlement known as the Rubble–and have come face-to-face with a Covenant settlement of Kig-Yar . . . yet somehow survived.

News of this unlikely treaty has spread to the warring sides. Luckily for the UNSC, this uneasy alliance is in the path of the Spartan Gray Team, a three-man renegade squad whose simple task is to wreak havoc from behind enemy lines in any way they see fit. But the Prophets have also sent their best—an ambitious and ruthless Elite, whose quest for nobility and rank is matched only by his brutality . . . and who will do anything to secure his Ascendancy and walk the Path."

Halo: The Cole Protocol is set to release on November 25th, 2008.

Bungie Day: 7/7/08 

Posted by lukems at 7/7/2008 12:04 PM PDT

Bungie Day is upon you. Here's some stuff to do while you should be working or doing chores. Tell your mother we say "Hello."


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The Next Halo Novel: The Cole Protocol 

Posted by lukems at 6/16/2008 12:08 PM PDT

Tor Books announces the sixth book taking place in Bungie's Halo Universe, due in stores this Fall.


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