The M12 FAV ‘Warthog’ is the UNSC’s primary surface multi-role vehicle, commonly used by the UNSC Marine Corps and the Army as a Light Reconnaissance Vehicle (LRV) or as a Light Anti-Armour Vehicle (LAAV).
The standard or base vehicle is outfitted with 4 inch titanium armour plating; M.A.G. Bumper Suspension and a triple-barreled, electric-powered, linkless, belt-fed chain-gun, firing 12.7mm armour-piercing rounds. The standard model also accommodates a driver, gunner and a single passenger or commander.
There is a common misconception that the LRV differs from the FAV by featuring the 12.7mm chain-gun, but this is incorrect. Both models sport the same rear-mounted weapon, but due to the versatility of the ‘Warthog’ in the years prior to and including the Covenant-Human war, the manufacturer, AMG Transport Dynamics, made the LRV the base model, albeit with some minor modifications and upgrades over the fifty year-old model, hence the FAV or Force Application Vehicle, which indicates the possibility to place the vehicle in a variety of roles, and in a variety of environments, making it the most versatile vehicle in the UNSC.
The M12 FAV uses a dependable, low profile 12-litre hydrogen injected ICE power plant, and is capable of travelling 490 miles on a single tank and it can achieve a top speed of 78 mph, no matter the terrain. The Warthog is a tough, reliable vehicle with a sturdy compliment of tyres to add to its capabilities. They feature a reactive tread pattern that provides the ‘Hog’ with astonishing traction on nearly any surface. They are of a burst-proof nano-tube construction that provides the tyres with similar buoyancy properties to their gas-pocket counterparts but with one key benefit, they’re practically indestructible.
The base model comes with manual gearshift control and a steering linked E-brake. In combination with the independent swing-arm suspension and some sound judgement, an experienced driver can turn the Warthog on a sixpence.
78 mph in standard 1G
liquid-cooled hydrogen-injected ICE I/C plant
Four-inch titanium plating
12.7mm Belt-fed chain-gun
Standard 1G Weight:
3 Metric Tonnes
Michelin-Vance, AMG — nano-tube composites
Despite the previously stated advantages there is one outstanding disadvantage with the Warthog, rolling. Due to the vehicles’ speed and acceleration and its ability to turn at extremely sharp angles, the Warthog is prone to flipping or rolling, especially when used over varying terrain. Experienced drivers have learned to anticipate the swing or ‘fish-tailing’ effect when cornering and adjust accordingly.
In addition to the standard FAV variant, the Warthog can also be prepped for a plethora of different roles. There include: ambulance, troop transport, Light Anti-Armour, vehicle recovery, APC and a number of additional environment dependent models, such as arctic or tropical deployments — both of which are provided with dedicated air filters and an improved cockpit monitoring system for increased crew comfort and survival.