The AT-77 Lifthawk was the most ubiquitous aerial transport vehicle of the pre-war years and many are still flying with Resistance forces today. Its muscular and robust VTOL design has made it possible to operate this workhorse from almost any secluded outpost. It is exceptionally well made, features many redundant systems and had a production cost that would be inexcusable to present day UCM military planners. By today’s standards, the Lifthawk is an enormous, bloated dinosaur.
Despite being able to carry the same number of vehicles as the UCM Condor, it is over twice the weight empty. It is a gas-guzzler of legendary proportions and has a very short range compared to all its modern contemporaries. The AT-77’s service ceiling is also only a third of the Condor’s, making it useless for high atmo drops. However, it was never designed for such operations, but has a higher lifting capacity and can be run on poorer quality fuels.
Barrel Bomber Description
The Barrel Bomber is known by many monikers; Monkey’s Revenge, Flying Bulldozer, The Elephant, Jellycrusher and Skyhammer are just a few examples. Despite being a homebrewed concoction, it’s curious to note that tinkering Resistance mechanics of questionable sanity across the Cradle Worlds seemed to have arrived at similar machines despite having no contact with each other.
The Barrel Bomber is a refreshingly uncomplicated contraption to describe. It’s essentially a standard AT-77 Lifthawk dropship with three enormous homemade explosive devices mounted where vehicles would usually be carried. They are released with the simple assistance of gravity and make up for their lack of sophistication by packing more high explosive than almost any genuine military munitions. It usually carries two barrels lined with sharpened tungsten rods, the effect of which can best be described as that of an anti-tank fragmentation grenade. A third, central bomb is a tank-sized monster, designed to penetrate deep into a building through sheer mass and then detonate, levelling all but the largest structures in a single strike.