The Slinger is the first mech-type vehicle (though it only weighs a bit over 6.5 tons) from Iron Brick Industries to have unmanned capability from the outset of design. It is also the first to incorporate more than two legs using an odd three to move over rough terrain while maintaining stability.
The Slinger’s core roles are anti-aircraft, anti-light ground and anti-infantry.
This Drone not only has fully autonomous capability but can also be remote controlled when a human presence is needed.
To help save weight, the weapons (mainly cannons) are lightweight Firestorm/Caseless weapons which also save space enabling the Slinger to carry up to 400 rounds of HE ammunition per weapon.
The Slinger also carries general purpose anti-vehicle missiles which can be guided by onboard laser designators (or human/drone spotters), radar from the Drone, or set for infrared homing (used largely against air-craft). When locked and ready to fire, the missile arms spread out and launch.
Though slow, the Slinger’s lack of size and onboard Electronic Counter Measure Suite enables the machine to launch stealth attacks on convoys and aircraft. Its unmanned nature also enables operators or onboard A.I. to put the Drone into “Sleeper” or “Observer” modes allowing the machine to remain passive to gather data on enemy movements and when moved into position around suspected enemy routes can remain inactive for months at a time, to attack when the best opportunity presents itself.
Because of what Iron Brick Industries thinks was intended to be an internal practical joke, early Slinger Drone models have a tendency to follow their operators home. If your Drone follows you home DO NOT ENCOURAGE THIS BEHAVIOUR.
Look it sternly in the Digi-Eyes and tell it to go home, it may walk dejectedly back to base, but your family will thank you when it doesn’t try to shove its way through the front door, or blow a hole in the wall when it tries to help when your fireplace won’t light. (That’s my attempt at humor)