Background by: Michael S Choi
The Water Moccasin like its namesake is a vicious creature. Only instead of filling its prey with venom the Cobra small fast attack craft is catamaran "swamp" boat traveling several inches above the water-courtesy of its shrouded fan engines. Still as an air boat this Cobra platform has the ability to streak across shallow water at something excess of 50, 60 knots giving it run for its money against Joe assault hovercraft.
While lacking open ocean wave pounding ability to sail in its environment the Water Moccs are deadly and have often been found in places where snakes like to hide out. And reportedly many have been seen operating in the Lousinan Bayou, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Florida Keys and Everglades.
In terms of firepower the Moccasin doesn't disappoint although its detractors will note that the twin torpedo launchers have poor range compared to modern antiship missiles like the McDonnell Douglas Harpoon or the French MM40 Exocet. In addition secondary firepower includes twin fifties or single 40mm automatic grenade launchers on cupolas and optional 2.75 inch or Matra rocket pods or even anti-tank missle pods in addition to the pair of "fish" mounted on the keel.
Joe commanders have dealt with the Cobra maritime assets by establishing aeronaval superiority but moving in troops onto the beach still proves diffcult with these lethal craft roaming the coastal areas.
The Water Moccasin is a fast attack craft that is used in shollow lakes and rivers. It only needs 2 feet of water when it is moving. To come to a stop it is recomended that it be in at least 5 feet of water.
It is used as a light costal defender and as scouts for larger and heavier armed ships.
Vehicle Type: Air Boat
Crew: 2, and up to 4 passengers
M.D.C. by Location:
*Main Body - 500
Reinforced Pilot's Compartment - 150
Reinforced Gunners Compartment - 150
Spotlight (2) - 80 each
Reinforced Front End - 200
Particle Beam Cannons (shielded) - 125
Laser Cannons (2) - 80 each
Mini-Missile Launcher (2) - 100 each
Fan Sheild - 225
Fan - 50
*If the M.D.C. of the main body is depleted, the vehicle is destroyed.
Speed: 150 mph in water
Length: 15 ft
Weight: 2 tons
Main Engine: Nuclear, life span of 10 years
Radio: Range: 250 miles
Radar: Range: 50 miles
Combat Computer: With heads-up display
Thermo-imager: An optical heat sensor that allows the infrared radition of warm objects to be converted into a visible image. Enables the pilot to see in darkness, shadows and through smoke. Range: 2000 ft
Sonar: Range 20 miles
WaterMoccasin.php -- Revised: January 27, 2021.