the Covert Light Aerial Weapon

A one-man battle wing, the CLAW (or Covert Light Aerial Weapon) is small and light, making it difficult for enemy radar to detect it. An answer of sorts to GI Joe's JUMP and Sky Hawk units, the CLAW helps Cobra to field a quick, relatively cheap air element.

Given propulsion by twin DES/Mini-55 turbojet engines, and lift by its aerodynamic frame with extending wings, the CLAW can get a Cobra operative (or just its Flashfire bomb, if operated remotely) somewhere fast, and benefits from these vehicular characteristics:

C
Ex 20
S
Am 50
B
Ex 20
P
Sh 0

Flashfire Bomb: instead of a pilot, the CLAW can be fitted with one DES/28-B 750 pound Flashfire bomb. Delivered via remote control, this bomb can be dropped on a target, or delivered via ramming attack, to inflict Incredible (40) Edged Attack (fragmentary) damage.

Flight: the principal function of the CLAW is that it can fly! This vehicle is powered by twin jets mounted just above its pilot (or payload), which allow it to soar through the skies at speeds of up to 375 miles per hour (Amazing (50) flight).

HE-8 Venom Missiles: each CLAW is armed with two ten pound, HE-8 Venom unguided missiles. Fire and forget projectiles, these missiles will generally just fly straight upon being fired, decimating whatever is in their path. They have these characteristics:

C
Ty 6
S
Mn 75
B
Ex 20
Damage
Rm 30 Edged Attack

Machine Gun: this top-mounted firearm can dispense lead at anything directly in front of the CLAW. It can fire short bursts of ammunition to inflict Good (10) Shooting damage, or a sustained burst of fully automatic fire to inflict Excellent (20) Shooting damage.

Remote Control: whether manned with a pilot or loaded with a Flashfire bomb, a CLAW may be piloted remotely by a Cobra operator. This can be done with Good (10) ability (25 mile range) from a ground station, or Excellent (20) ability (100 miles) from another aircraft.

2008 Variations

Almost twenty five years after their initial issue, Cobra began building all new CLAWs. The 2008 model was similar on the surface to the original, but was capable of flying into battle with two more HE-8 Venom missiles, the better to swat GI Joe out of the sky with!

2009 Variations

Just a year later, Cobra updated its CLAWs once more. The red model can carry two HE-8 Venom missiles and two Flashfire bombs, whether or not a pilot is operating the vehicle. Furthermore, CLAW pilots are assisted by the following, additional accessory:

Remote Sighting Camera: built from the chassis of old Trouble Bubble aerial mines, these cameras hover using small retro rocket engines, and feed video data of a target location to a CLAW pilot or central command with Excellent (20) ability - from up to 100 miles away!

Extra Goodies:

CLAW Universal Heroes Text File Download

Cobra directories featuring a version of the CLAW:

  1984 2008 2009