In its primary mode the Sternclaw carries an array of weapons to defend its cargo. The abdomen section is modular and can be interchanged with various weapons and CP units. It can serve as a minelayer, missile platform, self-propelled artillery system or remote targeting platform. The modular turret is replaced with a crane or other powered systems depending on the mission.
60mm Overload Shock Cannon (x2) – thorax mounted, forward arc, 100º elevation
Almost more a defense system than a weapon, these cannon are seldom mounted on other Zoids because they have a high level of power use but a fairly short range (2 kilometers). They fire a bolt of cohesive particles that carry with them an exceptionally high energy charge. The impact can cause significant damage to lighter targets but, more importantly, there is a strong probability of sensitive systems shorting out with the dissipation of the charge.
25mm “Suppressor” Impact Cannon (x2) – head mounted, fixed forward
This pair of automatic cannons is belt fed from an armored magazine located beneath the pilot station. The guns fire standard armor piercing rounds and are primarily for defense purposes against conventional armor and light Zoids within a kilometer.
25mm “Lightlance” Beam Cannon (x2) – head mounted, forward arc, 145º elevation
Mounted to either side of the pilot station, these light cannon assist in countering aerial threats and provide additional firepower against light armor targets. Each is built with a heavy armor shield to aid in protecting the pilot station from incoming lateral fire.
16mm Machinegun (x2) – turret mounted, 360º arc
Controlled by the ordinance engineer when ammunition transfer is not in progress, this pair of belt-fed machineguns is used as a universal defense against light vehicles and infantry at close range. Though limited in application against Zoids, the high-velocity rounds can be used against softer targets such as wings, canopies, sensors and heat sinks.
Engineering Claws (x2) – abdomen mounted, fixed aft
While designed to manipulate and haul heavy loads, engineering claws that give the Sternclaw its name are quite capable of crushing many Zoids to scrap. They can extend almost 5 meters from their housing and have a spread of 7.4 meters, enough to grip and eviscerate the leg of a Gojulas.