The XZ-311 is more than adequate at dealing out the pain. It carries a substantial number of direct fire weapons, both cannons and guns, projectile and energy based, and even supports airborne artillery. It’s lifting capacity and maneuverability also makes it a perfect missile delivery platform, and it carries more than its share of warhead delivery vehicles.
“Tornado” 25mm Gatling Cannon (2) – Thorax turret mounted, 360° arc, 80° vertical inclination
Mounted beneath the thorax of the XZ-311 is an armored turret with a pair of 25mm cyclic cannons, allowing it to target and tear into most light to medium class targets within 2 kilometers. The guns fire 20 rounds per second in up to 6 second bursts and draw ammunition from a pair of internally mounted drums, each holding 3,000 rounds. Shells are returned to the drum after rounds are fired, helping to maintain the Hellstorm’s weight ratios and to conserve resources. In a pinch, the Tornado can be set as a somewhat efficient close-in defense gun.
A third and fourth Tornado is mounted one in each weapon wing. These guns are integrated with a minor 10° tracking gamut but can operate at any position the wings take in their arc. Each gun has a 1,500 round ammo drum mounted aft that can be replaced with a higher capacity drum if wing adjustments are disabled.
“Raider-5” 50mm Pulse Cannon (2) – Thorax turret mounted (dorsal), 360° arc, 90° inclination
This pilot or gunner controlled defense weapon is mounted atop the prothorax; the body segment between the head and thorax proper. Mounted as a pair, it was designed to fill the upper-forward firing arc with rapid bursts of condensed neutrons. While designed to fire on avian targets with softer armor at ranges up to 3 kilometers, some gunners have been able to successfully shoot down slower incoming projectiles.
Garrin-Hayes 240-A9 50mm Beam Cannon (4) – Thorax mounted, 145° lateral arcs, 120° vertical inclination
An updated form of older blue-band laser technology, these weapons have exceptional range for a beam weapon and can deliver substantial damage even at 8 kilometers distant. Within 1 kilometer they almost instantly vaporize through common armor types and can even damage a Zoid through e-shields if the focus is accurate. There are four of these cannons carried by the Hellstorm mounted in pairs. Though each turret rotates a pair of cannons, they incline and decline independently, allowing them to spread their fire.
Rocker 4-A4 35mm Beam Cannon (2) – Abomen mounted, 200° rear arcs, 40° inclination
A later addition to the Hellstorm’s armament, the Rocker beam cannons were placed to deter heavier avian Zoids from taking position behind the XZ-311. A pair of them are mounted in a heavily armored, manned turret directly under the lower dorsal vernier cowl, with an arc that can swing to 15° forward of its position and a computer can time the shots to pass between wing beats. The gun can pierce moderate armor at up to 4 kilometers distance and can rend much lighter targets at almost 6 kilometers away.
Shadow Dancer Anti-Zoid Missile (10) – Thorax (weapon wing) mounted, forward arc
Considered a short range but very nimble missile with a potent area effect warhead, the Shadow Dancer is a silhouette seeker that an strike targets up to 5 kilometers away or within 50 meters. They explode to send superheated shrapnel out with deadly force up to 20 meters off target, making them a quick and dirty weapon to use against swarms of lighter Zoids, especially avian targets.
“Thunder Road” 1,000 kg Cluster Munitions Missile (4) – Thorax (weapon wing) mounted, forward arc
A two-mode warhead for use against multiple light-to-medium ground targets, or against a single larger target, the Thunder Road can spread bomblets in a path 30 meters wide by 50 meters long, or it can retain them and detonate all submunitions on impact. While not as effective as the heavy armor piercing missiles carried by many other Zoids, it has been found that the submunitions’ ability to damage exposed sensitive systems balances the weapon out. This missile has a range of 16 kilometers.
“Skymaul” 180mm Cannon (2) – Abdomen mounted, rear arc, fixed
Mounted upon each side of the Hellstorm’s tail is a Skymaul; a cable-fed 180mm APEX cannon designed to punish even heavy Zoids at range. Each gun has a rail-based magazine traversing the inner skin of the long abdomen, feeding 500 rounds of heavy ammunition through the mount. The Skymaul has a range of 20 kilometers and can leave a crater where a Zatton once stood. However, the big guns are not accurate enough for air targets unless they are slow and lumbering, and the Hellstorm can best use them at a hover.
“Sunlance” 150mm Particle Cannon (1) – Abdomen mounted, rear arc, fixed
Within the long abdomen of the XZ-311 is the Sunlance; a terrifying beam weapon that can pierce through the heart of an Iron Kong at more than 10 kilometers. This piece of beam artillery was designed to be mounted on the defensive walls of state cities, but the incredible lifting capacity and power supply of the Hellstorm allow it to carry and utilize it. Before use the XZ-311 must switch all primary power to the gun, leaving only enough for minimal maneuvering and some defensive systems. After the shot the weapon requires a cooling and replenishment time of several minutes (depending on altitude). Still its one shot, one kill ability makes it a much feared weapon.
Hardened Alloy Jaws – Head mounted, integrated, 60° arc
A bite from the huge, reinforced jaws of the Hellstorm can rend almost any airborne Zoid to pieces, and can snap the head from most land based units in moments. Rather than having a single large blade like many Zoids, it possesses cillerae that cut and rip apart enemies like talons.
Hardened Alloy Claws (6) – Leg mounted, integrated, 90° lower arc
Designed to haul heavy loads and latch onto any available landing surface, the claws of the XZ-311 are quite strong. It can grapple with them easily and then tear lighter units limb from limb, or hold them while the Hellstorm smashes them into the ground from kilometers in the sky or tears through them point-blank with its Tornado Gatling cannons.