- "These weapons of war would be awe-inspiring, if they were not so badass."
- —Sith-venator Wavingstrider-0066
The Mantis Walker was an all terrain assault walker developed for the United States Armed Forces during the Great Human War.
- "Trampling Commie."
- —An Mantis Walker driver
The Mantis Waler was a multi-purpose assault vehicle capable of tasks ranging from the transportation of platoons of Effingo Vexillums around a battlefield to full-scale attacks upon enemy head quarters. The vehicle performed very well in support roles that involved providing cover fire for soldiers. Mantis Walkers were often deployed in large numbers to overwhelm the enemy through sheer volume of fire, even the fearful Red Tank was inferior.
The rear internal compartment was cramped and contained a number of computer consoles which included a communication system allowing for messeges from commanders to be sent inside the vehicle. Troopers were located in the rear compartment with large doors present in the back which opened allowing soldiers to exit the walker. A top door allowed a soldier to observe the battlefield from the top of the walker in case of damaged sensors. The compartment was also capable of storing a combat jeep that mounted a .50 calliber machinegun.An Mantis Waler was impervious to electrical damage due to built-in rubber systems. Its average speed was 40 mph on any surface except water.This seemingly slow pace allowed it to penetrate heavy armor, an ability that was difficult for most craft, and to go faster than most Tanks.Super effective in numerous terrains and environments, some models of the walker were even capable of scaling vertical cliffs and going underwater.
A Mantis Walker contained enough fuel to stride at full speed for over 1000 kilometers and possessed enough air and rations to last its crew for three weeks out in the harsh conditions of the battlefield. Seven specially-trained crew members were needed in order for the vehicle to function correctly. The pilot worked the six legs of the walker, while a spotter utilized several sensor stations to confirm the locations of hostile units and primary objectives.
The spotter then had to relay this information to the four gunners nestled at gun stations within the heavily-armored hull of the walker. A final crew member had to sit behind the controls of the heavy cannon atop the Mantis, partially exposed to enemy fire. Ten soldier passengers could be held in each section of the walker (20 total). In addition, an medical outpost was located in the back of the Mantis for emergency medical treatment.The largest weapon was the enormous 200 millimeter cannon. This cannon could be loaded with an array of heavy calliber weapons and lasers, depending on the specifications of the mission. The payloads of the gun could range from burrowing bunker busters to heat-seeking missiles to sonic charges. However, it had a comparatively slow rate of fire and variable accuracy.
Six smaller .50 calliber guns were strategically placed along the vehicle. Four were located in a square pattern around the cockpit, while two more were placed in the rear to cover the flanks and help secure dropoff points for the platoons contained within. These troopers were essential to the survival of the Mantis when the walker came under fire from enemy infantry units that were too small to be accurately targeted by the main cannons.On the center legs there was also a hatch. When opened a missle launcher would come out to help in assaults or help cover the vehicles side which was one of the most unprotected parts.
The Mantis Walker design was inspired by the Prey Mantis.The Mantis Walker was first built as a patrol vehicle for border control,who were in need of a vehicle that could help maintain order and install fear into trasspassers.Later in the North American Wars it proved it's power when it fought off the Mexicans in the Battle of Texas where it served as mobile artilery.When the Great Human War began the United States sided with the United Nations. They immediantly began to supply these walkers to others countires of the U.N. such as the United Kingdom and western Greece. These Vehicles also participated in the Invasion of Athens and the defence of Germany.
- The Mantis Walker's deseighn is based off the Star Wars AT-TE.