|“|| Ready to unleash the swarm!|
- WASP Hive leaving the War Factory
These machine gun and missile-armed drones are especially effective against infantry and light vehicles. Any drones that are shot down are quickly replaced with a new one from the WASP Hive's reserves.
Ever since the turn of the millennium, unmanned weapons have become a mainstay counter-insurgency tool in the Middle East and Africa. The WASP Hive was the first breakthrough made by current generation drone technologies, the result of billions of dollars worth of research and their increasing importance to US military operations.
Although a plain Stryker APC on the outside, its passenger compartment has been completely redesigned to shelter advanced computer systems and a console. Besides the driver, the only other crew member is the drone operator. Thanks to advanced computer assistance controls, the operator functions more as a 'drone commander' than a 'drone pilot' as he orders an entire swarm of WASPs to fight for him and protect the vehicle if necessary.
The technology does have its limitations however: Although the operator has what seems to be an unlimited swarm of drones at his disposal, the computer cannot control more than three drones simultaneously. Due to the expendable nature of the WASPs, the Hive is designed with drone losses in mind and can quickly a replace a drone that is shot down, making it excellent for harassing enemies and supporting more valuable units at a long distance.
Little is known about the drone operators themselves, other than they are required to have a high resistance to fatigue due to extended active duty and patience to conduct operations that can last days in scouting, acquiring and neutralizing a single target.
Deploy Combat Drones
|Immediately release the WASP Hive's WASP drones.|
Call in a Starlifter
|Call in a Starlifter on the WASP Hive.|
Requires Supply Center and Air Mobility.
|Build a Battle Drone that follows the vehicle, engaging enemies with its machine gun and repairs the vehicle when damaged.|
Costs $200 and takes 5 seconds to complete.
Incompatible with Targeteer Drone.
|Build a Targeteer Drone that follows the vehicle, extending its sight radius and increases the vehicle's rate of fire by 25% (except for Avengers, WASP Hives and Microwave Tanks).|
Costs $150 and takes 5 seconds to complete.
Incompatible with Battle Drone.