Two Slider UCAVs in Eastern Europe, 2014.

Sliders were unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) used by several PMCs, during the time of the war economy. They often moved and attacked in squads.

Warning: The following information is from outside Hideo Kojima's core "Metal Gear Saga." It has some level of canonicity within the continuity, but reader discretion is advised.[?]

The Sliders still saw some use after the war economy's collapse, being used by the PMC Desperado Enforcement LLC.

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Appearance and equipment

Sliders were flying drones with a small body, to which wings, thruster rockets and weapons were attached. Although primarily utilized as a unmanned combat aerial vehicle, it can also be utilized by personnel as a large elaborate jetpack, especially after the war economy. The Sliders' large wings could flap like a bird's, enabling them to glide over long distances.

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During the World Marshal Incidents in 2018, they were equipped with the same cannon utilized by Mastiff and the Raptor UGs, while their primary weapons were AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles just like the Hammerhead. In addition, they were given red highlights around the "feathered" areas, implied to be to mark them as belonging to Desperado.

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The Sliders possessed two small turbojet engines modified from small missiles that were capable of putting out three kilonewtons of propulsion force. The high-aspect ratio wings were likewise composed of artificial muscle, which allowed it full flight and even helicopter-capable hovering. The Sliders were also created with a network-centric system in mind due to the advent of SOP, which made them a large threat when in groups, being capable of extraordinary situational awareness, and being capable of searching wide ranges without missing a millimeter as well as saturate a hotspot with gunfire at multiple angles. 

Individually, however, they were extremely weak, as the developers sacrificed toughness for compact size and lack of expenses to manufacture. The decision likewise hampered their ability to move at high speeds or perform high-G maneuvers. It also possessed strict limitations to its flight time and range by itself, and its body type also allowed for little stealth due to not being fixed-shape. Its weaponry was also limited to one of two options: semi-active laser-guided AIM-9X Sidewinder rockets, or a combination of 30.0 kilogram-class unguided bombs and 5.56 millimeter mounted gun pods.


Guns of the Patriots Incident

See also: Liquid Sun, Solid Sun, Third Sun, Twin Suns, Old Sun, and Naked Sin/Naked Son

A Slider commences a bombing run in the Middle East, 2014.

During the war economy in 2014, the Slider saw use with various PMCs, including the Outer Heaven-owned PMCs Praying Mantis and Raven Sword, during their missions in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, respectively. In the former, several Sliders were responsible for the destruction of some buildings near the Militia safe house, leading to the instability of the buildings. At least one Slider ended up captured/shot down by the Middle Eastern militiamen, resulting in them studying it inside their safe house. In the latter event, several Sliders pursued Old Snake and Big Mama, along with several Paradise Lost Army members. The Beauty and the Beast Unit member Raging Raven also was equipped with a Slider, acting as her "wings."

World Marshal Incidents

See also: Raid at World Marshal, Ambush in Africa, Abkhazian Coup, Investigation in Guadalajara, Raid in Denver, and Operation Tecumseh

A single Slider carrying a Desperado cyborg in 2018.

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In 2015-2018, the PMCs Desperado Enforcement LLC. and World Marshal Inc. possessed several Sliders, several of which were also fused with the cyborg soldiers in a similar manner to Raging Raven before them. There were two variants utilized during this time: One was a completely unmanned version, and the other was utilized by the cyborg soldiers. The former is usually equipped with a Mk 19 grenade launcher on its tail where the pilot would usually sit. It was largely popular among these two as well as other PMCs in large part due to it being extremely inexpensive to manufacture, especially in comparison to the days of manned aircraft manufacturing. 

Raiden also briefly used a squadron of Sliders as a makeshift stepladder to access the side of the headquarters building to reach the top half of the building, as the regular path was cordoned off by debris due to World Marshal's ambush on Raiden. Raiden later briefly used a Slider to evade death from a fall, also reprogramming it in the process to act as his steed, after Sundowner used a Hammerhead as a last ditch attempt to take down Raiden, during his activities in 2018. He then navigated his way through a burning tunnel within the building before emerging from the heliport, and proceeded to fling the Slider at Sundowner's Hammerhead, destroying it and sending Sundowner flying straight at Raiden, prompting Raiden to finish him off.

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Sliders were capable of flying with great speed and maneuverability, even in small spaces such as on streets and inside buildings. They had bombs and missiles in their arsenal that they could use to great effect against buildings, vehicles and personnel. They were also equipped with a spotlight for detecting threats in the dark. They seemed to possess an autonomous AI for acting independently, though B&B member Raging Raven could also command them at her will and were also capable of working together if the situation calls for it. She could also use Sliders to fly over an area and conduct recon, using them as an alternate set of eyes to detect enemies. Two militia members implied that their growing aerial network was such that they'd even be able to provide intel and relay commands, including full terrain data, to various ground units within at least Praying Mantis.[1]

A huge drawback, however, was that they were created with a network-centric operation such as SOP in mind.

Warning: The following information is from outside Hideo Kojima's core "Metal Gear Saga." It has some level of canonicity within the continuity, but reader discretion is advised.[?]

This flaw was especially observable during 2018, where individually they were not well suited for combat.

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Sliders are fairly weak and easy to destroy by firearms, but they are constantly flying around which can make them quite hard to hit. Easiest way to accurately hit them is to use Auto-Aim and an assault rifle. The Sliders will also sometimes fly in the way of missiles launched at Raging Raven to protect her from harm. Oddly enough, they cannot hit Snake during the motorcycle chase.


Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

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Notes and references

  1. ^ Militia soldier 1: Intel indicates the enemy's deployed... Some sort of special unit, outfitted with unknown gear. // Militia soldier 2: You mean those four ugly sons of bitches? //Militia soldier 1: Yes sir. Their appearance may seem strange, but they demonstrated incredible combat abilities. We already lost several units to them. // Militia soldier 2: I hear one of 'em even flies. // Militia soldier 1: One of them does indeed seem capable of flight, sir. At the same time, it also maintains control over several UCAVs [Sliders], increasing its air attack capability. // Militia soldier 2: One of my men recovered what he claims to be one of those UCAVs. // Militia soldier 1: Now they appear capable of working together or acting independently. My guess is that they're building an aerial network, sir. // Militia soldier 2: I see. The more intel they have on the area, the more affective their ground units are in battle. // Militia soldier 1: Exactly. And we can tell by the way they're placing their snipers that they've got an edge. They must be getting full terrain data on the entire area. // Militia soldier 2: In other words, we're in deep shit. // Militia soldier 1: You said it.