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Draco Double Burner description (from Aliens Predator Collectable Card Game - card 32 - Draco Double Burner)
Incinerator
Draco Double Burner
Production information
Type

Flamethrower/assault rifle/grenade launcher

Technical specifications
Range

Long[1]

Usage
Era(s)

24th century

Affiliation

USM

  [Source]
The Draco Double Burner,[1] also known as the Incinerator,[citation needed] Flamer[citation needed] or simply the Flamethrower, is an incredibly versatile weapon used by the United Systems Military in the 24th century.

OverviewEdit

The Draco Double Burner is primarily designed as a military flamethrower, capable of firing and igniting a stream of liquid fuel. However, the weapon can also operate as an assault rifle or a grenade launcher,[2] allowing it to be utilized in any number of different situations and giving it a level of versatility few other weapons systems possess. Larger and more powerful than the other rifle used by the USM, the Lacrima 99 Shockrifle, the Draco extends to more than three feet in length.[3]

HistoryEdit

Draco Double Burners were notably used by the crew of the USM Auriga in 2379, to combat the Cloned Xenomorphs which had infested the ship.

AppearancesEdit

In Alien Resurrection, the Draco Double Burner is issued to the USM troops stationed on board the USM Auriga. One is taken and used by Johner for the majority of the film; he is seen using both the grenade launcher mode (to kill a Cloned Xenomorph during the underwater scene) and the assault rifle mode (to kill the Chestburster that erupts from Larry Purvis). Ripley 8 also notably takes the weapon and uses its flamethrower mode to torch the failed Ripley clones.

In the Alien Resurrection video game, the weapon returns and can be used by the player, although in this appearance it is known simply as the "Flamethrower".

TriviaEdit

  • The use of the Draco in Alien Resurrection continued the tradition of flamethrower weaponry featuring in the films of the Alien franchiseAlien prominently featured the Flame Thrower, Aliens featured the M240 Incinerator Unit and Prometheus would also feature a flamethrower. Despite not featuring flamethrowers, the prisoners in Alien3 also used fire as a weapon against the Dragon.
  • The Draco Double Burner has often been labelled the AR-2 (or AR2[4] and Ar-2[5]) on many prop websites. Similarly, the Lacrima 99 Shockrifle has often been labelled the AR-1 (or AR1[6] and Ar-1[7][8]). Exactly where these names originate from is unknown. However, it is possible they are behind-the-scenes names used during the design process, used to identify them before the designers had decided on the specifics of each weapon.
  • Although far more Lacrimas are seen being used by USM soldiers aboard the Auriga in Alien Resurrection, the images of the props found on The Alien Anthology Archives bonus disc first included in the 2010 Alien Anthology indicate that the Draco was "The primary rifle used on the Auriga". It is possible the roles and prominence of the two weapons were switched during production.

GalleryEdit

Behind the scenesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Aliens Predator Collectable Card Game - card 32 - Draco Double Burner
  2. Joss Whedon (writer) and Jean-Pierre Jeunet (director). Alien Resurrection [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  3. Alien Anthology (2010)/Prometheus to Alien: The Evolution - The Alien Anthology Archives - Alien Resurrection - Production - Photography - Production Image Galleries - Production Props: Weapons
  4. http://www.propstore.com/product/alien-resurrection/sigourney-weaver-hero-ar2-flame-thrower-rifle/
  5. http://www.proparchives.com/science-fiction/science-fiction-1990s/alien-resurrection/sigourney-weaver-hero-ar-2-rifle-from-alien-resurrection
  6. http://www.screenused.com/?sectionID=item-detail&subsectionID=index.cfm&item_id=5437
  7. http://www.proparchives.com/science-fiction/science-fiction-1990s/alien-resurrection/hero-ar-1-pulse-rifle-from-alien-resurrection
  8. http://www.proparchives.com/science-fiction/science-fiction-1990s/alien-resurrection/alien-resurrection-ar-1-pulse-rifle

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