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master arminas

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Project 3000 (Phase III)
« on: 28 November 2020, 23:50:10 »
With the successful introduction of the Phase I Light-weight BattleMechs, the Concordat decided to move forward simultaneously with Phase II (Medium-weight BattleMechs) and Phase III (Tracked Combat Vehicles).

These new vehicle designs would offer the TDF (and various mercenary units and external factions) a variety of new and highly capable designs.  These designs would share a number of components with the Phase I and Phase II BattleMechs, including the Wintershaven IVIS Mk IX communications system, the Bell & Sun Phalanx Silver tracking and targeting system, Renault Composites armor plating, and either the Nissan 200 fusion engine or the Pitban 240 fusion engine.

Critics voiced their concerns that Phase III concentrated solely on tracked vehicles, ignoring hovercraft and VTOLs in their approach.  However, the difficulties of attempting to fit existing fusion engines being produced for Phase I and Phase II in hovercraft and VTOLs made it far simpler for the Concordat to concentrate on reliable, rugged, and (relatively) inexpensive tracked combat vehicles.

By 3027, prototypes of five separate designs (each with a number of variants) had been tested in the field and approved for production.  These vehicles are in production at a number of facilities across the Concordat and are expected to rapidly replace existing tracked vehicles throughout the TDF and the Noble's Regiments.

While few mercenary units utilize vehicles in great numbers, there has been some interest from that quarter . . . including Wolf's Dragoons who ordered two of each and every variant for evaluation.  The Free Worlds League and Capellan Confederation, however, have expressed considerable interest (as has the Magistracy of Canopus), while the Lyran Commonwealth has obtained a few of their own for independent testing.

Despite the massive interest of the Federated Suns in combat vehicles, the Concordat still refuses to export any war materials to House Davion . . . making the only Phase III combat vehicles in AFFS service those acquired second-hand from House Steiner or captured from House Liao.

Only the Draconis Combine has shown no interest in the project at all . . . although intelligence experts believe that they are secretly acquiring a few Phase III vehicles from House Marik to reverse engineer and possibly produce for themselves.

master arminas

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Re: Project 3000 (Phase III)
« Reply #1 on: 29 November 2020, 00:10:19 »
The first new combat vehicle of Phase III was the Armored Cavalry Attack Vehicle (ACAV) Rattlesnake.

Massing 40 tons, this design uses a Pitban 240 fusion engine that provides for a cruise speed of 64.8 kilometers per hour and a flank speed of 97.2 kph.  Five and a half tons of Renault Composites 88 armor plating have been installed on the exterior of the vehicle, giving enough protection to resist a Class 20 autocannon strike on the front and turret, as well as two Large Laser hits on the sides and rear.  While considered light by some critics, this allowed for the installation of a one-ton turret with ten tons of space available for weapons and ammunition.  Crew consists of three personnel:  a driver in the central forward hull just ahead of the turret, a gunner in the turret, and a vehicle commander in the turret.

Contrary to contemporary practice, the Concordat designers of the Rattlesnake concentrated all available weapon systems in the turret.  While this does (somewhat) limit the design, it also makes it (relatively) simple to convert one variant into another by simply replacing the turret!  Although simple in theory, in practice it rarely occurs in the field as removing and then replacing the turret requires nearly twelve hours by a team of Techs and Astechs to ensure that all systems are functional.  Still, this ability does offer the TDF the possibility to rearm and reconfigure their Rattlesnakes should the need arise.

The ACAV-101 is the base-line model most often encountered.  This variant is armed with a High Energy Systems Corona PPC and an Aurora Missiliers Privet LRM-5 launcher (with a ton of ammunition for 24 missile salvos).  Built to engage opponents at range, the ACAV-101 does that job quite well and on a highly mobile (for a tracked vehicle) chassis.

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Rattlesnake ACAV-101

Mass: 40 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Motive Type: Tracked
Rules Level: Tournament Legal
Era: Succession Wars
Tech Rating/Era Availability: D/X-E-D-A
Production Year: 3027
Dry Cost: 1,386,000 C-Bills
Total Cost: 1,416,000 C-Bills
Battle Value: 663

Power Plant: Pitban 240 Fusion Engine
Cruise Speed: 64.8 km/h
Flanking Speed: 97.2 km/h
Armor: Renault Composites 88 Standard Armor
Armament:
    1 High Energy Systems Corona PPC
    1 Aurora Missiliers Privet LRM-5
Manufacturer:
    Primary Factory:
Communications System: Wintershaven Comms IVIS Mk IX
Targeting and Tracking System: Bell & Sun Phalanx Silver

================================================================================
Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Internal Structure: Standard                      20 points                4.00
Engine:             Fusion Engine                240                      17.50
    Cruise MP:  6
    Flank MP:   9
Heat Sinks:         Single Heat Sink             10                        0.00
Control Equipment:                                                         2.00
Lift Equipment:                                                            0.00
Turret:                                                                    1.00
Armor:              Standard Armor               AV -  88                  5.50

                                                      Armor     
                                                      Factor     
                                               Front     20       
                                          Left/Right   16/16       
                                              Turret     20       
                                                Rear     16       

================================================================================
Equipment                                 Location    Heat     Spaces     Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
PPC                                          T         10        1         7.00
LRM-5                                        T         2         1         2.00
@LRM-5 (24)                                  BD        -         0         1.00

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:      3    Points: 7
6t         1       2       2       0      2     0   Structure:  2
Special Abilities: TUR(1/2/2)

The ACAV-102 concentrates on medium and short range engagements.  The primary weapon is a Martin Gordan Lance Large Laser, supported in close by an Aurora Missiliers Hemlock SRM-6 (with a ton of ammunition for 15 salvos) and a Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine-Gun (with a half-ton of ammunition for 100 bursts).

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Rattlesnake ACAV-102

Mass: 40 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Motive Type: Tracked
Rules Level: Tournament Legal
Era: Succession Wars
Tech Rating/Era Availability: D/X-E-D-A
Production Year: 3027
Dry Cost: 1,323,000 C-Bills
Total Cost: 1,350,500 C-Bills
Battle Value: 614

Power Plant: Pitban 240 Fusion Engine
Cruise Speed: 64.8 km/h
Flanking Speed: 97.2 km/h
Armor: Renault Composites 88 Standard Armor
Armament:
    1 Martin Gordan Lance Large Laser
    1 Aurora Missiliers Hemlock SRM-6
    1 Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine Gun
Manufacturer:
    Primary Factory:
Communications System: Wintershaven Comms IVIS Mk IX
Targeting and Tracking System: Bell & Sun Phalanx Silver

================================================================================
Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
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Internal Structure: Standard                      20 points                4.00
Engine:             Fusion Engine                240                      17.50
    Cruise MP:  6
    Flank MP:   9
Heat Sinks:         Single Heat Sink             10                        0.00
Control Equipment:                                                         2.00
Lift Equipment:                                                            0.00
Turret:                                                                    1.00
Armor:              Standard Armor               AV -  88                  5.50

                                                      Armor     
                                                      Factor     
                                               Front     20       
                                          Left/Right   16/16       
                                              Turret     20       
                                                Rear     16       

================================================================================
Equipment                                 Location    Heat     Spaces     Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Large Laser                                  T         8         1         5.00
SRM-6                                        T         4         1         3.00
Machine Gun                                  T         0         1         0.50
@SRM-6 (15)                                  BD        -         0         1.00
@MG (1/2) (100)                              BD        -         0         0.50

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:      3    Points: 6
6t         2       2       0       0      2     0   Structure:  2
Special Abilities: TUR(2/2/0)

The ACAV-103 is not very highly favored by the TDF . . . but it is inexpensive and easy to maintain.  The primary weapon is a Hyades Weapons Consortium Rampage AC-5 Autocannon (with a ton of ammunition for 20 bursts) supported by a Martin Gordan Rapier Medium Laser.

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Rattlesnake ACAV-103

Mass: 40 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Motive Type: Tracked
Rules Level: Tournament Legal
Era: Succession Wars
Tech Rating/Era Availability: D/X-E-D-A
Production Year: 3027
Dry Cost: 1,295,000 C-Bills
Total Cost: 1,299,500 C-Bills
Battle Value: 510

Power Plant: Pitban 240 Fusion Engine
Cruise Speed: 64.8 km/h
Flanking Speed: 97.2 km/h
Armor: Renault Composites 88 Standard Armor
Armament:
    1 Hyades Weapons Consortium Rampage Autocannon/5
    1 Martin Gordan Rapier Medium Laser
Manufacturer:
    Primary Factory:
Communications System: Wintershaven Comms IVIS Mk IX
Targeting and Tracking System: Bell & Sun Phalanx Silver

================================================================================
Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Internal Structure: Standard                      20 points                4.00
Engine:             Fusion Engine                240                      17.50
    Cruise MP:  6
    Flank MP:   9
Heat Sinks:         Single Heat Sink             10                        0.00
Control Equipment:                                                         2.00
Lift Equipment:                                                            0.00
Turret:                                                                    1.00
Armor:              Standard Armor               AV -  88                  5.50

                                                      Armor     
                                                      Factor     
                                               Front     20       
                                          Left/Right   16/16       
                                              Turret     20       
                                                Rear     16       

================================================================================
Equipment                                 Location    Heat     Spaces     Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Autocannon/5                                 T         1         1         8.00
Medium Laser                                 T         3         1         1.00
@AC/5 (20)                                   BD        -         0         1.00

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:      3    Points: 5
6t         1       1       1       0      2     0   Structure:  2
Special Abilities: TUR(1/1/1)

The ACAV-104 is a pure missile carrier.  Four Aurora Missilier Privet LRM-5 launchers are positioned in the turret, fed by two tons of ammunition (for a total of twelve quadruple salvos).

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Rattlesnake ACAV-104

Mass: 40 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Motive Type: Tracked
Rules Level: Tournament Legal
Era: Succession Wars
Tech Rating/Era Availability: D/X-E-D-A
Production Year: 3027
Dry Cost: 1,232,000 C-Bills
Total Cost: 1,292,000 C-Bills
Battle Value: 611

Power Plant: Pitban 240 Fusion Engine
Cruise Speed: 64.8 km/h
Flanking Speed: 97.2 km/h
Armor: Renault Composites 88 Standard Armor
Armament:
    4 Aurora Missiliers Privet LRM-5s
Manufacturer:
    Primary Factory:
Communications System: Wintershaven Comms IVIS Mk IX
Targeting and Tracking System: Bell & Sun Phalanx Silver

================================================================================
Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Internal Structure: Standard                      20 points                4.00
Engine:             Fusion Engine                240                      17.50
    Cruise MP:  6
    Flank MP:   9
Heat Sinks:         Single Heat Sink             10                        0.00
Control Equipment:                                                         2.00
Lift Equipment:                                                            0.00
Turret:                                                                    1.00
Armor:              Standard Armor               AV -  88                  5.50

                                                      Armor     
                                                      Factor     
                                               Front     20       
                                          Left/Right   16/16       
                                              Turret     20       
                                                Rear     16       

================================================================================
Equipment                                 Location    Heat     Spaces     Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
4 LRM-5s                                     T         8         4         8.00
@LRM-5 (48)                                  BD        -         0         2.00

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:      3    Points: 6
6t         1       2       2       0      2     0   Structure:  2
Special Abilities: TUR(1/2/2, LRM 1/1/1, IF 1/1/1), LRM 1/1/1, IF 1

The ACAV-105 concentrates entirely on short-range combat with four Martin Gordan Rapier Medium Lasers supported by an Aurora Missiliers Hemlock SRM-6 launcher (with a ton of ammunition for 15 salvos).

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Rattlesnake ACAV-105

Mass: 40 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Motive Type: Tracked
Rules Level: Tournament Legal
Era: Succession Wars
Tech Rating/Era Availability: D/X-E-D-A
Production Year: 3027
Dry Cost: 1,405,600 C-Bills
Total Cost: 1,432,600 C-Bills
Battle Value: 698

Power Plant: Pitban 240 Fusion Engine
Cruise Speed: 64.8 km/h
Flanking Speed: 97.2 km/h
Armor: Renault Composites 88 Standard Armor
Armament:
    1 Aurora Missiliers Hemlock SRM-6
    4 Martin Gordan Rapier Medium Lasers
Manufacturer:
    Primary Factory:
Communications System: Wintershaven Comms IVIS Mk IX
Targeting and Tracking System: Bell & Sun Phalanx Silver

================================================================================
Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Internal Structure: Standard                      20 points                4.00
Engine:             Fusion Engine                240                      17.50
    Cruise MP:  6
    Flank MP:   9
Heat Sinks:         Single Heat Sink             12                        2.00
Control Equipment:                                                         2.00
Lift Equipment:                                                            0.00
Turret:                                                                    1.00
Armor:              Standard Armor               AV -  88                  5.50

                                                      Armor     
                                                      Factor     
                                               Front     20       
                                          Left/Right   16/16       
                                              Turret     20       
                                                Rear     16       

================================================================================
Equipment                                 Location    Heat     Spaces     Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
4 Medium Lasers                              T         12        4         4.00
SRM-6                                        T         4         1         3.00
@SRM-6 (15)                                  BD        -         0         1.00

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:      3    Points: 7
6t         3       3       0       0      2     0   Structure:  2
Special Abilities: TUR(3/3/0)

Finally, the ACAV-106 is the most flexible variant.  Armament consists of two Martin Gordan Rapier Medium Laser, an Aurora Missiliers Privet LRM-5 launcher (with a ton of ammunition for 24 salvos), an Aurora Missiliers Hemlock SRM-6 launcher (with a ton of ammunition for 15 salvos), and a Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine-Gun (with a half-ton of ammunition for 100 bursts).

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Rattlesnake ACAV-106

Mass: 40 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Motive Type: Tracked
Rules Level: Tournament Legal
Era: Succession Wars
Tech Rating/Era Availability: D/X-E-D-A
Production Year: 3027
Dry Cost: 1,337,000 C-Bills
Total Cost: 1,394,500 C-Bills
Battle Value: 644

Power Plant: Pitban 240 Fusion Engine
Cruise Speed: 64.8 km/h
Flanking Speed: 97.2 km/h
Armor: Renault Composites 88 Standard Armor
Armament:
    1 Aurora Missiliers Hemlock SRM-6
    2 Martin Gordan Rapier Medium Lasers
    1 Aurora Missiliers Privet LRM-5
    1 Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine Gun
Manufacturer:
    Primary Factory:
Communications System: Wintershaven Comms IVIS Mk IX
Targeting and Tracking System: Bell & Sun Phalanx Silver

================================================================================
Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Internal Structure: Standard                      20 points                4.00
Engine:             Fusion Engine                240                      17.50
    Cruise MP:  6
    Flank MP:   9
Heat Sinks:         Single Heat Sink             10                        0.00
Control Equipment:                                                         2.00
Lift Equipment:                                                            0.00
Turret:                                                                    1.00
Armor:              Standard Armor               AV -  88                  5.50

                                                      Armor     
                                                      Factor     
                                               Front     20       
                                          Left/Right   16/16       
                                              Turret     20       
                                                Rear     16       

================================================================================
Equipment                                 Location    Heat     Spaces     Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2 Medium Lasers                              T         6         2         2.00
LRM-5                                        T         2         1         2.00
SRM-6                                        T         4         1         3.00
Machine Gun                                  T         0         1         0.50
@LRM-5 (24)                                  BD        -         0         1.00
@SRM-6 (15)                                  BD        -         0         1.00
@MG (1/2) (100)                              BD        -         0         0.50

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:      3    Points: 6
6t         3       3       1       0      2     0   Structure:  2
Special Abilities: TUR(3/3/1)

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Re: Project 3000 (Phase III)
« Reply #2 on: 29 November 2020, 00:36:26 »
The next vehicle is the Light Battle Tank (LBT) Sidewinder.  This vehicle shares the same chassis as the Rattlesnake (including the same level of armor protection), but replaces the Pitban 240 fusion engine with a Nissan 200 fusion engine.  This engine allows for a cruising speed of 54.0 kilometers per hour and flank speed of 86.4 kph. 

This freed up enough mass that the design teams was able to install a slightly larger turret (1.5 tons versus the 1.0 ton version on the Rattlesnake) with a capacity to carry up to 14 tons of weapons, ammunition, and equipment.  Like the Rattlesnake, the Sidewinder is designed to be able to remove and replace the turret and thus convert one variant into another.

Crew remains the same (3; driver, gunner, and commander) all in the same locations as the ACAV. 

Externally, the two designs are almost identical other than weapon placement in the turret, making distinguishing between the Rattlesnake and Sidewinder in the heat of battle somewhat problematic for hostile forces.  The Concordat considers this feature as an added bonus, rather than a flaw!

The LBT-101 is the primary variant.  Armed with a High Energy Systems Corona PPC, two Aurora Missiliers Privet LRM-5 launchers (with two tons of ammunition for 24 dual salvos), and a Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine-Gun (with a half-ton of ammunition for 100 bursts).

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Sidewinder LBT-101

Mass: 40 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Motive Type: Tracked
Rules Level: Tournament Legal
Era: Succession Wars
Tech Rating/Era Availability: D/X-E-D-A
Production Year: 3027
Dry Cost: 1,289,167 C-Bills
Total Cost: 1,349,667 C-Bills
Battle Value: 708

Power Plant: Nissan 200 Fusion Engine
Cruise Speed: 54.0 km/h
Flanking Speed: 86.4 km/h
Armor: Renault Composites 88 Standard Armor
Armament:
    1 High Energy Systems Corona PPC
    2 Aurora Missiliers Privet LRM-5s
    1 Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine Gun
Manufacturer:
    Primary Factory:
Communications System: Wintershaven Comms IVIS Mk IX
Targeting and Tracking System: Bell & Sun Phalanx Silver

================================================================================
Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Internal Structure: Standard                      20 points                4.00
Engine:             Fusion Engine                200                      13.00
    Cruise MP:  5
    Flank MP:   8
Heat Sinks:         Single Heat Sink             10                        0.00
Control Equipment:                                                         2.00
Lift Equipment:                                                            0.00
Turret:                                                                    1.50
Armor:              Standard Armor               AV -  88                  5.50

                                                      Armor     
                                                      Factor     
                                               Front     20       
                                          Left/Right   16/16       
                                              Turret     20       
                                                Rear     16       

================================================================================
Equipment                                 Location    Heat     Spaces     Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
PPC                                          T         10        1         7.00
2 LRM-5s                                     T         4         2         4.00
Machine Gun                                  T         0         1         0.50
@LRM-5 (48)                                  BD        -         0         2.00
@MG (1/2) (100)                              BD        -         0         0.50

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:      3    Points: 7
5t         2       2       2       0      2     0   Structure:  2
Special Abilities: TUR(2/2/2), IF 1

The LBT-102 is a highly flexible design that can engage at all but the longest of ranges.  The primary weapon is a Martin Gordan Lance Large Laser, supported by an Aurora Missiliers Privet LRM-5 launcher (with a ton of ammunition for 24 salvos), an Aurora Missiliers Foxglove SRM-4 launcher (with a ton of ammunition for 25 salvos), a Martin Gordan Rapier Medium Laser, and a Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine-Gun (with a half-ton of ammunition for 100 bursts).

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Sidewinder LBT-102

Mass: 40 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Motive Type: Tracked
Rules Level: Tournament Legal
Era: Succession Wars
Tech Rating/Era Availability: D/X-E-D-A
Production Year: 3027
Dry Cost: 1,249,967 C-Bills
Total Cost: 1,307,467 C-Bills
Battle Value: 689

Power Plant: Nissan 200 Fusion Engine
Cruise Speed: 54.0 km/h
Flanking Speed: 86.4 km/h
Armor: Renault Composites 88 Standard Armor
Armament:
    1 Martin Gordan Lance Large Laser
    1 Martin Gordan Rapier Medium Laser
    1 Aurora Missiliers Privet LRM-5
    1 Aurora Missiliers Foxglove SRM-4
    1 Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine Gun
Manufacturer:
    Primary Factory:
Communications System: Wintershaven Comms IVIS Mk IX
Targeting and Tracking System: Bell & Sun Phalanx Silver

================================================================================
Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Internal Structure: Standard                      20 points                4.00
Engine:             Fusion Engine                200                      13.00
    Cruise MP:  5
    Flank MP:   8
Heat Sinks:         Single Heat Sink             11                        1.00
Control Equipment:                                                         2.00
Lift Equipment:                                                            0.00
Turret:                                                                    1.50
Armor:              Standard Armor               AV -  88                  5.50

                                                      Armor     
                                                      Factor     
                                               Front     20       
                                          Left/Right   16/16       
                                              Turret     20       
                                                Rear     16       

================================================================================
Equipment                                 Location    Heat     Spaces     Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Large Laser                                  T         8         1         5.00
Medium Laser                                 T         3         1         1.00
LRM-5                                        T         2         1         2.00
SRM-4                                        T         3         1         2.00
Machine Gun                                  T         0         1         0.50
@LRM-5 (24)                                  BD        -         0         1.00
@SRM-4 (25)                                  BD        -         0         1.00
@MG (1/2) (100)                              BD        -         0         0.50

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:      3    Points: 7
5t         3       3       1       0      2     0   Structure:  2
Special Abilities: TUR(3/3/1)

The LBT-103 is outfitted with a Hyades Weapons Consortium Rampage AC-5 Autocannon (with a ton of ammunition for 20 bursts), an Aurora Missiliers Privet LRM-5 launcher (with a ton of ammunition for 24 salvos), a Martin Gordan Rapier Medium Laser, and a Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine-Gun (with a half-ton of ammunition for 100 bursts).

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Sidewinder LBT-103

Mass: 40 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Motive Type: Tracked
Rules Level: Tournament Legal
Era: Succession Wars
Tech Rating/Era Availability: D/X-E-D-A
Production Year: 3027
Dry Cost: 1,198,167 C-Bills
Total Cost: 1,233,167 C-Bills
Battle Value: 569

Power Plant: Nissan 200 Fusion Engine
Cruise Speed: 54.0 km/h
Flanking Speed: 86.4 km/h
Armor: Renault Composites 88 Standard Armor
Armament:
    1 Hyades Weapons Consortium Rampage Autocannon/5
    1 Martin Gordan Rapier Medium Laser
    1 Aurora Missiliers Privet LRM-5
    1 Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine Gun
Manufacturer:
    Primary Factory:
Communications System: Wintershaven Comms IVIS Mk IX
Targeting and Tracking System: Bell & Sun Phalanx Silver

================================================================================
Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Internal Structure: Standard                      20 points                4.00
Engine:             Fusion Engine                200                      13.00
    Cruise MP:  5
    Flank MP:   8
Heat Sinks:         Single Heat Sink             10                        0.00
Control Equipment:                                                         2.00
Lift Equipment:                                                            0.00
Turret:                                                                    1.50
Armor:              Standard Armor               AV -  88                  5.50

                                                      Armor     
                                                      Factor     
                                               Front     20       
                                          Left/Right   16/16       
                                              Turret     20       
                                                Rear     16       

================================================================================
Equipment                                 Location    Heat     Spaces     Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Autocannon/5                                 T         1         1         8.00
Medium Laser                                 T         3         1         1.00
LRM-5                                        T         2         1         2.00
Machine Gun                                  T         0         1         0.50
@AC/5 (20)                                   BD        -         0         1.00
@LRM-5 (24)                                  BD        -         0         1.00
@MG (1/2) (100)                              BD        -         0         0.50

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:      3    Points: 6
5t         2       2       1       0      2     0   Structure:  2
Special Abilities: TUR(2/2/1)

The LBT-104 is a missile carrier, but one that can defend itself in close range.  Primary armament is four Aurora Missiliers Privet LRM-5 launchers (with three tons of ammunition for 18 quadruple salvos), supported by a pair of Martin Gordan Rapier Medium Lasers and a Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine-Gun (with a half-ton of ammunition for 100 bursts).

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Sidewinder LBT-104

Mass: 40 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Motive Type: Tracked
Rules Level: Tournament Legal
Era: Succession Wars
Tech Rating/Era Availability: D/X-E-D-A
Production Year: 3027
Dry Cost: 1,205,167 C-Bills
Total Cost: 1,295,667 C-Bills
Battle Value: 725

Power Plant: Nissan 200 Fusion Engine
Cruise Speed: 54.0 km/h
Flanking Speed: 86.4 km/h
Armor: Renault Composites 88 Standard Armor
Armament:
    2 Martin Gordan Rapier Medium Lasers
    4 Aurora Missiliers Privet LRM-5s
    1 Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine Gun
Manufacturer:
    Primary Factory:
Communications System: Wintershaven Comms IVIS Mk IX
Targeting and Tracking System: Bell & Sun Phalanx Silver

================================================================================
Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Internal Structure: Standard                      20 points                4.00
Engine:             Fusion Engine                200                      13.00
    Cruise MP:  5
    Flank MP:   8
Heat Sinks:         Single Heat Sink             10                        0.00
Control Equipment:                                                         2.00
Lift Equipment:                                                            0.00
Turret:                                                                    1.50
Armor:              Standard Armor               AV -  88                  5.50

                                                      Armor     
                                                      Factor     
                                               Front     20       
                                          Left/Right   16/16       
                                              Turret     20       
                                                Rear     16       

================================================================================
Equipment                                 Location    Heat     Spaces     Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2 Medium Lasers                              T         6         2         2.00
4 LRM-5s                                     T         8         4         8.00
Machine Gun                                  T         0         1         0.50
@LRM-5 (72)                                  BD        -         0         3.00
@MG (1/2) (100)                              BD        -         0         0.50

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:      3    Points: 7
5t         2       3       2       0      2     0   Structure:  2
Special Abilities: TUR(2/3/2, LRM 1/1/1, IF 1/1/1), LRM 1/1/1, IF 1

The LBT-105 is a short-range missile brawler.  Primary armament consists of three Aurora Missiliers Hemlock SRM-6 launchers (fed by three tons of ammunition for 15 triple salvos) supported by two Martin Gordan Rapier Medium Lasers.

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Sidewinder LBT-105

Mass: 40 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Motive Type: Tracked
Rules Level: Tournament Legal
Era: Succession Wars
Tech Rating/Era Availability: D/X-E-D-A
Production Year: 3027
Dry Cost: 1,366,167 C-Bills
Total Cost: 1,447,167 C-Bills
Battle Value: 717

Power Plant: Nissan 200 Fusion Engine
Cruise Speed: 54.0 km/h
Flanking Speed: 86.4 km/h
Armor: Renault Composites 88 Standard Armor
Armament:
    3 Aurora Missiliers Hemlock SRM-6s
    2 Martin Gordan Rapier Medium Lasers
Manufacturer:
    Primary Factory:
Communications System: Wintershaven Comms IVIS Mk IX
Targeting and Tracking System: Bell & Sun Phalanx Silver

================================================================================
Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Internal Structure: Standard                      20 points                4.00
Engine:             Fusion Engine                200                      13.00
    Cruise MP:  5
    Flank MP:   8
Heat Sinks:         Single Heat Sink             10                        0.00
Control Equipment:                                                         2.00
Lift Equipment:                                                            0.00
Turret:                                                                    1.50
Armor:              Standard Armor               AV -  88                  5.50

                                                      Armor     
                                                      Factor     
                                               Front     20       
                                          Left/Right   16/16       
                                              Turret     20       
                                                Rear     16       

================================================================================
Equipment                                 Location    Heat     Spaces     Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2 Medium Lasers                              T         6         2         2.00
3 SRM-6s                                     T         12        3         9.00
@SRM-6 (45)                                  BD        -         0         3.00

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:      3    Points: 7
5t         4       4       0       0      2     0   Structure:  2
Special Abilities: TUR(4/4/0, SRM 2/2/0), SRM 2/2/0

Finally, there is the LBT-106.  While not well liked by many within the TDF, it does have proponents . . . primarily because it can engage targets at a range few other vehicles can achieve and still possess reasonable firepower.  The primary (though lighter damaging weapon) is a Hyades Weapons Consortium Reprisal AC-2 Autocannon (with a ton of ammunition for 45 bursts!) supported at closer ranges (though still considered long-range!) by a High Energy Systems Corona PPC.

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Sidewinder LBT-106

Mass: 40 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Motive Type: Tracked
Rules Level: Tournament Legal
Era: Succession Wars
Tech Rating/Era Availability: D/X-E-D-A
Production Year: 3027
Dry Cost: 1,303,167 C-Bills
Total Cost: 1,304,167 C-Bills
Battle Value: 619

Power Plant: Nissan 200 Fusion Engine
Cruise Speed: 54.0 km/h
Flanking Speed: 86.4 km/h
Armor: Renault Composites 88 Standard Armor
Armament:
    1 High Energy Systems Corona PPC
    1 Hyades Weapons Consortium Reprisal Autocannon/2
Manufacturer:
    Primary Factory:
Communications System: Wintershaven Comms IVIS Mk IX
Targeting and Tracking System: Bell & Sun Phalanx Silver

================================================================================
Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Internal Structure: Standard                      20 points                4.00
Engine:             Fusion Engine                200                      13.00
    Cruise MP:  5
    Flank MP:   8
Heat Sinks:         Single Heat Sink             10                        0.00
Control Equipment:                                                         2.00
Lift Equipment:                                                            0.00
Turret:                                                                    1.50
Armor:              Standard Armor               AV -  88                  5.50

                                                      Armor     
                                                      Factor     
                                               Front     20       
                                          Left/Right   16/16       
                                              Turret     20       
                                                Rear     16       

================================================================================
Equipment                                 Location    Heat     Spaces     Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Autocannon/2                                 T         1         1         6.00
PPC                                          T         10        1         7.00
@AC/2 (45)                                   BD        -         0         1.00

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:      3    Points: 6
5t         1       2       2       0      2     0   Structure:  2
Special Abilities: TUR(1/2/2)

master arminas

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Re: Project 3000 (Phase III)
« Reply #3 on: 29 November 2020, 00:56:18 »
The Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) Copperhead is the final 40-ton design.  While it also uses the same base chassis as the Rattlesnake and Sidewinder (and the same engine as the Sidewinder) the internal arrangement had to be redesigned due to the necessity of carrying a two-ton Infantry Compartment in the rear with a ramp for high-speed deployment of infantry on the battlefield.

The Nissan 200 fusion engine was moved from the rear to the front of the vehicle (incidentally providing added protection for the infantry in the rear compartment!) and the driver re positioned from the forward center to the forward left in a very cramped driving compartment.  The turret (still 1.5 tons as on the Sidewinder, but with reduced space for just 12 tons of weapons, ammunition, and equipment) was also moved to the right side of the hull, leaving a crawl-space between the drivers station and the rear infantry compartment alongside the turret well.

These changes make the Copperhead fairly easy to identify on the battlefield.

The two-ton Infantry Compartment of the Copperhead normally carries just a five-man Taurian Infantry Maniple, with the remaining space uses for additional small arms, support weapons, ammunition, explosives, and supplies.  However, in an emergency, the compartment can load two Maniples (a ten-man Squad in TDF terms), allowing a full infantry platoon of 30 personnel to be embarked in just three IFVs.  This allows the TDF to withdraw even if one or more vehicles in a Lance have been disabled (as there is sufficient space to include the crews of two or even three Copperheads in addition to the infantry!).

The two-ton bay also gives the TDF the ability to deploy jump infantry from these vehicles rather than foot infantry.  When sold for export, the two-ton bay is more than ample to accommodate  the standard 7-man Inner Sphere squad, allowing for four vehicles in a Lance to transport a full platoon, while still having additional space for spare equipment and supplies.

From time to time, the TDF has been known to "double-stack" their Copperheads . . . with a full lance of six IFVs transporting two full platoons of Taurian infantry (60 soldiers).  This tends to happen only when additional infantry is desperately needed (and available!) but transport is limited.

The IFV-101 is the primary variant.  Armament consists of a High Energy Systems Corona PPC, an Aurora Missiliers Hemlock SRM-6 launcher (with a ton of ammunition for 15 salvos), and a Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine-Gun (with a half-ton of ammunition for 100 bursts).

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Copperhead IFV-101

Mass: 40 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Motive Type: Tracked
Rules Level: Tournament Legal
Era: Succession Wars
Tech Rating/Era Availability: D/X-E-D-A
Production Year: 3027
Dry Cost: 1,317,167 C-Bills
Total Cost: 1,344,667 C-Bills
Battle Value: 659

Power Plant: Nissan 200 Fusion Engine
Cruise Speed: 54.0 km/h
Flanking Speed: 86.4 km/h
Armor: Renault Composites 88 Standard Armor
Armament:
    1 High Energy Systems Corona PPC
    1 Aurora Missiliers Hemlock SRM-6
    1 Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine Gun
    1  Infantry Compartment (2.0 tons)
Manufacturer:
    Primary Factory:
Communications System: Wintershaven Comms IVIS Mk IX
Targeting and Tracking System: Bell & Sun Phalanx Silver

================================================================================
Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
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Internal Structure: Standard                      20 points                4.00
Engine:             Fusion Engine                200                      13.00
    Cruise MP:  5
    Flank MP:   8
Heat Sinks:         Single Heat Sink             10                        0.00
Control Equipment:                                                         2.00
Lift Equipment:                                                            0.00
Turret:                                                                    1.50
Armor:              Standard Armor               AV -  88                  5.50

                                                      Armor     
                                                      Factor     
                                               Front     20       
                                          Left/Right   16/16       
                                              Turret     20       
                                                Rear     16       

================================================================================
Equipment                                 Location    Heat     Spaces     Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
PPC                                          T         10        1         7.00
SRM-6                                        T         4         1         3.00
Machine Gun                                  T         0         1         0.50
Infantry Compartment (2.0 tons)              BD        0         1         2.00
@SRM-6 (15)                                  BD        -         0         1.00
@MG (1/2) (100)                              BD        -         0         0.50

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:      3    Points: 7
5t         2       2       1       0      2     0   Structure:  2
Special Abilities: TUR(2/2/1)

The IFV-102 is armed with a Hyades Weapons Consortium Rampage AC-5 Autocannon (with a ton of ammunition for 20 bursts), two Martin Gordan Rapier Medium Lasers, and a Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine-Gun (with a half-ton of ammunition for 100 bursts).

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Copperhead IFV-102

Mass: 40 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Motive Type: Tracked
Rules Level: Tournament Legal
Era: Succession Wars
Tech Rating/Era Availability: D/X-E-D-A
Production Year: 3027
Dry Cost: 1,212,167 C-Bills
Total Cost: 1,217,167 C-Bills
Battle Value: 562

Power Plant: Nissan 200 Fusion Engine
Cruise Speed: 54.0 km/h
Flanking Speed: 86.4 km/h
Armor: Renault Composites 88 Standard Armor
Armament:
    1 Hyades Weapons Consortium Rampage Autocannon/5
    2 Martin Gordan Rapier Medium Lasers
    1 Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine Gun
    1  Infantry Compartment (2.0 tons)
Manufacturer:
    Primary Factory:
Communications System: Wintershaven Comms IVIS Mk IX
Targeting and Tracking System: Bell & Sun Phalanx Silver

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Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
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Internal Structure: Standard                      20 points                4.00
Engine:             Fusion Engine                200                      13.00
    Cruise MP:  5
    Flank MP:   8
Heat Sinks:         Single Heat Sink             10                        0.00
Control Equipment:                                                         2.00
Lift Equipment:                                                            0.00
Turret:                                                                    1.50
Armor:              Standard Armor               AV -  88                  5.50

                                                      Armor     
                                                      Factor     
                                               Front     20       
                                          Left/Right   16/16       
                                              Turret     20       
                                                Rear     16       

================================================================================
Equipment                                 Location    Heat     Spaces     Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Autocannon/5                                 T         1         1         8.00
2 Medium Lasers                              T         6         2         2.00
Machine Gun                                  T         0         1         0.50
Infantry Compartment (2.0 tons)              BD        0         1         2.00
@AC/5 (20)                                   BD        -         0         1.00
@MG (1/2) (100)                              BD        -         0         0.50

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:      3    Points: 6
5t         2       2       1       0      2     0   Structure:  2
Special Abilities: TUR(2/2/1)

The IFV-103 is armed with a Hyades Weapons Consortium Reprisal AC-2 Autocannon (with a ton of ammunition for 45 bursts) and a Martin Gordan Lance Large Laser.

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Copperhead IFV-103

Mass: 40 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Motive Type: Tracked
Rules Level: Tournament Legal
Era: Succession Wars
Tech Rating/Era Availability: D/X-E-D-A
Production Year: 3027
Dry Cost: 1,163,167 C-Bills
Total Cost: 1,164,167 C-Bills
Battle Value: 546

Power Plant: Nissan 200 Fusion Engine
Cruise Speed: 54.0 km/h
Flanking Speed: 86.4 km/h
Armor: Renault Composites 88 Standard Armor
Armament:
    1 Martin Gordan Lance Large Laser
    1 Hyades Weapons Consortium Reprisal Autocannon/2
    1  Infantry Compartment (2.0 tons)
Manufacturer:
    Primary Factory:
Communications System: Wintershaven Comms IVIS Mk IX
Targeting and Tracking System: Bell & Sun Phalanx Silver

================================================================================
Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
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Internal Structure: Standard                      20 points                4.00
Engine:             Fusion Engine                200                      13.00
    Cruise MP:  5
    Flank MP:   8
Heat Sinks:         Single Heat Sink             10                        0.00
Control Equipment:                                                         2.00
Lift Equipment:                                                            0.00
Turret:                                                                    1.50
Armor:              Standard Armor               AV -  88                  5.50

                                                      Armor     
                                                      Factor     
                                               Front     20       
                                          Left/Right   16/16       
                                              Turret     20       
                                                Rear     16       

================================================================================
Equipment                                 Location    Heat     Spaces     Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Autocannon/2                                 T         1         1         6.00
Large Laser                                  T         8         1         5.00
Infantry Compartment (2.0 tons)              BD        0         1         2.00
@AC/2 (45)                                   BD        -         0         1.00

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:      3    Points: 5
5t         1       1       1       0      2     0   Structure:  2
Special Abilities: TUR(1/1/1)

Finally, the IFV-104 features a Martin Gordan Lance Large Laser, supported by two Aurora Missiliers Hemlock SRM-6 launchers (fed by a single ton of ammunition for 15 total missile salvos).  This variant is typically used only for garrison defense as it quickly runs out of ammunition for the missile launchers.

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Copperhead IFV-104

Mass: 40 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Motive Type: Tracked
Rules Level: Tournament Legal
Era: Succession Wars
Tech Rating/Era Availability: D/X-E-D-A
Production Year: 3027
Dry Cost: 1,282,167 C-Bills
Total Cost: 1,309,167 C-Bills
Battle Value: 660

Power Plant: Nissan 200 Fusion Engine
Cruise Speed: 54.0 km/h
Flanking Speed: 86.4 km/h
Armor: Renault Composites 88 Standard Armor
Armament:
    1 Martin Gordan Lance Large Laser
    2 Aurora Missiliers Hemlock SRM-6s
    1  Infantry Compartment (2.0 tons)
Manufacturer:
    Primary Factory:
Communications System: Wintershaven Comms IVIS Mk IX
Targeting and Tracking System: Bell & Sun Phalanx Silver

================================================================================
Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Internal Structure: Standard                      20 points                4.00
Engine:             Fusion Engine                200                      13.00
    Cruise MP:  5
    Flank MP:   8
Heat Sinks:         Single Heat Sink             10                        0.00
Control Equipment:                                                         2.00
Lift Equipment:                                                            0.00
Turret:                                                                    1.50
Armor:              Standard Armor               AV -  88                  5.50

                                                      Armor     
                                                      Factor     
                                               Front     20       
                                          Left/Right   16/16       
                                              Turret     20       
                                                Rear     16       

================================================================================
Equipment                                 Location    Heat     Spaces     Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Large Laser                                  T         8         1         5.00
2 SRM-6s                                     T         8         2         6.00
Infantry Compartment (2.0 tons)              BD        0         1         2.00
@SRM-6 (15)                                  BD        -         0         1.00

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:      3    Points: 7
5t         2       2       0       0      2     0   Structure:  2
Special Abilities: TUR(2/2/0, SRM 1/1/0), SRM 1/1/0
« Last Edit: 29 November 2020, 00:58:51 by master arminas »

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Re: Project 3000 (Phase III)
« Reply #4 on: 29 November 2020, 01:00:38 »
The 60-ton heavy designs are coming, but probably not for a little while.  Possibly tomorrow.  Until then . . . good night!  Oh, and I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Re: Project 3000 (Phase III)
« Reply #5 on: 29 November 2020, 03:35:26 »
The Main Battle Tank (MBT) Diamondback is the first of two 60-ton designs developed by Phase III of Project 3000.  It shares the same communications system and tracking & targeting system as the lighter tanks, as well as using Renault Composites for armor plating (in this case, 8.5 tons of Renault Composites 136).  The engine is the same Pitban 240 used on the Rattlesnake, giving the MBT a cruise speed of 43.2 kilometers per hour and a flank speed of 64.8 kph.

The design is often compared to the Rommel and Patton of the Lyran Commonwealth . . . but one major difference is the armor protection.  With the Patton carrying 14.5 tons of armor plating and the Rommel 11.5 tons, the Diamondback appears to at a significant disadvantage.  However, the Concordat engineers who designed the MBT series noted that despite that heavier armor plating of the Lyran tank, the combat vehicles were often immobilized, crippled, or destroyed via weapons fire that destroyed road wheels, tracks, caused interior (sometimes critical) spalling damage, or locked the turret into place.

While the 8.5 tons installed on the Diamondback appears light, the TDF and design engineers believes that it is just enough to allow the MBT series to engage the enemy long enough to inflict serious--if not critical--damage on hostile forces.  And by using a lighter layer of armor plating, the Concordat designers were able to fit 23.0 tons of weapons, ammunition, and equipment on the design . . . compared to 18.5 tons for the Patton and 21.5 tons for the Rommel.

All weaponry is fitted to a two-ton turret, somewhat limited the ability to split fire, but allowing the Diamondback to concentrate fire against a single target, regardless of how the hull is facing.

The MBT-101 is armed with a High Energy Systems Corona PPC, a Martin Gordan Rapier Medium Laser, an Aurora Missiliers Monkshood LRM-10 launcher (with two tons of ammunition for 24 salvos), an Aurora Missiliers Hemlock SRM-6 launcher (with one ton of ammunition for 15 salvos), and a Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine-Gun (with a half-ton of ammunition for 100 bursts).

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Diamondback MBT-101

Mass: 60 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Motive Type: Tracked
Rules Level: Tournament Legal
Era: Succession Wars
Tech Rating/Era Availability: D/X-E-D-A
Production Year: 3027
Dry Cost: 2,521,600 C-Bills
Total Cost: 2,609,100 C-Bills
Battle Value: 904

Power Plant: Pitban 240 Fusion Engine
Cruise Speed: 43.2 km/h
Flanking Speed: 64.8 km/h
Armor: Renault Composites 136 Standard Armor
Armament:
    1 High Energy Systems Corona PPC
    1 Aurora Missiliers Monkshood LRM-10
    1 Aurora Missiliers Hemlock SRM-6
    1 Martin Gordan Rapier Medium Laser
    1 Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine Gun
Manufacturer:
    Primary Factory:
Communications System: Wintershaven Comms IVIS Mk IX
Targeting and Tracking System: Bell & Sun Phalanx Silver

================================================================================
Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
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Internal Structure: Standard                      30 points                6.00
Engine:             Fusion Engine                240                      17.50
    Cruise MP:  4
    Flank MP:   6
Heat Sinks:         Single Heat Sink             13                        3.00
Control Equipment:                                                         3.00
Lift Equipment:                                                            0.00
Turret:                                                                    2.00
Armor:              Standard Armor               AV - 136                  8.50

                                                      Armor     
                                                      Factor     
                                               Front     30       
                                          Left/Right   28/28       
                                              Turret     30       
                                                Rear     20       

================================================================================
Equipment                                 Location    Heat     Spaces     Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
PPC                                          T         10        1         7.00
Medium Laser                                 T         3         1         1.00
LRM-10                                       T         4         1         5.00
SRM-6                                        T         4         1         3.00
Machine Gun                                  T         0         1         0.50
@LRM-10 (24)                                 BD        -         0         2.00
@SRM-6 (15)                                  BD        -         0         1.00
@MG (1/2) (100)                              BD        -         0         0.50

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:      5    Points: 9
4t         3       3       2       0      3     0   Structure:  3
Special Abilities: TUR(3/3/2), IF 1

The MBT-102 features a Hyades Weapons Consortium Retaliation AC-10 Autocannon (with two tons of ammunition for 20 bursts), a Martin Gordan Lance Large Laser, an Aurora Missiliers Privet LRM-5 launcher (with one ton of ammunition for 24 salvos), and a Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine-Gun (with a half-ton of ammunition for 100 bursts).

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Diamondback MBT-102

Mass: 60 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Motive Type: Tracked
Rules Level: Tournament Legal
Era: Succession Wars
Tech Rating/Era Availability: D/X-E-D-A
Production Year: 3027
Dry Cost: 2,368,000 C-Bills
Total Cost: 2,410,500 C-Bills
Battle Value: 822

Power Plant: Pitban 240 Fusion Engine
Cruise Speed: 43.2 km/h
Flanking Speed: 64.8 km/h
Armor: Renault Composites 136 Standard Armor
Armament:
    1 Hyades Weapons Consortium Retaliation Autocannon/10
    1 Martin Gordan Lance Large Laser
    1 Aurora Missiliers Privet LRM-5
    1 Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine Gun
Manufacturer:
    Primary Factory:
Communications System: Wintershaven Comms IVIS Mk IX
Targeting and Tracking System: Bell & Sun Phalanx Silver

================================================================================
Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Internal Structure: Standard                      30 points                6.00
Engine:             Fusion Engine                240                      17.50
    Cruise MP:  4
    Flank MP:   6
Heat Sinks:         Single Heat Sink             10                        0.00
Control Equipment:                                                         3.00
Lift Equipment:                                                            0.00
Turret:                                                                    2.00
Armor:              Standard Armor               AV - 136                  8.50

                                                      Armor     
                                                      Factor     
                                               Front     30       
                                          Left/Right   28/28       
                                              Turret     30       
                                                Rear     20       

================================================================================
Equipment                                 Location    Heat     Spaces     Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Autocannon/10                                T         3         1        12.00
Large Laser                                  T         8         1         5.00
LRM-5                                        T         2         1         2.00
Machine Gun                                  T         0         1         0.50
@AC/10 (20)                                  BD        -         0         2.00
@LRM-5 (24)                                  BD        -         0         1.00
@MG (1/2) (100)                              BD        -         0         0.50

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:      5    Points: 8
4t         3       3       1       0      3     0   Structure:  3
Special Abilities: TUR(3/3/1, AC 1/1/0), AC 1/1/0

The MBT-103 has a Hyades Weapons Consortium Ravage AC-20 Autocannon (with three tons of ammunition for 15 bursts), two Martin Gordan Rapier Medium Lasers, an Aurora Missiliers Privet LRM-5 launcher (with a ton of ammunition for 24 salvos), and a Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine-Gun (with a half-ton of ammunition for 100 bursts).

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Diamondback MBT-103

Mass: 60 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Motive Type: Tracked
Rules Level: Tournament Legal
Era: Succession Wars
Tech Rating/Era Availability: D/X-E-D-A
Production Year: 3027
Dry Cost: 2,496,000 C-Bills
Total Cost: 2,556,500 C-Bills
Battle Value: 889

Power Plant: Pitban 240 Fusion Engine
Cruise Speed: 43.2 km/h
Flanking Speed: 64.8 km/h
Armor: Renault Composites 136 Standard Armor
Armament:
    1 Hyades Weapons Consortium Ravage Autocannon/20
    2 Martin Gordan Rapier Medium Lasers
    1 Aurora Missiliers Privet LRM-5
    1 Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine Gun
Manufacturer:
    Primary Factory:
Communications System: Wintershaven Comms IVIS Mk IX
Targeting and Tracking System: Bell & Sun Phalanx Silver

================================================================================
Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Internal Structure: Standard                      30 points                6.00
Engine:             Fusion Engine                240                      17.50
    Cruise MP:  4
    Flank MP:   6
Heat Sinks:         Single Heat Sink             10                        0.00
Control Equipment:                                                         3.00
Lift Equipment:                                                            0.00
Turret:                                                                    2.00
Armor:              Standard Armor               AV - 136                  8.50

                                                      Armor     
                                                      Factor     
                                               Front     30       
                                          Left/Right   28/28       
                                              Turret     30       
                                                Rear     20       

================================================================================
Equipment                                 Location    Heat     Spaces     Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Autocannon/20                                T         7         1        14.00
2 Medium Lasers                              T         6         2         2.00
LRM-5                                        T         2         1         2.00
Machine Gun                                  T         0         1         0.50
@AC/20 (15)                                  BD        -         0         3.00
@LRM-5 (24)                                  BD        -         0         1.00
@MG (1/2) (100)                              BD        -         0         0.50

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:      5    Points: 9
4t         4       4       1       0      3     0   Structure:  3
Special Abilities: TUR(4/4/1, AC 2/2/0), AC 2/2/0

The MBT-104 includes a High Energy Systems Corona PPC, a Hyades Weapons Consortium Rampage AC-5 Autocannon (with a ton of ammunition for 20 bursts), two Aurora Missiliers Privet LRM-5 launchers (with two tons of ammunition for 24 dual salvos), and a Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine-Gun (with a half-ton of ammunition for 100 bursts).

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Diamondback MBT-104

Mass: 60 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Motive Type: Tracked
Rules Level: Tournament Legal
Era: Succession Wars
Tech Rating/Era Availability: D/X-E-D-A
Production Year: 3027
Dry Cost: 2,456,000 C-Bills
Total Cost: 2,521,000 C-Bills
Battle Value: 855

Power Plant: Pitban 240 Fusion Engine
Cruise Speed: 43.2 km/h
Flanking Speed: 64.8 km/h
Armor: Renault Composites 136 Standard Armor
Armament:
    1 High Energy Systems Corona PPC
    1 Hyades Weapons Consortium Rampage Autocannon/5
    2 Aurora Missiliers Privet LRM-5s
    1 Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine Gun
Manufacturer:
    Primary Factory:
Communications System: Wintershaven Comms IVIS Mk IX
Targeting and Tracking System: Bell & Sun Phalanx Silver

================================================================================
Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Internal Structure: Standard                      30 points                6.00
Engine:             Fusion Engine                240                      17.50
    Cruise MP:  4
    Flank MP:   6
Heat Sinks:         Single Heat Sink             10                        0.00
Control Equipment:                                                         3.00
Lift Equipment:                                                            0.00
Turret:                                                                    2.00
Armor:              Standard Armor               AV - 136                  8.50

                                                      Armor     
                                                      Factor     
                                               Front     30       
                                          Left/Right   28/28       
                                              Turret     30       
                                                Rear     20       

================================================================================
Equipment                                 Location    Heat     Spaces     Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
PPC                                          T         10        1         7.00
Autocannon/5                                 T         1         1         8.00
2 LRM-5s                                     T         4         2         4.00
Machine Gun                                  T         0         1         0.50
@AC/5 (20)                                   BD        -         0         1.00
@LRM-5 (48)                                  BD        -         0         2.00
@MG (1/2) (100)                              BD        -         0         0.50

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:      5    Points: 9
4t         2       3       3       0      3     0   Structure:  3
Special Abilities: TUR(2/3/3), IF 1

The MBT-105 is armed with two Hyades Weapons Consortium Reprisal AC-2 Autocannons (with two tons of ammunition for 45 dual bursts), a Martin Gordan Lance Large Laser, an Aurora Missiliers Privet LRM-5 launcher (with one ton of ammunition for 24 salvos), and a Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine-Gun (with a half-ton of ammunition for 100 bursts).  This variant is often considered undergunned, despite the range of the twin AC-2s and is not much liked either within the Concordat or outside its borders.

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Diamondback MBT-105

Mass: 60 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Motive Type: Tracked
Rules Level: Tournament Legal
Era: Succession Wars
Tech Rating/Era Availability: D/X-E-D-A
Production Year: 3027
Dry Cost: 2,288,000 C-Bills
Total Cost: 2,320,500 C-Bills
Battle Value: 745

Power Plant: Pitban 240 Fusion Engine
Cruise Speed: 43.2 km/h
Flanking Speed: 64.8 km/h
Armor: Renault Composites 136 Standard Armor
Armament:
    1 Martin Gordan Lance Large Laser
    1 Aurora Missiliers Privet LRM-5
    2 Hyades Weapons Consortium Reprisal Autocannon/2s
    1 Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine Gun
Manufacturer:
    Primary Factory:
Communications System: Wintershaven Comms IVIS Mk IX
Targeting and Tracking System: Bell & Sun Phalanx Silver

================================================================================
Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Internal Structure: Standard                      30 points                6.00
Engine:             Fusion Engine                240                      17.50
    Cruise MP:  4
    Flank MP:   6
Heat Sinks:         Single Heat Sink             10                        0.00
Control Equipment:                                                         3.00
Lift Equipment:                                                            0.00
Turret:                                                                    2.00
Armor:              Standard Armor               AV - 136                  8.50

                                                      Armor     
                                                      Factor     
                                               Front     30       
                                          Left/Right   28/28       
                                              Turret     30       
                                                Rear     20       

================================================================================
Equipment                                 Location    Heat     Spaces     Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2 Autocannon/2s                              T         2         2        12.00
Large Laser                                  T         8         1         5.00
LRM-5                                        T         2         1         2.00
Machine Gun                                  T         0         1         0.50
@AC/2 (90)                                   BD        -         0         2.00
@LRM-5 (24)                                  BD        -         0         1.00
@MG (1/2) (100)                              BD        -         0         0.50

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:      5    Points: 7
4t         2       2       1       0      3     0   Structure:  3
Special Abilities: TUR(2/2/1)

Finally, there is the MBT-106.  A pure close-range brawler, the -106 is armed with five Aurora Missiliers Hemlock SRM-6 launchers (with five tons of ammunition for 15 salvos of no fewer than thirty SRMs apiece!) and three Martin Gordan Rapier Medium Lasers.  Absolutely devastating in short-range combat, the MBT-106 Diamondback is often assigned to units deliberately configured for urban defense.

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Diamondback MBT-106

Mass: 60 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Motive Type: Tracked
Rules Level: Tournament Legal
Era: Succession Wars
Tech Rating/Era Availability: D/X-E-D-A
Production Year: 3027
Dry Cost: 2,664,000 C-Bills
Total Cost: 2,799,000 C-Bills
Battle Value: 974

Power Plant: Pitban 240 Fusion Engine
Cruise Speed: 43.2 km/h
Flanking Speed: 64.8 km/h
Armor: Renault Composites 136 Standard Armor
Armament:
    5 Aurora Missiliers Hemlock SRM-6s
    3 Martin Gordan Rapier Medium Lasers
Manufacturer:
    Primary Factory:
Communications System: Wintershaven Comms IVIS Mk IX
Targeting and Tracking System: Bell & Sun Phalanx Silver

================================================================================
Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Internal Structure: Standard                      30 points                6.00
Engine:             Fusion Engine                240                      17.50
    Cruise MP:  4
    Flank MP:   6
Heat Sinks:         Single Heat Sink             10                        0.00
Control Equipment:                                                         3.00
Lift Equipment:                                                            0.00
Turret:                                                                    2.00
Armor:              Standard Armor               AV - 136                  8.50

                                                      Armor     
                                                      Factor     
                                               Front     30       
                                          Left/Right   28/28       
                                              Turret     30       
                                                Rear     20       

================================================================================
Equipment                                 Location    Heat     Spaces     Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
5 SRM-6s                                     T         20        5        15.00
3 Medium Lasers                              T         9         3         3.00
@SRM-6 (75)                                  BD        -         0         5.00

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:      5    Points: 10
4t         6       6       0       0      3     0   Structure:  3
Special Abilities: TUR(6/6/0, SRM 4/4/0), SRM 4/4/0

master arminas

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Re: Project 3000 (Phase III)
« Reply #6 on: 29 November 2020, 03:45:24 »
The final combat vehicle of Phase III of Project 3000 is the Self Propelled Artillery (SPA) Cottonmouth.  Built on the same chassis as the Diamondback, utilizing same Pitban 240 fusion engine, the only differences are the Cottonmouth carries a half-ton less armor plating (8.0 tons of Renault Composites 128) than the Diamondback

But, as the Cottonmouth is an artillery unit, the armor protection was deemed as more than sufficient.

The SPA-101 is armed with a Hyades Weapons Consortium Sniper Artillery Piece (with two tons of ammunition for 20 fire missions) and a Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine-Gun (with a half-ton of ammunition for 100 bursts).  As a mobile artillery unit, the SPA-101 moves fast and can fire in all directions thanks to mounting the artillery piece (and MG) in a 2.5 ton turret!

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Cottonmouth SPA-101

Mass: 60 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Motive Type: Tracked
Rules Level: Advanced Rules
Era: Succession Wars
Tech Rating/Era Availability: D/X-E-D-A
Production Year: 3027
Dry Cost: 2,316,000 C-Bills
Total Cost: 2,328,500 C-Bills
Battle Value: 554

Power Plant: Pitban 240 Fusion Engine
Cruise Speed: 43.2 km/h
Flanking Speed: 64.8 km/h
Armor: Renault Composites 128 Standard Armor
Armament:
    1 Hyades Weapons Consortium Sniper Sniper
    1 Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine Gun
Manufacturer:
    Primary Factory:
Communications System: Wintershaven Comms IVIS Mk IX
Targeting and Tracking System: Bell & Sun Phalanx Silver

================================================================================
Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Internal Structure: Standard                      30 points                6.00
Engine:             Fusion Engine                240                      17.50
    Cruise MP:  4
    Flank MP:   6
Heat Sinks:         Single Heat Sink             10                        0.00
Control Equipment:                                                         3.00
Lift Equipment:                                                            0.00
Turret:                                                                    2.50
Armor:              Standard Armor               AV - 128                  8.00

                                                      Armor     
                                                      Factor     
                                               Front     30       
                                          Left/Right   24/24       
                                              Turret     30       
                                                Rear     20       

================================================================================
Equipment                                 Location    Heat     Spaces     Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Sniper                                       T         10        1        20.00
Machine Gun                                  T         0         1         0.50
@Sniper (20)                                 BD        -         0         2.00
@MG (1/2) (100)                              BD        -         0         0.50

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:      4    Points: 6
4t         3       0       0       0      3     0   Structure:  3
Special Abilities: ARTS, TUR(3/0/0)

The SPA-102 is armed with a lighter Hyades Weapons Consortium Thumper Artillery Piece (with two tons of ammunition for 40 fire missions).  Although lighter (and less damaging) than the Sniper, the Thumper has better range and is capable of firing twice as many fire missions.  The lower mass of the weapon also allowed the design team to install a Martin Gordan Lance Large Laser as a support weapon, in addition to a Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine-Gun (with a half-ton of ammunition for 100 bursts).

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Cottonmouth SPA-102

Mass: 60 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Motive Type: Tracked
Rules Level: Advanced Rules
Era: Succession Wars
Tech Rating/Era Availability: D/X-E-D-A
Production Year: 3027
Dry Cost: 2,296,000 C-Bills
Total Cost: 2,305,500 C-Bills
Battle Value: 631

Power Plant: Pitban 240 Fusion Engine
Cruise Speed: 43.2 km/h
Flanking Speed: 64.8 km/h
Armor: Renault Composites 128 Standard Armor
Armament:
    1 Martin Gordan Lance Large Laser
    1 Hyades Weapons Consortium Thumper Thumper
    1 Hyades Weapons Consortium Reaper Machine Gun
Manufacturer:
    Primary Factory:
Communications System: Wintershaven Comms IVIS Mk IX
Targeting and Tracking System: Bell & Sun Phalanx Silver

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Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Internal Structure: Standard                      30 points                6.00
Engine:             Fusion Engine                240                      17.50
    Cruise MP:  4
    Flank MP:   6
Heat Sinks:         Single Heat Sink             10                        0.00
Control Equipment:                                                         3.00
Lift Equipment:                                                            0.00
Turret:                                                                    2.50
Armor:              Standard Armor               AV - 128                  8.00

                                                      Armor     
                                                      Factor     
                                               Front     30       
                                          Left/Right   24/24       
                                              Turret     30       
                                                Rear     20       

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Equipment                                 Location    Heat     Spaces     Mass 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Thumper                                      T         6         1        15.00
Large Laser                                  T         8         1         5.00
Machine Gun                                  T         0         1         0.50
@Thumper (40)                                BD        -         0         2.00
@MG (1/2) (100)                              BD        -         0         0.50

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:      4    Points: 6
4t         3       1       0       0      3     0   Structure:  3
Special Abilities: ARTT, TUR(3/1/0)

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Re: Project 3000 (Phase III)
« Reply #7 on: 29 November 2020, 04:02:59 »
Well, that concludes Phase III of Project 3000.  Before I sign off for the night, though I would like to give you some thoughts on how the TDF might be using these tanks, infantry carriers, and self-propelled guns.

We all know that the Taurians use a different organization chart for vehicles:  instead of four vehicles in a lance (12 to a company and 36 to a battalion), the Taurians build using the following:  two vehicles to a Maniple, three Maniples to a Lance (6), 3 Lances to a Company (18), and 3 Companies to a Battalion (54).

Now, how do I see the TDF using the Phase III vehicles?

Organizationally, I think they would keep the Rattlesnake in either Lance (6) or Troop (what Cav calls a Company!) with 18.  These would be homogeneous in makeup, so if you see one Rattlesnake, you know there are either five more or seventeen more out there!  They use the ACAV as flankers and cav scouts and to exploit weak points in the enemy force (such as breaking through and attack their supply depots or command/control facilities).

The Sidewinder and Copperhead are designed to operate together, but not usually in the same lance.  A Light Tank Company might have two lances of Sidewinders and one of Copperheads, while a Mobile Infantry Company would have those proportions reversed.

The same would apply to the Diamondback, once again operating with the Copperhead to provide a combined arms force (I see the TDF as BIG on combined arms, after all!).

On the battalion level, you might have a Light Tank Company and two Mobile Infantry Companies, or two Light Tank Companies and a Mobile Infantry Company, or a Heavy Tank Company and two Mobile Infantry Companies, or two Heavy Tank Companies and a Mobile Infantry Company.  Very few pure formations with three companies of the same type.  You might very well see an Armored Cavalry Troop somewhere in the mix in place of one of the other companies (I'd imagine that Armored Cavalry Squadrons--what normal folk call Battalions--are VERY rare).  But I could also see TDF battalions as have a Armored Cavalry Lance of Rattlesnakes attached as an additional lance (bringing the total to sixty.

Regiments would not see play very often, being more of a book exercise.

Now, as for artillery?  Once again, a lance of six vehicles (either SPA-101 or SPA-102).  I can also see an Artillery Lance being assigned to TDF Armored Vehicle Battalions (which would bring the total vehicles to 66!). 

In addition to independent Artillery Batteries (what we normally call Companies) assigned to where they are needed by the officer commanding a planet's defenses.  Very few Self-Propelled Artillery Battalions (and virtually no Regiments!). 

Of course, all of this would be supported by other types of vehicles:  hovercraft and VTOLs and conventional fighters, all included.  And pure Infantry units (foot, jump, motorized, etc.).  And combat engineers.  Can't forget the Taurian Combat Engineers!

And all of this designed to keep an attacker in place until the BattleMechs of the TDF show up to spank them and teach them not to land on Taurian soil.

Anyway, just a few rambling thoughts, and now I'm gonna call it a night.  Hope you enjoyed and will be back sometime in the near future with Phase IV . . . the Heavy-Weight 'Mechs!  Take care and stay safe.
« Last Edit: 29 November 2020, 04:04:49 by master arminas »