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Nautilus Hovertank Mk.11 Drone
« on: 04 October 2023, 13:46:30 »
This is based upon the SLDF Drone Hovertank from the BattleTech PC game.
The stats from the game are sadly impossible to construct, so I had to compromise.


The Star League sporadically invested robotic drones since its foundation. By the early 2640's they have reached the mark 11 series. These robotic drones are based upon the Zephyr hovertanks with Condor turrets. This modification required reinforcement of the hull to 50 tons and the downgrading of the fusion engine.

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Nautilus Hovertank Mk.11-001

Mass: 50 tons
Movement Type: Hover
Power Plant: 165 Fusion
Cruising Speed: 86.4 kph
Maximum Speed: 129.6 kph
Armor: Ferro-Fibrous
Armament:
     1 Small Laser
     2 Medium Laser
     1 AC/5
     1 SRM 6
Manufacturer: Unknown
     Primary Factory: Unknown
Communication System: Unknown
Targeting & Tracking System: Unknown
Introduction Year: 2640
Tech Rating/Availability: E/E-F(F*)-F-F
Cost: 2,860,000 C-bills

Type: Nautilus Hovertank
Technology Base: Inner Sphere (Advanced)
Movement Type: Hover
Tonnage: 50
Battle Value: 906

Equipment                                          Mass
Internal Structure                                    5
Engine                        165 Fusion             10
Cruising MP: 8
Flank MP: 12
Heat Sinks:                   10                      0
Control Equipment:                                  2.5
Lift Equipment:                                     5.0
Power Amplifier:                                    0.0
Turret:                                             1.0
Armor Factor (Ferro)          125                     7

                          Internal   Armor   
                          Structure  Value   
     Front                   5         29   
     R/L Side               5/5      24/24   
     Rear                    5         19   
     Turret                  5         29   


Weapons
and Ammo                       Location    Tonnage   
Small Laser                      Rear        0.5     
SRM 6                           Front        3.0     
Smart Robotic Control System     Body        2.5     
Flak AC/5 Ammo (20)              Body        1.0     
ECM Suite                        Body        1.5     
SRM 6 Ammo (15)                  Body        1.0     
2 Medium Laser                  Turret       2.0     
AC/5                            Turret       8.0     




Real life tests revealed many flaws with the initial version of the Nautilus Hovertank drone.
The entire weapon load-out was replaced with heavier hitting and longer reaching weapons.
Remaining tonnage was invested into improving the robotic controls and armor coverage.

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Nautilus Hovertank Mk.11-002

Mass: 50 tons
Movement Type: Hover
Power Plant: 165 Fusion
Cruising Speed: 86.4 kph
Maximum Speed: 129.6 kph
Armor: Ferro-Fibrous
Armament:
     1 PPC
     1 LRM 5
Manufacturer: Unknown
     Primary Factory: Unknown
Communication System: Unknown
Targeting & Tracking System: Unknown
Introduction Year: 2644
Tech Rating/Availability: E/E-X-F-F
Cost: 3,000,000 C-bills

Type: Nautilus Hovertank
Technology Base: Inner Sphere (Advanced)
Movement Type: Hover
Tonnage: 50
Battle Value: 1,045

Equipment                                          Mass
Internal Structure                                    5
Engine                        165 Fusion             10
Cruising MP: 8
Flank MP: 12
Heat Sinks:                   10                      0
Control Equipment:                                  2.5
Lift Equipment:                                     5.0
Power Amplifier:                                    0.0
Turret:                                             1.0
Armor Factor (Ferro)          188                  10.5

                          Internal   Armor   
                          Structure  Value   
     Front                   5         45   
     R/L Side               5/5      36/36   
     Rear                    5         31   
     Turret                  5         40   


Weapons
and Ammo                                 Location    Tonnage   
LRM 5                                     Front        2.0     
PPC                                       Turret       7.0     
LRM 5 Ammo (24)                            Body        1.0     
LRM 5 Thunder Ammo (24)                    Body        1.0     
Smart Robotic Control System(Improved)     Body        3.5     
ECM Suite                                  Body        1.5     


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Re: Nautilus Hovertank Mk.11 Drone
« Reply #1 on: 04 October 2023, 18:21:56 »
Yeah, that first one needs to trade 2 SRM tubes for a third Medium Laser... The second one is just fine! :)

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Re: Nautilus Hovertank Mk.11 Drone
« Reply #2 on: 05 October 2023, 11:36:45 »
Yeah, that first one needs to trade 2 SRM tubes for a third Medium Laser... The second one is just fine! :)
The drone had a third medium laser?
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Re: Nautilus Hovertank Mk.11 Drone
« Reply #3 on: 05 October 2023, 17:21:45 »
No, I'm saying the first one should have a third... the second doesn't need its weapons tweaked.

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Re: Nautilus Hovertank Mk.11 Drone
« Reply #4 on: 06 October 2023, 15:09:25 »
No, I'm saying the first one should have a third... the second doesn't need its weapons tweaked.
Sorry but I am confused, but according to what I could find the first one only had two medium lasers, which lead me to fluff it as having a Condor turret on a Zephyr body.  Or did you mean that it would be a better combat unit if it had a third medium laser?
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Re: Nautilus Hovertank Mk.11 Drone
« Reply #5 on: 06 October 2023, 15:53:29 »
The latter, yes... sorry for being so opaque!

 

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