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Izzy193

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Design Challenge: Saxonian Unmanned Combat Vehicles.
« on: 01 March 2024, 10:31:11 »
Rules:
Stick to helmtech at best outside of binary lasers, Smart robotic control systems(both standard and improved) and Drone OS.
Must not weigh more than 40 tons nor weigh any less than 10 tons. Due to infrastructure limitations.
Must have either SRCS variant or the drone OS with Guardian ECM installed.
Must be as low upkeep as possible.
3085 to 3152 is the time frame.

Background:
The Saxonian republic in 3085 had begun to file out a official requirement in secret to it's manufactures in order to make a series of unmanned combat vehicles and a couple of unmanned light mechs alongside one unmanned medium mech alongside it. The requirement(see the rules), were chosen to be as simple and easy to follow. You are a designer for one of the Manufacturers below. As such you are charged as the team lead to design a unmanned combat vehicle that fits within the infrastructure limitations of the periphery based republic itself as to defend it from possible incursions from the dragon that is the combine.

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Re: Design Challenge: Saxonian Unmanned Combat Vehicles.
« Reply #1 on: 01 March 2024, 11:14:18 »
A Modification of my older Unicorn Tank Destroyer.

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Spear-class Drone Tank Destroyer

Mass: 40 tons
Movement Type: Tracked
Power Plant: 120 Fuel Cell
Cruising Speed: 32.4 kph
Maximum Speed: 54 kph
Armor: Ferro-Fibrous
Armament:
     1 Gauss Rifle
Manufacturer: Unknown
     Primary Factory: Unknown
Communication System: Unknown
Targeting & Tracking System: Unknown
Introduction Year: 3090
Tech Rating/Availability: E/X-X-F-E
Cost: 1,209,600 C-bills

Type: Spear-class Drone Tank Destroyer
Technology Base: Inner Sphere (Advanced)
Movement Type: Tracked
Tonnage: 40
Battle Value: 675

Equipment                                          Mass
Internal Structure                                    4
Engine                        120 Fuel Cell           5
Cruising MP: 3
Flank MP: 5
Heat Sinks:                   1                       0
Control Equipment:                                  2.0
Power Amplifier:                                    0.0
Armor Factor (Ferro)          107                     6

                          Internal   Armor   
                          Structure  Value   
     Front                   4         34   
     R/L Side               4/4      26/26   
     Rear                    4         21   


Weapons
and Ammo                 Location    Tonnage   
Gauss Rifle               Front        15.0   
Drone Operating System     Body        4.5     
CASE                       Body        0.5     
Gauss Rifle Ammo (24)      Body        3.0     



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Re: Design Challenge: Saxonian Unmanned Combat Vehicles.
« Reply #2 on: 01 March 2024, 11:34:52 »
My entry for the challenge, It's on the ultralight side but it's meant to be disposable.

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Type X TK-XA1
Base Tech Level: Advanced (IS)
Level                Era               
----------------------------------------
Experimental         -                 
Advanced             3145+ (Dark Ages -)
Standard             -                 
Tech Rating: E/X-X-X-F

Weight: 15 tons
BV: 366
Cost: 481,275 C-bills
Source: (Unknown)
Role: Scout

Movement: 5/8 (Tracked)
Engine: 75 Fusion

Internal: 10
Armor: 64
        Internal  Armor   
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Front       2       18     
Right       2       12     
Left        2       12     
Rear        2       10     
Turret      2       12     

Weapons              Loc      Heat   
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Medium Laser          TU        3     
Small Pulse Laser     TU        2     

Equipment                                      Loc 
----------------------------------------------------
Smart Robotic Control System (SRCS)(Improved)   BD 
ECM Suite (Guardian)                            BD 

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Re: Design Challenge: Saxonian Unmanned Combat Vehicles.
« Reply #3 on: 01 March 2024, 14:11:27 »
Seax-class Light Drone Tanks form the backbone of the Saxonian Republic Light Cavalry formations, their low cost and high speed making them ideal escorts and Force Recon elements. A Large Laser and ever-present Small Pulse Laser are its sole armaments, being easily sourced and reliable.

Powered by the common 180-rating SFE.

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Seax-class Light Drone Tank

Mass: 30 tons
Movement Type: Tracked
Power Plant: 180 Fusion
Cruising Speed: 64.8 kph
Maximum Speed: 97.2 kph
Armor: Ferro-Fibrous
Armament:
     1 Small Pulse Laser
     1 Large Laser
Manufacturer: Unknown
     Primary Factory: Unknown
Communication System: Unknown
Targeting & Tracking System: Unknown
Introduction Year: 3083
Tech Rating/Availability: E/X-X-X-F
Cost: 1,109,550 C-bills

Type: Seax-class Light Drone Tank
Technology Base: Inner Sphere (Advanced)
Movement Type: Tracked
Tonnage: 30
Battle Value: 609

Equipment                                          Mass
Internal Structure                                    3
Engine                        180 Fusion           10.5
Cruising MP: 6
Flank MP: 9
Heat Sinks:                   10                      0
Control Equipment:                                  1.5
Power Amplifier:                                    0.0
Turret:                                             0.5
Armor Factor (Ferro)          98                    5.5

                          Internal   Armor   
                          Structure  Value   
     Front                   3         25   
     R/L Side               3/3      19/19   
     Rear                    3         15   
     Turret                  3         20   


Weapons
and Ammo                       Location    Tonnage   
Small Pulse Laser               Front        1.0     
ECM Suite                        Body        1.5     
Smart Robotic Control System     Body        1.5     
Large Laser                     Turret       5.0     



Edit: And a few more just because

Sword-class Drone Tanks are amongst the most common Drones in the Saxonian Republic Armed Forces. Their relatively low cost and ease of maintenance, coupled with their simplicity of armamaent means they're often the first into the fray ahead of manned Armor.

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Sword-class Drone Tank

Mass: 40 tons
Movement Type: Tracked
Power Plant: 160 Fusion
Cruising Speed: 43.2 kph
Maximum Speed: 64.8 kph
Armor: Ferro-Fibrous
Armament:
     1 Small Pulse Laser
     1 PPC
     1 TAG
Manufacturer: Unknown
     Primary Factory: Unknown
Communication System: Unknown
Targeting & Tracking System: Unknown
Introduction Year: 3090
Tech Rating/Availability: E/X-X-X-F
Cost: 1,633,333 C-bills

Type: Sword-class
Technology Base: Inner Sphere (Advanced)
Movement Type: Tracked
Tonnage: 40
Battle Value: 742

Equipment                                          Mass
Internal Structure                                    4
Engine                        160 Fusion              9
Cruising MP: 4
Flank MP: 6
Heat Sinks:                   12                      2
Control Equipment:                                  2.0
Power Amplifier:                                    0.0
Turret:                                             1.0
Armor Factor (Ferro)          152                   8.5

                          Internal   Armor   
                          Structure  Value   
     Front                   4         38   
     R/L Side               4/4      28/28   
     Rear                    4         24   
     Turret                  4         34   


Weapons
and Ammo                                 Location    Tonnage   
Smart Robotic Control System(Improved)     Body        3.0     
ECM Suite                                  Body        1.5     
TAG                                       Turret       1.0     
Small Pulse Laser                         Turret       1.0     
PPC                                       Turret       7.0     

The Shiv-class Drone are underrepresented Drone in the SRAF, but they fill a much-needed niche in the OOB as an Ambusher with four SRM-6s sandblasting armor and exploiting holes made by other units.

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Shiv-class Drone SRM Carrier

Mass: 40 tons
Movement Type: Tracked
Power Plant: 120 Fuel Cell
Cruising Speed: 32.4 kph
Maximum Speed: 54 kph
Armor: Standard
Armament:
     4 SRM 6
Manufacturer: Unknown
     Primary Factory: Unknown
Communication System: Unknown
Targeting & Tracking System: Unknown
Introduction Year: 3089
Tech Rating/Availability: E/X-X-X-E
Cost: 1,507,800 C-bills

Type: Shiv-class Drone SRM Carrier
Technology Base: Inner Sphere (Advanced)
Movement Type: Tracked
Tonnage: 40
Battle Value: 579

Equipment                                          Mass
Internal Structure                                    4
Engine                        120 Fuel Cell           5
Cruising MP: 3
Flank MP: 5
Heat Sinks:                   1                       0
Control Equipment:                                  2.0
Power Amplifier:                                    0.0
Armor Factor                  104                   6.5

                          Internal   Armor   
                          Structure  Value   
     Front                   4         32   
     R/L Side               4/4      26/26   
     Rear                    4         20   


Weapons
and Ammo                 Location    Tonnage   
4 SRM 6                   Front        12.0   
Drone Operating System     Body        4.5     
CASE                       Body        0.5     
ECM Suite                  Body        1.5     
SRM 6 Ammo (60)            Body        4.0     



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Re: Design Challenge: Saxonian Unmanned Combat Vehicles.
« Reply #4 on: 02 March 2024, 21:53:31 »
Saxonian made me think of the 35 ton hover line.  The saladin/saracen/scimitar, there is even a Saxon 35 ton hovercraft.

The other build restriction was Blazer cannons allowed, so that means Saladin feels perfect.

An 8/12 35 ton Saladin, with a fusion engine and 2 tons of armor, fits in a blazer cannon in place of the AC20.  This uses the robotic control system, which costs 2 tons, so the weight savings from a fusion engine Blazer Saladin perfectly gives you 2 tons needed for the 2 extra tons for robotic controls.  Id upgrade the 2 tons of armor on the Saladin to ferro, since this has helm tech.

But yeah, a robot fusion blazer Saladin!  Point the robots at the enemy and watch the blazer do work!

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Re: Design Challenge: Saxonian Unmanned Combat Vehicles.
« Reply #5 on: 03 March 2024, 00:32:37 »
The Swatter is a common sight around SRAF bases or Armor convoys. Armed with a pair of AC/2s in the turret loaded with Flak and normal ammo, and a Small Laser in the bow as a token anti-infantry measure.

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Swatter-class Flak Tank Drone

Mass: 40 tons
Movement Type: Tracked
Power Plant: 160 Fuel Cell
Cruising Speed: 43.2 kph
Maximum Speed: 64.8 kph
Armor: Ferro-Fibrous
Armament:
     1 Small Laser
     2 AC/2
Manufacturer: Unknown
     Primary Factory: Unknown
Communication System: Unknown
Targeting & Tracking System: Unknown
Introduction Year: 3092
Tech Rating/Availability: E/X-X-X-F
Cost: 1,308,883 C-bills

Type: Swatter-class
Technology Base: Inner Sphere (Advanced)
Movement Type: Tracked
Tonnage: 40
Battle Value: 514

Equipment                                          Mass
Internal Structure                                    4
Engine                        160 Fuel Cell         7.5
Cruising MP: 4
Flank MP: 6
Heat Sinks:                   1                       0
Control Equipment:                                  2.0
Power Amplifier:                                    0.5
Turret:                                             1.5
Armor Factor (Ferro)          107                     6

                          Internal   Armor   
                          Structure  Value   
     Front                   4         26   
     R/L Side               4/4      20/20   
     Rear                    4         18   
     Turret                  4         23   


Weapons
and Ammo                       Location    Tonnage   
Trailer Hitch                    Rear        0.0     
Small Laser                     Front        0.5     
2 AC/2                          Turret       12.0   
CASE                             Body        0.5     
AC/2 Ammo (45)                   Body        1.0     
Flak AC/2 Ammo (45)              Body        1.0     
Smart Robotic Control System     Body        2.0     
ECM Suite                        Body        1.5     


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Re: Design Challenge: Saxonian Unmanned Combat Vehicles.
« Reply #6 on: 03 March 2024, 06:04:40 »
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J.Edgar Robot
Base Tech Level: Advanced (IS)
Level                Era             
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Experimental         -               
Advanced             3152+ (ilClan -)
Standard             -               
Tech Rating: E/X-X-X-F

Weight: 25 tons
BV: 592
Cost: 1,108,750 C-bills
Source: (Unknown)
Role: Skirmisher

Movement: 11/17 (Hover)
Engine: 145 Fusion

Internal: 15
Armor: 71 (Ferro-Fibrous)
        Internal  Armor   
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Front       3       18     
Right       3       14     
Left        3       14     
Rear        3       11     
Turret      3       14     

Weapons               Loc      Heat   
---------------------------------------
Rocket Launcher 10     TU        3     
Rocket Launcher 10     TU        3     
Rocket Launcher 10     TU        3     
Rocket Launcher 10     TU        3     
Medium Laser           TU        3     

Equipment                                      Loc 
----------------------------------------------------
ECM Suite (Guardian)                            BD 
Smart Robotic Control System (SRCS)(Improved)   BD 

A Saxonian variant of the venerable J edgar.

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Re: Design Challenge: Saxonian Unmanned Combat Vehicles.
« Reply #7 on: 03 March 2024, 07:49:52 »
I recommend tweaking the side armor down one point (to 13) to bring the rear up to 13.  That way, each facing can survive a third Medium Laser... :)

 

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