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Luxan

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Tom-Tom Anti-Battlearmor Tank
« on: 03 July 2019, 00:17:50 »
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Behemoth II Heavy Tank (Tom-Tom)

Mass: 100 tons
Movement Type: Tracked
Power Plant: GM 200
Cruising Speed: 21.6 kph
Maximum Speed: 32.4 kph
Armor: Ceres Heavy Stealth
Armament:
     2 Long Tom Cannon
     4 Rocket Launcher 10
Manufacturer: Aldis Industries
     Primary Factory: Terra
Communication System: Olmstead 44
Targeting & Tracking System: Omicron VIII
Introduction Year: 3128
Tech Rating/Availability: F/X-X-X-X
Cost: 10,078,667 C-bills

Overview
A surprising vehicle to roll out of the Aldis Industries plant on Terra was the so-called Tom-Tom variant of the Behemoth II. Named for it's primary weapons, the Tom-Tom seems completely disconnected from the other Behemoth II configurations. Those configurations are dedicated to a fire support role and are quite formidible against 'Mechs and combat vehicles alike. The Tom-Tom is dedicated to defeating a very different battlefield threat: battlearmor.

Capabilities
Defined by it's primary weapons, a pair of Long Tom Cannons, the Tom-Tom variant has a very different turret profile from other Behemoth II variants. These weapons are ideal for erradicating battle armor squads and conventional infantry. While direct fire and missile weapons often have trouble targeting such units, especially on the modern battlefield where stealth and camo systems are common, the Tom-Tom's cannons can simply aim in the general area where an enemy is located. Even squads 30 meters away from the impact point will be destroyed or seriously damaged. Of course, this is best done in areas where collateral damage is of little concern.

While the cannons have much shorter barrels and range than conventional artillery pieces, they still have a reasonably long range when compared to direct fire ballistic weapons. However, because of their high ballistic launch trajectory, they do have difficulty targeting nearby units. Worse yet, a panicked gunner can end up damaging his own tank in the backblast. This is the primary weakness of the Tom-Tom. The tank includes a number of features designed to mitigate that weakness. First, it is encased in Stealth Armor and an integral Angel ECM. This gives the tank maximum protection against electronic systems and allows it to use it's main guns to maximum effect as an enemy attempts to close. Second, the tank employs a Bloodhound Active Probe. This allows it to detect it's preferred quarry at the maximum possible range. Even hidden units will be detected with more than enough warning to bring the main guns to bear on them. Finally, if an enemy does manage to close with the Tom-Tom, it retains the rocket launchers of the standard Behemoth II. However, they have been mounted in sponsons to enable the Tom-Tom to defend itself in any direction. Despite all of these countermeasures, the Tom-Tom is noticably slow and will not be able to retreat from a determined push. Ultimately it will require an escort or risk finding itself over extended.

The low top speed is apparently due to cost cutting measures by Aldis. Despite the fearsome reputation of the Behemoth II, Aldis had to aggressivly market the original configurations in order to turn any profit on it. Even going so far as to give away the tanks for free to drum up demand. With a production cost rivaling even the most expensive 'Mechs, giving away units was a serious financial drain. With all of the advanced electronics crammed into the Tom-Tom variant, something had to give in order to reduce the financial risk. As a result, the Vlar 300 XL fusion engine which powered the standard Behemoth II configurations was exchanged for a GM 200 fusion engine. This downgrade gave the Tom-Tom a top speed comparable to the ancient Behemoth tanks but , ultimately, speed was not judged a priority for the it's primary mission.

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Type: Behemoth II Heavy Tank
Technology Base: Inner Sphere (Experimental)
Movement Type: Tracked
Tonnage: 100
Battle Value: 1,726

Equipment                                          Mass
Internal Structure                                   10
Engine                        200 Fusion             13
Cruising MP: 2
Flank MP: 3
Heat Sinks:                   10                      0
Control Equipment:                                  5.0
Power Amplifier:                                    0.0
Turret:                                             4.0
Armor Factor (Vehicular Stealth)240                    15

                          Internal   Armor   
                          Structure  Value   
     Front                   10        58   
     R/L Side              10/10     48/48   
     Rear                    10        36   
     Turret                  10        50   


Weapons
and Ammo                    Location    Tonnage   
Trailer Hitch                 Rear        0.0     
4 Rocket Launcher 10s       Sponson       2.0     
2 Long Tom Cannons           Turret       40.0   
Bloodhound Active Probe       Body        2.0     
CASE                          Body        0.5     
Long Tom Cannon Ammo (30)     Body        6.0     
Vehicular Sponson Turret      Body        0.5     
Angel ECM Suite               Body        2.0     

Features the following design quirks: Improved Targeting (Long)

Daryk

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Re: Tom-Tom Anti-Battlearmor Tank
« Reply #1 on: 03 July 2019, 16:12:26 »
Interesting idea, but having used the Long Tom Cannon in a game, you really only need one (on any given platform)...

VhenRa

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Re: Tom-Tom Anti-Battlearmor Tank
« Reply #2 on: 04 July 2019, 06:19:55 »
Interesting idea, but having used the Long Tom Cannon in a game, you really only need one (on any given platform)...

Hey... maybe he wants to annihilate two platoons of BA in a single turn instead of one?

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Re: Tom-Tom Anti-Battlearmor Tank
« Reply #3 on: 04 July 2019, 07:23:52 »
Good point, though I'll say you can cram a single LTC into a 50-ton ICE vehicle for about one-sixth the price.

Luciora

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Re: Tom-Tom Anti-Battlearmor Tank
« Reply #4 on: 04 July 2019, 10:39:43 »
Sir, someone by the name of HOGARTH!!!!!! is on the line and requesting 3 companies worth to be shipped ASAP.

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Re: Tom-Tom Anti-Battlearmor Tank
« Reply #5 on: 04 July 2019, 14:08:49 »
Something else just occurred to me... you can fit two Thumper Cannons in the same tonnage as one LTC.  Think of it as a Partisan, all grown up!  :D

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Re: Tom-Tom Anti-Battlearmor Tank
« Reply #6 on: 04 July 2019, 17:58:59 »
Good point, though I'll say you can cram a single LTC into a 50-ton ICE vehicle for about one-sixth the price.

Well, if you just want to roll an LTC on the board as cheaply as possible, you could do this:

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Lil' Tom

Mass: 30 tons
Movement Type: Wheeled
Power Plant: 40 ICE
Cruising Speed: 21.6 kph
Maximum Speed: 32.4 kph
Armor: Standard
Armament:
     1 Long Tom Cannon
Manufacturer: Unknown
     Primary Factory: Unknown
Communication System: Unknown
Targeting & Tracking System: Unknown
Introduction Year: 3055
Tech Rating/Availability: E/X-X-E-D
Cost: 885,500 C-bills

Type: Lil' Tom
Technology Base: Inner Sphere (Experimental)
Movement Type: Wheeled
Tonnage: 30
Battle Value: 397

Equipment                                          Mass
Internal Structure                                    3
Engine                        40 ICE                  2
Cruising MP: 2
Flank MP: 3
Heat Sinks:                   0                       0
Control Equipment:                                  1.5
Power Amplifier:                                    0.0
Armor Factor                  24                    1.5

                          Internal   Armor   
                          Structure  Value   
     Front                   3         8     
     R/L Side               3/3       6/6   
     Rear                    3         4     


Weapons
and Ammo                    Location    Tonnage   
Trailer Hitch                 Rear        0.0     
Long Tom Cannon              Front        20.0   
Long Tom Cannon Ammo (10)     Body        2.0

Which is even cheaper than rolling it out as a field gun!

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Re: Tom-Tom Anti-Battlearmor Tank
« Reply #7 on: 04 July 2019, 19:07:21 »
And it's even 2/3 AND has more than one ton of ammo... impressive!  :thumbsup: