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Plaustrom Heavy Logistical Suport VTOL
« on: 17 June 2022, 12:55:37 »
Plaustrom Heavy Logistical Support VTOL

Mass: 40 tons
Movement Type: VTOL
Power Plant: GE Turbine
Cruising Speed: 54 kph
Maximum Speed: 86.4 kph
Armor: IA Commercial
Armament:
Manufacturer: Alphard Trading Corporation
     Primary Factory: Illyria
Communication System: Alphard Original Two
Targeting & Tracking System: Unknown
Introduction Year: 3070
Tech Rating/Availability: D/X-X-C-C
Cost: 418,687 C-bills

Overview

The Plaustrom Support VTOL was a project undertaken in the late 31st century by the Alphard Trading Corporation on behalf of the Marian Hegemony Armed Forces. It was designed to perform a role that nearly only the MHAF needed, the ability to move and support formations of conventional infantry in the field.

This became necessary following the conquest of the former Illyrian Palatinate earlier in the century. Though the Marians had easily crushed the defending mercenary battlemech forces, they found themselves dealing with the constant low-grade attrition of dealing with a civilian insurgency. The most disruptive of these insurgencies were located in the mountains of Illyria itself, where irregular forces could often hit Marian troops with near impunity because of their ability to disappear into the terrain.

The MHAF contracted with Alphard Trading Corporation to help solve this issue. They wanted a VTOL capable of transporting large infantry formations in the field. They also wanted the VTOL to be able to provide logistical support to those troops for an extended period of time.

The resulting vehicle was named the “Plaustrom” by the MHAF after the ancient Latin word for “Wagon”. It became known by the non-Latin speaking Plebian class of the MHAF as the “Chuckwagon” due to its extensive culinary facilities.

Capabilities

The Plaustrom has its origins in a vehicle manufactured by a different company. It is nearly entirely based on the Illyrian Aerospace “Knarr” heavy transport VTOL. In fact, they are so similar that many intelligence organizations classify the Plaustrom as a variant of the Knarr. Indeed, ATC’s militarization of the Knarr was simply to provide it with military grade communications gear.

The most prominent feature of the Plaustrom are its infantry transport facilities. It is design to transport a full Century of foot infantry at once, making it one of the most capable infantry haulers in the Inner Sphere or Periphery. It supports these infantry with an additional 3 tons of cargo space, as well as a lift hoist to allow it to sling up to 20 tonnes of additional stores under the body of the VTOL itself.

The most unusual feature of the Plaustrom is the on-board field kitchen. Marian doctrine calls for the construction of temporary bases in the field by the infantry, in a manner that is intended to be reminiscent of the ancient Roman military. MHAF planners determined that the ability to feed troops in these field-works limited the speed at which troops could move from their bases. This is while because barracks buildings can be left behind and latrines simply abandoned, food cooking and storage facilities often needed to be meticulously packed away before the unit could be moved somewhere else.

Planners attempted to solve this by simply including the storage and preparation facilities on board the VTOL itself. The Knarr had been originally as a bulk hauler to move ore from mining locations deep in the mountains to smelting facilities closer to centers of population and power. They had so much available internal volume that ATC technicians had no difficulty in meeting this request.

The Plaustrom (or indeed its parent) was not a speedy unit. Its focus on heavy hauling left it with a top speed of a glacial 80 kph. Despite this, planners felt that its ability to move over rough terrain rather than through it gave it good enough strategic mobility for the purpose.

History

The Plaustrom was introduced to line forces in 3070, just in time to deal with a wave of popular revolts across the former Illyrian Palatinate and Lothian League. As design it performed its purpose of allowing strategic mobility and logistical support for conventional infantry quite well. Centuries of 4 Plaustrums accompanied by a more conventional cargo hauler became a frequent site in areas of unrest. The transported Cohort of infantry would immediately construct a base overlooking the more unstable parts of a region, stay as a pacification force until the conflict calmed a bit, and then move to a new, more unstable area.

The utility of the unit, however, was found to be much greater than originally expected during the beginning of the conflict with the Circinus Federation during the Jihad. There the Plaustrom’s ability to move large formations of infantry or engineers and to sling a Thumper artillery piece for transport underneath meant that a Century of Plaustroms could nearly instantaneously erect a fire support base almost anywhere. The ability to place strongly-held forward fire support bases quickly was a key component in the Marian Hegemony’s ability to defeat the Circinus Federation, even though the Federation enjoyed backing and technical support from the Word of Blake.

The Plaustrom would also see extensive civilian use. Its ability to move large numbers of people and its on-board support facilities made it very popular during disaster relief operations. Although the Knarr was never exported outside of the Illyrian Palatinate or Marian Hegemony, similar modifications were performed to bulk hauler VTOLs all over the Rimward and Anti-Spinward parts of the Inner Sphere and Periphery.

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Type: Plaustrom
Chassis Type: VTOL (Large)
Technology Base: Inner Sphere (Standard)
Mass: 40 tons
Battle Value: 99
Equipment       Mass (tons)
Chassis/Controls        12
Engine/Trans.   ICE 7
     Cruise MP: 5   
     Flank MP:  8   
Heat Sinks: 0   0
Fuel:       1.5
Armor Factor (BAR 6):   39  1.5
    Internal
Structure   Armor
Value
Front   2   12
R/L Side    2/2     9/9
Rear    2   7
Rotor   2   2
Weapons
and Ammo    Location    Critical    Mass (tons)
None

Cargo
Bay 1:  Cargo (3.0 tons)    1 Door
Notes: Features Communications Equipment (1 ton)(1 ton), Field Kitchen(3 tons), Lift Hoist/Arresting Hoist(3 tons)
« Last Edit: 17 June 2022, 13:00:07 by Wereling »

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Re: Plaustrom Heavy Logistical Suport VTOL
« Reply #1 on: 17 June 2022, 14:58:53 »
And how many people make comments about it having everything, including the kitchen sink?   ;)

Still, having the Field Kitchen on board makes a lot of sense.  A Latrine can be made (and covered) fairly easily with high explosives, but a kitchen takes a bit more effort.  Not as much need to set up a Field Kitchen when it comes with the helo itself, and the extra comms equipment means the user can call for extra supplies quite easily.  If needed it can carry extra cargo via the Lift Hoist, and part of that extra cargo could be extra fuel so the helo can extend its range.

Nice design

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Re: Plaustrom Heavy Logistical Suport VTOL
« Reply #2 on: 17 June 2022, 15:19:39 »
And how many people make comments about it having everything, including the kitchen sink?   ;)

I should have made that joke myself!

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Still, having the Field Kitchen on board makes a lot of sense.  A Latrine can be made (and covered) fairly easily with high explosives, but a kitchen takes a bit more effort.  Not as much need to set up a Field Kitchen when it comes with the helo itself, and the extra comms equipment means the user can call for extra supplies quite easily.  If needed it can carry extra cargo via the Lift Hoist, and part of that extra cargo could be extra fuel so the helo can extend its range.

Nice design

This was made for a design challenge that specifically called for a field kitchen. It took some thinking as to why a vehicle should have one in-built but yeah this was pretty much my logic.  Also, lift hosts on heavy VTOLs are amazing. 3 tons to potentially carry another 20 is too good not to go with!