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[Syberia] Spybird Recon Drone

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Giovanni Blasini:
Used by nearly every action on Syberia that fields Sounder Wheeled AutoMechs or their derivatives, the Spybird is a 3-ton reconnaissance drone small enough to be carried within the Sounder's internal cargo holds.

Due to their small size, and ability to ride piggyback in an AutoMech's cargo hold, Spybirds do not use fusion power, instead using solar cells on their wings, which power ducted fans, to fly.  While this limits their speed, it also means their powerplants do not interfere with the Sounder's fusion reactor.  The ducted fans are positioned in such a way as to permit VSTOL operations.  Spybirds are not well armored, and armament is light, equivalent to two Mauser 960 rifles.

The important part of the Spybird drone is its intelligence-gathering capabilities.  In the head of the drone is a sophisticated recon camera, while aft is a remote sensor dispenser, for use by its parent unit.

Spybird Recon Drone

Mass: 3 tons
Frame: Unknown
Power Plant:  Solar
Cruising Speed: 21.6 kph
Maximum Speed: 32.4 kph
Armor: BAR 4
Armament:
     2 Laser Rifle (Mauser 960)
Manufacturer: Unknown
     Primary Factory: Unknown
Communication System: Unknown
Targeting & Tracking System: Unknown
Introduction Year: 2900
Tech Rating/Availability: E/X-F-F-X
Cost: 116,958 C-bills

Type: Spybird
Technology Base: Inner Sphere (Standard)
Tonnage: 3
Battle Value: 24

Equipment                                          Mass
Engine                         Solar               0.54
   Safe Thrust: 2
   Max Thrust: 3
Structural Integrity:         0                       
Heat Sinks:                   0                       0
Fuel:                         0                     0.0
Cockpit                                             0.5
Armor Factor (BAR 4)          7                   0.315

                           Armor   
                           Value   
     Nose                    3     
     Wings                  1/1   
     Aft                     1     


Weapons
and Ammo                   Location   Tonnage  Heat   SRV  MRV  LRV  ERV
Recon Camera                 NOS       0.5      -      -    -    -    - 
SV Chassis Mod               BOD       0.0      -      -    -    -    - 
Advanced Fire Control        BOD       0.0      -      -    -    -    - 
Drone Operating System       BOD       0.8      -      -    -    -    - 
SV Chassis Mod               BOD       0.0      -      -    -    -    - 
SV Chassis Mod               BOD       0.0      -      -    -    -    - 
Remote Sensors/Dispenser     AFT       0.5      -      -    -    -    - 

DOC_Agren:
 :thumbsup:
I like it

Goose:
I thought all solar-powered builds had to be rather large?

Giovanni Blasini:

--- Quote from: Goose on 10 April 2020, 21:57:51 ---I thought all solar-powered builds had to be rather large?

--- End quote ---

Solar is available to small support vehicles.  As for size, it's a 3-ton birdplane.  That can be plenty big.

Retry:
Man, that's a really cool design.

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