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Moonbow Armored Personnel Carrier

design by Lewis Roberts

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The Moonbow APC is based on the Sunfire Grav tank design. In the Moonbow, the sloping of the rear and sides was removed to allow for passengers. The main gun of the Sunfire was also removed. Other than that, the two are identical. The Moonbow can carry up to 20 troops in adequate seating. The APC has two large cargo hatches which allow all 20 troops, even equipped with battledress, to exit in one combat round.

The Moonbow has an automatic grenade launcher which can provide fire support to its troops. The grenade launcher is capable of taking out lightly armored vehicles and enemy personnel.

The vehicle is equipped with the Shooting Star defensive system. A computer controlled rotary gun equipped with a a state of the art point defense computer is capable of destroying incoming artillery rounds, missiles etc. This along with 10 decoys gives the Moonbow increased survivability on the battlefield.

The vehicle has two full sized computers, which reduce the maintenance demands by a factor of four. Though expensive these computers drastically reduce the upkeep cost of the vehicles over their projected lifetime. They also provide large amounts of computing power to aid the crew. This aid includes enhanced image processing, threat analysis, and tactical surveys. None of the recent Solee designs have command versions. Modifying vehicles for command, makes it possible to identify those single out those vehicles, and if the command vehicle is taken out, then the second in command has fewer resources to command the unit with. Instead Solee provides all of its vehicles with communication systems capable of interfacing with orbiting support craft. The full sized computers also provide assistance the commander.



Moonbow APC

General Data

Tech Level: 9/10
Price: 3.96 MCr
Size: 280 m3
Mass (loaded/unloaded): 307.4 / 263.8

Engineering Data

Power Plant: 6.0MW MHD Plant burning Hydrogen with 9.5 hours of fuel (11.5m3). High Bypass Turbofans generate 0.80MW. HBTs generate 40 tons of thrust, 60 tons with afterburners engaged.
Maint: 19

Electronics

Controls: Computer Linked
Computer: 2 TL-9 computers
Avionics: TL-8 Avionics, Terrain Following Avionics (NOE=13kph) Satellite Positioning System
Commo: 300km Laser Communicator, 300km Maser Communicator, 300km Radio
Sensors: Searchlight (250m), AIR Searchlight (120m), Image Enhancement Scope (250m), Imaging Radar (300m)
ECM/ECCM: 10 decoys of any type in one launcher
Life Support Extended
Cargo: 20 m3 2 large cargo hatches.
Crew: 3: Driver, Gunner & Commander
Passengers: 20 adequate seats for troops.

Armament

Offensive 4cmL10 RAM Automatic Grenade Launcher in small turret.
Defensive: Shooting Star System
Ammo: 500 RAM grenades
Fire Control: TL-10 Ballistic Computer (-3 DMs), Direct and TL-8 Indirect sights for the Grenade Launcher.
Stabilization: Advanced Stabilization for Grenade Launcher

Grenade Launcher
Weapon ROF S Range Indirect Max Range
Grenade Launcher
5
281m
4.2km

Movement

Max Speed: 645 kph (968kph w/ afterburner)
Cruising Speed: 483 kph (726 kph w/afterburner)
NOE Speed: 130 kph
Combat Move: 18 NOE/ 90 high (135 high w/afterburner)
Travel Move: 1932
Endurance: 9 hours at normal burn. Afterburners consume 8 m3 of fuel per hour.
Fuel Capacity: 36 m3 of High Grade Hydrocarbon distillates

Armor

Config: Transonic small turret
Suspension: Contragrav
HF: 168 TF:168
HS: 48 TS: 48
HR: 48 TR: 48
Deck:48 Belly: 48


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