Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
Traditional Wheeled APC
Wheeled APC (10 tons)
Power Plant : Various 40 ICE
Cruise Speed : 64.0 kph (6)
Flank Speed : 97.4 kph (9)
Armor : Various (Armor Factor 48) : 3.0 tons
Front – 12
Right Side – 10
Left Side – 10
Rear – 10
Turret – 6
Armament : Two (2) MGs, Various Manufacturers (Turret)
Ammo (MG) – (100) : (Body)
Cargo (Infantry Squad) : (Body) – 1.0 tons
Communications System : LongCom
Targeting and Tracking System : OptiTrack Techniques
Manufacturer : Various
Notes : 68,500 Cs.
Overview : Infantry is the backbone of any military organization. AeroSpace might dominate the skies and BattleMechs may mount more firepower than any other weapons platform, but for taking an objective and holding it, making precision strikes, providing relief and any of another hundred missions, nothing compares with the efficiency and effectiveness of infantry. Though undervalued by neophyte cadets and armchair generals far from the front lines, every working military knows defeat or victory will depend on how well their infantry rises to the occasion. And infantry’s impact depends upon their ability to get where they need to be and when they need to be there.
APCs are the vehicles charged with getting troops in and out of a combat zone. The three basic designs currently in use date to their establishment by the Star League and have been in continuous production, virtually unchanged, for centuries.
Capabilites : Wheeled APCs require predictable terrain, but within that limitation they are more maneuverable than any other APC. They are the APC of choice when in urban or industrial combat, and tend to be more heavily armored than a hover APC.
Deployment : Every military in the Inner Sphere employs each type of APC. Utilization of its infantry, however, varies from House to House, though, and thus APCs may only be found in second-line garrison duties in the DCMS, or they serve as front-line forces with House Steiner, or as an organic compound to all military formations with House Davion.
Variants : These ubiquitous vehicles are found in many factory variants, and are frequently modified by individual units in the field. Some military forces – namely planetary militias lacking financial resources – convert them into weapons platforms to support deployed ground forces with varying degrees of success. The simplest method replaces the infantry bays with simple MGs and more ammo, but other variants can get quite extensive. Smaller SRM and LRM launchers are known to be used in APCs, as are documented instances of hover APCs employing advanced sensors packages and used as scouts in the Taurian Concordat and the Marian Hegemony. Though mounting these improved sensors makes some sense in the light, highly mobile hover APC, the removal of its defensive MGs often mitigates their use, as it presents an unacceptable potential of loss for a highly valuable sensor array.
Infantry are often considered the craziest of all combat troops. To enhance this image and strike fear into their opponents, they often paint their carriers in bright, garish colors that reveal their position to anyone within sighting distance.
The “Broadsword-Class” Wheeled APC is very common, and often encountered in most armories across the Inner Sphere. It uses a standard hull configuration, popular for its common chassis and ease of procurement for both parts and fuel.
In the Periphery, the Broadsword is considered the standard armoured personnel carrier, and is so widely identified, as to be the infantry troop transport. The design is considered open-source, and this makes it common among even planetary militias in the Periphery. It is very commonly encountered on System – Dumassas.
“Hegemony” M-577 APC
Designed by Bognor Motors SA of The Oriental Republic of San Isabel, the “Hegemony” M-577 APC is an older model of troop carrier, redesigned and being built for both its national military, and the armories of its allies. Beginning construction in early-3030, the vehicle is expected to also fill the needs of The Commonwealth Star Guards as a troop transport.
The “Hegemony” M-577 APC is an older troop transport once used by the Terran Hegemony and its ground forces. The vehicle is a lightweight and cheap version of the standard Wheeled APC, though many see it as a difficult vehicle to operate off-road, and is fairly lighter than many are used to employing. Nonetheless, it is designed as a multi-role vehicle for use within a lightly-equipped rapid-reaction force, and is both mobile and well-armed. It is commonly deployed to urban-based infantry formations and security forces among members of The Commonwealth of Nations.