Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
Combat Engineering Vehicle
Combat Engineering Vehicle (40 tons)
Power Plant : 240 WorkHorse w/ PowerChain ICE
Cruise Speed : 64.8 kph (6)
Flank Speed : 97.2 kph (9)
Armor : Basic Metal Plate Standard (Armor Factor 32) : 2.0 tons
Front – 8
Right Side – 8
Left Side – 8
Rear – 8
Communications System : Various
Targeting and Tracking System : None
Manufacturer : Various
Notes : -
Overview : Engineers and engineering equipment are an important part of any army. It is the engineers who construct the buildings, runways, and other mundane items that allow a military unit to function effectively. Engineering vehicles are also an important combat asset. They can dig trenches, remove obstructions from a road and make bridges for vehicles to cross. The presence of these vehicles on the battlefield can sometimes tip the balance of victory in their favor.
Capabilities : Most engineering vehicles have several similar characteristics, the first of which is an over-sized engine. This gives the vehicle extra horsepower to move heavy objects such as trees or other vehicles. A special over-drive system ensures that the engine will not burn itself out.
Many engineering vehicles are equipped with several digging mechanisms for making slit trenches or foundations for walls. The most popular variety has a double-scoop shovel, which allows the engineer to control each scoop individually. These shovels are mounted on a small turret, so that engineers can dig without moving the vehicle. Bulldozer blades are another popular item common to engineering vehicles. Using its bulldozer as a trencher, an engineering vehicle can prepare a dug-in position for a Mech or heavy vehicle within 15 minutes.
Other popular equipment for combat engineering vehicles are heavy cutters and trenchers. Cutters are used to cut down trees or other vertical obstacles. Though not particularly accurate, under the guidance of a skilled operator, they can prove to be remarkable tools. Trenchers, used for digging, can normally cut a 2m x 1m trench at a rate of three meters per minute. Trenchers and cutters are typically mounted on the rear of an engineering vehicle to keep them from blocking the other equipment, such as dozer blades or shovels.
Deployment : Combat Engineering Vehicles have been an important part of wars since the latter half of the 20th century. During some of the smaller wars of that era, engineering vehicles were used to clear off vast areas of land for the building of air strips and hospitals. Other times they were used to dig infantry emplacements.
During the Succession Wars era, engineering vehicles still carry out the same types of missions. Typically assigned in company strength to regimental combat teams for the purpose of digging prepared positions for infantry and vehicles, clearing or creating obstacles on the battlefield and building bridges and fords over rivers. Engineering vehicles may also carry out the important role of removing damaged or destroyed units from the battlefield. The sight of these workhorses hauling tanks and Mech limbs away to a repair facility is a common one.
Variants : Although there are many engineering vehicle designs, they all perform the same basic functions. Their differences tend to consist of the type of equipment they carry. Shovels and cutters are the most popular equipment, but winches, drills, towing, and even bridge-laying equipment are common additions. Some vehicles even mount an AC/20 as a quick means of destroying obstacles.