Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
Light Artillery Vehicle
HIMART – High Mobility Artillery Truck – (20 tons)
Power Plant : Starhammer 80 ICE
Cruise Speed : 54.4 kph (5)
Flank Speed : 86.7 kph (8)
Armor : Simple Armor Plate Standard (Armor Factor 24) : 1.5 tons
Front – 6
Right Side – 6
Left Side – 6
Rear – 6
One (1) Rocket Ray Missile System (Turret)
Ammo (SRM) : 15 (Body)
Note : Cost = 250,000 Cs. Range – 400 kms. Military-Grade Radio (10 kms).
Overview : The High Mobility Artillery Truck is based on the chassis of the imported Medium “5-Ton” Utility Transport, and is also known colloquially as the “Wheeled Artillery Truck”. Possessing a good speed and armor coverage, the missile system is an important addition to the Buntar military.
Capabilities : A product of FAMAE, the military development company from The Republic of Buntar, the HIMART was designed as a test-bed for their Rocket Ray SRM-6 system. After months of extensive field testing proved the viability of the system, an order of two dozen were made, supplied directly into line infantry formations at the battalion level. With the break-out of conflict in 3024 Small War, the vehicles proved valuable in increasing the combat value of front-line units, and another order of one-hundred of the vehicles was made.
The vehicles are purchased from Starhammer Forge lacking armor, but otherwise purchased as produced by the manufacturer. The vehicles are then modified by adding the Rocket Ray SRM-6 system into a turret on the vehicle’s cargo bay, and locally produced plate armor is installed to give the vehicle some protection against shrapnel and small arms fire.
The vehicle’s speed is part of its selling feature, as the HIMART can keep ahead of standard infantry forces, and provides a punch to infantry formations that make even armor companies consider other options. Most, however, are finding themselves relegated to independent batteries attached to the battalion command unit, and directed where needed to bolster an attack or defense.
Deployment : Buntar has since viewed the vehicle as a valuable addition to their arsenal, and are beginning to seek sale of the systems to their allies, as a means to support production of more of the vehicle. There are only about a hundred in production at this time.
Variants There are no line production variants at this time.