Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
Hover APC (10 tons)
Power Plant : Various 60 ICE
Cruise Speed : 108.6 kph (10)
Flank Speed : 164.9 kph (15)
Armor : Various (Armor Factor 24) : 1.5 tons
Front – 5
Right Side – 5
Left Side – 5
Rear – 4
Turret – 5
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 : -
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 : Hover APCs, are much faster than other traditional types of APC, ideal for quick insertions, extractions, and moving troops quickly over great distances. However, they require relatively flat terrain or water upon which to maneuver, and find difficult terrain impassable. They also carry less ammunition for their MGs.
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 “Gladius-Class” Hover APC is typical of those found in most Inner Sphere armories. The Taurian Concordat is known to favor hover vehicles, and have their own home-grown design of Hover APC, the Maultier Hover APC, that is quickly becoming their standard troop carrier.