J-27 Ordnance Transport

Light Munitions Transport


J-27 Ordnance Transport (10 tons)

Power Plant : 50 ICE (Various)
Cruise Speed : 54.2 kph
Flank Speed : 86.6 kph

Armor : Star Slab/1 (Armor Factor 16) : 1.0 tons
Front – 4
Right Side – 3
Left Side – 3
Rear – 4
Turret – 2

Armament : 1 SperryBrowning MG (Turret)
Ammo (MG) – (100) : (Body)

Communicationms System : Tandy A-100
Targeting and Tracking System : -
Manufacturer : Acme Widgets, Zollikofen (Discontinued 2763)

Notes : The unit employs a trailer hitch, allowing it to traditionally carry an armored trailer.

Armored Ordnance Trailer (10 tons)

Armor : Star Slab/1 (Armor Factor 16) : 1.0 tons
Front – 4
Right Side – 4
Left Side – 4
Rear – 4

Armament : Cargo (8 tons) – (Body)
Trailer Hitch (Front)


Overview : The J-27, which has yet to illicit a flattering (or even printable) nickname, is one of the backbones of large formation warfare. Primarily used as an ordnance transport, hauling munitions from secure areas and starports to forward bases, the J-27 is built to withstand guerrilla infantry, not frontline forces. The Star League used the J-27 as its primary munitions transport, building tens of thousands from its Acme plants.

Capabilities : Between the tractor and trailer, the J-27 can transport eleven tons of munitions, enough to resupply a typical lance of Mechs. A full ton of armor protects the vehicle from small arms fire and the weaker battlefield weapons. The engine has the ability to reach 86 kph over clear terrain, though most have integral speed governors that keep it slower at around 50 kph. Often, the governors are secretly removed by tech crews, because they know speed is what can keep its crew, and its munitions, intact.

Crews of J-27s tend to be the unit dregs. The DCMS is notable for using its criminals in penal brigades to crew these vehicles. Given the choice between death and J-27 duty, many chose the death sentence. Originally considered hyperbole, recent conscripts from J-27 crews have proven this as true. Ordnance transport duty is grueling wrk, with its crews almost always on edge, and stress levels often create a myriad of illnesses. Illness won’t, however, get a criminal out of duty work, and so the mortality rate among J-27 crews is over triple that of any other military vehicle.

In a nod of self-defense, the transport is equipped with a turret-mounted MG. Though some claim adding a second MG would help survivability, the truth is it would only make J-27 crews more aggressive and get them killed even faster. The weapon is ideally used when attacked by small ambush forces, and to cover a retreat. Frontline units tend to scavenge J-27 ammunition, a practice the J-27 crews tend to dislike.

Deployment : The J-27 is found throughout the Inner SPhere. All Houses have manufacturers who make the vehicle, even in the Periphery nations. Acme’s licencing fees are extremely low, and none have ever felt a need to redesign the transport, even cosmetically outside of nameplates and unit logos. Among smaller Periphery nations and the lawless Periphery, the J-27 can be a rare commodity, well worth stealing.

Ever since House Marik began using the untis and their crews as a penal option, the practice has been adopted by many, except Houses Davion and Steiner, who feel the duty should remain a military task, though they tend to use the vehicles as punishment duty for soldiers. In some cases, such as the Capellan Confederation’s 125th Deadman Ordnance Carriers, units can prove to be loyal and capable troopers who will boldly protect their vehciles and contents to extreme levels of heroism, if motivated. This unit’s kill ratio against infantry formations rivals some frontline units.

Variants : Many crews have modified their vehicles to include more armor at the expense of ammunition for their MGs. Far more rare, s the inclusion of a fusion engine to improve speed, which tends to be found in ancient Star League stockpiles and depots. The combat version, the jJ-27 “Killjoy”, is modified to appear like a standard J-27, but employs a missile launcher and more armor. The Federated Suns converts several dozen of these each year, making opposed forces question every J-27 they encounter.

J-27 Ordnance Transport

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