Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
Light Utility Transport
Standard Light Utility Transport Truck
Light Utility Truck – (6 tons)
Power Plant : Various 40 ICE
Cruise Speed : 76.2 kph (6)
Flank Speed : 120.0 kph (9)
Armor : Light Industrial (BAR 4 : 8) : 0.5 tons
Front – 2
Right Side – 2
Left Side – 2
Rear – 2
Turret – None
Armament : None
Cargo : 2.5 tons (Body)
Communications System : Various
Manufacturer : Various
Note : 25,000 Cs.
Overview : A mainstay of support units, utility trucks come in many varieties along the same theme – a large open cargo bed with a crew compartment mounted on a rugged chassis that can negotiate rough terrain. They have proven simple to manufacture and deploy, and are extremely widespread.
Capabilities : Versatile in the extreme, these vehicles are widely used in many different duties. Used for everything from cargo delivery to safely extricating live ammunition from recent battlefields, they are easily modified and adapted to any use.
Deployment : Though primarily designed as utility transports, some are employed in cross-country travel and exploration, these vehicles are extremely common and can be found throughout the Inner Sphere. Their production involves little enough light industry, and they can be produced by most planet’s industrial infrastructure.
Variants : There are few variants to the basic design and chassis of the light utility truck. Some, such as Periphery realms, might arm them with light anti-aircraft guns or long-range missile racks to beef-up planetary militias. These cheap additions to the armed forces of a planet are usually kept in garrison service, but due to their fragile nature, rarely survive the point of contact.
Renault “Envigado” Military Light Transport
Renault Sofasa “Envigado” : Introduced in 3020, the “Envigado” is a medium-duty truck popular in domestic commercial use, that was militarized by the local armed forces, and has since seen wide-spread use in all branches of its service, despite the civil uprisings during the 1000 Days War.
Fairly typical of light utility trucks, the Envigado serves its logistical purposes well, but only the military version does well in off-road conditions. Many readily accept a cupola-armed MG, but they are an adapted model, not designed specifically for the purpose. The Envigado is used widely across all service branches of The New Republic of Sangria and its allied nations of Buntar and San Isabel. It has also become the standard service truck for * “The Iron Dingoes”, in all its branches.
Tharn “Steamer” Light Transport
Sunshine Motors “Steamer” : Formerly known as O’Niel Motors, this factory complex in System – Gollere produces urban and off-road passenger cars, light cargo, as well as, haulage construction and off-road trucks and buses. All models are unlicensed derivations of foreign car designs. Vehicles are generally for civilian and commercial use, as senior Mangai officials mostly favor foreign imports. It is the priamry producer of the “Tharn Steam” Model.
In use among both the military and civilian logistics chains of System – Gollere, the steam-driven “Steamer” truck uses coal as its primary fuel system. While some are converted over to burn a crudely refined diesel, most remain coal-powered. While not having a great range, the cheap and easy fuel source ensures that these trucks will remain on their roads for many years to come. The diesel-powered version has some track as an export to System – Pa’an, where it is expensive, but popular among corporate interests.