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Approved Tech Typhoon-class artillery tank

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Image: http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100131195607/cnrp/images/7/7a/M270_MLRS.jpg

Intent: To create a cost-effective artillery support platform for the Omega Pyre corps of the Omega Protectorate that is in line with the Pyre's doctrine of fast strikes and heavy hits while recognising the new challenges it faces.

Development Thread:http://starwarsrp.net/topic/13166-tools-of-the-trade-protectorate-technical-folks/

Manufacturer: Omega Industries | Firemane Industries

Model: Typhoon-class artillery tank

Affiliation: Omega Protectorate | Firemane Industries

Modularity: No

Production: Minor Production

Material: Durasteel alloy

Role: Armoured, self-propelled, multiple rocket launcher

Height: 2.59 m

Length: 6.85 m

Width: 2.97 m

Weight: 25 tonnes

Propulsion: Tracks

Top speed: 64 km/h

Armaments: Two dorsal-mounted missile pods configured to fire a variety of explosive ordinance to the enemy, the amount varying depending upon the ammo. The maximum operational range of the long range pods is 300 km, with a minimum range of 2km so that the crew does not get blown up by its own ordinance. It has 4 rockets a side for AA or HE, 4 a side for special guided missiles utilising cluster bomb ammunition. A volley has a spread range of up to 1km and thus acts as a grid square remover. The number of bomblets per rocket for the cluster munitions is 644. HE and cluster munition have a range of 30 km.

Passenger Capacity: None, just a crew of three.

Cargo Capacity: 1 tonne, mainly spares and ammo.

Misc. Equipment: Standard communications and sensor equipment.

Description: The Typhoon was constructed as part of the Mare Programme, named after the first chief admiral of the ODF who shared a passion for explosions with Colonel Kerrigan, then commander of Omega Pyre, to bolster the Protectorate's defences and increase its elite unit's firepower. In the past the Pyre possessed no standard artillery capacity of its own and the Typhoon represents a reaction to the fact that as a great power the Protectorate will no longer merely face the armies of warlords and Bando Gora in battle, but other empires. Hence the doctrine of elite special groups had to be modified and brought in line with the new times, but at the same time the character of the Pyre as an elite force that relied on professionalism, speed and firepower over attrition and brute force was to be preserved.



Operating in pairs the Typhoon acts as a support vehicle intended to deliver a barrage against enemy formations or static defences in preparation for an assault by Omega Pyre forces. Several of the tanks fire their payload in a brief sequence to bombard an area and soften up enemy forces, then redeploy rapidly before getting located and subjected to counter-battery fire, thus operating on the shoot and scoot principle. Its pods are configured to support a variety of ordinance, with varying ammo capacity. Due to this flexibility it is capable of providing anti-air defences and utilises guided cluster bomb ammunition for when a heavy hit is needed.



However, the Typhoon possesses no defences against enemy infantry and armour at close range. Ergo it must be protected at all times and quickly relocated if enemy forces break through, making it vulnerable to say ambushes by enemy commandos. Moreover, after a barrage its pods must be reloaded, hence why squadrons are utilised to get the maximum effect out of a bombardment. The Typhoon is currently being field tested and expected to see deployment in the final battle with the Bando Gora. Omega Pyre troopers have coined the sobriquet Kerrigan's Organ both due to their former commander's battering ram tactics and the sound of the weapon's rocket motors.


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Manufacturer: Omega Industries


Affiliation: Omega Protectorate


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Manufacturer: Omega Industries | Firemane Industries


Affiliation: Omega Protectorate | Firemane Industries
 

Lord Ghoul

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I love the idea for a tank killer and this submission looks great. Just a few things.

  • Use the alternate image, not the warhammer one. They like to sue.
  • You need to make this minor production because it is a support vehicle and not main battle line.
  • Much shorter range for your rockets. Even modern day "Fire and Forget" missiles have a max of 7km.
  • Need to flesh out the ordnance descriptions. How many bomblets are in a rocket for cluster munitions?
 
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Thanks for your comments. 40k image has been removed and it has been designated minor production.

I shall edit regarding the technical specifications. the However, the submission is not intended as a tank killer, but as artillery support. Real life analogy would for instance be the M270 MLRS, with the Kerrigan's Organ sobriquet being a blatant reference to the Katyusha. Hence a self-propelled multiple rocket launcher. So it's a Grid Square Remover. How does an operational range of 300km sound (that's based on the MLRS' stats)?
 

Lord Ghoul

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Thank you for the clarification.

If it is an artillery weapon, then the range can indeed be increased. However, you'll need to lower the ammo count for the longer range. The M270 carries 12 rockets, which have a range of beyond 30km, or it can carry 2 Army TACMS that have a range of 300km. So just reduce the ammunition count to 4 for the long-range pods and you will be fine. Cluster munitions should be 7km tops. Regular HE rockets are good at 30km.

Do that and you're all set. Everything else looks perfect!
 
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Thanks for your input. I have modified the ammo count accordingly. Regarding the cluster bombs, based on what I have read the M26 has a range of 32km, while the XR-M77 has one of 45 km. However, I am willing to edit if needed.
 

Lord Ghoul

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Thank you. Ok, sure, cluster bombs can be moved up to 30km as well. The very last thing needed is the number of bomblets per cluster munition and then you're good to go.
 
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