Grav tanks are military vehicles and often fusion-powered behemoths armed to the teeth with high-energy weapons.
In the most literal sense, Grav Tanks are Main Battle Tanks (MBT's) although the civilian public often refers to all vehicles in military employ as "Grav Tanks" including all manner of Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFV's) and unarmored fighting vehicles (Softskins).
- The term "Grav Tank", in proper military parlance, only refers to MBT's.
Grav tanks can fly nape of earth and achieve orbit if sealed and the crew is provided with life support. The speed of these armored vehicles allows military forces to range over continents.
History & Background (Dossier)
Grav tanks develop at Tech Level-9 when anti-gravity lift becomes available. They tend to be very expensive and can carry enough armor and point defense fire control to render them nearly immune to tactical missiles and HEAP warheads which are the predominant anti-armor weapons of lower technology levels.
Representative Examples & Classes
Grav Tank Representative Examples TL Designation Name Tank Class Mass Primary User Main Armament/s Secondary Armament/s Mobility Mode Armor Class Primary Manufacturer Date of Introduction Classified Classified Norris grav tank Heavy Tank Classified Third Imperium Classified Classified Classified Classified Third Imperium Classified Classified Z-80 Z-80 Grav Tank Main Battle Tank (MBT) Classified Zhodani Consulate Classified Classified Classified Classified Zhodani Consulate Classified TL-09 Classified Striker grav tank Light Tank 523 tons Mercenaries 50-megawatt Pulse Laser 7mm Gatling Gun & HMG 0480kph Gravitic Flight Classified Classified Classified TL-11 Classified Gram grav tank Main Battle Tank (MBT) 218 tons Sword Worlds Confederation Plasma PA-11 30mm Autocannon 0960kph Gravitic Flight Classified Sword Worlds Confederation Classified TL-12 Classified Chieftain Grav Combat Vehicle Main Battle Tank (MBT) 200 tons Principality of Caledon FP252 Fusion Cannon Coaxial VRF Gauss Weapon 0800kph Gravitic Flight Classified Principality of Caledon Classified TL-13 Classified Despot heavy grav tank Heavy Tank Classified Beaumonde Defense Force Classified Classified Classified Classified Beaumonde Industries Classified TL-14 Classified Invader grav tank Light Tank 155 tons Third Imperium Fusion FY-14 Main Battle Gun Classified 3,640kph Gravitic Flight Classified Ling-Standard Products Classified TL-14 Classified Trepida grav tank Main Battle Tank (MBT) 125 tons Third Imperium Fusion RFX-14 Main Battle Gun Coaxial Anti-personnel Laser & Laser PDS 1,000kph Gravitic Flight Classified Third Imperium 1109
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- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology Maksim-Smelchak of the Ministry of Science