GSD Hoplite class APC

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GSD Hoplite class APC
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Unpublished, non-canon vehicle design.
Tech Level TL–9
Mass ~3.86 dton
Cost 486,790.5
Mode Ground (Tracked)
Type Armored Fighting Vehicle
Speed 80kph
Cargo None
Crew 3 commander, gunner and driver
Passengers 7
Armament Laser Rifle and (5) TAC missile rails
Manufacturer Various
Also see Global Securities Division
Available for export

The GSD Hoplite class APC is a TL-9 Armored Fighting Vehicle.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The GSD Hoplite class APC: Built on Tarkan (world) from TL–9 kits acquired off world by Global Securities Division, attempts to build them from local sourced technology failed. The fusion power plant was considered vital for protected forces work in vacuum conditions and TL 8 batteries were not equal to the task. The vehicle's heavy 16.8cm thick composite laminate armor sheaths the chassis to levels of protection equivalent to starship hull metal. This design is sealed with life support for the crew in vacuum and protected forces roles. An imported bare minimum stock 2MW fusion power plant is installed for movement. There are five 28.506kg capacity launch rails on the chassis deck. The 3 crew and 7 passengers have ~14.4 days of full life support (proof against CBR/NBC threats) and exit via an airlock to the rear of the vehicle. Due to their high ground pressure their cross country speed is 40% of their road speed. They never get stuck in the mud, soft earth, snow, or sand. Their heavier armor means they are not amphibious, and have trouble finding bridges that can support their mass which places additional maintenance strain on their wide tracked suspension.

Vehicle Dimensions:[edit]

  • Height: 3m. Width: 3m. Length: 6m.
  • Total usable volume: 54 m3
  • Total mass loaded: 131 metric tons.
  • Production Cost: Cr. 486,790.5
  • Movement: Road Maximum 80kph/66cm; Cross country 32kph/26cm.
    Movement effect on fire: move 1/2 or less: -4 FFP, no fire EFP; move 1/2 or move no fire


  • Chassis all facings 40.
  • Target Size DMs: +3 low and no high hits.


  • Thermal and Image Enhanced vision
  • 5,000 Power Radio
  • 1,000km Maser Communicator with satellite uplink
  • Map Box with GPS
  • Sealed Environment with life support for 10


  • 2 megawatt fusion power plant consumes 3 liters of fuel/hour
  • Fuel capacity 1,042 liters, enough for 347 hours or approximately 14.4 days!
  • Power to weight ratio is 15.26 and the ground pressure is 9.35 tons/m3.


There is a TL–9 laser rifle mounted in a 360 degree rotating remote cupolas on the forward chassis deck connected to a dedicated 100 shot battery. The weapon is NOT stabilized to fire on the move. It can engage 1 target and has +0 signature. It can function as a target designator in low power mode. Its direct fire characteristics are as follows:

Direct Fire Characteristics: Laser Rifle
Effective Range Long Range Extreme Range
180 m (9) 360 m (4) 1,800 m (1)

There are five 28.506kg capacity TAC missile launch rails on the rear of the chassis deck. It uses a 12kg 25cm HEAP 57 warhead and it takes one crew member to manually reload these missiles if additional rounds are available, as none are normally carried internally. The homing missiles struggle to achieve intercepts against vehicles protected with advanced ECM abilities. The vehicle can designate its own targets and can hand off to deployed infantry to spot and mark targets. Five target designated missiles are included in the price.

Characteristics: HEAP Warhead Missiles
Type Range Price
Homing HEAP 57, 1km +1 DM Cr387.506
Target Designated HEAP 57, 1km +1 DM Cr887.506
IR Follow Up HEAP +8, 1km +1 DM Cr487.506


  • Vehicle: 8
  • Electronics: 9
  • Weapons: 15
  • Suspension: 5

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

This vehicle is not equipped with guidance packages for operator guided missiles. The GSD Hoplite class APC was designed and manufactured at TL–9, these vehicles are manufactured for the Global Securities Division in defense of Tarkan (world). They are one of a family of tracked utility vehicles designed to survive the rigors of protected forces operations on a vacuum world. Tasked with moving personnel to the FEBA, these 20 crawlers can move the lord's retinue in one lift or two line companies. The lord's retinue concentrates all support elements and the line companies are all teeth and no tail. They have good communication links and a map box with GPS to help lost GSD Achilles class Combat Walkers. The five TAC missiles are fast but extremely short ranged. The infantry is expected to help designate targets. They lack the sensors to spot enemies at range.

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