GSD Porter class Supply Track

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GSD Porter class Supply Track
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Unpublished, non-canon vehicle design.
Tech Level TL–9
Mass ~3.86 dton
Cost 475,079.5
Mode Ground (Tracked)
Type Armored Fighting Vehicle
Speed 75kph
Cargo 16 m3 and 16 tons
Crew 3 commander, gunner and driver
Passengers 0
Armament Laser Rifle and (1) TAC missile rail
Manufacturer Various
Also see Global Securities Division
Available for export

The GSD Porter class Supply Track is a TL-9 Armored Fighting Vehicle.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The GSD Porter class Supply Track: 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 is a single 75.03kg capacity launch rail on the chassis deck. The 3 crew have ~21.4 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. The suspension in this model is further enhanced to support its mass fully loaded. The greater mass restricts top speed and cross country mobility. As a result SOP is to not travel fully loaded if possible to better keep pace with allied tracks and not fall behind on the march.

Vehicle Dimensions:[edit]

  • Height: 3m. Width: 3m. Length: 6m.
  • Total usable volume: 54 m3
  • Total mass loaded: 143 metric tons.
  • Production Cost: Cr. 475,079.5
  • Movement: Road Maximum 75kph/63cm; Cross country 30kph/25cm.
    Movement effect on fire: move 1/2 or less: -4 FFP, no fire EFP; move 1/2 or move no fire

Armor:[edit]

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

Equipment:[edit]

  • Thermal and Image Enhanced vision
  • 5,000 Power Radio
  • 1,000km Maser Communicator with satellite uplink
  • Map Box with GPS
  • 16 m3 and 16 tons of cargo space
  • Reinforced 15m3 suspension
  • Sealed Environment with life support for 3

Power:[edit]

  • 2 megawatt fusion power plant consumes 3 liters of fuel/hour
  • Fuel capacity 1,542 liters, enough for 514 hours or approximately 21.4 days!
  • Power to weight ratio is 13.98 and the ground pressure is 9.53 tons/m3.

Weapons:[edit]

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 is one 75.03kg capacity TAC missile launch rail on the rear of the chassis deck. It uses a 12kg 25cm HEAP 57 warhead and it takes two crew members 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. One target designated missile is included in the price.

Characteristics: HEAP Warhead Missiles
Type Range Price
Homing HEAP 57, 21.7km/11.7km +10 DM Cr434.03
Target Designated HEAP 57, 21.7km/11.7km +10 DM Cr934.03
IR Follow Up HEAP +8, 21.7km/11.7km +10 DM Cr534.03

Maintenance:[edit]

  • Vehicle: 8
  • Electronics: 9
  • Weapons: 3
  • Suspension: 5

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

This vehicle is not equipped with guidance packages for operator guided missiles. The GSD Porter class Supply Track 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 supplies and logistics these crawlers need to keep the unit supplies with food, water, air, and ammo. One very problematic issue this unit experiences is that all the vehicles carry their own unique missile systems. No two designs can operate missiles designed for other vehicles. Each vehicle requires its unique class of missile to correct fit its launch rails. They all use common warheads and guidance packages, the body and propellant tubes are custom packed in the field to spec, they carry the raw materials and assemble as they go. This is labor intensive and time consuming but it is the only option to keep all vehicles armed and loaded for battle. Each of the eight companies has their own dedicated supply track, because no vehicles carry missile reloads frequent rearmament is required. 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 single TAC missile places a small amount of anti-tank firepower at the hands of the unit commander in support of infantry or in extremis self defense. They lack the sensors to spot enemies at range.

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