Imperial class Artillery Vehicle (Remote Drone)

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Imperial class Artillery Vehicle (Remote Drone)
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Imperial class Artillery Vehicle (Remote Drone)
Tech Level TL–15
Mass 12 dTons
Cost MCr 4.11
Mode Flight (Grav)
Type Artillery Vehicle
Speed 1103kph max, 827kph cruise
Cargo Personal Equipment; 34 Rounds for Launcher; 120 Decoys
Crew 3
Passengers 0
Armament 0.1 dTon TL–15 Drone Launcher, Decoy Launchers

Description (Specifications)[edit]

These vehicles are part of the Imperial class Grav APC family.

The RDMAV is the vehicle that provides the Imperial Army or Imperial Marines their standard precision Artillery weapon and real-time reconnaissance-strike coordination platform.

The Drones themselves are a cross between Grav Vehicle, Tac-Missile and Mobile Remote Sensor Platform. They can operate at 200kph in NOE mode (their usual mode of movement) linked to the firing vehicle by the 300km radio or via satellite uplink.

The drone operator has use of a single-purpose TL–15 computer that allows him to synthesize as sensor picture from the drone(s) and other sensors to which the operator has access. This can suddenly change when a target is identified and the drone switches to attack mode. At full-acceleration the drone than rushes at the target until it delivers its explosive payload. The attack may be made in a round-about fashion so that some face other than that initially facing the attacking drone is approached.

Any drone that is not committed to an attack, may be returned to the RDMAV and refuelled.

The EMS guidance of these rockets allows them to be designated by any laser, radar or active EMS system, which allows a very high first-round-hit probability. The rockets may also be fired using normal indirect fire procedures, but given the capability of EMS target designation this method is wasteful and is only used in unusual circumstances.

MRLAV are normally deployed in Platoons of 4 vehicles.

Deployed in Artillery units, MRLAV Platoons are usually deployed in pairs with an RDMAV Platoon. These batteries have no integral Fire Direction Centres with that capability being held at Battery HQ level.

One Imperial Utility Grav Sled is assigned per vehicle for munitions supply purposes. The munitions supply chain thus becomes the limiting factor in the rate of fire that can be achieved in the field.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

This design was developed as the joint Imperial Marines/Imperial Army solution in the Imperial class Grav APC family.

Those Imperial Marines facing the Zhodani Consulate and Sword Worlds Confederation in the Spinward Marches Sector had fully upgraded to be using these systems in time for the Fifth Frontier War.

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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