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PostSubject: Firefly Tank   Thu 15 Jul - 14:51

The firefly tank is intended to be the standardized Hardenburghian light tank. The design process was started in 2008 when it became clear that the cold war era vehicles that made up the Hardenburghian armored cavalry could no longer fulfill purpose. Manned by a crew of three , the tank is supposed to provide a light, effective and durable opposition to enemy forces. A highly experimental vehicle , only three units as of yet have been built and the tank can be considered in a developmental stage. – comments / improvements would be appreciated

Firefly Tanks Stats

Ground: Cruising speed on land is 65 mph (104 kph) on roads and 60 mph ( 96.6 kph) off road maximum. The vehicle is designed to traverse virtually all terrain and can climb at up to a 60% grade although at a much slower speed (About 10% of maximum road speed). It can also climb barriers and ford trenches. The vehicle can also handle side slopes of up to 30 degrees.

Statistical Data: 

Height: 9.5 feet (2.9 meters) 

Width: 10 feet 6 inches (3.2 meters) 

Length: Main Body: 26 feet (7.9 meters) 
With Gun Forward: 32.2 feet (9.8 meters) 

Weight: 32 tons 

Power Source: Diesel

Cargo Capacity: Minimal, enough for equipment with crew.

Market Cost: N/A – export version yet to be released

Weapon Systems

1.120 mm Electro-Thermal Smoothbore Cannon: A electro-thermal gun, this weapon was designed to have a relatively low recoil for its caliber, and to be able to be used as a light howitzer as well. The rounds were fired by vaporizing a dot of light metal at the base of the projectile, by means of a strong electromagnetic field. It can fire a variety of loads, including high-explosive (HE), high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT), and fragmentation. The cannon could also be used to launch Short Range Missiles, of which 6 were carried. The turret can rotate 360 degrees and the gun can elevate 55 degrees up and 15 degrees down. Fired by the commander. 
Maximum Effective Range: 13,120 feet (4,000 meters) for direct fire with special anti-tank rounds, 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) for direct fire on all other rounds, and 30,000 feet (9,000 meters) for indirect fire.

Payload: 30 rounds, plus 6 Short Range Missiles. 

2.Automatic Grenade Launcher: Mounted on top of the turret in a powered remote controlled mount. The commander can operate the grenade launcher from inside the Firefly and does not need to expose himself. Aiming is aided by the use of the fire control computer of the Firefly. Normally only fragmentation grenades were fired from the launcher. 
The mount can rotate 360 degrees and has a maximum elevation of 60 degrees. 

Maximum Effective Range: 3,000 ft (914 m) 
 Rate of Fire: Equal to combined hand to hand attacks of gunner 

Payload: 200 Rounds 

3. Missile Launchers (4): Two mounted on either side of the turret. These look suspiciously like smoke grenade launchers, but the canisters are really mini missiles. These missiles are supposed to be used to protect the Firefly from enemy missiles, and as such fragmentation warheads are standard issue. Enterprising crews have been known to switch some or all of the fragmentation rounds for AP or Plasma rounds, giving the tank a considerably enhanced anti armor punch at the expense of defensive capability. 
Maximum Effective Range: Varies with missile types, mini-missiles only
Mega-Damage: Varies with missile types, mini missiles only

Payload: each launcher carries 6 mini-missiles for a total of 24 Mini-missiles.

4.Claymore Mines (16): Five mines are mounted on the sides of the tank, and three more on the front and the back. Normally computer controlled, they are a last-ditch weapon against enemy infantry. The crew can override the computer, and fire the mines (or not) when needed. Since the computer was easily confused by such mundane things as mud or dust on uniforms, the system was usually set to manual... 

5. Smoke generator : Mounted on the either side of the rear of the Firefly these generators create dense clouds of particulate smoke.This creates a cloud of smoke 40 ft (12 m) in diameter 

Range: Around tank, when moving creates smoke curtain (max. 40 meters long, 5 meters
wide and 4 meters high.) 
Payload: 10 clouds per generator.

Sensory Equipment

• Radio/ Video Communications: Long range, directional, has a range of 500 miles with short range directional radio of 5 miles.
• Combat Computer/ Targeting Computer: Assist in the tracking of targets.
• Radar: 50 miles, can identify and track 9 targets

• Full Life Support: Protects pilot and tank from heat and radiation and gives a breathable atmosphere inside the Tank.
• Spotlight: Range: 600 feet (182.9 meters)
• Thermo-Imager: Range: 2,000 ft (609 m). Finds the infra-red radiations of things that are warm. Also enables pilot to see in smoke, shadows and darkness.
• Nightvision Optics: Range: 2,000 ft (609 m). Uses light amplification to make a picture. Emits no light but will not work in absolute darkness. System can be dazzled by sudden bright lights but does not physically blind the pilot.
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