Sterling Heavy Tank

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02/10/07 06:48 PM

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Type/Model: Sterling
Tech: Inner Sphere / 3067
Config: Tracked Vehicle
Rules: Level 2, Standard design

Mass: 70 tons
Power Plant: 210 GM Fusion
Cruise Speed: 32,4 km/h
Maximum Speed: 54,0 km/h
Armor Type: Standard
2 PPCs
1 SRM 6
2 Machine Guns
Manufacturer: (Unknown)
Location: (Unknown)
Communications System: (Unknown)
Targeting & Tracking System: (Unknown)

Nicknamed the "Warhammer on tracks" the Sterling was designed to destroy any
tank of similar size or smaller.

Design work on the Sterling began in early 2967. Comissioned in the SLDF in
2970, the Sterling soon equipped several heavy tank regiments as a heavy MBT
and tank destroyer.

Armed with a pair of classic Donal PPC's the Sterling was a threat to tanks
and mechs alike. The secondary Holly SRM6 launcher and a pair of machineguns
gave this design a simple, but versatile weapons package.

The Sterling's business-like appearance was matched by its ruggedness. The
broad heavy tracks gave superior cross country mobility and it could move over
very soft ground without sinking. It could also cross broken ground which
would have thrown the tracks of a lesser tank. Though it only had a top speed
of 54 kph there was little that could stop a Sterling. Many enemy commanders
were taken by surprise by SLDF Sterlings attacking through terrain they
considered impassable for tanks.

The crew compartiment was unusually comfortable for a tank. Special straps
and custom designed seats kept the crew securely in place when travelling over
rough terrain at speed. The front-mounted engine allowed the placement of a
rear exit door, which allowed fast exit and/or access for crews in case of

Protected by nearly 15 tons of armour, the Sterling could take several heavy
hits before being knocked out and enemy troops often found that Sterlings
fought on long after other tanks would have been knocked out.

==Battle History:==
During the Civil War, the Sterling was assigned to assault mech units, paired
with machines such as the Atlas and Devastator, they helped clear the way for
lighter, more mobile forces.

It wasn't uncommon for lighter units to incorporate a batallion of Sterlings
as a fire-base. Usually luring enemy forces into carefully laid ambushes.

During one battle a lance of Sterlings was isolated from its unit. Attacked
by a company of light and medium mechs, the tanks fought ferociously,
destroying many mechs before being finally overwhelmed. When reinforcements
arrived they found 9 destroyed mechs alongside the burning hulks of the
Sterlings. Amazingly all their crews survived and transferred to reserve

The "heater" replaced both machineguns with a pair of vehicle flamers.

==Notable Vehicles & Crew:==
"Thomas Jackson"

This tank, painted a butternut colour and sporting a confederate flag on its
antenna was credited with the destruction of four Rim Worlds mechs, including
a Hunchback, a Vulcan and two Wasps. Immobilized early in the fight they
fought on bravely, fighting until all their weapons were destroyed, the crew
bailed out and hid in a ditch while the last few rampaging mechs finished
destroying the rest of their lance. The crew received a special commendation
from General Kerensky in person.

Nearly 25,000 Sterlings were in service with the SLDF before the Civil War.

Many accompanied Kerensky on his exile and most were destroyed during the
Succession wars, often stripped for battlemech replacement parts.

Type/Model: Sterling
Mass: 70 tons

Equipment: Items Mass
Int. Struct.: 35 pts Standard 0 7,00
Engine: 210 Fusion 0 9,00
Shielding & Transmission Equipment: 0 4,50
Cruise MP: 3
Flank MP: 5
Heat Sinks: 20 Single 0 10,00
Cockpit & Controls: 0 3,50
Crew: 5 Members 0 ,00
Turret Equipment: 0 1,50
Armor Factor: 232 pts Standard 0 14,50

Internal Armor
Structure Value
Front: 7 60
Left / Right Sides: 7 45/45
Rear: 7 35
Turret: 7 47

Weapons and Equipment Loc Heat Ammo Items Mass
1 PPC Turret 10 1 7,00
1 PPC Turret 10 1 7,00
1 SRM 6 Front 0 15 2 4,00
1 Machine Gun Turret 0 100 2 1,00
1 Machine Gun Front 0 100 1 1,00
TOTALS: 20 7 70,00
Items & Tons Left: 12 ,00

Calculated Factors:
Total Cost: 3.018.350 C-Bills
Battle Value: 669
Cost per BV: 4.511,73
Weapon Value: 994 / 994 (Ratio = 1,49 / 1,49)
Damage Factors: SRDmg = 23; MRDmg = 14; LRDmg = 5
BattleForce2: MP: 3T, Armor/Structure: 0 / 9
Damage PB/M/L: 3/3/2, Overheat: 0
Class: GH; Point Value: 7
02/10/07 11:55 PM

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Nice fluff. I have a tank with the same name but mine is a 100 tonner. I will posted it for a comparison and all.

Really like yours. And yes I too have done up the same idea of mechs to vehicles and vehicles to mechs.

Given time and plenty of paper, a philosopher can prove anything.
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