Flatbed Truck

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Flatbed Truck
Production information
Manufacturer Various
Production Year 2580[1]
Mission Logistical Support
Type Wheeled
Technical specifications
Mass 10
Armor Steel body panels
Engine Generic 30 ICE
Speed 86 km/h
Crew 1-2
Communications System Various
Targeting Tracking System None
Armament

None standard

BV (1.0) 9[2]
BV (2.0) 34[3][4]


Description[edit]

The Flatbed Truck described here can carry six tons of cargo in the armored cab, and another ten tons on an unarmored trailer. It's a generic vehicle type found across the Inner Sphere and Clan Homeworlds used by both military forces and civilian companies to haul cargo on a planet's surface.[3]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

Flatbed Trucks are not designed for combat. As such no manufacturer builds them with integrated weapons. Drivers who are operating in dangerous situations (civil war, invaded world, etc.) will often add some small weapon like a Machine Gun or SRM-2 to deter attackers. Other drivers will attempt to increase protection by adding extra armor to the truck, but this often increases the maintenance requirements of the truck due to increased weight.[3]

Variants[edit]

Nearly every world has a manufacturer that can build a Flatbed Truck variant. In many cases, the cargo capacity is dropped completely in favor of some form of armament.

  • Armor 
    This variant introduced during the Star League era drops 2 tons of cargo capacity to increase the vehicle's armor capacity. BV (1.0)= 38[5], BV (2.0) = 117[6]
  • Mortar 
    This is an Advanced Technology variant of the Flatbed Truck also introduced during the Star League era. This variant drops the vehicle's cargo capacity entirely for offensive firepower, possibly for convoy defense. While retaining the base model's armor capacity, the vehicle is given a pair of rear-mounted Mech Mortar/1s. The Mortars use anti-infantry rounds. BV (2.0) = 64[7]
  • SRM 
    Another Star League era variant, this base line truck drops 2 tons of cargo capacity for a front-mounted SRM 2 launcher with a 1 ton ammunition capacity. BV (1.0)= 42[2] , BV (2.0) = 67[8]
  • LRM 
    This variant mounts a single LRM-10 in a forward facing mount and carries a single ton of ammunition for it. BV (2.0) = 172[9]
  • RL 
    This variant adds four Rocket Launcher 15s to the front. It also adds two and a half tons of armor. BV (2.0) = 232[10]

References[edit]

  1. MUL online date for the Flatbed Truck
  2. 2.0 2.1 Record Sheets: 3060, p. 14
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Technical Readout: 3060, pp. 8-9, "Flatbed Truck Profile"
  4. Record Sheets: 3060 Unabridged, p. 6
  5. Record Sheets: 3060, p. 15
  6. Record Sheets: 3060 Unabridged, p. 7
  7. Record Sheets: 3060 Unabridged, p. 8, "Flatbed Truck (Mortar)"
  8. Record Sheets: 3060 Unabridged, p. 9
  9. Record Sheets: Operation Klondike, p. 6
  10. Record Sheets: Operation Klondike, p. 7

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