MASH Truck

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MASH Truck
Production information
Manufacturer Talon Vehicles
Mission Medical Support
Type Wheeled
Technical specifications
Mass 20
Armor Star Slab/Sheet
Engine VOX 80 Fusion
Speed 86.4 kph km/h
Crew  ???
Communications System Achernar Electronics HICK-4
Targeting Tracking System Various
Heat Sinks 10
Armament

2 Small Lasers

BV (1.0)  ???
BV (2.0) 220[1][2]


Description[edit]

A MASH Truck is a generic term for any ground based vehicle that carries MASH equipment. The concept of a MASH Truck was pioneered on Terra, but the first modern MASH units were introduced during the Age of War. They were an immediate success, with a wounded soldier's chance for recovery improved by 300 percent. Several companies produce MASH trucks, but one of the best known is the MIT 23 produced for ComStar. The model described here is built by Talon Vehicles and is a representative sample of the broad category of MASH Trucks.[3]

The featured MASH Truck in this article, introduced in 2671, carries seven and a half tons of advanced medical equipment, including five operating theaters for each of the five team doctors, which are folded out from the main vehicle to create a temporary structure. Each theater includes an automated surgery table, which can prep the patient and assist the surgeon during medical operations through multiple robotic hands. Each table can also be quickly converted to an airtight tube allowing for an emergency freezing procedure, with the temperature inside lowered and the tube filled with a clear, oxygen-rich liquid, while allowing the surgeon to continue operating through attached sleeves. Prior to an operation an on-board medical computer can suggest a plan of action using the results of medical tests, provide updated reports on the patient's condition during surgery including X-ray scans, and store data on post-op care for later access. [4][5]

A fully-deployed MASH Truck can be ready to move again in less than four hours, with room to carry essential medical supplies, six patients and one operating theater, and even when moving at high speeds some surgery can be performed. Four tons of armor protect the highly-sensitive medical equipment in the MASH Truck, however they are rarely attacked since they provide services to the wounded of both sides in a conflict.[4]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The armament on a MASH Truck isn't intended to fight off an attacking 'Mech but rather discourage theft. However many doctors feel that arming a MASH Truck violates their Hippocratic Oath, and have the weapons removed.[3] Despite not intended for combat, the vehicle is protected by 4 tons of Standard Armor with a 80-Rated Fusion Engine allow to unlimited fuel range in comparison to ICE power contemporaries.

For the vehicle primary mission of medical aid, the vehicle has features 7.5 tons worth of MASH equipment, which provides five surgical theaters for medical personal to attend wounded soldiers.[6]

Variants[edit]

During the Succession Wars, the fusion engine used by the MASH truck was often removed and replaced with an ICE. This was an unpopular refit with most soldiers however, as the MASH truck's top speed was typically reduced and the amount of medical equipment the truck could carry was dramatically reduced.

Notes[edit]

Originally featured in TRO: 3025, the MASH Truck has been revamp number times. TRO: 3039 introduced medical equipment which was not featured in the original vehicle presented in the original publication. Master Unit List profile for the Standard MASH Truck includes a Alpha Strike game rules card here which allows it to be used in that different rules set.

References[edit]

  1. Technical Readout: 3039, p. 21 Mobile Army Surgical Truck - BV2 in updated.
  2. MUL Profile on MASH Truck - BV2 and Unit Cost in C-Bills.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Technical Readout: 3025, p. 196
  4. 4.0 4.1 Technical Readout: 3025 Revised, p. 130-131
  5. MUL Profile on MASH Truck - Introduction Year.
  6. Technical Readout: 3039, p. 21 Mobile Army Surgical Truck - Update info on the MASH Truck from latest TRO entry which replaced TRO:3025 and revised editions.

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