|Manticore II Heavy Tank|
|Armor||Durallex Special Heavy Ferro-Fibrous|
|Engine||GM 280 XXL Fusion|
|Communications System||TharHes Muse 65-128K|
|Targeting Tracking System||TharHes TargiTrack with Advanced Targeting Computer|
The Manticore II Heavy Tank was an update of the Manticore Heavy Tank designed by Defiance Industries and manufactured in their massive factory complexes on Hesperus II. Introduced early in the thirty-second century, the Manticore II was a far more specialised vehicle than its antecedant; by specifically designing the Manticore II to be an amphibious vehicle, Defiance created a heavy tank capable of heavily influencing battles in littoral areas and other water-rich environments on numerous worlds.
Despite the Manticore II's success when operating within the role it was designed for, it was still perceived as being flawed by some - generally when compared to the original Manticore, or by those who attempted to either repeat the same tactics the Manticore excelled at or who balked at using it effectively because of the high price tag associated with each Manticore II.
Protected by nine and a half tons of heavy ferro-fibrous armor and powered by a GM 280 extra-extra-light fusion engine, the Manticore II could reach speeds of sixty-four kph, outmatching most vehicles of comparable power when operating in wet terrain. The Manticore II excelled at making long-range attacks and providing support fire from areas such as swamps and rivers, where most opponents wouldn't expect to find a heavyweight tank.
Weapons and Equipment
The Manticore II carried three weapon systems, a Defiance 980 Heavy Particle Projection Cannon and a pair of Delta Dart II Enhanced LRM 10 Launchers, all mounted in the turret and slaved into a Targeting Computer. Two tons of ammunition for the NLRM 10s were stored inside the body of the Manticore II.
- Technical Readout: 3145 Lyran Commonwealth, p. 18-19, "Manticore II Heavy Tank"
- online date for the Manticore II
- Record Sheets: 3145 Unabridged, p. 287