Maultier

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Maultier
Production information
Manufacturer Taurus Territorial Industries
Production Year 2590[1]
Mission APC
Type Hover
Cost 255,450 C-bills
Technical specifications
Mass 15
Armor Durallex Light Ferro-Fibrous
Engine 50 Magma Internal Combustion Engine
Speed 151.2 km/h
Crew 1
Communications System Neil 6000-x
Targeting Tracking System TracTex Alpha-1
Armament

1 x Streak SRM-2

BV (1.0) 115[2]
BV (2.0) 209 [3] [4]


Description[edit]

Like its larger cousin the Maxim, the Maultier was a Star League Defense Force Hover APC capable of transporting an entire platoon of Infantry, seeing extensive action during the second half of the 26th century. The design was thought to be lost forever until a young Taurian farmer on Celano stumbled on the remains of a Star League storehouse while plowing his fields in 3019. His discovery provided the Taurian Concordat with significant volumes of technical information, weapons and vehicles, including several Maultiers. Concordat scientists studied the recovered equipment and attempted to replicate the designs, with the Maultier being one of the simplest and relatively straightforward to copy. The Taurian Defense Force has been using the Maultier as an infantry transport since before the Fourth Succession War, mainly in actions against pirates, [5] and the design has now spread with sales to its Trinity Alliance allies. [6]

Built around a conventional chassis, the Maultier uses a 50-series Internal Combustion Engine which is relatively easy to obtain even in the Periphery. With a top speed of around 150 kph, the Maultier is able to deploy its infantry troops more quickly than most other vehicles, minimizing the time it had to spend in the combat zone. While the Maultiers engine, targeting and communications systems were easy enough for the Concordat to replicate, the vehicle's armaments and armor however posed more of a problem as the Concordat lacked the technological know-how to duplicate Ferro-Fibrous armor until the early 3040s, and the sophisticated Streak Missile Launcher had to be replaced with a conventional system until Pinard managed to duplicate the Streak system in early 3054. [5] [6]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

Like many APCs, Maultier carries a single purely defensive use weapon, a Pinard Reaper Streak SRM-2 rack. The Streak launcher refuses to fire until a solid target lock is acquired however, ensuring it maximizes the single ton of ammunition. [5] [6]

Variants[edit]

  • Basic 
    The original downgraded replication, it featured standard armor plate and a normal SRM-2 launcher, the weight saved from the lighter standard launcher being used to boost the volume of armor, giving it comparable protection to the "standard" version. [5] [6] BV (1.0)= 96[7], BV (2.0) = 197[8]
  • Battle Armor 
    With the appearance of Battle Armor, the Taurians have attempted to modify the Maultier to suit such armored infantry. Still at the investigation stage trying to find the right balance, having boiled down to three unpalatable options: either stripping out the Streak launcher, reducing the already minimal armor, or using a Fusion Engine and greatly driving up the expense of the vehicle. [6] BV (2.0) = 165[9]
  • Fusion 
    This variant drops the I.C.E. for an Fusion Engine, the Streak SRM-2 was changed for an ER Medium Laser, this configuration needs no ammo. BV (2.0) = 301[10]
  • Intermediate 
    Using the Basic Maultier variant as a base, this version replaces the standard armor with Ferro-Fibrous Armor. BV (2.0) = 210[11]
  • Machine Gun 
    This variant uses the Intermediate version as its inspiration. By dropping the SRM and ammunition, the Infantry Bay is expanded to four tons. The only weapon on this variant is a single Machine Gun with a half-ton of ammunition. BV (2.0) = 170[12]

References[edit]

  1. MUL online date for the Maultier
  2. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 69
  3. Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, p. 199 "Maultier Hover APC"
  4. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 213
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Technical Readout: 3058, p. 10 "Maultier Hover APC"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, p. 198 "Maultier Hover APC"
  7. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 70
  8. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 215
  9. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 214
  10. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 216
  11. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 217
  12. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 218

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