Maxim

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Maxim Hover Transport
Production information
Manufacturer Scarborough Manufacturers, Cyclops Incorporated, Hellespont Industries
Production Year 2689[1]
Mission Heavy Hover Transport
Type Hover
Cost 1,320,000 C-bills
Technical specifications
Mass 50 Tons
Armor ArcShield V Standard
Engine PowerTech 165 Highlift ICE
Speed 129 km/h
Crew 4
Communications System Scarborough Talky-2
Targeting Tracking System Scarborough Tracky 1 w/TAG
Heat Sinks None
Armament
BV (2.0) 764


Description[edit]

Originally produced by Maxim Transport Industries, before a series of scandals led to its closure in 3039, the fast and heavily armed Maxim quickly became the model example of a transport throughout the Inner Sphere. Still produced via different companies, the Maxim is still heavily used by many units as their principal APC. It has proven itself popular both to unit commanders, who respect its firepower, speed and ability to carry a full platoon of infantry, and to the troops it carries, who respect its roomy, comfortable infantry bay.

The Maxims produced by Maxim Transport Industries used software produced internally, namely the Maxim New Standard I/O communications system and the Maxim New Standard TargetTrack targeting and tracking system.[2]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The Maxim provides a heavy amount of firepower for an APC, designed to provide covering fire for deploying infantry and to support them in the field. Twin forward facing and a rear facing LRM-5s provide long range fire, while side mounted SRM-2s and a turret mounted SRM-6 provide close range support. A set of three machine guns in the turret deal with any unarmored infantry it may encounter.

Variants[edit]

  • SRM Variant 
    A common modification, this variant of the Maxim replaces the LRM-5s with SRM-4s.
  • SRM-2 
    Another common modification, this moves the side mounted SRM-2s into the turret for a wider range of fire.
  • SRM-4 
    Virtually similar to the SRM variant, this Maxim sacrifices one of the SRM-4's to carry additional ammo.
  • 3058 Upgrade 
    A significant upgrade to the original, this updated version of the Maxim drops the rear facing LRM-5 and a machine gun, in order to replace the Sureshot II SRM-2's with a pair of Guided Technologies Streak SRM-2s and add a TAG unit. Additionally, the armor is replaced with ProTech 6 Ferro-Fibrous for increased protection. BV (2.0) = 796
  • 3058 Anti-Personnel 
    Designed to deal with heavy concentrations of infantry, this Maxim variant replaces the Streak SRM-2s for additional machine guns. BV (2.0) = 715[3]
  • 3058 Fire Support 
    Designed for LRM support, this updated version replaces the SRM-2s and TAG for a turret mounted FarFire LRM-15. BV (2.0) = 869[4]
  • Infantry Variant 
    Sacrificing firepower for carrying capacity, this Maxim can transport up to 12 tons of infantry. In exchange, its weapons are limited to a Streak SRM-6, 2 ER Medium Lasers, and a TAG, all mounted in its turret. BV (2.0) = 770[5]
  • Infantry Command Variant 
    Based on the Infantry Variant this Maxim variant has twin C3 Master Computers and a Guardian ECM Suite. The armor and weaponry remain identical to the Infantry variant. BV (2.0) = 851[6]
  • Battle Armor Transport (Factory) 
    Designed by engineers at the manufacturing plants, this Maxim variant can carry a squad of Battle Armor-equipped infantry into combat. To compensate for the larger infantry bay the designers had to remove the TAG system. BV (2.0) = 794[7]
  • Battle Armor Transport (Field Refit) 
    Designed by troops in the field this Maxim variant also transports a squad of battle armored infantry. Unlike the factory version, this version removes the machine guns and ammunition to make room for the infantry bay. It also carries more armor. BV (2.0) = 817[8]
  • C3 Master 
    This version trades the ability to carry infantry for a C3 Master Computer. As the C3 Master can function as a TAG system, the turret mounted TAG is also removed. To provide additional protection, the machine guns and ammunition of the standard Maxim are replaced by armor. BV (2.0) = 817[9]
  • C3 Slave 
    This version is used in conjunction with the Maxim C3 Master. Removing the machine guns and ammunition, it expands the infantry bay to four tons, allowing it to carry a squad of battle armor. It also carries a C3 Slave and keeps the TAG system. BV (2.0) = 773[10]
  • Clan 
    Retrofitted with Clan technology, the Maxim-C utilities a fusion engine and lighter missile systems to free up weight for a larger array of weapons and a 6 ton infantry bay. A front mounted LRM-15 provides adequate long range firepower, while side mounted SRM-2s, and a turret mounted Streak SRM-6 partnered with twin machine guns provides close range support. While it does not utilize the Ferro-fibrous Armor seen in updated IS versions of the Maxim, its seven tons of standard armor provides similar levels of protection, augmented by the use of an ECM Suite and CASE. BV (2.0) = 1,147[11]


Custom Variants[edit]

  • Flanker 
    designed to increase the hovercraft's performance while dropping troops, the Flanker model has Sponson Turrets and has much more armor on its left side than its right. The idea was to present a heavily-armed and armored broadside to the enemy while performing its primary duty. BV (2.0) = 781[12]

Related Vehicles[edit]

  • Maultier - The smaller Maultier is often considered a cousin to the larger Maxim design.
  • Maxim Mk II - Designed by Cyclops Incorporated, this post Jihad update was built for use by the newly founded Republic of the Sphere. Gutting its weapons complement down to a single, turret mounted Hovertech Streak SRM-2, the Maxim Mk2 can carry a full platoon of battle armor and has significant armor protection.

References[edit]

  1. MUL online date for the Maxim
  2. Technical Readout: 3039, p. 64, "Maxim Hover Transport"
  3. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 116
  4. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 122
  5. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 123
  6. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 124
  7. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 117
  8. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 118
  9. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 119
  10. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 120
  11. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 121
  12. Experimental Technical Readout: Corporations, p. 11

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