Predator (Combat Vehicle)

This article is about the combat vehicle. For other uses, see Predator (disambiguation).


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Predator Tank Destroyer
Production information
Manufacturer Ceres Metals Industries
Production Year 3103
Mission Anti-Vehicle
Ambusher
Type Tracked
Technical specifications
Mass 45
Armor Hellespont Heavy Ferro-Fibrous
Engine Ceres Motors 270 Fuel Cell
Speed 97 km/h
Communications System Magna-VOX KS2525
Targeting Tracking System Magna-VOX TTS4000
Heat Sinks None
Armament

1x LB-20X

BV (2.0) 775[1][2][3]


Description[edit]

The Predator Tank Destroyer is the modern version of a Succession Wars Era Combat Vehicle, which was originally produced for the Capellan Confederation. Designed around a single weapon, the vehicle was made as a stop gap replacement during a time where House Liao's combat vehicle forces were being depleted.

The tank was first designed during last few years the Second Succession War. It would serve until 2974, when during the battle of Spica the tank's glaring flaws would come to light. The planet's militia forces using the tank were soundly defeated during a skirmish against the armor elements of the 5th Syrtis Fusiliers. The Predator would soon fade away and be replaced with the Hetzer.

It would not be until the Victoria War, where a revised modern version of the Predator would appear again. This new standard version of the tank proved its worth with improved armor and a long-ranged main gun.[4]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The thirty-second century version of the Predator utilizes a 270-rated fuel cell engine to allow it to move upwards to 97 kph. Engineers replaced the original's standard armor for 4.5 tons of Heavy Ferro-Fibrous armor. Though the new armor gives its superior protection to its originator, its side and rear facing protection is still considered lightly armored.

The Predator is armed with a single Mydron Devastator LB 20-X Class Autocannon, allowing the Predator to take on targets further away with a devastating punch. The vehicle carries two tons of ammunition, giving its crew the ability to choose which type to use in combat.[5]

Variants[edit]

  • Predator Tank Destroyer (Original) 
    First produced in the middle of the thirtieth century in 2942, this ancient design carries Succession Wars era downgraded equipment. This version of the Predator is armed with a Q-Beam Class 20 Autocannon with only a single ton of ammunition. Though able to reach a reasonable speed of 86 kph, the bulk of the tank's armor is focused in its front while its sides and rear are barely to withstand a hit from a single Class 5 Autocannon. BV(2.0)=480[6][7][8]

Notes[edit]

The Predator is subjected to the following Design Quirks:

The Original Predator Tank Destroyer was described in the Variant section may be based on a vehicle which was published in BattleTechnology magazine issue #21.

Technical Readout: 3145 Capellan Confederation states the Predator was designed in the last few years of the Second Succession War, yet the MUL gives 2942 as its introduction date which is almost 80 years later.

References[edit]

  1. Technical Readout: 3145 Capellan Confederation, p.15 Predator Tank Destroyer - BV2
  2. MUL Profile for the Modern/Standard Predator Tank Destroyer - Includes BV2 & introduction date.
  3. Record Sheets: 3145 Unabridged, p. 77
  4. Technical Readout: 3145 Capellan Confederation, p.14 Predator Tank Destroyer - Background
  5. Technical Readout: 3145 Capellan Confederation, p. 15 & 67 Predator Tank Destroyer - Stats
  6. Technical Readout: 3145 Capellan Confederation, p.15 & 66 Predator Tank Destroyer - BV2
  7. MUL Profile for the original Predator Tank Destroyer.
  8. Record Sheets: 3145 Unabridged, p. 76

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