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SRM Carrier

SRM Carrier.jpg
SRM Carrier
Production information
Manufacturer Quikscell Company [1], Joint Equipment Systems [1]
Aldis Industries [1], Various [2]
Production Year 2407[3]
Mission Fire Support
Type Tracked
Cost 1,932,800 C-bills
Technical specifications
Mass 60
Armor Simple Armor Plate
Engine InterComBust 180 Internal Combustion Engine
Speed 54 km/h
Crew 3
Communications System Communicator
Targeting Tracking System FireScan with IndirecTrack
Armament

10x SRM-6s

BV (1.0) 816
BV (2.0) 816


Contents

[edit] Description

Ever since the development of the first rocket centuries ago, military units have used mobile missile systems to provide cheap and effective fire support. Along with its LRM counterpart, the SRM Carrier serves in every military action across the Inner Sphere in a variety of shapes and forms.[2] [4] [5] [6] [1]

The chassis for missile carriers vary in basic design, but they are all essentially military transport vehicles, tracked being the most common, adapted to carry the huge missile launchers and loading equipment. Those adaptations generally consist of reinforcing the suspension systems and armoring the crew and critical components areas enough to survive the back blast from so many missiles. With an average top speed of 54 kph and armor unable to survive counter-battery fire, if forced to engage in direct combat a carrier's life expectancy is measured in seconds. [2] [4] [1]

Manufactured by almost every major military supplier, the modern SRM Carrier is derived from those developed in the Age of War by Quik Products Inc, the future Quikscell Company. In many cases derived a little too closely, during the Succession Wars era many manufacturers were producing little more than shoddy direct copies that fell below even Quikscell's low quality standards. After the end of the Fourth Succession War Quikscell lodged lawsuits against those manufacturing clones of Quik based carriers, resulting the closure of many smaller manufacturers and larger manufacturers ending production. While those who produced their own designs were not affected, Quikscell's elimination of much of its competitors and its offer to exchange any missile carrier not produced by them for legitimate Quikscell versions and parts made it the number one player of the missile carrier market. [1]

[edit] Weapons and Equipment

While its chassis is identical to its LRM counterpart, the SRM Carrier mounts ten SRM-6 launchers in its turret. Quikscell utilizes Holly brand launchers, but carriers produced by other manufacturers frequently use the launchers common to their House of origin, such as HoverTech SRMs in the Federated Suns or NCK in the Draconis Combine. A barrage fired from a missile carrier is a fearsome sight and four tons of ammunition allow a carrier to keep up that rate of fire up for over a minute, but forces carriers to be tied to a functioning supply system to keep them in action for any extended period. [2] [4] [1]

[edit] Variants

  • Narc 
    Introduced by Quikscell in 3054 for the Federated Commonwealth, the use of Lexington Ltd. High Grade Ferro-Fibrous boosts armor protection of the carrier, while on SRM launcher and a ton of ammunition is dropped to free up the space for a Doering Electronics Glowworm Narc Missile Beacon and a ton of Narc pods, a relatively unpopular choice as the carriers slow speed making it hard to score a hit with a pod. [5] [6] BV (1.0) = 645
  • C3-Guardian 
    An attempt by Quikscell to make their upgraded SRM Carrier more popular, it replaces the Narc launcher with a C3 Slave and Guardian ECM Suite. [6] BV (1.0) = ??, BV (2.0) = 903
  • MRM Launcher 
    A radical Draconis Combine flavored variant of the SRM carrier, Quikscell dropped the SRM launchers for three MRM-30s. A C3 Slave improves coordination, but reduced top speed and a mere eight reloads for each launcher limit its effectiveness. [6] BV (1.0) ??, BV (2.0) = 782
  • Blakist 
    An even more radical upgrade produced by the Word of Blake, it utilizes a Light Fusion Engine to boost the speed and armor of the carrier, while still retaining enough weight to add a C3i unit, TAG, a Guardian ECM suite and a switch to Streak SRM-4 launchers. [6] BV (1.0) = ??, BV (2.0) = 961
  • Light SRM Carrier 
    A Taurian Concordat reworking of the standard carrier, the Light SRM Carrier is built on a lighter wheeled chassis and removes on the SRM launchers to the reduce cost and complexity of repair and manufacture, also allowing an increase in speed to 65 km/h while carrying four and half tons of armor, one and half times more than the standard model.
  • Ryuken-yon 
    The Combine's Ryuken-yon reportedly fields SRM Carriers refitted with Arrow IV artillery pieces. [7]
  • Primitive 
    This Age of War design that inspired all followers uses three tons of BAR 6 armor to provide protection. It mounted Advanced Fire Control systems to guide the nine SRM-4 launchers mounted on the vehicle's front side. Eight tons of ammunition provided plenty of staying power.[8]

[edit] Design Quirks

The SRM Carrier Primitive variant is subject to the following Design Quirks:[8]

[edit] Vehicle Gallery

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Technical Readout: 3039, pp. 72-73 "LRM/SRM Carrier"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Technical Readout: 3026, pp. 62-63 "LRM/SRM Carrier"
  3. MUL online date for the SRM Carrier
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Technical Readout: 3026 Revised, pp. 66-67 "LRM/SRM Carrier"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Technical Readout: 3058, pp. 52-53 "SRM/LRM Carrier"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, pp. 96-97 "SRM/LRM Carrier"
  7. Field Manual: Draconis Combine, p. 129
  8. 8.0 8.1 Experimental Technical Readout: Primitives, Volume 2, p. 12

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