Striker (Combat Vehicle)

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Striker Light Tank
Production information
Manufacturer Valiant Vehicles[1]
Production Year 3006[2]
Mission Fire Support
Type Wheeled
Cost 563,315 C-bills
Technical specifications
Mass 35 Tons
Armor Valiant Buckler Standard
Engine 155 InterComBust I.C.E.
Speed 86.4 km/h
Crew 3
Communications System Wunderland XXI-3 series
Targeting Tracking System Wunderland XXI-3 series
Heat Sinks 10
Armament

1 x LRM-10
1 x SRM-6

BV (1.0) 342[3]
BV (2.0) 564


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[edit] Description

The Striker Light Tank started out as a joint project venture between Valiant Systems and Wunderland Enterprises on world of Johnsondale. They united in their efforts to create a jointed company known as Valiant Vehicles, with the Striker being their first product.[1]

The low cost light fire support tank became main stay of the AFFS after its introduction in the first decade of 31st Century, and orders for the Striker soon outstripped the Valiant production line.[1]

The Striker, refitted with Star League technology, first returned in the 3040s when Valiant was able to catch up with production demands for its tank. The Striker was later produced for the Armed Forces of the Federated Commonwealth during its relatively brief existence, and was therefore spread to the Lyran Alliance. Limited production runs of the vehicle were later delivered to the Draconis Combine in exchange for new technology to be added to the Striker.[1]

[edit] Weapons and Equipment

The tank's principal weapon is its Valiant "Heavy Crossbow" 10-tube Long Range Missile launcher, which is limited to 12 shots. For close range combat, the tank is fitted with a Valiant "Pilum" 6-tube Short Range Missile Launcher, with 30 rounds. Both launchers are found in the Striker's turret.[1]

[edit] Variants

  • Striker Light Tank (SRM Variant) 
    Retaining its LRM launcher, the tank was rearmed with four SRM 2 Launchers with 1 ton of ammunition each for both launchers. BV (1.0) = ??, BV (2.0) = 583
  • Striker Light Tank (LRM Variant) 
    All weaponry is replaced by a single LRM 15 Launcher with 4 tons of ammunition. BV (1.0) = 383[3], BV (2.0) = 605
  • Striker Light Tank (3053/3058 Upgrade) 
    The Striker received a major refit during the 3040s, where its Internal Combustion Engine was replaced with a Fusion Engine. Several tons of Ferro-Fibrous Armor replaced the original's standard armor. The Vehicle's LRM launcher was upgraded to 15 tube launchers, and enhanced with an Artemis IV fire control system. The original, larger SRM launcher is exchanged with a pair of Streak SRM 2 Launchers, both of which are limited to 1 ton of ammunition each. BV (1.0) = 449[4], BV (2.0) = 691[5]
  • Striker Light Tank (NARC Variant) 
    A variant of the "3053" Striker, the vehicle is fitted with the Striker's original LRM 10 and SRM 6. However, it's refitted with a Narc Missile Beacon. BV (1.0) = 356[6], BV (2.0) = 621[7]
  • Striker Light Tank (C3 Variant)/(3061 Upgrade) 
    A Draconis Combine version of the of the "3053" Striker. The SRM launchers and its ammunition are dropped for a single turreted mounted ER Medium Laser, the LRM 15's ammunition is brought up to 16 rounds and the tank is also given a Guardian ECM Suite and a C3 Slave Computer. BV (1.0) = 525[8], BV (2.0) = 775[9]
  • Striker Light Tank (Laser Variant) 
    Is a field modification to the C3 variant of the Striker. This variant is found in the Draconis March, where this version drops its C3 Slave Computer. The vehicle given additional ER Medium Laser, and LRM ammunition brought up to 16 rounds. BV (1.0) = 610[10], BV (2.0) = 860[11]
  • Striker Light Tank (Ammo) 
    Based on the 3058 version, this variant increases the LRM ammunition storage bay capacity by 100% by dropping the Artemis IV guidance system. It also adds a half-ton of armor protection. BV (2.0) = 701[12]
  • Striker (Sealed) 
    Similar to the "Wet Striker", this variant uses a sealed Flotation Hull and Fuel Cell engine. The weapons have been replaced by a pair of MML-5 launchers with 3 tons of ammo and a Guardian ECM Suite disrupts enemy electronics. A Light Machine Gun counters enemy infantry.[13] BV (2.0) = 590[14]

[edit] Custom Variants

  • "Wet Striker" 
    The "Wet Striker" light tank was designed and built by two former AFFS mechanics for a group of pirates. After trading the standard ICE engine for Fuel Cell engines pulled from IndustrialMechs and sealing the tank hull for amphibious operations, they had four light tanks that could perform amphibious landings. They then replaced the standard LRM launcher with four Rocket Launcher 10s in a secondary turret to provide an overwhelming quick strike capability. The extra space left behind by these modifications was converted into a cargo bay that could be stocked with stolen goods. One of the tanks was captured during their first raid, which allowed the AFFS to list the modifications discussed here. BV (2.0) = 573[15]

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[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Technical Readout 3058 Upgrade, pp. 82-83, "Striker Vehicle Profile"
  2. MUL online date for the Striker (Combat Vehicle)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Combat Operations, p. 120
  4. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 95
  5. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 80
  6. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 97
  7. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 84
  8. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 96
  9. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 81
  10. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 96
  11. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 83
  12. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 82
  13. Technical Readout: 3085, p. 191
  14. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Old is the New New, p. 33
  15. Experimental Technical Readout: Pirates, p. 9

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