|Tonbo Superheavy Transport|
|Use|| Heavy Lift Vehicle |
|Tech Base||Inner Sphere|
|Chassis Type (Size)||VTOL (Large)|
|Cruise Speed||60 km/h|
|Flank Speed||90 km/h|
|Fitted Equipment|| 4x Lift Hoists |
2x Search Lights
|Barrier Armor Rating (BAR)||BAR 7|
|Crew||12 (2 officers, 10 enlisted/non-rated)|
|BV (2.0)|| 189|
The Tonbo Superheavy Transport VTOL was originally a top secret Draconis Combine vehicle intended for use in salvage operations on liberated Clan-occupied worlds in 3059. The vehicle came into being due to the Draconis Combine's directive to build a vehicle capable of moving Clan equipment salvaged for Operation Bulldog. Working from a modified Rose DropShip, the Tonbo was used in company-sized formations during Bulldog. A company of Tonbos was able to carry away a large quantity of salvage. The vehicle's existence would linger in rumor for decades until Operation SCOUR, during the liberation of Terra in 3078. The vehicle's existence to the rest of Inner Sphere was revealed and shown to great effect during the European campaign. After the Jihad, the vehicle was offered to the public for sale, becoming one of Wakazashi's best selling products by 3085.
Equipment and Capabilities
The Tonbo is designed to be able to carry over 112 tons of cargo with its 4 Lift Hoists. The vehicle's powerful fusion engine is reduced to maximum flight speed of 64 km/h while at its maximum lift limit. It is protected by 2.5 BAR 7 rated commercial armor, which offers some protection from enemy fire.
The design features a pair of searchlights mounted on the nose and rear of the craft. It is also fitted with over 7 tons of Communication Equipment to allow it to be used as a command and control relay vehicle. The vehicle is able to deploy over 12 tons of troops from its Infantry Transport Bay.
- Technical Readout: 3085, p. 52, "Tonbo Superheavy Transport"
- MUL online data for the Tonbo