Hunter Light Support Tank

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This article is about the tracked fire support vehicle. For other uses, see Hunter.
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Production information
Manufacturer Defiance Industries
Production Year 2937[1]
Mission Fire Support
Type Tracked
Cost 1,135,125 C-bills
Technical specifications
Mass 35 tons
Armor StarSlab/5.5
Engine 175 Magna Fusion
Speed 86.4 km/h
Crew 3
Communications System TharHes Mini-Talk
Targeting Tracking System TharHes AGART
Heat Sinks 10 single
BV (1.0) 427
BV (2.0) 648


The Hunter Light Support Tank is popular with planetary militias and second-line units. It was designed by Defiance Industries[2] as a cheap, reliable and effective combat vehicle to provide covering fire support for combat units withdrawing from the front lines.

The vehicle found wide acceptance and licenses were sold to three other manufacturers:

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

Its low profile and twenty-tube FarFire Maxi-Rack LRM-20 allows the tank to exploit sheltering terrain and supply indirect fire support. While the rear-facing Zippo Flamer provides close anti-infantry work in case of emergencies, it is more commonly used to provide a burning smoke cover for retreating units. With 2 tons of ammunition it can provide long-range fire support for a prolonged period of time. The Flamer is hardly ever used in direct combat.


  • Battledroids version 
    In what may or may not be a variant (or alternatively just the same vehicle under a different game ruleset), Battledroids featured an 'HNT-3R Hunter' tank with the usual movement profile for Battledroids tanks (4 MP, or 3 if a weapon was to be used on the same turn, i.e. somewhat slower than the classic Hunter), no flamer, and 18 shots for the LRM (3 tons of ammo). It also followed the uniform armor layout for Battledroids tanks of 20 points to the front, 10 to the sides, and 8 to the back.
    This version should not confused with the apocryphal HNT-3R Hunter Assault Tank, an altogether different 20-ton wheeled tank.
  • Ammo 
    This 2960 variant drops the flamer for an additional ton of ammunition. BV (2.0) = 675[5]
  • LRM-15 
    This 2956 variant is similar to the LRM-10 variant, but does not include the medium lasers. BV (2.0) = 599[7]
  • Hunter (3054 Upgrade) 
    This redesigned variant removes all mounted weapons and replaces them with two Coventry Star Fire LRM-15 racks, each with their own Artemis IV fire control system and 2 tons of ammunition to provide even greater accuracy and firepower. To make room from the additional weapons the engine was downgraded to a Doorman 140 Fusion engine giving it a maximum speed of 64 km/h. The StarSlab/5.5 Standard armor was replaced with Star Slab/4 Ferro-Fibrous to save weight, but this also reduced its armor by a significant amount, making it a much easier target to destroy. BV (2.0) = 641[8]
  • Hunter (Assault) 
    An unusual and rare variant which is based on the Hunter (3055), it removes all weapons and mounts a close range heavy striking Ultra AC/20 with 3 tons of ammunition. This variant proved quite unpopular with its crews. BV (1.0) = 500,[9] BV (2.0) = 670[10]
  • Hunter (ER LL) 
    Also based on the Hunter (3055) variant and similar to the Hunter (LPL) this 3059 model uses an ER Large Laser instead. With the weight saved additional heat sinks were added to reduce heat output. BV (1.0) = 499,[9] BV (2.0) = 662[11]
  • Hunter (LPL) 
    Based on the Hunter (3055) variant, this 3061 model removes one Coventry Star Fire LRM-15 rack, and replaces it with a Large Pulse Laser to make use of the heat reduction capabilities of the Fusion engine while also enabling the tank to carry an additional 2 tons of ammunition for the remaining LRM-15 rack. BV (1.0) = 450,[12] BV (2.0) = 610[13]
  • Hunter Amphibious Tank 
    Defiance Industries bought the rights to produce the Sea Hunter tank. In their hands the Combat Vehicle Escape Pod was removed and the XL Engine was replaced with a fuel cell engine. The twin Mine Dispensers on the rear of the hull remain, as do the LRT-10 and Enhanced LRM-10. Five tons of Heavy Ferro-Fibrous armor protects the crew. BV (2.0) = 639[14]

Custom Variants[edit]

  • Sea Hunter 
    Produced by Andrea County Armor Yards, this Hunter variant is fully amphibious. This allows it to patrol shorelines and support amphibious assaults. Equipped with Heavy Ferro-Fibrous armor for protection, the Sea Hunter uses an LRT-10 launcher and twin Mine Dispensers to attack submarines and surface ships. To attack ground, air, or sea targets, it uses a single Enhanced LRM-10 missile launcher. For additional crew protection, the Sea Hunter is equipped with a Combat Vehicle Escape Pod. BV (2.0) = 570[15]

Design Quirks[edit]

The Hunter Amphibious Tank variant is subject of the following Design Quirks:[14]



  1. MUL online date for the Hunter Light Support Tank
  2. Handbook: House Steiner, p. 141
  3. Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 144
  4. 4.0 4.1 Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 118
  5. Record Sheets: 3039 Unabridged, p. 71
  6. Record Sheets: 3039 Unabridged, p. 74
  7. Record Sheets: 3039 Unabridged, p. 75
  8. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 65
  9. 9.0 9.1 Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 91
  10. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 66
  11. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 67
  12. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 92
  13. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 68
  14. 14.0 14.1 Technical Readout: Prototypes, p. 37
  15. Experimental Technical Readout: Boondocks, p. 8