|Marsden Main Battle Tank|
|Manufacturer||Arcturan Arms, MacEnroe Motors|
|Mission||Main Battle Tank|
|Engine||OmniDiesel 180 ICE|
|Communications System||Arc-Signal 750|
|Targeting Tracking System||Land Shark Scanner 15|
The Marsden II Main Battle Tank was introduced by Arcturan Arms in 2463 to improve upon and replace its venerable predecessor after seventy years of frontline service. Not only did it share the name of the Lyran Commonwealth's late founding father with the Marsden I, but also its mission profile and much of its general layout. Improved technical and manufacturing knowledge stemming from Operation Prometheus allowed the company to improve the new tank's arms and armor while still making it five tons lighter. With its excellent firepower and thick armor, it was considered a cutting edge combat vehicle when it premiered during the Age of War.
The initial production of the Marsden II took a decade in which the first batch still utilized what has become termed as Primitive Technology before the manufacturer switched to modern technology for the rest of its production run. The first, primitive batch was quickly upgraded or phased out.
Through the 2470s and '80s, the tank became the Lyran Commonwealth's frontline main battle tank. However, Arcturan Arms' economic difficulties in Arcturus' long recession (starting with the move of the Commonwealth's capital to Tharkad) caused the company to bleed money and lose ground in the technological arms race, until it was finally bought out by MacEnroe Motors of Donegal in 2545. The new company immediately decided to end the tank's production run in favor of the new Marsden III, whose dismal failure led to MacEnroe Motors' closure only six years later, ending the Marsden line of tanks for centuries.
The durable Marsden II continued to soldier on in various planetary militias and private security force arsenals into the Succession Wars, where the last remaining units were finally destroyed.
During the Word of Blake's Jihad, the Marsden II design was revived in new a incarnation with production facilities on Arcturus, Halfway and Buena.
Weapons and Equipment
The tank's main gun, the turret-mounted Arcturan Arms Longarm Series Autocannon/5, serves as its long-range weapon, with one ton of ammunition for it. Providing for close-in firepower, the tank has two front-mounted, 6-tube Short Range Missile launchers with four tons of ammunition. To handle infantry, the Marsden II mounts a pair of General A70 Model Machine Guns, which share half a ton of ammunition.
The tank is protected by 15.5 tons of 'Mech grade armor, with more protection allocated to its front. The tank's internal combustion engine provides enough horsepower to give tank a good 54 km/h. This allowed it to keep respectable speed when facing frontline forces.
- Marsden II-A
- The only successful field variant from the original production run of the tank. This variant removes a machine gun, one of the SRM-6 launchers and two tons of SRM ammo to swap out the AC/5 for a Strongarm Autocannon/10 with two tons of ammunition. BV (2.0) = 1,054, 980
- Marsden II-A (LB-X)
- A Jihad-era production variant of the Marsden II-A, this tank receives an infusion of modern weaponry. The tank's Strongarm Autocannon is swapped out for an LB-X Autocannon/10 with two tons of ammunition. The original II-A's SRM-6 is replaced with a pair of Streak SRM-2 launchers with two tons of ammunition mounted in the front of the vehicle. To add some protection from infantry, the tank returns to two machine guns to the turret with a ton of ammo. BV (2.0) = 1,090, 1,013
Original Marsden II from TRO:3075
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Technical Readout: 3075, pp. 274-275, "Marsden II Vehicle Profile"
- ↑ MUL online date for the Marsden II
- ↑ Record Sheets: 3075, p. 46
- ↑ Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged, p. 254
- ↑ Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 188
- ↑ Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged, p. 255
- ↑ Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 187
- ↑ Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged, p. 256
- ↑ Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 189
- ↑ Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged, p. 257
- ↑ Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 190
- ↑ Technical Readout: 3075, p. 274, "Eric Dinesen Profile"