|Engine||ScolTek 115 fuel cell|
|Communications System||Cyclops I|
|Targeting Tracking System||Tar Tec Mini-Find|
The Winterhawk APC was originally introduced to the market in 3059 by ScolTek Associates of Inarcs to a frosty reception from the Lyran Alliance Armed Forces. The choice to use a fuel cell engine in the vehicle was an unusual one for the era, and as such the LAAF command mistrusted the Winterhawk. That left ScolTek selling the vehicle to a mix of corporate security forces, mercenaries, and backwater militias, with orders for the Winterhawk not picking up until after the Jihad.
By 3119 the use of fuel cell engines in military vehicles had become more common, and the Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces was in need of a new infantry transport. As a result, the LCAF had production of the Winterhawk restarted, and the low logistical burden of the same fuel cell that had been unwelcome sixty years previously became a popular feature with thirty-second century procurement officers.
The level of demand from the LCAF completely distorted the supply of Winterhawks to the security, militia, and mercenary markets that had supported the vehicle's sales for the decades prior to 3119, but made it a common sight in LCAF infantry regiments. As the Inner Sphere was plunged into chaos following Gray Monday the LCAF increased their orders yet again, purchasing as many Winterhawks as ScolTek could manufacture.
Although the Winterhawk only mounted two and a half tons of standard armor, the ScolTek 115 engine made it capable of speeds of over 160 km/h, making the vehicle fast and agile. Ironically, one of the most popular features of the Winterhawk wasn't the APC's speed, but rather the ergonomically designed infantry compartment, which proved very appealing to transported infantry - particularly the fold-in cooler installed as standard.
Weapons and Equipment
The Winterhawk mounted two weapon systems and a four-ton Infantry Compartment. Mounted in the turret was a Coventry Light Autogun, while mounted on the front of the vehicle was a single SureShot II SRM 2 Launcher. Stored inside the body of the Winterhawk was a ton of ammunition for the SureShot and half a ton of ammunition for the Light Autogun.
- Technical Readout: 3145 Lyran Commonwealth, p. 10-11, "Winterhawk Heavy Tank"
- MUL online date for the Winterhawk
- Record Sheets: 3145 Unabridged, p. 280