Schutzenpanzerwagen 38t "Marder" Tank Destroyer
|Dimensions||Hull: length 7.m (not including weapons); width 3.m; height (to top of main gun shield) 2.9m|
|Armour:||Ceramic, Iridium Composite. Side crew compartment protected by a Splinter shield made from beryllium mesh|
|Power Source:||Fusion bottle|
|Propulsion:||12 fans feeding into steel plenum chamber|
|Max Lift:||0.5 metres|
||Main Weapon: 25cm Heavy Rail
Gun (gauss weapon firing penetrating, non explosive shells)
|Defensive Systems:||Rear facing 2cm Tri-barrel
Anti Buzz Bomb strip Mines, Mine-clearing net launcher
|Artificial Intelligence computer suite rating||Medium|
|In use with:||Compagnie de Barthe|
|Henschel tried this conversion on the "surplus"
Icarus Industries Combat
Crew space is cramped with the breech of the large, 25cm Heavy Rail Gun taking up most of the rear fighting compartment. Overhead protection for the crew is poor and side armour only a little better and the Marder has, in consequence, not found favour with many mercenary companies.
The main weapon uses a gauss system to fire penetrating, non explosive shells. This gives good penetration against armour but is less effective against soft skin targets. The rear mounted tri-barrel Power gun is useful against infantry and 'soft skin' targets but only in a limited arc.
The Marder is now too heavy to retain its amphibious ability, but has the fire power to take on all but the biggest tanks and the speed to - with luck - avoid them. The rear mounted tri-barrel is a useful defensive addition.
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