Panzerkampfwagen 60 "Maus"
|Dimensions||Hull: length 9.1m; width 3.9m; height (to top of turret) 3.3m|
|Armour:||Steel with Sapphire and composite sandwich|
|Power Source:||Fusion Bottle|
|Propulsion:||10 fans feeding into steel plenum chamber|
|Max Lift:||0.5 metre|
||Main Gun: Heavy Laser;
Secondary Weapons: Turret mounted Medium Laser; Front mounted Auto Cannon
|Defensive Systems:||Anti Buzz Bomb Point defence units|
|Artificial Intelligence computer suite rating||High|
|In use with:||Thunderbolt Division|
|The Panzerkampfwagen 60 "Maus" is Henschel's
answer to Icarus Industry's Blower, as employed by Hammer's Slammers.
It is a very heavy tank design employing some of the best features taken from other vehicle systems. Fast and with a greater number of (very well protected) fans than the Icarus "Blower" for increased redundancy, they duct into a steel plenum chamber on top of which sits an armoured hull which employs a revolutionary amalgamation of materials. The facing is 10cm of hardened, ballistic steel followed by a mixture of sapphire rods formed into a matrix with resins and other composites. In places - on the turret front, for example - this matrix is up to two metres thick and well sloped. Finally, the 'sandwich' is completed by a backing of more ballistic steel.
The main weapon is a heavy laser with a 17cm, Ruby wave guide. The turret roof also features a 3cm, remote controlled medium laser, employed mostly for air/artillery defence and anti personnel work. In addition to these offensive systems, the Maus also employs an auto cannon for use against lighter armoured targets or 'soft skins'. This is mounted at the front of the vehicle in a limited mount.
The AI package is extensive as is the Anti-buzz-bomb, point defence system. Henschel's Maus is less expensive than the Icarus industry product and, consequently, is in use by mercenary companies who's budgets and contracts do not stretch to those of the Slammers.
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