P8 "Fraternite" APC
|Dimensions||Hull: length 7.2m; width 3.0m; height 3.8m|
|Power Source:||Gas Turbine|
|Propulsion:||8 wheel drive on punctureless tyres|
|Crew:||2 (+10 person Infantry squad)|
||Main Weapon: 5cm Powergun
Secondary Weapons: 2cm Tri-barrel (mounted on turret); 2cm Tri-barrel (mounted on hull front); Buzz bomb rack (mounted on hull front - 6 rounds); 4 round anti-armour missile system
|Defensive Systems:||Limited capacity, Anti Buzz Bomb strip Mines|
|Artificial Intelligence computer suite rating||Low to Medium|
|In use with:||Compagnie de Barthe, K'hiff militia|
|This manufacturer's large range of wheel driven
'armoured cars' also features the P8 "Fraternite" APC. It performs
the role of both APC and tank destroyer and is an attempt, in this area,
to improve on other vehicles from this manufacturer. As such it is slightly
more successful than any of the previous, 6 wheeled models. The disadvantages
with the P8 are an increase in size and cost.
Armour is not thick though employing an even larger hull mean that internal space is less limited: alongside the two crew members - there is space for a full infantry squad. The large tank turret (as fitted to the Panther tank and bought in from manufacturer Henschel) intrudes somewhat into the main compartment but this is largely negated by the longer hull. Furthermore, access and egress for these infantry is improved.
The main weapon - a 5cm High Velocity Power gun - is very effective against a range of targets, though powering it is problematic as the vehicle does not use a fusion bottle. Consequentially, this is armed via ion batteries.
Defence is poor against all but small arms: point defence is limited but local defence has been increased with an effective 2cm Powergun tri-barrel as fitted to the P6b. Armour is still thin except on the turret.
Unlike others in Panhard's range, this vehicle does not score as well on the "value for money" slant. However, the system still delivers a big 'punch' with it's main weapon, fully capable of destroying all but the biggest tanks. The vehicle is fast enough over most terrain and, as one commander said, "it may not be a blower but - when dealing with indigs you can at least fill it full of locals and then send them out in front to get shot…"
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