Slammers "Blower Hog"
|Manufacturer:||Icarus Industries, Terra|
|Dimensions||Hull: length 9.m; width 4.1m; height (to top of turret) 3.0m|
|Power Source:||Fusion Bottle|
|Propulsion:||8 fans feeding into steel plenum chamber|
|Max Lift:||0.5 metre|
|Crew:||4 (plus two in support vehicle)|
||Main Gun: 15cm (later upgraded
to 20cm) artillery howitzer. Rocket assisted shells firing conventional
HE, penetrator, cluster, gas and nuclear rounds
Secondary Weapon: 2cm Tri-barrel Powergun
|Defensive Systems:||Anti Buzz Bomb strip Mines; Mine-clearing net launcher|
|Artificial Intelligence computer suite rating||Very High|
|In use with:||Hammer's Slammers|
| Based on a Blower
tank hull, the "Hog" Artillery piece is of vital importance for
many contracts undertaken by Colonel Hammer.
The current vehicle has entirely replace the earlier 15cm howitzer (based on a Combat Car Chassis) in use in the Slammers regiment, although earlier models were equipped with the same 15cm weapon as the earlier vehicle. This vehicle is able to operate closer to the front line as the tank hull offers greater crew protection.
The turret is comparatively lightly armoured, though, with space for ready rounds and crew being a high priority. A 2cm Tri-barrel Powergun is fitted for local protection, though is rarely used.
Although the vehicle does not feature items like ground penetrator rockets (as fitted to the Blower tank - their space is taken up with more artillery ammunition) the vehicle does have the anti-buzz bomb point defence strips.
Space for crew stowage internally is limited and this is not helped by the lack of a turret bustle (fitting of which would impede the loading of ammunition). Racks are provided outside of the vehicle for kit.
Loading of artillery rounds from the ammo hauler trucks that support the artillery pieces is eased by the automated conveyer rack fitted over the rear cooling radiator.
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