Rapier Union Of Worlds Hover Tank:
The Rapier has been in service with the Union ever since the Cylaurian wars. Created to be a rapid response armoured vehicle it uses gravity cancellers to hover over the battlefield and over any terrain, this allows for troops to call upon the Rapiers capabilities no matter the environment. The Rapier and its variants as well are all extremely fast, able to redeploy at a moment’s notice Rapier squadrons function as outriders and flanking units for the main Union advances, Each tank as well is more than capable of holding its own, despite its appearance the tank is heavily armoured and sports impressive weaponry, Rapiers operate in squadrons of 3 to 5 and also work as infantry support tanks. A wealth of modifications have been made to the original design all those years ago but the tank still remains a firm favourite by the troops, many a life has been saved by a well-timed Rapier attack...
Armament wise the Rapier mounts a 70mm Rail auto cannon, capable of 12 rounds a minute this can put holes in medium to light enemy tanks easily and its high RoF coupled with potential high ex rounds makes it devastating vs. infantry too. The Rapier is also armed with a co axial cascade cannon for infantry defence and can as well be armed with an additional cupola mount as well. Either side of the turret also sports 2 Anti-tank missile launchers. These launchers do not incorporate Nano assemblers like the main gun and are one shot each, despite this these use the latest ‘Vigilance’ AT missile capable to taking out enemy MBTs with great ease.
Defensive measures and armour wise The Rapier has 35mm of Quantum lattice plate, it also mounts numerous frag launchers to destroy missiles and close in infantry. It also relies on its speed more than anything else.
Electronic abilities wise the Rapier mounts a full battle field uplink unit to keep it in the battle, and also mounts a small ECM suite, this is solely to distort the Rapiers signature and make it even more hard to target, this coupled with its speed makes it almost unhittable. Also some of the more recent Rapiers are being tested with OS or optic stealth but this is still experimental.
Speed wise the Rapier is extremely fast and this is where its true power lies. Able to easily go 150MPH with 200 max as its only wind resistance which hampers it the Rapier is almost unstoppable at top speed and impossible to hit.
Saviour Ambulance variant: This model trades out all weapons for a carrying capacity, this tank uses its speed to reach casualties on the front, the medics inside can then help the casualty and administer pain killers as well as heal him with Nano assemblers. If the damage is too extensive then they will be taken away to hospitals behind the lines.
Raker AA Variant: Armed with a Hellfire launcher this vehicle uses its speed to provide rapid AA coverage over the battlefield, though less armoured than the Viper and Hellfire tanks this vehicle can make up for its ability to redeploy and provide assistance at all points of the Union attack.
Shield Destroyer Variant: Armed with a phased plasma fusil the shield destroyer can easily overlord shields with but a few shots, though not very armoured it uses its speed to avoid fire while downing shields for other units to destroy the enemy.
Drone Variant: Armed with a smaller exposed turret the drone variant is operated by command tanks or behind the line AI systems, these units typically are used as expendable harassment units or to support infantry in assaults where the tank being destroyed will not threaten crew.
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