Sunday, 22 November 2015

Information Burst: Taranis Model 32 Repulsar Main Battle Tank


With the completion of one of the most titanic in scale armourers works ever seen in the Prydian Precinct the complex plans for the lethal weapon of war that would become the Taranis Main Battle Tank were set into motion.  The Targa Works would go on to produce such vehicles as the Adder Combat Car and Lifter series and the medium weight Mullo Armoured Fighting Vehicle but these were side and later projects compared to Taranis.  Named after an ancient old earth deity a god of war from the isles of mist and rain the Taranis was created to be the mailed fist that would allow the regiments of the Barons and the Throne to continue to expand into space and systems lost during the thousand year old Aldan Crucible detonation.  In 4294IC documents retrieved by Starvaulters during an investigation of the ruins of Newbury IV were decoded and artificed.  It had taken a decade since their retrieval to decode the records which dated from the time of the great Resource Wars of twenty first century earth.  The designs they contained were for a war machine that was the ultimate evolution of a century of tank warfare.  Dutifully recorded they were sent out with the Ark Ships into the void.  A monster of death this tank was doom incarnate and once updated with the technology Prydia now possessed they were further modified to be able to function in environments far more varied than one planet could have offered.  Taranis would be a weapon capable of winning any war against men or the feared Khanate.
Academy Auto-Trainer Series 52, New Glastonbury, 4335IC

The Taranis hull is a marvel of the teaming of technology and long achieved skill in warfare and the MkIII refined hull used for the Model 32 is the ultimate evolution of the hull.  The MkIII standard hull for Model 32's weighs in at standard count gravity 1.0 at around 58 tons of titanium alloy armour and internal systems along with an increased rate of reaction GroatVey MkXV HeavyIon Reasc Fusion Reactor that provides the additional motive power that repulsar drive trains require.  Using the principle of ion particle beam collision to ignite fuel pellets the MkXV reactor provides some 4200 horse power or about 4350Kw of usable electrical energy to the power train.  Assembled differently to the Model 40 Tracked, the Model 6 Wheeled, the Model 9 Lifter Taranis propulsion models the Model 32 Repulsar is specially designed for the MkIII hull only.  This is done primarily at the Targa Works on New Glastonbury in a closely guarded massive facility.  The Taranis Repulsar variants feature a highly advanced drive system commonly referred to as 'Repulsar Plating' which features on Taranis but also on the Bantam and Brama types of repulsar platforms among other anti-gravity vehicles in the Prydian Precinct.  While the mechanics of repulsar technology is restricted from Auto-Trainer series access in simple terms it functions based on the old earth texts of Podkletnov and Candleson using super dense aluminium sourced from asteroids former of planetary or stellar cores (including the ultra deep mine on Lillandia II) which is then rotated at astounding speed inside a cylinder shaped engine.  The density of this core material gives a greater effect. Using super conductors and stabilisers all powered electrically by a Reasc Fusion Reactor a gravity scute (shield) is formed under the vehicle which negates virtually all of the vehicles weight making it weightless.  A turbine jet engine mounted fore of each cylinder provides forward motion or breaking plus rotation with the assistance of turbines under the vehicle.    Repulsar vehicles do not truly fly but they can adjust their height relative to the ground by up to several thousand feet.  Model 32 Taranis feature cut outs that prevent rising more than ten or so feet in the air to protect the vulnerable underside of the tank.  The Model 32 can reach speeds of nearly fifty five miles per hour on most worlds.   Taranis carry a crew of four trained operators who are drawn from the Fortress and Fleet arms of the Prydian Army.  Retained Knights and Muster serve as crew but seldom mix and it is almost unknown to have Starvaulters in the seats of control.  Using the Bragan Memetic Neural Linkage system the crew are mentally attached to the vehicle and control its system.  This is a dry linkage as all wet implants were banned after the Gurtan Activation.  There is a driver centrally located, a communications and drone controller who handles the screen of drones the tank has and its comms gear.  The third crew member is the knight who operates the primary weapon systems and secondary linked weapons.  Lastly the artificer who oversees the condition of the vehicle and all minor in combat functions often sharing the work of the secondary weapons and drones.
Academy Auto-Trainer Series 52, New Glastonbury, 4335IC

The Taranis Model 32 Repulsar has five primary types and well as several secondary types and a few specialised adaptive local variants.  The role of the types is battlefield dependant and all crews are trained to operate effectively the primary types and most of the secondary ones too.  Here follows the distinctions of the primary types of the Model 32 through changed assembly of the upper hull superstructure.  Taranis Model 32 Type A the is standard main battle tank which features a turret mounting a Bodkin AP 130mm Cannon which is the normal projectile main armament of the Taranis series this cannon has an effective range of seven miles and features several choices of munitions including the Phelot Ex22 AP for anti-vehicle use and the TX12 Imploder for infantry clearance as well as the Habkut Variacluster which is a middle class multi-target round.  The Model A mounts a secondary weapon the Angis Mk9 22mm Automatic Rifle which can be manually operated from the crew turret hatches or controlled from within in the tank.  Some fifty percent of Model 32's across the Precinct are Type A.  Type B is the command variant of the Model 32 and is allocated at a rate of one to three or one to four of that of the Type A.  With improved comms suite and space for an additional operator if required the Type B has a modified turret with better optics and range finders as well as a Moth 88 Rotary Cannon centrally mounted.  Type B also has the Bodkin AP 130mm main gun and the Angis Mk9 too.  For use on worlds with challenging terrain or low gravity where recoil is problematic the Type C of the Model 32 is deployed and this also features for extra-atmospheric use on asteroids and other space bases.  With a turret crewed by a specially trained gunner the main gun of the Type C is the terrifying super heavy Fretan SBP9 Sequence Particle Beamer with the space removed from the main hull of the gunner being taken up with a small secondary GroatVey MkV HeavyIon Reasc Fusion Reactor slaved purely to the SBP9 and its massive energy requirements for sustained rates of fire.  About five percent of all Model 32's are Type C and also Type D as well.  The Type D is intended for close in warfare in urban and also warfare within starships if required and is the siege warfare type sporting a re-enforced turret with twin Ron MegaMax II 95mm Hi-Ex Launchers.  The Ron weapon system has reduced range compared to the reach of the Bodkin 130mm but its destructive potential matches the hellish maelstrom of the SBP9.  Hurwent shields and rubbacrete are not a match for the Ron which can reduce structures to rubble and also blast apart the heaviest titanium alloy hulls.  Finally of the primary types is the Type E Model 32 Taranis Armoured Personnel Carrier.  The Type E features a rear hatch and additional hull armour at the expense of a turret and two of the four crew normally in the tank.  Instead a well furnished internal bay has space for a dozen or more fully equipped Retained Knights or near a platoon of Muster or other non-armoured infantry.  The APC type has a top mounted Angis Mk9 22mm Automatic Rifle giving fire support to disembarking troops and is the favoured transport of most in free fire zones.
Academy Auto-Trainer Series 52, New Glastonbury, 4335IC

Auto-Trainer series 52 previous input explained the five primary types of the Model 32 Taranis Main Battle Tank and this now continues into the secondary types and local specialised adaptive local variants.  This is not an exhaustive list as local variants are many and the Leagues have made many alterations to the based on their particular needs.  The Type F is gaining popularity and since 4326IC has been fabricated in great numbers for regiments on the front lines.   It is a missile support type mounting a choice or three blocks or six blocks of Anda 115mm Missiles with automatic reload from hull storage and rotation from a modified core hull mounting.  There are multiple choices in missiles with high explosive or penetrators being the most common.  Also gaining in popularity is the Type G which is an energy based weapons platform for Taranis just as the Type C is but where as the Type C has the often problematic super heavy Fretan SBP9 Sequence Particle Beamer the Type G has a turret mounted Valerin 50Mw Laser Cannon which while not as lethal as the Fretan it does not have the manifold and shroud replacement requirements that the SBP9 causes in the fray.  Responding to the increase in ultra large armoured foes on the field of battle the Type H does away with its Turret and has an adapted hull with a centrally mounted 'Eage' 85Mw Valerin Laser Cannon one of the most lethal energy weapons carried by a ground vehicle in the Precinct.  Much rarer are the Type I, Type J and Type K Taranis which are in turn a mobile Hurwent Shield Generating station, a quad mounted anti-aircraft vehicle and an armoured battlefield recovery vehicle.  Special mention should be made of the rather odd Type L which features a modified hull upon which are four small turrets one in each corner are placed carrying weapons such as the Valerin 15Mw, the Moth 88 Rotary and the Anda 60mm missile pod.  Its use is in low intensity warfare as a heavily armoured vehicle which engages primarily light opponents.   There are many local specialised variants beyond the official 'Types' recognised by the Targa Works on New Glastonbury in fact too many to even attempt to list but there are a few Model 32's which have been fitted with a double set of repulsar engines plus an enlarged hull for an additional fusion reactor to power them.  This specialised variant mounts magnetic accelerator weapons of the Fretan series which feed from the extra electricity available and is capable of generating a very localised Hurwent shield when stationary.  It has no official designation but it is referred to the 'Franca' and it is extremely fast and lethal.  
Academy Auto-Trainer Series 52, New Glastonbury, 4335IC


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This is the game world article on the Taranis Model 32 Repulsar Main Battle Tank otherwise known as IAF103 in our code structure and this time we will be talking about the place of Taranis in the armies of the Prydian Precinct and we will be doing this using extracts from the future published sequel to Patrol Angis the book Callsign Taranis.  We hope you enjoyed the read.

Thanks for Reading,

GBS

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