M1A9 Razor Back Stinger Polizei Long Fang Abrams

Country of Origin: Banzaidyne Custom Works
Image by Jason English, miniature by Dragon; click on image to display larger version

Type: Special-duty main battle tank (production model) Manufacturer: General Dynamics Land Systems Division; modifications by Banzaidyne Custom Works
Armor Material: "Chobham" armor with depleted uranium inserts Armor Thickness: Equivalent to 600mm of armor-grade steel (more on some faces)
Height: 2.89 m Length: 9.83 m
Weight: 70,250 kg Maximum Speed: 72 kph on-road
Powerplant: Avco-Lycoming-Banzaidyne AGT-1500E multifuel turbine Horsepower: 1500 shp

Size: 14 Total Actions: 3

Weapon Code Arc S M L EX Acc FC Dam Qty ROF Special Ammo
M256 120mm/46-cal smoothbore cannon MTC (see
New Weapons)
T 7 14 28 56 0 +1 x25 1 0 HEAT 20
M256 120mm/46-cal smoothbore cannon MTC (see
New Weapons)
T 7 14 28 56 0 +1 x25 1 0 Armor-Piercing, -1 DM / range band 20
Commander's M2HB .50 caliber heavy machinegun HMG T Pintle 1 2 4 8 0 0 x4 1 +3 Anti-Inf 1000
Loader's MAG 7.62mm machinegun LMG T Pintle 1 2 4 8 0 0 x3 1 +4 Anti-Inf 5700
Coaxial MAG 7.62mm machinegun LMG T 1 2 4 8 0 +1 x3 1 +4 Anti-Inf 5700
M29A5 81mm mortar LFM T 4 8 16 32 -1 +1 x15 1 +0 Ind Fire, AE0, Min Range 4 16
Stinger Launcher See New Weapons T 5 10 20 40 +1 +1 x7 1 0 Guided, Missile 4

Primary Movement: Ground 4/8 (48 kph) Secondary Movement: N/A
Maneuver: -2 Armor: 25 / 50 / 75

Crew: 4 (Driver, Commander, Gunner, Loader) Deployment Range: 400 km
Sensors: +1 / 3 km Communications: +1 / 20 km
Perks: Ammo/Fuel Containment System, Backup Communications, Backup Fire Control, Backup Sensors, HEAT Resistant Armor (Rating 3), Loudspeakers (powerful, AUX), Ram Plate (Front Arc), Reinforced Armor (Front Arc, Rating 8), Smoke Launchers (12 shots, AUX), Urban Friendly Flaws: Traceable Emissions (Rating 1)
Defects: None Lemon Dice: 5

After nearly a cycle's worth of field tests, the M1E9 Razor Back Arrow Polizei Long Fang Abrams had become a favorite amongst tank crews in the Olduvai Precinct of the Mekong Peacekeepers. The test vehicles were returned to BCW in Summer TN 1934, ready to be reconditioned, type-standardized as the M1A9, and brought into active Peacekeeper service.

Then the Peacekeepers said, "There is just one thing...."

During the test and evaluation phase, the Peacekeepers found no use for the Hammerstrike-II antiarmor system included on the turret right side of the M1E9. The system was intended to provide flexibility to tank commanders when engaging armored targets, particularly when the target was out of line-of-sight. The Peacekeepers, however, used the Hammerstrike missiles a total of three times in their tests, all against simulated targets, and were quite vocal in their preference for the tank's 120mm gun. As one Peacekeeper put it, "A missile's nice, but it's just not the same."

Taking this into consideration, and acknowledging the preference of some Peacekeepers for an integrated air defense capability, the BCW engineering team removed the Hammerstrike system and replaced it with a four-tube box launcher for the FIM-92A Stinger antiaircraft missile. This change also had the effect of signicantly reducing the per-unit cost of the design, as the electronics of the Stinger system are much less costly than those of the Hammerstrike.

With these modifications, the Peacekeepers had accepted the design as the M1A9 Razor Back Stinger Polizei Long Fang Abrams, and were planning to distribute it to select tank crews in the Olduvai Precinct when hostilities erupted between the CNCS and AST in Summer TN 1936. The Mekong Dominion subsequently withdrew from the Treaty of Coronado, and the Peacekeeper contracts for the M1A9 were cancelled.

The examples that had been produced so far were transferred to the Hong Kong Crusaders, where they have excelled in command and special mission roles. With the conclusion of the Interpolar War, several member city-states of the New Coalition have expressed interest in the design. Banzaidyne will make further announcements as this program develops.

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