M1E5 "Low Top" Abrams

Country of Origin: Banzaidyne Custom Works

Threat Value: 3118 OTV: 8156 DTV: 242.86 MTV: 955.025
Size: 13 Default Size: 15 Crew: 2 Bonus Actions: 2
Cost: $7,195,288 Production Type: Limited Production Lemon Dice: 2

Primary Movement Mode: Ground Combat/Top Speed: 4/8 (48 kph)
Secondary Movement Mode: N/A Combat/Top Speed: N/A
Maneuver: -2 Deployment Range: 400 km

Sensors +1 3 km Light Damage 25
Communications +1 20 km Heavy Damage 50
Fire Control +1 Overkill 75

Driver, Commander/Gunner

Name Rating Aux?
Automation (replaces 2 crewmembers) 2
Backup Communications
Backup Sensors
HEAT Resistant Armor 4
Low Profile
Reinforced Armor (Front Arc) 10
Smoke Launchers (12 shots) Y

Name Rating Aux?
Sensor Dependent
Traceable Emissions 1

Name Rating Aux?

Name Code Arc S M L EX Acc Dam Qty ROF Special Ammo
M256 120mm/46-cal smoothbore cannon HFG T 8 16 32 64 0 x28 1 0 Indirect Fire 30
Coaxial MAG 7.62mm machinegun LMG T 1 2 4 8 0 x3 1 +4 Anti-Inf 5000

Type: Concept Main Battle Tank Armor Material: "Chobham" armor with depleted uranium inserts
Manufacturer: General Dynamics Land Systems Division / Banzaidyne Armor Thickness: Up to the equivalent to 500mm of armor grade steel (higher on some faces)
Height: 2.67 m Maximum Speed: 72 kph on-road
Length: 9.83 m Powerplant: Avco-Lycoming AGT-1500 multifuel turbine
Weight: 57,880 kg Horsepower: 1500 shp

This Abrams concept variant is based on the "M1A2 Abrams III 'Giraffe'," which appeared in the First and early Second Editions of the Twilight: 2000 roleplaying game.

Source: American Combat Vehicle Handbook (Game Designers Workshop, 1990), p. 49

When the game was first published in the mid-1980's, there was a great deal of interest in equipping tanks with automated turrets, replacing one or more crewmembers with machinery. This fad did not survive the decade, however, and the M1A2 Abrams that actually entered production is represented here.

This writeup is thus presented for fans of Twilight:2000's "Giraffe", as well as for players who'd like to try something a little different.

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