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design by Pete Gray
Before the invention of contra-grav, the sole means of lifting a ground vehicle into the air was to create an air bubble, within a contained chamber, beneath it. Air cusion vehicles, also known as hovercraft, never attained much popularity, as their power plants were bulky and temperamental. Fusion power removed those penalties, but its invention was accompanied by contra-grav, and the ACV was still left an orphan technology. Many TL 9 and 10 worlds, however, never acquired, or attained the need for, the expensive new technology. And where these worlds were covered with extensive oceans, rolling deserts or ice sheets, the ACV has made a renaissance.
The Tavee-Jin is the military variant of the Tavee-Gho class. Still marketed in the Post-Collapse period by General Products, it is ubiquitous to many client states and neighbors of the Regency as well. The TJ is perhaps one of the fastest military ACVs available, with a top speed of nearly 300 kph, faster than most equivalent small civilian aircraft and helicopters. It relies upon fusion driven ducted fans for its propulsion; with little fuel requirements it can travel almost indefinitely regardless of its speed. The TJ grazes the top of the performance charts for an ACV, and no afterburning provision is outfitted for the ducted fans.
The TJ is armed with various missle and autocannon systems. The version below carries a 10 cm autocannon in a remote turret, plus several surface-to-surface missles. This version is manufactured for the Nesturgi Coast Guard for use as a rapid response interdiction and pursuit ship on the high seas. The vessel is light enough to float if it is disabled.
Tavee-Jin Patrol Hovercraft
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Use RC Fir Missle stats for the 30cm SSM