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Tavee-Jin

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

General Data

Tech Level: 10
Price: 6.049 MCr
Size: 280 m3
Mass (loaded/unloaded): 266.816 tons / 235.524 tons

Engineering Data

Power Plant: 235.524 tons unloaded
Maint: 11

Electronics

Controls: 2 Open Crewstation.
Computer: 2 TL-10 St Computers (0.3 MW each)
Avionics: IGS positioning
Commo: 3000 km radio (0.1 MW), 3000 km Laser (0.08 MW)
Sensors: PEMS 30 km (0.1 MW), AEMS 30 km (1 MW)
ECM/ECCM: None
Life Support Basic (0.028 MW)
Cargo: 7.394 m3
Crew: 4 (Operator, Commander, 2 Gunners)
Passengers: None

Armament

Offensive TL-10 10cm/70 ETC Autocannon in Remote Turret, 10x30 cm SSM/AAMs in tube launchers, 1x40 mm Automatic Grenade Launcher in open mount.
Defensive: None
Ammo: 1000 rnds each for autocannan and AGL.
Ammo Price: KEAP: 709.15Cr, HEAP: 366.45Cr , HE: 261.45Cr
Fire Control: EMS RF, Ballistic Computer.
Stabilization: None

10cm/70 ETC Autocannon
Weapon ROF C/BDam Pen Rtg S Range
APFSDSCI 3 --- 28 307-297-287-267 750
APFSDSDU 3 --- 28 208-198-188-168 750
HE 3 C:25 B:35 2d6/1d6 8c 560
HEAP 3 C:17 B:15 2d6/1d6 113c 560

Movement

Max Speed: 320 kph max, 240 kph cruise
Travel Move: 1410/964
Combat Move: 148/111
Endurance: 4.8 years
Fuel Capacity: 8.6 m3

Armor

Config: Turret
Suspension: Hover
TF: 28HF: 28
TS: 28HS: 28
TR: 28HR: 28
Deck: 28Belly: 28

Notes

Use RC Fir Missle stats for the 30cm SSM


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