Mark I Combat Car

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M1 Wolf Combat Car
Overview
Designation: M1 Combat Car
Manufacturer: The Initiative
Succeeded By: Mark II Akita Combat Car
Developed From: M38 Wolfhound
Specifications
Weight: 5 Tons
Dimensions: Length: 5.18 M
Width: 3.65 M
Height: 1.98 M
Crew: Two (Gunner, Driver)
Armor: 14mm thick armor
Armament: 38MM Coilgun (Primary)
12.7MM Coilgun (Secondary)
Engine/Power Plant: Antimatter Cell
Speed: 90Mph / 145Km/h
For other vehicles in the combat car family, see Mark II Combat Car.

The M1 Wolf Combat Car was designed as a light support hover craft for the Ground Forces Command.

History

Based on the World War II-era M38 Wolfhound, the Mark I Wolf Combat Car was designed late in the War of Secession for rapid response forces. It remained in service following the war, popular with Civil Defense Forces on less densely populated forces for it's ability to handle rugged terrain at high speed, as well as with the Colonial Security Force for use on similar planets. It's primary task within the Ground Forces Command following the war was for rapid respond forces and for scouting units.

Design

The Mark I Wolf Combat Car (MICC) was designed on a hover chassis, designed with speed and maneuverability in mind. The Wolf is powered by a single compact antimatter cell, and is driven by six variable-pitch drive fans on either side, and two located to the front, forcing air into an armored plenum chamber located beneath the hovercraft.

The M1 Wolf carries 14mm thick composite armor, made of titanium covered by light-weight ablative ceramic plating, with a series of reactive plates around the "belt" above the plenum chamber as part of the M1's active defense system. The reactive plates are comprised of shaped charges firing a high-density field of shrapnel intended to decimate nearby infantry, unarmored vehicles, or inbound warheads.

The M1's crew spaces were designed to be compatible with the Vehicle Operator Suit (VOS) a variant of the Armored Exo-Suit (AES), though capable of being crewed by personnel out of armor or in standard combat armor. The M1's spaces were designed to be airtight and hardened against biological, chemical, or nuclear attacks. The M1's systems were designed with the Neural Interface in mind, allowing a vehicle's crew to monitor their vehicle and do some limited operations (such as startup) from outside in case of an emergency. They were further hardened against cyber-warfare attacks in addition to being hardened against EMP, nuclear, and chemical weapons, to allow an M1 to conduct operations as long as needed.

For it's offensive duties, the Wolf carries a single 38 millimeter coilgun, utilizing electromagnetic coils to pull a projectile down the barrel, firing shells tipped with depleted uranium penetrators. This main gun can be controlled from within the M1, remotely from a nearby base, or programmed to execute certain firing commands as required (such as to target and fire on targets beyond ordinary human capabilities). It's secondary weapons is a single 12.7mm (.50in) caliber coilgun, located on an independent mount atop the turret, which can be remotely controlled from within the tank, placed on an automated firing sequence, or be manually controlled.

This turret is capable of independent targeting, rather than being locked in place. It is mounted with a frictionless rotator ring, allowing rapid, almost silent movement and independent targeting. In addition,t he high-speed firing computer located within the turret can allow the 38MM coilgun to engage aerial targets on an automated firing mode.