Pegasus Scout Hover Tank

Description:

Pegasus Scout Hover Tank

Piloted By: Max Vandoren
Mass: 35 Tons Movement Type: Hover
Power Plant: Scarborough 105 Fusion
Cruising Speed: 97 kph Flank Speed: 151 kph
Armor: ProtecTech 12 Ferro-Fibrous
Armament:
1 Victory Heartbeat Medium Pulse Laser
2 Valiant Pilum SRM Racks

Manufacturer: Exeter Organisation, Hellespont Industrials, Scarborough Manufacturers, Valiant Systems
Primary Factory: Keystone, Sian, Al Na’ir, Johnsondale
Communication System: Scarborough Talky 3 with Guardian ECM
Targeting and Tracking System: Scarborough Tracky 3 with Beagle Active Probe and TAG

Overview

When Scarborough Manufacturers began the developmental phase of upgrading the Pegasus, it was decided that it would be best to do more than just a standard armor upgrade to ferro-fibrous. Centered around changing the ancient but cheap internal combustion engine to a lighter fusion version, a large amount of weight was freed for the more advanced and sophisticated equipment. However, though able to produce the Guardian electronic countermeasure suite, Scarborough needed outside help in manufacturing equipment such as the much-desired pulse lasers and active probes. The solution came when Scarborough was authorized to approach several Federated Commonwealth companies 78for assistance. In the wake of the surge of cooperation between the once rival powers, the foreign companies agreed with the condition that the upgraded Pegasus be sold to the eager Federated Commonwealth military as well as the DCMS. The condition was accepted, and soon the advanced hovertank was spotted in both militaries. However, shipments to the AFFC halted when troops from the Draconis March invaded the Draconis Combine during the FedCom Civil War. Tancred Sandoval, replacing his father as the lord of the Draconis March, was on the verge of re-opening trade with the Al Na’ir-based factory when evidence of the Combine holding POWs came to light. Since then negotiations have broken off, and Federated Suns troops have raided the production line several times, capturing several dozen of the newly produced vehicle.

Capabilities

Though satisfied with the original sensor suite mounted, Scarborough felt the need to modify the Pegasus to deploy the newly developed electronics warfare equipment not seen since the fall of the original Star League. A Beagle Active Probe and Targeting Acquisition Gear were installed to detect ambushes and call in friendly artillery fire, while a Guardian ECM suite keeps the tank out of harm’s way. For self-defense, Scarborough kept the original pair of tried and true SRM-6s. However, they opted to switch the medium laser for a heavier pulse version. To round things off, the armor was switched to the more popular ferro-fibrous, further enhancing the survivability. If the Pegasus has a weakness, it is that its missiles only have fifteen rounds between them, far below what most vehicle crews would be comfortable with. However, the crews are reminded that their weapons are for last-ditch defense and not front-line combat duty.

Deployment

Although many operations involving Pegasus units are clandestine operations or remain classified for other purposes, there are many accounts of Pegasus-equipped units operating in a more combative capacity than is recommended. These deployments are often attributable to the ruggedness of the vehicle, and several recon units have earned the right to consider themselves front-line troops as a result of such assignments.

Bio:

Pegasus Scout Hover Tank

Thumbing a ride to Terra one planet at a time. Aphexs