MFSV-13 Hammerhead Fire Support Vehicle

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MFSV-13 Hammerhead Fire Support Vehicle

Postby Holy Marsh » Wed Oct 28, 2015 12:45 am


- By Animarnia

MFSV-13 Hammerhead
Length: 7.2 m
Height: 1.9 m-3.3m
Width: 3.8 m
Weight: 52 tonnes
Crew: 5

Maximum Governed Speed: 100 kph
Cross Country Speed: 75 kph
Speed 10% Slope: 47 kph
Speed 60% Slope: 35 kph
Acceleration: 0kph to 32 kph in 6 seconds
Range: 750 km (650 km at cruise)

Vertical Obstacle Crossing: 129 cm
Trench: 400 cm
Suspension: Hydropneumatic

4 x Havik II ATGMs
2 x 50mm LAMA AC2A2 Compact Autocannon Badalā (firing special thermobaric rounds)
2 x MA-300 Berdun Light Machine Guns
2 x MAGL mod 70
2 x MA-340 Reil Heavy Machine Guns

Propulsion: LY700, generating 1,100 HP at 2000RPM.
Transmission: Hydropneumatic automatic transmission (5 fwd gears, 2 rvse)
APU: 1 (under armour)
Batteries: 8 x high density Li+ polymer

Armour and Protection
Armour: Titanium, ‘Hauberk' ERA, ‘Acerbitas’ NERA, slat attachments, North Point applique armour.
Anti-spalling: Dyneema/Resilin
NBC Protection: SCFM, clean cooled air, LYMkII CBRN overpressure system.
Missile Countermeasures: SACHERI Active Protection System, LA-16 FFR


The Hammerhead is an all-purpose infantry fire support vehicle, providing absurdly lethal fire on an infantry and armor based level. Well armored and speedy, it is designed to race from one hotspot to another and allow it's incredibly potent barrage of weapons to swiftly crush enemy forces and allow embattled infantry to move on. Designed initially to be in limited service, it's devastating anti-infantry, anti-structure, anti-armor, and anti-air weaponry has seen it deployed widely in mechanized infantry formations and beyond.

The Hammerhead is designed to fulfill the roles of both a heavy IFV, sans infantry carrying capacity, and a Mobile Gun system.
The Mobile Gun System has been a black sheep for years. Firing a weapon that has difficulty penetrating the main battle tanks most commonly fielded in the world while not having the armor to survive or the support weaponry to be entirely effective against infantry. Not only that, but the increasing effectiveness of APS systems meant that the marginal effectiveness of the L74 andother MGS guns was reduced even more. The introduction of the LY10 made the Mobile Gun an even more precarious development. In terms of role, the LY10 did everything a Mobile Gun could do but better.

Instead of abandoning the Mobile Gun, it was decided to reimagine it in line with the MFSV-13-30's shunning of a heavy IFV concept to develop a new concept: The Fire Support Vehicle. A Fire Support Vehicle is designed to support infantry forces with heavy firepower on tap. The advent of increasingly effective APS demanded a response and with the requirement for engaging heavy armor not on the table as a standard role, designers went about creating ways to defeat APS systems. The answer was obvious- every APS, even SACHERI-aided ones, buckled under sheer numbers. Rather than trust on a single shot to do the job, the Hammerhead relies on volume of fire to break through defenses, at which point their high powered rounds can find home. To this end, a new autocannon was needed. This was a stark difference from the more traditional mobile gun being envisioned for the wheeled version, and led to a great deal of difference between the vehicles.

The Badalā 50mm compact rapid-fire autocannon was the result. The Badalā fires 50 x 300mm caseless telescoping rounds. The Badalā is chain-operated, externally powered by a 12 HP motor which, as with the AC1, uses a system of sprockets, grooves and clutches to not only feed, load and fire rounds, but also allows the operator to change ammunition types.

Much of the weapon system is titanium, which, while expensive, is considerably lighter than its steel volume/strength equivalent, thus allowing for the weapon's mounting to be considerably lighter. The now-lighter elements of the receiver assembly do not adversely affect the weapon's recoil characteristics, firmly entrenched in the turret. A high-efficiency muzzle brake and long recoil mechanism (30mm) also lower the felt recoil signature, and provide for more efficient firing characteristics. As with all weapons on the platform, the Badalā is linked to native Fire Control and Battlespace Networks, and can prosper from attendant fire data and ballistic calculation.

The barrel is 50 calibres long, putting it 2.5m from the end of the receiver, and is chrome-lined to improve durability, and allow for the provision of higher-pressure propellant charges, with tungsten-carbide facing along the steel-forged barrel to increase heat tolerance and felt recoil.
Four rates of fire are able to be selected: semi-automatic, low-rate automatic, high-rate automatic, and ten-round burst which allow single-shot, 120rpm (approx.) and 240 rpm (approx.) and burst fire capability.
Two Badalā's are attached side by side.
The Badalā is designed to provide the Hammerhead owith effective, reliable, and lightweight firepower for engagement and defeat of light and medium threats including helicopters, opposing IFVs, APCs, entrenched enemy positions, and other infantry support targets. While not as effective against the heaviest of armor- though it can reliably penetrate the rear and side of many MBTs- it has a much greater utility in other roles. It can be called in to effectively remove tree lines, cause large structures to collapse, engage and erase enemy mobile columns, and support infantry in an immediate and violent sense. Most commonly firing thermobaric rounds, the high rate of fire of the system allows it to obliterate large areas of enemy deployment in a matter of moments, rendering even heavily armored infantry forces as a non-factor to the continued advance of Marshite forces.

The Hammerhead has other concerns, however. While it's powerful autocannons give it the ability to engage and eliminate vast swathes of infantry and terrain, destroy lightly armored vehicles, medium armored, and even some heavily armored vehicles as well as low flying helicopters, it still needs a superior anti-armor capability to truly shine. As such, several ATGMs were considered.

When it came time to select a new ATGM for use in the MFSV-13 line three separate competitors were chosen for analysis. The powerful Mercury from Allanea and the Lamonian Havik II were set against the standard Hellios II from Lyras. All had some noted advantages, with the Mercury getting exceptionally high marks for its all-purpose capability and its range. The Hellios was a powerful tool of war, but the Havik II was superior in every noted way. Against the Mercury its lighter and smaller nature were great advantages, and when penetration was noted to be slightly higher, the winner was chosen. The Mercury would go on to find a great deal of use in other vehicles, and some versions of the Hammerhead would use the Mercury due to it's ability to be used for a wider variety of roles.

Guidance for the Havik II is provided by a tri-seeker warhead, combining MMW, IIR, and SALH homing. This is combined with an INS/GPS system, allowing the missile to attain a hit ratio of 95%. In areas where enemy ECM is encountered, the system can also use a fiber-optic connection to the launching mechanism (available in both air and box launched versions). This connection to the launching mechanism is impossible to jam, and will allow the missile to strike the target, with enemy ECM becoming effectively useless.

The Havik II is a top-attack missile, allowing it to strike the weakest part of enemy armor formations. The Havik II is meant to attack AFVs, MBTs, and low flying helicopters. However, the missile will simply fly directly toward enemy helicopters when fired in anti-helicopter mode. This helps to increase accuracy against helicopter targets. With a penetration rating of 1,400 mm IRHAe, it will severely damage enemy armor, likely resulting in a kill.

With a maximum range of 18 km the Havik II can be fired without revealing the location of the firing unit to the enemy. All that the missile needs is the location of the enemy (provided that the enemy units are within range), and it's good to go. The Havik II can also re-attack a target, in case it were to miss, provided that there is enough range left in the missile to allow this. The top speed of Mach 2 was designed to give the enemy little to no time to react, as well as increasing the probability of a kill.

The Havik II retains an active radar jammer, allowing it to bypass the MMW and radar frequencies commonly used in Active Protection Systems. While the Havik used a jammer from Krupp Industries in The Peoples Freedom, the Havik II uses a domestic model, which is smaller, while giving the same performance as the model from Krupp Industries. In addition, the electronics in the Havik II use Gallium Arsenide in place of Silicone, allowing the missiles to survive EMP in good working order. The use of Gallium Arsenide makes the missile more expensive, but the resistance to EMP was judged to be worth the extra cost.

The Havik II is considered to be too heavy for man-portable use, owing to it's total weight of 65 kg. However, the Havik II can still replace multiple missiles with one proven missile system, saving time and money.

The first stage of the tandem warhead creates an Explosively Formed Penetrator. This EFP moves at high speed, and is able to trigger any Explosive Reactive Armor that the target might have. The secondary shaped charge is where the bulk of the armor penetration occurs, and gives the Havik II it's penetration rating of 1,400 mm of IRHAe. A laser fuse tells the weapon when to detonate.

The Havik II is powered by a ramjet, allowing the missile a maximum speed of Mach 2. The ramjet's fuel contains 78% Ammonium Perchlorate, 20% Hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene, and 2% Aluminum. This is a "low-smoke" mixture, making it harder for the enemy to trace the firing location of the Havik II via the smoke trail, and does not degrade ramjet performance. At launch, the Havik II is propelled by a low smoke APCP-fueled launch booster, bringing the missile to speed, thus allowing the ramjet to take over for the rest of the flight. Two are on either side of the turret.

Length: 2 m
Diameter: 178 mm
Weight: 65 kg
Warhead: Tandem, EFP/Shaped Charge
Warhead Weight/composition: 20 kg, PBXN 103
Range: 18 km
Speed: Mach 2
Detonation Mechanism: Laser Fuze
Engine: Solid Fuel, "Low Smoke" Ammonium perchlorate composite propellant ramjet; with launch booster
Wingspan: 325 mm
Guidance: 94 GHz Millimeter wave active radar homing, imaging infrared, and semi-active laser seeker, with INS/GPS. Can also use fiber-optics to defeat enemy ECM.
Targets: AFVs, MBTs, low flying Helicopters
Launch systems: Box Launch
Penetration: ~1,400 mm IRHAe

The Hammerhead still requires more anti-infantry capability on the flanks and rear of the vehicle. As such, the Hammerhead uses two MA-340 Reil Heavy Machine Guns, capable of firing 15.5x115mm Marshite Caseless Armor Piercing rounds. Lighter than any comparable heavy machine gun while still having a task oriented design, the MA-340 is capable of blowing through any body armor design on the market or on the drawing board of any world power. It can reliably penetrate light armor and can damage medium armor, while working effectively as an anti-air mount. It can be mounted as the main armament, coaxial, on a RWS, commander's weapon, hatch weapon, and can even be removed for use by infantry. For the Hammerhead, two weapons are carried, one on each flank, and controlled from internal weapons stations by two operators. The mount can traverse 240 degrees with unmatched stability, giving the operator firing arcs that can cover almost the entire arc of the vehicle with few blind spots, all of which are covered by other weaponry.

Weigth: 17 kg standard, 18.2 kg with bipod, 24 kg with tripod mount
Length: 1700 mm
Length of barrel: 1310 mm 
Ammunition: 15.5x115 mm MCAP
Action: Recoil operated
Muzzle Velocity: 1000 m/s
Range: 2400 effective range, 7000m maximum.
Feed: Single or Dual belt
Rate of fire: 450 rounds/min 
Sights: Iron, BALCOTH, alternates accepted on rail.

The rear was still unarmed, but due to the incredible firepower up front, it was considered likely that an axis of attack into the rear would be a common opposing strategy. With other elements covering other parts of the vehicle, it was decided to install an automatic grenade launcher. The MAGL-70 is a further development of the SAGL-25 Faith Hammer, except meant to be mounted on vehicles and firing 40mm grenades as opposed to 25mm. It uses a wide variety of rounds, including ones primed for armor penetration and thermobarics for anti-infantry uses. It also uses 40mm Smart Active Munition Kill Field, or SAMKF. The SAMKF takes the targeting information granted by Sacheri and transmits it to the smaller submunitions, each of which are small guidance projectiles. Before they are fired, each one is assigned a target, with redundancy taken into account if Sacheri is worried about the submunitions not penetrating armor. Once fired, the submunitions separate and continually track their targets. Within a certain range, generally 7-8 meters, the submunitions will track predesignated targets and follow them, being able to hit moving targets in vulnerable areas.. This is a truly specialist munition used primarily when the need to reduce or eliminate collateral damage is paramount. This can be useful also in eliminating specific enemy threats armed with anti-armor weapons. Two MAGL-70s are on the rear of the vehicle, operated by one crewmember internally.

Weight: 20 kg
Length: 1000 mm
Barrel Length: 700 mm
Ammunition: 40 x 55mm
Action: Short Recoil
Muzzle Velocity: 310 m/s
Effective Range: 2100 m

The final weapon was added onto the vehicle after testing revealed a small flaw in the design. Immediately in front of the vehicle was a small weapons blind spot that could not be reached by the Badalā. Committed infantry forces could in theory get into very close range and attempt to destroy the vehicle through suicide attacks or attachments of extreme high explosives. It was decided to add an underslung coaxial weapon to the Badalā which would give the Hammerhead capability to engage such forces. It was decided that the MA-300 Berdun. The exact makeup is dependent on the situation the Hammerhead exists in, as the main advantage of the MA-300 is its ability to engage using a wide variety of ammunition. As standard it fires the 7.62 MCAP. Made with lightweight materials, the mounting options for the MA-300 allow for it to have near recoilless operation in support of local infantry. The fact it can use a wide variety of ammunition also enables it to survive in just about any environment, making it a valuable asset.

Weight: 4.9 kg standard, 5.5 kg with bipod, 10.5 kg with tripod.
Length: 930mm
Barrel Length: 440mm
Ammunition: 7.62 MCAP, 6.3 LCL, 6.5 x 45mm JMC, JMC Mk5, 7.62x39mm Russian, 7.62mm NATO, 5.56mm NATO, 6mm Remington, 6.5mm Grendel, 6.7x35mm CTA, 6.8 TCI, 8.4 TCH, 6.8x43mm SPC Remington.
Rate of Fire: 300, 600, or 900 rounds per minute 
Action: Closed-bolt, short-recoil operated, balanced automatic action with semi-automatic option.
Muzzle Velocity: 830 m/s, dependent on cartridge
Range: up to 1950 meters with tripod, bipod; 950 meters.
Feed: Disintegrating-link belt- or magazine-fed. (100 for 8.5 MCAP, 150 LCLC, 150 6.5 JMC, 150 Mk5, 120 7.62 Russian/NATO, 140 TCI, 140 SPC Remington, 100 8.4 TCH) 
Sights: T-section iron sight, dorsal picatinny rail allows alternates, BALCOTH-assisted aiming device.

The LY700 is an 8L hybrid-electric opposing-piston multi-fuel hyperbar engine, designed to generate 1,100 HP (101 kW) at 2000RPM. In most regards it is simply a scaled down version of the LY693 engine fitted to the Dire Wolf, and maintains the salient features of that platform. There is, however, one primary exception. The LY700 has two modes of operation; a high power mode for planing over the sea, and a low power mode for land travel. To this end, the hull has a bow flap which is hydraulically actuated, designed to aid planing. Under the LY700’s maximum power, the Hammerhead has a maximum waterborne speed of 54 km/h (33.75mph). Shrouded waterjet propul-sors are fitted to both sides of the hull in recessed ports, and generate in excess of 2850 hp. To aid in waterborne mobility, hydraulically actuated chines can be deployed to cover the tracks, and also to adjust the base of the Hammerhead’s hull, with the v-shaped anti-mine layout being unsuitable for planing over the water. 
Maintenance on the LY700 engine is slightly more complex than on legacy systems, but the total package, while unchanged in power output, is lighter, more compact, quieter and provides available power faster and more efficiently than conventional diesels.
Banks of additional high-energy density lithium ion polymer batteries fill the space created by shift-ing from the V-form layout to the more-unusual opposing piston format. These batteries are re-charged from the main engine during normal operation, but lend current and endurance to the sys-tem, and bolster the combat-persistence of the APU.

The LY700 engine uses an electric transmission system, where the drive shafts have been replaced by cable and the power is transferred by cable through-put, which delivers a number of advantages, including volume efficiency, very high fuel efficiency, faster delivery of low-end torque (a key feature in the engine’s viability), reduced lifecycle costs, and reduced environmental impacts.
The electric drive has also greatly improved low observability characteristics in terms of thermal and acoustic signatures as well as low visual and radar signatures, although the latter two detection criteria are very much more a function of hull form than engine. 
Once the 10's systems were brought to maturity, the suspension systems, although less of them than were seen on the Wolfhound, were brought across bodily. The suspension is mounted on the underframe and not on the side frames, so that the suspension is separated from the hull. A result of using a decoupled suspension in conjunction with the resilin spall liners and quieter engine is that the internal noise level is as low as 68 dB which is well below civilian vehicle noise acceptability standards.

The final drives are connected by a cross-shaft which gives higher power efficiency in turning manoeuvres by transferring the power regenerated at the inner track during a turn to the outer track. 
The engine is, like its predecessors, linked to the SACHERI system, which keeps track of the temperatures of each individual segment of the engine, and both monitors and records engine stresses. The system then notifies both the operators and higher command when replacement or repair is required for components, as well as when the engine or parts of it are coming due for routine maintenance. This contributes to greatly reduced attrition, and total combat readiness is markedly improved as a result, while lowering maintenance workloads. The SACHERI system is also responsible for monitoring the active cooling of the vehicle's exhaust, as a means of reducing the vehicle's thermal signature, further enhancing the vehicle's low observability characteristics. 

The entire assembly is, as per existing standards, also fitted with deployable sand filters for use in high-sand environments, such as deserts or certain parts of the littoral. The new engine is, however, less susceptible to damage of this nature than its predecessors. 
Rear-vision manoeuvring cameras also come as standard, a factor which in close country or urban environments, has, in other vehicles, prevented a tremendous number of accidents and eased the psychological load on personnel responsible for moving the vehicles in less-than-optimal conditions. With the BALCOTH-type interface, however, this has become less important, but serves as a backup nonetheless, operable in the advent of combat damage or similar. 

Tracks are skirted, as is the case for most Lyran and Covenant designed AFVs, to increase resilience to battle damage, and have seven road wheels and two drive rollers, with only the rear roller on each side partially unshrouded. This skirting also, as it happens, tremendously reduces the amount of dust and/or debris thrown up by the vehicle, which dramatically lowers its detection footprint in many conditions. Unlike previous AFVs, however, the tracks are titanium, being, as covered previously, both lighter and stronger than their steel equivalent. 
They are, in turn, provided with resilin padding by default (an expensive measure, unfortunately), which serves to lower their acoustic footprint. The resilin itself never lasts as long as the tracks themselves do, but they’re handy to have while they are around, provide excellent traction, lower damage on the terrain over which the vehicle drives, and which dramatically lowers the platform's acoustic signature. It also allows the Hammerhead to pivot, allowing it exceptional mobility in rough terrain.

The Grand Theocracy played a heavy role in the development of the LY10 Bloodhound, including testing some of the earliest prototypes in development in battle during the Marshite Civil War. Experiences on that design were thrust onto the MFSV-13 series of vehicles in order to ensure the highest degree of protection possible for weight.
The armour scheme on the MFSV-13 family is designed to be effective against CE threats (very few states instruct their personnel to use KE rounds against light armoured vehicles, though the Bloodhound’s advent may change this), small arms and light cannon. Such specialist armour requires specialised materials, even some that people don’t normally associate with armour schemes. Given their recent experiences in the field, Covenant Arms worked in conjunction with Lyran Arms in order to generate the most effective and appropriate armour scheme within the parameters provided.
The outer hull of the MFSV-13 is composed of Ti-10V-2Fe-3Al (aka Ti-10-2-3). This Titanium alloy is normally used on airframes, but offers one of the best mixes of strength vs. toughness. It is a near beta alloy, developed primarily for high-strength applications in the 1241 MPa (180ksi) range. The alloy also possesses the best hot-die forgeability of any commercial titanium alloy, and is suitable for near net-shape forging applications and isothermal forging. Ti-10-2-3 also offers high strength/toughness combinations and is deep-hardenable.


N2 <0.05%
O2 <0.13%
Fe 1.6-2.2%
Al 2.6-3.4%
V 9.0-11.0%
H2 <0.015%
Ti ~ Remainder
Physical Data
Density g/cm3(lb/ 4.65 (0.167)
Melting Range °C±15°C (°F) 1649 (3000)
Mean Thermal Exp.Coeff.20-400°C/°C (68-752°F/°F) 9.7x10-6 (5.4)
Beta Transus °C±15°C°(°F) 796 (1465)
Mechanical Data
Minimum Typical
Tensile Strength MPa (ksi) 1241 (180) 1310 (190)
0.2% Proof Stress MPa (ksi) 1104 (160) 1228 (178)
Elastic Modulus GPa (Msi) 103 (15) 
Hardness Rockwell C 41
Tensile Strength
0.2% Proof Stress
Elongation over 2 inches

The alloy is welded via laser welding, which offers precise welding, at a faster and more economical pace than other welding methods.
Lamonian innovations in the form of extruded para-organic resilin are also used. Resilin is an elastomeric fibrous compound found within the musculature of insects. To quote Dr Chris Elvin of Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation;
“Resilin has evolved over hundreds of millions of years in insects into the most efficient elastic protein known...”

Resilin shown under UV at 360nm

Using genetically modified E.Coli bacteria, the CSIRO team was able to synthetically generate a soluble resilin protein, based upon the cloning and expression of the first exon of the Drosophila CG15920 gene. By means of a CSIRO-patented process, the resulting resilin rubber was shown to have structurally near-perfect resilience, with a 97 percent post-stress recovery. The next-nearest competitors are synthetic polybutadiene ‘superball’ high resilience rubber (80 per cent) and elastin (90 per cent). The cross-linking process itself is remarkably simple. It needs only three components - the protein, generally lactose, or a near analog, a metal ligand complex, ruthenium in this case, and an electron acceptor. The mixture is then flashed with visible light of 452 nanometers wavelength to form the polymer - within 20 seconds, the proteins will be cross-linked into a matrix with remarkable tensile strength.

Like its Acerbitas (and Acerbitas-B ) cousin, the Resilin used within the MFSV-13’s armour scheme is intended, as with NERA generally, to warp, bend or bulge upon impact. As the plates move, bullets are subjected to transverse and shear forces, diminishing their penetration, and shaped-charge weapons find their plasma jets unable to readily focus on a single area of armour. In the case of segmented projectiles, the transverse forces are less pronounced, compared to unitary variants, but the movement of the plate essentially forces the projectile to penetrate twice, again lowering total impact upon the platform protected.
For anti-spall, a Dyneema/Resilin blend is used, followed by another thinner layer of Ti-10-2-3. Semi-synthetic anciniform spidersilk is also used, adding 380kg of weight. This is then laced with

All of the armour panels can be removed in-toto, allowing for easy maintenance and rapid repair of combat damage. Armour panels themselves consist of all layers detailed above, and, upon removal, each can be separated out further for repair or replacement. 
Fireproof armoured bulkheads separate the crew compartment from the engine bay, which itself forms part of the forward passive protection suite, and from the turret. There have been cases were the turret has been blasted clean off the hull of an MFSV-13, and the hull (complete with shaken but unharmed crew and passengers) has withdrawn. 

Fuel and ammunition are located within armoured sub-compartments with integral anti-spalling layers, and those self-same antispalling systems are also used to protect the internals of the crew compartment. The spall lining is also designed to provide a high degree of noise and thermal insula-tion, making the MFSV-13, in keeping with the Covenant norm, extremely quiet internally, analogous, to the operators, to a civilian vehicle.

Extensive use of heavy explosive reactive armour on multiple surfaces follows. The vehicle's heavy use of titanium (especially on the sides and rear, where surfaces generally have the least slope) to keep weight to a minimum while not sacrificing protection, allows for for further up-armouring, should circumstances dictate. It is expected that, as new or more effective forms of modular armour are developed, users will be easily able to integrate the packages into the chassis with a bare minimum of effort. 

Available from the Lyran Protectorate and Covenant Arms, at no extra cost, is the North Point applique armour system, designed for the LY4A1 and carried over first to the -A2, and now to the MFSV-13. In response to burst-firing main guns being fielded by several nations, Lyran personnel enquired of Krupp Industries as to the possibility of developing a new form of armour suitable for up-armouring the LY4 series. After an extensive design and implementation process, the Bismarck armour, for which Krupp Industries had purchased rights to, was selected as the basis. Given that, from the outset, the new armour would be appliqué in nature (allowing for extensive retrofitting), emphasis was placed on creating effective armour that would not drastically increase the weight of the LY4 which was already heavy at just over seventy tons. The new armour system for the LY4A1 came to be known as 'North Point'.

North Point is a triple-layered active/passive system, which finds its predominant use on the turret and glacis. The first layer is a thick plate of approximately 80mm in actual thickness which correlated to an additional 350mm of RHAe equivalence. This plate consists of ceramic backed up significantly by heavy metals. First layer North Point relies primarily on tungsten disulfide sandwiched between layers of Improved Rolled Homogenous Armour (IRHA). This plate is slanted at 45 degrees to further assist the defeat of kinetic penetrators and chemical energy (ie HEAT) threats. 

The second layer is a backing to the first, and serves to utilise heavy metals to help defeat kinetic penetrators and explosively formed plasma jets. Due to weight limitations, this layering is only 20mm in actual thickness and consists of a IRHA plate embedded with depleted uranium pellets.

The third layer consists mainly of a specially designed Heavy Explosive Reactive Armor set [HERA] which is meant to provide high levels of protection for the tank with (proportionally) little gain in weight. The HERA, named “Rainmaker” uses a system of operation whereupon the offending projectile in engaged by the “rays” [Small EFPs] of the HERA and thus deflecting the projectile or (in some cases) actually destroying LRPs, thus drastically reducing penetrating ability of the offensive system. 
North Point is composed of “bricks” making each “brick” easily replaceable once used and allowing the system to be fitted to AFVs already in service. The “bricks” are lightweight (at around 3kg) and this allows them to be positioned on as many areas of the tank as needs require. 
The bricks are smaller than the armour plates on which they sit, and as such it is extremely unlikely that, in the advent of engagement by a vehicle employing a burst-fire main gun, the burst will strike the same brick. As a consequence, the chances of penetration being scored by a burst firing weapon against a North Point equipped vehicle is substantially lowered relative to its unaugmented counterpart. 

Finally, the roof, as part of the North Point upgrade, can be mounted with non-explosive reactive armor [NERA] bricks. These thick bricks grant the tank multiple hit capability against threats such as explosively formed penetrators, and thus is the most effective lightweight solution that can be provided to an area not condusive to HERA employment. The smaller turret of the MFSV-13 means that this is less of an issue, but NERA bricks are fitted to the upper surfaces of the hull instead, with much the same effect. 
Tungsten disulfide (WS2) is the key material in the first layer of HERA, and is the same substance used not only in Lyran MBTs since the LY4A1 (and now the MFSV-13), but also in the 'Dauntless' ballistic armour series. WS2 is an inorganic fullerene; a tubular or spherical nanocomposites. 
Passive armour is not the sole defensive mechanism employed, however, and the active protection suite utilises all the standard measures implemented on other Covenant AFVs, with particular reference to the GOLIATH II APS. SACHERI aided APS functions are also popular, though what follows is the description of what is considered Covenant Standard.

Its ancestor, the WATCHKEEPER APS, has become one of the most well-known and effective active protection systems available today, owing much of its success to the tremendous export success of the LY4 Wolfhound MBT, LY219 Ironheart series of combat vehicles, and LY6 Werewolf Assault Gun, the former two in particular being some of the most widely exported armoured fighting vehicles in the world. Originally an interim solution by The Free Reich of the People’s Freedom to Lyran requirements for an APS suite, TPF designers, despite the system's success, often continued to think of it in those terms.
Responsible for a great number of saved vehicles, especially amongst the LY219s fighting on the Cancun peninsula during the Mokan Civil War WATCHKEEPER nevertheless proved to have some trouble targeting and destroying multiple threats that originated from greater than 30 degrees elevation. Thus, designers began work on the GOLIATH, which was to be a multi-tiered system that could combat multiple threat natures effectively, quickly, reliably and flexibly.
GOLIATH block II/SACHERI II differs from block I in that it detects incoming munitions by any or all of three means of acquisition, rather than the two of its first generation counterpart. One by millimeter wavelength radar (mounted on seven flat-panel antennae with a combined field of 360°/6400mils), the second by LIDAR, and the third by SACHERI-backed IR/TI. This tri-mode sensor input provides a very high degree of redundancy against failures or jamming methods, and has raised reliability against a number of active anti-countermeasure systems. The new system has a total reaction time of 0.35 seconds, an improvement of 0.05 seconds. Every bit counts, and despite the difficulties encountered in generating that slight improvement, the added survivability was deemed worthy of the effort.

The first defensive mechanism GOLIATH and SACHERI employs is a soft-kill suite. The suite includes a number of features designed to confuse or misdirect enemy guided anti-tank systems. Primarily, the system uses the 'Gold' targeting program, interlinked to the databanks of the SACHERI II, which identifies incoming projectiles, classifies and prioritises them for intercept. By way of illustration, the system would engage a Havik or Helios-series weapon, Koronet and Javelin, most likely in that order, while ignoring the three incoming RPGs. In addition, the Gold program automatically deploys applicable alternate counter-measures including IR-suppressant smoke grenades and electro-optical jammers. When painted by laser-based technology, the platform's LWRs relay the position to the SACHERI battlenet, for engagement or neutralisation by whichever force element is in the most optimum position to carry out appropriate action.

In addition to the soft-kill suite, GOLIATH or SACHERI also features an advanced and layered hard-kill suite. The first layer employs four 2.5 inch kinetic kill rockets. These rockets are designed to engage and destroy incoming targets out to 600 meters. This allows the tank to eliminate threats before they become of concern to the shorter ranged systems. The rockets also have an increased proportional effectiveness against air-launched ATGMs.

The second tier of the hard-kill suite is the most widely used system, and consists of four bundles of grenades, each consisting of four grenades a piece. This allows the GOLIATH to engage many multiple targets at the same time, while still providing a firm degree of protective target neutralisation. The second tier system can reach out to just over 100 meters.

The final tier is based more directly on the WATCHKEEPER, and is rarely employed, and generally only in the case of ammunition expenditure in the previous two tiers. The battlespace management system’s fire control computer detects the incoming weapons system and calculates an approach vector. Once the attack is fully classified, the system determines, if required, the best time and angle to fire the 3rd tier of GOLIATH. The response comes from four launchers installed on the vehicle, two on each side of the turret. The launchers can pivot/rotate about both the x and y axis, and can therefore engage targets in any direction that the fire control computer deems necessary. The launchers fire a spread of tungsten balls, similar to the projectiles of an M18A1 Claymore anti-personnel weapon, at the target at ranges out to 25 meters. The system is reloadable and there is a total of eight spreads.

Criticism of the GOLIATH or SACHERI as 'too complex' was readily accepted and acknowledged by the Lyran Research and Development Commission, and steps were taken to mitigate the drawbacks of this. As it happened, the solution was stumbled across, rather than developed, when the newly-distributed photonic-crystalline fiber-optic computational capabilities of the LY10 were seen to make the operation of GOLIATH considerably less problematic. With the MFSV-13 continuing the computational trends established by the LY10 (admittedly to a lesser degree), the complexities of GOLIATH II or SACHERI as a negative are, for the most part, a thing of the past. However, during moments of abnormally high CPU load (more or less only encountered while the FCS is actively attempting to engage targets with the main gun without manual input), there is an appreciable reduction in the GOLIATH or SACHERI response time. Care is encouraged in these circumstances.

In acknowledgement of the increasing lethality of sophisticated anti-tank mines (and even their less-sophisticated improvised cousins), the Hammeherad comes with a very potent suite of anti-mine systems. The MFSV-13’s underside is now armoured, using dual-layered plates of titanium and SiC lattice. The plates are in turn backed up by resilin anti-spalling, providing for an extremely high level of protection against threats originating from these forms of munitions. The chassis features V-form angled titanium ribbing, designed to channel the blast out and away from the crew compartment. The crew's stations are shock-isolated by standardised high-g-load springs on the underside of their adjustable seats, and the headsets of the crew are designed to cushion the wearer's heads from impact with the internals of the tank, in the advent of underside explosive detonations or impact in general.

Automatic fire suppression systems are activated in the event of fire, and inoperable systems within the platform are cut off from the central power supply until diagnostics confirm their return to operation. This not only lowers the risk of further damage or injury by electrical fire, but also lowers the power drain to the vehicle.
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In terms of electronic uplinking and data sharing, the Hammerhead essentially uses the same electronics suite as the HAT-2, which is a major advancement on the HAT-1 in terms of its networking, sensory, fire-control and crew interfacing capabilities. The HAT-2, and now Hammerhead, vehicle is fitted with a highly extensive sensor suite so as to enable the transmission of as much information as possible into any extant battlenet, while possessing substantial internal (multiple-redundant) computational facilities so as to handle required downloads from that selfsame network.

While designed to slot into any existing battlespace architecture, the Hammerhead by default utilises the world-benchmark SACHERI. SACHERI is an integrated and adaptive battlespace network that maximises combat lethality, performance, and output and enables command and control on an unprecedented scale. Information is sourced not only from multiple sources on the individual platform, but from every SACHERI equipped friendly vehicle within the battlespace, which provides constant informational updates across a broad spectrum of sources, both known to the operators, and operating below their awareness. With the LY-224, and now with the Hammerhead-30, the SACHERI system has begun to mature as a force-multiplier, with effectiveness of the system increasingly and exponentially evident to all but the most entrenched detractors. Image and pattern recognition software constantly interfaces with sensory systems (even while the given input is not being examined by crew), and the results both relayed to friendly and superior force elements, and also displayed for action by the vehicle operators. For example, a Hammerhead's commander has the turret swivelled to the 2 o'clock position, trained on a suspicious-looking patch of vegetation, with the view in the HUD set to thermal imagery. While in that orientation, the vehicle's sensors at 11 o'clock register motion non-consistent with environmental movement, and the image is instantly cross-referenced to SACHERI's databanks. 

A pattern match is found – the front-right quadrant of a javelin MANPATGM. Performing a quick locstat recheck, SACHERI ensures that no corresponding friendly forces are in the given location. The identified target is then silhouetted (with any of a number of settings [such as colour-coding or numerical assignment] in place to illustrate level of threat, in both relative and absolute terms), and the image is displayed on the HUD. SACHERI, evaluating the javelin system as a moderately credible threat (relative to the lack of any other targets... had the vehicle been in the process of engaging a quartet of MBTs, on its own, at close range, the SACHERI would probably have marked it, but not highlighted it as a priority for engagement, given the relatively higher threat represented by the tanks, and leaving aside the fact that that would imply a serious problem on a number of levels, unless the IFV is conducting an ambush), activates the audio notification system, and informs the vehicle's operators accordingly. The target identification and crew notification process has, to this point, taken less than a third of a second, baring the half second it has taken for the auditory warning to be processed by the crew's central nervous system and brain.

The SACHERI system utilises this information to compute a firing solution for the commander, based upon analysis of the target, as the turret swivels to follow the commander's turning head, concluding as the target slides beneath the appropriate reticle. This firing solution is finalised at the moment the operator depresses the firing stud, and is completed in less time than it takes the finger to depress all the way. The firing solution that SACHERI generates, utilising the enormous range of sensory inputs available to it, ensures a near-perfect hit percentage at standard ranges, across all conditions using any of the available weapons systems.

At the most basic level, the SACHERI system aims to accelerate engagement cycles and increase operational tempo at all levels of the warfighting system. This acceleration is achieved by providing a mechanism to rapidly gather and distribute targeting information, and rapidly issue directives. SACHERI's ultra-high speed networking permits almost completely error-free, high integrity transmission in a bare fraction of the time required for voice-based transmission, and permits transfer of a wide range of data formats, from a multitude of compatible sources.

Borrowing from fire control measures designed by Lyran Arms, Covenant Arms developed a built-in trigger-delay mechanism. Other contemporary AFVs, up to and including the LY4A1, but not including the K2, LY7 and HAT-2, can be found to, despite all other fire control methods, miss their target when they fire their gun/s and hit a slight bump at the same time, a problem exacerbated, as would be expected, by movement at high speeds and/or across uneven terrain. The designers of the K2 anticipated this situation, and generated a solution for it by installing a laser emitter-receiver assembly linked to the FCS, a concept that was brought across for implementation in the main gun on the LY7, and is now integrated into the various autocannons of the Hammerhead.

The emitter is fitted near the top of the barrel, with the receiver being placed at the barrel's base. The weapon can only be fired when the laser receiver array is exactly aligned with the emitted laser. To illustrate, if at the point of firing, when the gunner presses the trigger, linked as it is to the fire control system, the vehicle comes upon an irregularity in the terrain at the same moment, the laser will find itself pushed off the reciever by the sudden movement, and the FCS will delay the round's ignition until the beam reorients to the receiver again. As the barrel shakes up and down, the FCS will automatically fire off the gun when the laser finds its mark, and the barrel is judged to be on target. This system, combined with both an advanced gyro-stabiliser, static pendulum cant sensor and powerful fire control system, dramatically improves the vehicle's capacity to engage targets while moving at speed, even across broken terrain.

In case of an emergency, the vehicle can be operated by a single, member of its five crew. The FCS can autonomously locate and track visible targets, comparing them both to known hostiles (identified by datalink) or targets established by image recognition (again as available via information uplink), avoid blue-on-blue engagements and fire its main gun without needing any input from a human operator, although the absence of a human operator will adversely affect engagement tempo.

The crew-stations again borrow extensively from the LY4A2, and utilise a far more advanced and adaptive control interface than that of earlier platforms. The new system integrates the data gathered by the vehicle's external sensors and projects it directly onto the HUD inside the crew's headset-visor, a feature not dissimilar to that utilised in the BALCOTH helmet. As the operator turns his head, the view pans, and the image displayed can be either a direct projection of the terrain and environs, as would be seen with the naked eye were the tank's hull not in the way, or various overlays, magnification and enhancements that can be applied or superimposed to highlight important elements (such as friendly forces), in a fashion not dissimilar to an aircraft's HUD. From this point, either physical or voice activated controls are then used as required. By way of example, the vehicle commander may look left, with the weapon mounted on the weapon station following his movement (if the function is activated). 

With SACHERI having identified hostile dismounted infantry, the vehicle's commander simply places the targetting reticle (located by default in the centre of his HUD) upon the desired target, and presses the firing stud. Alternatively, he could centre the reticle at a target, and designate it for engagement by accompanying forces, by either voice command or toggle. Targets can be sequenced for engagement, and the operator may target and fire in a similar manner using the vehicle's main gun, or co-axial. The gunner's station can take on the role of driver, if the situation requires, and vice versa, due to the intuitive and flexible command systems, and adaptive interface provided by the SACHERI system. When used in conjunction with SACHERI, and the new fast-traversing shielded-electric turret, the engagement speeds of the Hammerhead are 80% as fast again as that of its LY219 ancestor, and nearing double that of most other armoured platforms. Traverse speed is such that the bore of the main gun will traverse at the same speed as the operator's head, allowing real-time orientation and lag-free look-shoot capability.

This same targeting capability is available to all members of the crew, allowing them to engage in a wide range of scenarios with the utmost confidence.

BALCOTH from nearby allied ground forces can link with the Hammergead, making it available and the then the sensor data from the Hammerhead's external imagery systems can be fed through to the helmet's HUD on request, in the same manner that information can be presented to the vehicle's controllers although no vehicle control commands are enabled by default.

Continuing on a trend in Covenant and Lyran hardware that was established by the LY6 and has been continuously and retrospectively fitted, the electrics of the vehicle, more specifically the circuitry, are composed of Gallium Arsenide (GaAs), rendering the vehicle proof against electromagnetic interference or EMP-based attack, although the GaAs is itself a highly expensive addition. Given the ever increasing utilisation of sophisticated electronic and sensory systems, shielding these systems is, now more than ever, deemed a centre of gravity for the platform's protective systems. It was quickly reasoned that when operating in an environment which may include anti-strategic platforms such as the LY4032 “Rampart”, the chances of the platform encountering high levels of electromagnetic interference goes up dramatically, and the dangers presented by these and similar munitions far outweighs the relatively modest (though expensive in absolute terms) cost of the implementation of GaAs components. 

The immense potential of this as a feature of military system was demonstrated in spectacular fashion during the Stoklomolvi Civil War, when Lyran warships not only saved the lives of countless Stoklomolvi civilians by defending them from nuclear attack on two seperate instances, but also then, in both cases, were able to exploit the massive EMP side-effect the 'Rampart' generates in nuclear defence. The result was a carrier battle group destroyed, to no Lyran loss. While not a land-based example, the lesson has been learned, and gallium arsenide is set to stay as a standard feature of Lyran electrics for the some time to come. 
The Hammerhead follows on from the HAT-2 in fielding standard and integral short-to-medium range fire-finder radar, for use in locating and engaging concealed hostile armour, and assisting in the overall battleforce's identification (and locating) of opposing indirect fire support, be it intimate to tactical forces, or attached at manoeuver-group level. Often this feature is also cross-linked to automatic firing authorisation for the Helios II, allowing for extremely rapid shoot-back capabilities for the battleforce as a whole.

The Hammerhead uses Lamonian LA-135 Cutlass fire-finder radar, and also features a number of systems that had been first seen on the AN/SPD – 83 Observant fire-finder radar first fielded on the Battleaxe-class cruisers of the Lyran navy. As would be expected, of course, the system, being as it is considerably smaller than that fielded by the 22,000 ton cruiser, has a limited range, and very often will not actually be able to see the point at which the rounds were fired from. However, the generally predictable nature and regular form of the parabolic ballistic arc ensures that the system's projected estimation of the originating location of hostile indirect fire, matched with, and superimposed over, SACHERI-backed geographical data, is generally accurate to within 50 metres, for ranges between 5000m and 40,000m. At ranges shorter than that, the margin of error decreases considerably.

Covenant Arms has partnered with Lyran Arms for many years and has licensed the use of multiple Lyran designs to aid in signature reduction, with the belief that the LY224 Sorcha was a perfect base for such development.
With survivability a paramount concern with the Hammerhead, the cutting edge capabilities of the HAT-2 were, as with much of the design, implemented very directly. The signature reduction techniques are employed to minimise detectability by radar, infra-red, direct line-of-sight visibility, magnetic and acoustic means.

The first method by which the detection signature is reduced is through use of the Lyran-designed and manufactured 'Warshroud' advanced multi-spectral camouflage netting system. Based heavily on the Ukrainian 'Kontrast', 'Warshroud' dramatically reduces the detection ranges against known radar, infra-red and visible-band methods. The 'Kontrast' system was developed at the Institute of Automated Systems in late 2002, and was designed to address a notable and growing problem. High-potency modern weapons are able to engage ground vehicles at any angle, from great ranges, by day or by night, irrespective of weather, and with a potency that was becoming increasingly difficult to counter. The Institute's researchers faced a real challenge and, moreover, it was decided to develop a single solution, one that would take into account all noted factors and be implemented within the weight and size limitations.

In approaching this task specialists at the Institute of Automated Systems decided to proceed from the key idea behind the design of high precision weapons. High-precision, high-lethality systems universally require integration with means of detection, which of necessity requires the design of sensor sets and target locators, and the implementation of effective scanning capabilities across several adjacent or near-adjacent visible and invisible spectra, including visible light, close and long infra-red waves, and laser scans(in the infrared, millimeter and centimeter wave bands).

The developers of Kontrast took an ordinary camouflage net as the base and, utilising the latest technological innovations, turned it into a new generation signature-reduction product to combat the sophistication of modern radar systems and other contemporary military reconnaissance means. The result was the development of a surprisingly effective solution. 

Developed countries traditionally have utilised a wide variety of signature reduction technologies, many of which include various after-manufacture coatings. The technical requirements of such coating are very high - their reflection capacity must be below 20 dB in a wide range of bands. This factor forced the Ukrainian – and later Lyran – research teams to examine new physical methods for reducing or amplifying reflection of radar waves to achieve effective electromagnetic concealment. With this goal in mind, the 'Kontrast' developers tried to find materials with absorptive and reflective characteristics for attenuating and amplifying electromagnetic waves. Experiments generated a series of composite materials with superb characteristics for greatly diminishing the wave reflection contrast between the protected object and its background.

'Kontrast' simultaneously employed both absorption and targetted reflection of electromagnetic waves. The array of material used within the netting the product, each of which featured at least one of the said qualities, allowed protection from a great range of known target location means. 'Kontrast' tests have repeatedly shown its superiority across a wide range of battlefield conditions to analogues from Sweden and Britain, whether the concealed unit is moving or stationary.

'Warshroud' built on 'Kontrast' by the integration of signature reduction techniques in the IR spectrum pioneered by the LDPCU multi-spectral camouflage. The resultant product takes nearly twice as long to produce, due to the difficulty in applying a coating (which had been done away with under 'Kontrast') to the camouflage netting. Attempts are being made to shorten the 'Warshroud' manufacturing process, but it is somewhat of a moot point. Production as it stands is more than capable of keeping up with the manufacture of the vehicles utilising 'Warshroud'. The system's visible suppression includes, as with most camouflage nets, terrain-appropriate textile strips, which are soaked in a dielectric polymer that can absorb and scatter electromagnetic waves. The textile pieces are made of non-reactive, radar transparent fabric. 

In 2002, tests run using 'Kontrast' on a T-84 determined that the ability of hostile weapons to lock onto a vehicle dropped nine-fold compared to an unshrouded vehicle. It was further established that T-84 MBTs fielding 'Kontrast' dropped out of visibility range of viewing devices at distances over and including 500m. 

'Warshroud' builds on this, with additional substantial reduction in detectability of targets in infra-red, radio-thermal and radio wave bands. Improvements in synthetic and parasynthetic textiles have also reduced the inherent radar return in the material which binds the net together, along all detection envelopes. 

'Warshroud' has repeatedly demonstrated excellent resistance to various external factors while keeping its camouflaging characteristics intact – a factor very quickly determined to be a critical capability of the system. Tests had tanks equipped with a 'Warshroud' run at their tops speeds in off-road conditions, in woods and deserts, while similarly equipped IFVs conducted amphibious landings. In all cases, the signature reduction capabilities of the equipment were unreduced to any appreciable degree. All elements of 'Warshroud' are resistant to fuels, lubricants (gasoline, diesel fuel, lube oil) and detergents. Furthermore, spinning off from research conducted into the LDPCU once again, the shroud is made of self-extinguishing materials, ensuring that flames cease to burn free of subsequent glowing, once the fire source is removed. 

'Warshroud' itself consists of a number of modular components that can be put together to create a masking surface of any size and shape, with colors matching any field environment in any season.

The second primary means of signature reduction is focused on the engine and drive systems of the tank. While already alluded to above in the analysis of the platform's propulsion and mobility, relevant points will be reiterated here for ease of reference.

The electric drive differs from conventional AFV drive system arrangements by utilising a hybrid powerplant. This essentially means that the engine generates electric power which in turn powers the batteries which propel the vehicle. The electric drive, has, importantly, implemented a suite of features designed to mitigate its detectability, both acoustically and thermally. Moreover, the presence of dual APUs and the primary and secondary battery banks allow the vehicle to be driven for several hours with the main engines off, which pushes the sound generated to below that of a conventional civilian motor vehicle. The LY224, and now the Hammerhead as well, improves on the LY7's performance in this regard by the presence of the greatly increased battery capacity, located where the larger engine had been housed. By virtue of this, the 'silent-running time' of the L224, despite its 16-odd tons of greater weight, is nearly 40% longer than that of the LY7, at a fraction over eight hours. On exercise, many LY224s operate the entirety of a day's patrol on batteries alone, then recharge their battery banks upon return to firm base, a feature which the Hammerhead is expected to employ in the field in a similar manner. 

As with a number of earlier marks of AFV, the decoupled suspension is seperated from the hull, and similarly seperated from the final section which turns the drive wheels, a factor which considerably lowers audibility in itself. 

Acoustically, the LY224 was the quietest Lyran vehicle to date, thanks to the new design of engine. The Hammerhead utilises all the same features, and, predictably, generates a virtually identical footprint. The hyperbar's intrinsically lower acoustic signature was a consideration in its selection, and makes the heaviest Hammerhead AFV at 40 tonnes exceptionally quiet, even when running on its engines, rather than its batteries. By utilising the SACHERI system to actively monitor the engine and propulsion systems, the crew are able to remain constantly aware of the amount of noise being generated, and also the amount of heat being radiated. Furthermore, as indicated in the propulsion and mobility section, the AFV utilises active cooling of its own exhaust, a further means of suppressing thermal and infra-red signature. Since the shift to the hyperbar -696, active exhaust cooling has become more important, given the proclivity of hyperbars to generate hotter exhaust. The active cooling on the vehicle is thus quite a bit more effective than that of either the LY6 or LY7, so as to push the detectability threshold, in thermal terms, to an equivalent level. When this is taken in conjunction with 'Warshroud', the thermal and IR footprint of the Hammerhead is on-par with the lowest in its class.

The crew exit ramp at the rear has a thick rubber covering on the inside, and on the exterior bottom half. The interior cover, which becomes that upon which the crew walk when the door drops, serves the dual purpose of muffling the sound of footfalls and also provides excellent grip to assist soldiers in maintaining balance on the dismount. The exterior covering of the lower set of clamshell doors ensures that, if the doors are opened in a hurry, such as would be the case during an operational dismount, the opening door will not make a loud noise upon contact with whatever surface is underneath the vehicle.

Crew comfort plays an important role in morale and morale plays an important role in war. Therefore, it behooved the normally uncaring Marshite designers to make the vehicle a boost to morale.

Each crew station occupies 0.35m³ of the available hull space, notably higher than the international average, to allow for rapid access and egress, as well as comfort.
Hammerhead does contain a drink point, providing hot water, cold water, and with two further compartments that can be filled with hot or cold drinks of the crew or unit's choice. As well as being morale boosting, hot water in particular can be of direct military value, with it being used to brew tea or coffee, produce other hot beverages and, most importantly, it is used for dehydrated ration packs common to many armies and armed services.
Situated immediately below the drink point is a small bar fridge, which can either carry spare rations, 'jack' rations, or approximately two cases of soft-drinks or equivalent. In ambulance variants, this bar fridge is substantially larger, and is usually used to provide refrigeration for medical supplies.
The NBC system follows on from the adaptations made to that of the LY10, and features quite adequately as a climate control system, making for working temperatures easily adjustable to every national or personal need (operating temperature range -40C to 55C). These modifications are standard to all Hammerhead models, integral to the chassis, and operate regardless of variant. Incidentally, this saves on additional modification required for decontamination and electronic warfare/command variants of the Hammerhead, in addition to making ambulance versions far more comfortable.

Seat warmers/coolers are also fitted, to ensure greater comfort and optimise combat endurance and deployability of both crew and personnel being transported. The seats can also be adjusted, manually or electronically, to ensure optimum comfort and control access for any shape or size. They are situated in racks or rows for passengers ranging from three to five long, with each variant having a different number of them.

The Hammerhead is also equipped, as standard, with integral high-speed wireless (satellite) broadband internet connections, allowing the crew to surf the internet, check their emails, or correspond with family. The provision of insulated external connections allows accompanying or transported personnel to simply plug in to the side of the vehicle, and then they to can go online. Hammerhead vehicles are immensely popular with the units that field them, or are attached to them, as they not only ensure vastly improved support, both combatant and otherwise, but also mean that personnel are going to get a ride, hot drinks, snacks and a way to talk to home, all of which ensures dramatically higher morale (and thus effectiveness) for the battleforce, as a whole.

Trial By Fire: After Action Report, Operation Overcharge

Stan Marsioversaw the 13th Testing Division's efforts in the Republic of Kovoyo, where Marshite forces sought to extricate a small Marshite population ahead of a campaign to take the Republic due to the government's anti-Marsite stance. Striking from the Collected Action Group- Amphibious 12, Marshite forces made landfall November 10th in the port city of Argaon. While the 50th Light Infantry Testing Regiment engaged in the main rescue operation with the support of the 18th Fighter Group, the 12th Mechanized Testing Regiment cleared the flank to allow for easier extraction. The 12th Mechanized was armed with the first deployment en masse of the MFSV-13 Hammeherad, and it saw exceptionally tough combat. What follows is an after-action report filed November 14th, one day after the 13th Testing successfully completed their mission and withdrew from the city.

November 11th, 0200: Company Aker of the 110th Battalion requests fire support along a wide area. Spread thin, they are nonetheless attempting to achieve their goal of clearing their sector of active enemy forces. First Platoon is in a bulge, surrounded on three sides by fortified positions in apartments and other tall structures. Second platoon is holding a highway overpass against a Kovoyon armored forces. Third platoon is holding the rear of first platoon and second platoon's position, facing down an overwhelming enemy infantry forces trying to push in through the dense foliage of Kovoyo City's famous Millennium Park. Air assets are tasked. Indirect fire elements are tasked. Heavy armored forces are tasked. One Hammerhead from Curcis Company is spared, and it races towards the area of operations.

November 11th, 0201: The Hammehead takes a Javelin, is unharmed. Crew does not return fire even though the enemy is spotted. The 2nd Special Activities Testing Formation dispatches a sniper team to deal with a small nest of enemies. The Hammerhead continues onto its target.

November 11th, 0204: The Hammehead arrives at first platoon's position, taking the secured sections of the highway overpass to get there. Datalinks with nearby ground forces illustrate, along with Kestrial UARV overpass and SACHERI links, in detail, enemy locations. Firing solutions are already provided for all crewmembers. The Hammerhead protrude from cover into the open space near the enemy buildings, firing immediately at the locations of all heavy anti-armor weapon systems. Through movement, turning, and firing solutions, all weapon systems engage.

November 11th, 0205: Enemy positions are silenced after an exchange of thirty seconds. One building- a seventeen story apartment complex- partially collapses. Two others have been hit hard, with multiple floors on fire. First platoon pops smoke and attacks, taking the area with minimal losses. Total enemy casualties are unknown, though battle damage assessment from Kovoyon records and communications intercepts indicate the presence of at least two companies in the area.

November 11th, 0205: While the fire support mission for first platoon is wrapping up, final firing solutions for the Havik II missiles are confirmed with second platoon. The Hammerhead fires, three of the four Haviks destroying Leopard 2A8 main battle tanks and one destroying an enemy command and control vehicle.

November 11th, 0209: The Hammerhead reaches second squad's position, where it uses a few controlled bursts to eliminate several armored vehicles and enemy dismounts. It provides cover for a Explosives Removal Team as it removes charges planted on the overpass.

November 11th, 0214: The Hammerhead arrives at third platoon's position. Enemy forces have wavered with the death of their leader. They start making an orderly withdrawal through the Park. The Hammerhead refuses their withdrawal and applies extreme firepower. It cuts down the forest with a combination of airburst, thermobaric, and high caliber weaponry. Within minutes, the park is an inferno and the enemy forces are routed in a one-sided slaughter. Third platoon counter attack would indicate this was the main strike forces, with the armored and fortified positions acting as blocking positions. It was easily the largest of the three forces and recovered bodies indicate the presence of Kovoyon elite commando forces.

November 11th, 0220: Hammerhead is out of ammunition save for Badala, is retasked to Curcis company. Asker Fire Support mission graded a success.

November 11th, 0222: On the return, spots two helicopters trying to extricate forces that are fleeing the 2nd SATF's attack. One good turn deserves another- Hammerhead expends 50mm ammunition destroying three helicopters and forcing two more to fly into the night, leaving their passengers to be killed or captured by the 2nd SATF.


The MFSV offers outstanding arms in a platform mobile and tough enough to change the dynamic of warfare for allied ground forces. Export versions are identical to Covenant Arms versions, with most of the Covenant cryptographic and communications equipment being memory erased to prevent compromise. All are, however, still integratable into a single force, should the requirement to synchronise operations on a multinational basis arise. Further modified and/or specific custom versions of the MFSV are available from Covenant Arms.

The MFSV-13 Hammerhead costs $6.1 million standard NS dollars.

DPR for any one vehicle is authorized at $15 billion standard NS dollars.
Purchases are made through Covenant Arms.
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Holy Marsh is ranked 2,723rd in the world and 1st in Greater Dienstad for Most Inclusive.
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Postby Holy Marsh » Tue Dec 08, 2015 10:25 pm

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