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Old October 5th, 2016, 06:54 AM
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Originally Posted by aramis View Post
The writeup on the Huscarles notes that the 4518th LIR is a standard marine LIR at its core - only one company is BD equipped.
Would you please be so kind as to quote us your source about those affirmations?

I didn't find any reference about only one company being BD equiped per battalion. In fact, after reviewing both, SMC and JTAS 9 descriptions of the 4518th (that are carbon copy or nearly so), the only reference I found about their personal equipment is
The equipment of the regiment is tech level 15 material common in Imperial forces
If we take the description about an IM task Force given in JTAS 12, this would mean all the regiment is equiped with BD...

IMHO, the 4518th is far from the standard IM LIR. The 4518th is a fully mechanized infantry regiment, only the jump battalion is not mechanized, and has a large armored component, something the IM seem not to have (after all, you cannot chose Cavalry (armored tropos) nor Artillery when joining the Marines in LBB4).

See that in FFW game, even the Infantry Batalions of the 4518th are shown as Mech Infantry (so doubling their combat factors), unlike the Marine units...
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Old October 5th, 2016, 01:44 PM
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Battle Dress is standard for Jump Troops. (Striker Bk 2, p 43)

"A lift infantry platoon is formed of three squads, each with a grav APC carrying twelve troops, including the driver and squad leader." (SMC)

The G-carrier holds 12 troops plus 2 crew, but is normally fielded with 10 total. (SMC 41).

"Equipment for the regiment (computed based on vehicle tonnages plus one ton per trooper or officer) requires 7457 tons. Transportation tonnage for the personnel requires 5656 tons at standard rates (one stateroom per officer; double occupancy for enlisted
personnel), or 1323 tons for low passage." (SMC 40)
that tonnage does allow for battle dress, but note that BD is 0.25 Td per suit and FGMP's 0.1 Td (SMC 4)... 3.5 kL crated, even if we halve to 1.75 kL fluid displacement worn, is too big to fit in the 2 kL per passenger on the striker designed APC's... which the design sequence limit passengers to 2 kL each... (MT allows up to 4; I can't find the reference that BD requires the largest passenger volume at the moment.) Humans typically run 50-100L, adding another 150L of gear (about the size of a military field pack - 100x20x50, plus rifle, helmet, etc.), that's about 5x the volume. It's improbable that BD troops fit in the G-Carriers at 10 per...

And I need to correct myself... only one Bn, not one Co, is BD troops.
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I wondered if the lift troops entered into the equation. Those who are being sent down via drop tubes are going to need some means of protection during the descent. It also matches the concept of STARSHIP TROOPERS, presumably the inspiration for drop troops in Traveller.
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Current prediction is that in any full scale general war against a near peer competitor, ground force units will likely to pretty much isolated from each other, so a battle dress armour would be quite a force multiplier.
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