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Old February 20th, 2004, 04:53 PM
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Earlier conversations about how nice it is to have a heavy machinegun or motar when an infantry unit runs into trouble got me thinking. The problem with a heavy machinegun or mortar is that you have to carry the dang thing. This is not such an issue when you are mechanized, but is a real problem for light infantry.

Realizing that this is Traveller, I though "why not make it self propelled"? Which lead to the following concept: a Very simple robot gun platform - really nothing more than an automated mule, carrying a support weapon or two. It wouldn't have to be particularly 'intelligent' or sophisticated, because the weapons could be layed or controlled by the squad it was attached to. It could also be used to carry some equipment, or evacuate a wounded tropper to the rear. It could be used for scouting dangerous areas.

I originally called this the BAAR (Battlefield Autonomous Armored Robot). About the size and shap of a terran bear, the robot travel on 4 medium 'legs' allowing it to cover any terrain that a human can manage. The head is equipped with a variety of sensors and fitted with a 10mm heavy machinegun fed from a 1000 round ammunition store in the body. The body is also fitted with a 40mm gun/motar with autoloaded and capable of delivering a variety of ammunition types from and internal store of 100 round of mixed ammunition. There are also 4 external attachement for mounting light anti-armor missiles, as well as external tie-down for carrying additional equipment.

In an emergency, a litter can be suspened under the body of the robot and will accomodate one casualty.

The robot has minimal independence, and will normally have an assigned operator. It can peform simple tasks, and fire it's weapons under direction, either by sedning it a coordinate, or by marking a target with tracer fire of electroic painting device. It should be able to operate for extended periods without refueling. It should have armor capable of defeating all small arms.

I'm going to try and build with using CT robot rules. Anyone else care to take a whack?

Comments? suggestions?

Bear in mind that this is supposed to be a relatively low tech piece of equipment.
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