Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Smoke Jaguar Dossier: Schrek PPC Carrier
Name: Demolisher Heavy Tank
Vehicle Type: Tracked
Weight: 80 Tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Designed for extended, long-range bombardments, the Schrek PPC Carrier is capable of unleashing a deadly rain of particle fire.
Developed by Aldis in 2813 to overcome the heat issues which hampered the effectiveness of their immensely popular Demolisher tank, the company took an entirely different tack, replacing the Demolisher's mammoth autocannons with a trio of PPCs and enough Heat Sinks to fire them continuously.
While highly effective when firing from cover and the perfect partner to the short-ranged Demolisher, the design is unpopular with crews due to the Schrek's limited mobility and pitifully low seven tons of ArcShield VII Mk 5 plate, making it highly vulnerable to counter-battery fire. The Schrek's reputation also suffered due to the decline of technical knowledge during the Succession Wars era, its use of increasingly rare Fusion Engine to power its weapons array drove up the costs to buy and maintain the vehicle, pricing it outside the range of all but the most elite units until after the War of 3039.
The trio of turret mounted HellStar PPCs allow the Schrek to unleash horrific firepower on a target. Also unlike other vehicles or BattleMechs mounting as many particle projection cannons as the Schrek, such as the fearsome Awesome, the vehicle mounts enough heat sinks to continuously fire all three at once from a fixed position. Because the Schrek mounts no other weapons, and due to inability of PPCs to effectively fire at close range, it is rarely deployed without escorts such as the Demolisher.
Captain Nash's Analysis: 3 Standard PPC's...on a slow, minimally armored tank. Pretty straight forward on what to do here. PPC's have a hard time at close range so don't sit and trade shots with one of these. Get in close and kick it.