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|Type||Main Battle Tank|
|Place of origin||Celibrae/Mallaska|
|Used by||Mallaskan Royal Army, Mallaskan Royal Marines|
|Designer||United Defense Conglomerate|
|Manufacturer||United Defense Conglomerate, Silverton Foundries, Montford Motors Defense Division|
|Unit cost||NS$10-12 million|
|Produced||2007 - present|
|Crew||3 (commander, driver, gunner)|
|Silverton TC-53 Rifled 120mm autoloading|
|12.7mm M2HB coax, 7.62mm FN MAG RWS|
|Engine|| 12-cylinder supercharged diesel engine, 26L|
|Payload capacity||46 rounds|
|Transmission||Automatic Montford TT-46|
|Fuel capacity||1200L internal|
|Speed||78 km/h on road, 57 km/h off road|
In 2005 the United Defense Conglomerate was selected by the Mallaskan Ministry Of Security to design a new main battle tank for the Mallaskan Royal Armed Forces. It was designed with previously unavailable technologies and was offered to replace the Challenger 1 tank as the primary MBT in Mallaskan service. It is fully network capable and each vehicle is linked to MALCOM.
Upon seeing the aning capabilities of Mallaskan Challenger 1s against other nation's heavier next-generation MBTs at the cost of many experienced crews, failing both to locate and destroy opposing vehicles whilst protecting the tanks inhabitants. Enemy tanks had better sighting equipment, better range and more potent weaponry compared to the Challenger 1. In search of a solution to the problem, the United Defense Conglomerate was selected to design a new tank - one with advanced detection, protection and armament, with an original design capability to destroy tanks in the classes far above it - a marked improvement over projected Challenger 2 capability. UDC got to work in 2005, building the first prototype using several technologies previously unavailable, and some that were already present. By 2006 it had created a vehicle with enhanced sighting and destructive capabilities of the likes of which had not been seen by Mallaskan generals before. Immediately orders were pouring in for the new tank from the Army's regiments - and a whole new doctrine was created to maximize the tank's potential. These factors resulted in the original 'Panther' MBT, which had advanced optics for both the commander and gunner along with, at the time, an advanced defensive suite. And thus the Panther was born. The original Panther prototype had advanced fire control systems along with all-new networking capability and access to the MALCOM system - surpassing original specifications. The vehicle had a understandably high cost but this was offset at the time by a new influx of funds into the military, and the capabilities of the Panther. Orders were immediately issued, and production had to be expanded to the Montford Motor Company's Defensive Division Corporation to cope with demand. The tank is described as 4th Generation and has full NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) protection.
The latest model of the Panther - the Panther 2 has a 120mm rifled Gun-Launcher of L57 caliber which is manufactured and designed by Silverton Foundries. It is integrated into the Fire Control Suite. Combined with the sensors of the Panther and datalinking capabilities granted by MALCOM it is capable of launching a variety of munitions, including the barrel launched GBATM-200 - a guided missile with an inbuilt optronic tracker which receives targets via either its onboard millimeter band radar, Infrared and radiometer sensors or a radiolink or to either forward spotters or the tank itself. This allows the Panther to target tanks far above its weight class being able to safely neutralise the target from behind cover, using either the parachute function or prior intelligence to guide the weapon with immense precision. In addition to this, deadly FS-APDS rounds are stored for use against against enemy tanks along with the CATGM-50 laser guided missile. These rounds act as the means to take down any enemy vehicle that is sighted by the Samson, and are complemented further by programmable CE-FSP, or Chemical Energy Fin Stabilised Programmable rounds which can be selected as either HESH or HEAT. Alongside the 120mm gun, the Panther 2 has two machine guns, one in an RWS, linked to the turret-mounted millimetre-band radar for use against low flying aircraft, and a multipurpose coaxial M2HB for use against ground targets. Both can be operated remotely from inside the tank in NBC conditions. The tank's auto loader is manufactured by Silverton Foundries, and is capable of loading 13 rounds every minute.
The Panther uses 3 sights manufactured by United Defense Conglomerate. Each sight is capable of effective detection at ranges of 9km during day, and at least 8km during night. All sights are day/night and thermal capable. The commander's sight is panoramic, and can be used to mark three targets for the gunner, who then proceeds to destroy the targets whilst the commander either focuses on other matters or marks more. This is known as "hunter-killer". The sights offer 2x, 5x, 12x, 24x and 40x magnification. One of the newest innovations present in the Panther is the ability to use MALCOM to form datalinks to forward observers, infantry platoons, and fellow tanks to gain firing solutions on targets out of visual range, which can then be targeted by the GVLATM-200 or allow for near-immediate firing when the target is sighted.
To ensure total situational awareness, the commander has access to the MALCOM Battle Networking system - a data networking agent that presents battlefield intelligence, videolinks and orders from a variety of sources, including divisional STA platoons, recce elements, fellow tanks and aerial and satellite imaging. This gives the tank commander increased knowledge of the area they are operating in, and provides the commander with everything he or she needs to make informed combat decisions.
In order to protect the vehicle and its occupants from enemy fire, the Panther has been armoured in 2nd generation composite armour - similitude to Dorchester armour which gives it near unparalleled protection. In addition, the FRONTIR active defense system has been fitted. The vehicle's computer when working with the turret mounted millimetre-band radar in turn can triangulate incoming projectiles, immediately warn the vehicle crew and fire off Visual and Infrared Screening Smoke grenades, which can effectively block optical, infrared and radar signatures. The radar system is also be responsible for tracking and targeting the incoming missiles for the AMS which detects enemy guided missiles and throws out a cloud of particles to block the laser. If this either fails or is extinguished the hard-kill system can be initiated. Additional AMAP Appliqué can be fitted in-theatre. The tanks infrared signature has also been actively reduced during construction, with exhaust screening and dispersion and special paint applied to the hull.
- AVT-20A1 Panther 1 - Original production and export version, with Silverton TC-53 120mm gun and CELO laser rangefinder and thermal imaging. 52 tons total weight.
- AVT-20A1 COM - Command variant. land navigation, enhanced communications equipment, higher priority PECUCIS uplink, etc.
- AVT-20A2 Panther - Improved gun stabiliser and ballistics computer.
- AVT-20A1 TR - Tank recovery variant.
- ERZ-36 Panteyr-E - Variant with improved 'FRONTIR 2' Active Protection System.
- AVT-20B1 - 'Panther 2', 55 tons total weight, improved composite armour & 'Titan' ERA, improved UDC-TI thermal imaging ballistic sight.
- AVT-20B1 BL - Bridge-laying variant.
- IVT-8A1 - IFV variant with rear doors and 2 Bushmaster M242 25 mm chain guns. Under testing phases
- AVT-20B1 MAR - Upgraded networking suite. Also added self-entrenchment tool and snorkel.
- AVT-20B1 COM - Command variant.