Sorry, guys – with the holiday, and this damn respiratory thing I can’t seem to shake, I’m afraid I fell down on the job a little bit this week. Anyway, here’s a spec card I drew a long time back but I don’t think I ever posted – at least, not in its entirety. The second part will show up later in the week.
Right now, I can barely take a full breath without a coughing fit, and I have the distinct feeling that I’m drowning. But I made it to and from my holiday destination safely, and now I’m turning in, in the hopes that a good night’s sleep will help me a bit. Please accept my apologies for not keeping up with comments last week – I’ve been feeling crummy for a full ten days. It has to end sooner or later, though.
Oh, and the text above is as follows:
BTR-191 Tank Hunter Variant “PG”
AFFILIATION: Federated Socialist Republics
YEAR IN SERVICE: 1986 (BTR-100 Type); 1996 (Tank Hunter Variant)
NATION OF ORIGIN: Russian People’s Federative Socialist Republic
DESIGNER: Gorkovsky Design Bureau
MANUFACTURER: Uralvagonzavod Science-Industrial Combine, PLC
UNIT COST: CA$540,000 (1997, est.)
Improved UNA armor composites developed in the past few years have driven FSR planners towards the wider use of electromagnetic weaponry as an alternative to traditional HEAT warhead antitank missiles. The enormous destructive potential of the PG series Electrokinetic Rifle has produced a variety of potential applications, of which the newly-introduced BTR-191 is the most recent. Based on the BTR-100 armored personnel carrier, the BTR-191’s interior has been radically reconfigured to carry the massive RATEC thermoelectric generator needed to operate an electrokinetic weapon. As a result, it can no longer carry any infantry to support it, and all weaponry other than the main gun has been removed to lighten the load on the chassis. The armor has also been thinned significantly, and so the BTR-191 is a weapon that depends more than any other on getting the first shot to be effective. This, in a sense, typifies the broader scope of FSR military policy in the increasingly paranoid atmosphere of the late 1990’s. As a result, the BTR-191 itself is seen by UNA planners as being mainly an expedient rather than a serious battle-line unit. As an attempt by FSR planners to get advanced weaponry onto the battlefield as quickly as possible, it has had some limited success. However, although it has seen deployment in large numbers across Asia and Africa, it has yet to become as a serious combat threat, since its higher profile and large detection signature make it easy to find and eliminate from the air.
God willing, I’ll survive this one! If not, avenge my death! See you soon, folks.