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102 Vehicles: Cargo Transport

Knorr II Container Carrier (TL7)

Summary: 6.50 displacement ton box; 45.9 tonnes; kCr 50.3 Chassis: 91.0 kL box (6.10 m long x 3.6 m wide x 3.6 m high); Structure: 2.35 tonnes of soft steel, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.02 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 3.50 MW TL11 fusion plus generator; Fuel: 1.38 kL of enriched water (1.38 tonnes), 1000 hours supply Propulsion System: 3.00 MW contragrav with 6 minutes emergency power; Maximum Speed: 117 km/h loaded, 495 km/h unloaded; Range: 117525 km loaded, 493263 km unloaded; Agility: +2DM (1.0G); Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: pilot; 1 crew station; 1 roomy passenger seat Communications: Regional Radio (10 W, TL7, SmVcl); Range: 30 km Sensors: Active Subregional Radar (100 W); Range: 10 km; Resolution: 50 cm per km of range Other: Safety Features: anti-theft system power socket supplies 500 kW; 70.0 kL of cargo space (35.0 tonnes)

The original Knorr was a wheeled flatbed container truck optimized to carry standard Imperial five displacement ton shipping containers. With the arrival of Fusion Plus and contragrav wheeled transport becomes uneconomical.

Many companies, however, have a considerable investment in vehicles, and prefer to retrofit existing fleets rather than purchasing completely new vehicles. The engine and fuel tank are replaced with much smaller Fusion Plus units; the wheeled transmission by contragrav lifters. A short-range radar unit completes the refit.

The Knorr II is odd-looking, but typical of these hybrids. Aside from the radar dome mounted over its radiator, modified vehicles almost indistinguishable from the original model; even the wheels are left in place as landing gear. Smugglers have been known to remove the radar dome and run the truck along the ground until they need to make a fast off-road getaway.

© Robert Prior, 1998.

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