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102 Vehicles: Cargo Transport

Mandan Hauler (TL7)

Summary: 4.00 displacement ton box; 36.10 tonnes; kCr 113 Chassis: 56.0 kL box (5.9 m long x 3.1 m wide x 3.1 m high); Structure: 3.40 tonnes of soft steel, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.02 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 2.00 MW TL4 internal combustion engine; Fuel: 4.00 kL of hydrocarbons (4.00 tonnes), 20 hours supply Propulsion System: 2.00 MW wheels; Maximum Speed: 87 km/h loaded, 151 km/h unloaded; Range: 1752 km loaded, 3018 km unloaded; Agility: +3DM (0.1G) Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: driver; 1 crew station; 1 cramped passenger seat Communications: Regional Radio (10 W, TL7, SmVcl); Range: 30 km Sensors: No sensors installed. Other: 36.0 kL of modular cargo space (19.8 tonnes)

The Mandan is representative of many low-tech cargo haulers. Its simple design and modular cargo pod make its type common on many pre-contact worlds. However, once a world has contacted the Third Imperium, the Mandan’s incompatibility with standard Imperial cargo containers virtually ensures its replacement.

Tlapia Frontier Air Transport (TL7)

Summary: 100.00 displacement ton cylinder airframe; 167 tonnes; MCr 6.35 Chassis: 1400 kL cylinder airframe (27 m long x 8.1 m wide x 8.1 m high, wingspan 50 m); Structure: 6.66 tonnes of light alloy, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.04 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 10.0 MW TL5 imp. internal combustion engine; Fuel: 12.5 kL of high-grade hcarb (12.5 tonnes), 10 hours supply Propulsion System: 10.0 MW aircraft with STOL capability Maximum Speed: 207 km/h loaded, 407 km/h unloaded; Take-Off Speed: 134 km/h loaded, 54 km/h unloaded; Runway Length: 350 m loaded, 38 m unloaded; Take-Off Time: 18 s loaded, 5 s unloaded; Range: 2064 km loaded, 4061 km unloaded; Agility: +3DM (0.2G); Crew: Crew roster: pilot, co-pilot, engineer, navigator; 4 crew stations; Sanitary facilities; Hatches: 2 manual, 2 power Communications: Continental Radio (1.00 kW, TL7, SmVcl); Range: 3000 km Sensors: Active Subregional Radar (100 W); Range: 10 km; Resolution: 50 cm per km of range Other: Safety Features: fire suppression system; 1332 kL of cargo space (100 tonnes)

Industrial development

requires transport of bulk goods. When land and sea transport are

impractical or impossible, the Tlapia fills the gap. A STOL variant transport, Tlapias are useful when developing outlying regions which ground transport net. Their cavernous cargo holds can carry up to passengers.

of the ubiquitous Guppy do not have an established 100 tonnes of freight and

The Tlapia’s operational range of 2000 km covers most transcontinental and transoceanic routes, during which continuous radio contact with its home base can be maintained. Its extremely low runway requirements ensure that the Tlapia can operate out of most airstrips.

© Robert Prior, 1998.

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