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102 Vehicles: Emergency Vehicles

Swarup Emergency Response Centre (TL8)

Summary: 30.00 displacement ton box; 269 tonnes; MCr 1.17 Chassis: 420 kL box (11 m long x 6.0 m wide x 6.0 m high); Structure: 1.63 tonnes of fiber laminate, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.13 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: Primary: 13.0 MW TL7 turbine, gas; Fuel: 19.5 kL of high-grade hcarb (19.5 tonnes), 10 hours supply; Auxiliary: 10.0 MW TL5 turbine, steam; Fuel: 71.4 kL of hydrocarbons (71.4 tonnes), 100 hours supply Propulsion System: 13.0 MW hoverskirt with rough terrain skirts; Maximum Speed: 104 km/h loaded, 139 km/h unld Range: 1042 km loaded, 1393 km unloaded; Agility: +3DM (0.1G) Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: driver, 3 medics; 4 crew stations; 20 roomy passenger seats Sanitary and shower facilities; Hatches: 4 manual Communications: Continental Radio (1.00 kW, TL8, SmVcl); Range: 3000 km Continental Radio (1.00 kW, TL8, SmVcl); Range: 3000 km; powered by auxiliary generator Sensors: Active Subregional Radar (100 W); Range: 10 km; Resolution: 10 cm per km of range Other: Options: recreation space, kitchen for 40 simultaneous meals; Safety Features: fire suppression system 9.0 m3 of lab space; power socket supplies 10.0 MW from auxiliary generator; 135 kL of cargo space (67.9 tonnes)

Experts agree that swift response in emergencies is critical to saving lives. The Swarup Emergency Response Centre is designed for swift deployment to emergency sites, where it serves as a command post, or as an entire aid centre if no other resources are available. As a hovercraft it is amphibious, with a range of over 1000 km.

The Swarup’s auxiliary generator can supply 10MW to the emergency site for over four days. Its medical lab doubles as an operating theatre and small clinic, while the kitchen can feed 40 people per hour. Coordination and planning is aided by the onboard computer system. Emergency supplies are stored in the 135 kL cargo bay.

© Robert Prior, 1998.

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