After a whole lot of consideration I decided that the heavy MA9A2/A3 series of 8x8s I drew some years ago wasn't quite to my liking - it seemed more sensible to have a lighter 6x6 suitable for lighter force deployments to complement the tracked MA11s that I've been steadily churning out.
Enter the MA12: a light, flexible family of 6x6 vehicles in the 15-20t weight range, giving lighter role forces (Airborne, Motorised etc) a highly deployable punch that doesn't require the logistics chain of a 30t tracked IFV. The slightly different base colour this time around is because I'm planning to give this thing a three tone autumn camouflage - stay tuned for updates, hopefully sooner rather than later!
Feedback is (as always) much appreciated - I've dumped the basic concept surrounding this vehicle below for your collective perusal.
At present, the armoured capabilities of the Imperial Army are primarily provided by three families of vehicles: the HT9/10 series of heavy AFVs, the MA11 series of modular tracked vehicles for medium footprint/mechanised roles, and the MA9A2/A3 series of wheeled modular armoured vehicles currently in use by expeditionary role forces (light mechanised and parachute formations).
While original policy planning documents for the decade between FY 2010 and 2020 called for the gradual replacement of the MA9A2 family with MA9A3 replacements alongside the expanding deployment of the MA11 family, the prioritisation of the latter has resulted in significant delays to the MA9A3 replacement schedule. It is the opinion of the Army Technical Directorate that the postponement of the MA9A3 program provides the service with an opportunity to reconsider the role played by wheeled armoured vehicles within our doctrinal context.
The newest iteration of the MA9 family of vehicles expands upon its predecessor in every conceivable fashion, providing it with extensive protection, mobility, and armament updates that put it on par with any competing 8x8 AFV in service internationally today. However, the expansion of the vehicle's capabilities have also come at the expense of a higher weight envelope. The intended role of the MA9 family of vehicles was to provide the Anemonian military with an armoured mechanised option with deployability advantages over the primary mechanised assets (that would become the MA11 family of vehicles); at ~20t and rising, the MA9A3 series no longer provides significant enough advantages on this front over the MA11 to justify separate utilisation.
As such, the recommendation of the Directorate is the immediate commencement of conceptual and technical work on a more suitable successor to the MA9A2 towards the provision of a more suitable vehicle to the Army in light of the doctrinal requirements that such a vehicle will be expected to fulfill. Emphasising the deployability and footprint of such a vehicle while taking into consideration the effective weight constraints inherent in a wheeled AFV, we propose that the successor vehicle be scaled back to a ~15-20t weight range emphasising ease of deployment, tactical and strategic mobility, and a fundamental reconsideration of the purpose of such vehicles. The legacy strategy and shift to the MA9A3 platform effectively indicate an attempt to move these light role forces closer to the capability range of the regular mechanised forces. The new vehicle's change of emphasis will ensure that the strengths of integrating vehicles into light role forces are fully explored, retaining both strategic and tactical deployability advantages while providing the forces in question both with mobile platforms for a diversity of equipment and personnel as well as light armoured and firepower support to provide superiority in engagements with equivalent forces.
The proposed new vehicle will incorporate a number of design elements and technologies that will maximise the weight efficiency of the platform, effectively minimising the design compromises necessary to remain within the desired weight range. The use of an electro-mechanical powertrain and a 6x6 in-hub motor layout will provide significant weight and space savings over legacy mechanical transmissions. Light materials and extensive armour modularity will ensure that, should the need arise, the new generation vehicle can be up-armoured and modified to respond to changes in the combat environment and advances in protection technology. The use of a dual-recoil turret for large calibre weapons will be explored as a means by which to implement an effective direct fire armament on the new family of vehicles. The employment of two drivetrain layouts in the family of vehicles will ensure optimal placement of components depending on the vehicle's intended use; the rear-engining of the combat variants will provide them with comparatively low profiles and stable weapons recoil closer to the vehicle's centre of gravity, while the forward engining of the support variants will provide them with extensive space at the rear of the vehicle for housing personnel, weapons, and other materiel.
The subsystems proposed for use on this new vehicle have already been explored and developed during the developmental cycles of previous Fiensietyr materiel. Pending approval by the relevant committees, full scale developmental work on the new vehicle can commence immediately.
ii. Project Outline
- Programmatyr MA12 (FYr/R M.12) -
- MA12 WMAV Program -
The MA12 WMAV program was initiated with the objective of introducing into Anemonian service a family of 6x6 wheeled armoured vehicles that will provide the Anemonian Parachute Forces with a credible armoured capability in the 15-20t weight range, optimised for use by lighter role forces and complementing the MA11 family of tracked armoured vehicles currently in service with mechanised and armoured forces across the Crown Army.
The MA12 is broadly separated into two automotive configurations; a low-profile rear-engined variant for heavy weapons carriage, and a high-profile forward-engined variant for transport and utility purposes. Unlike the MA11 family, variants are intended to be kept to a reasonable minimum in order to allow airborne armoured assets to deploy a full range of capabilities in a relatively limited number of vehicles.
Listed below are the current planned variants.
Configuration A. | Low Profile, Rear Engine
- Combat Reconnaissance: 45mm CTA, Modular Ordnance Arrays
- Direct Support: 105mm smoothbore or 75mm HV automatic (under consideration)
- Indirect Support: 120mm gun mortar
Configuration B. | High Profile, Forward Engine
- Personnel Carrier: 15mm RWS
- Command and Control: 15mm RWS
- Engineering: 15mm RWS
Modularity and flexibility in basic designs will allow vehicles to be optimised for given roles. Examples are given below:
a. Air Defence: Combat Reconnaissance vehicles can be retrofitted with mission-specific optronics suites, SAMs in MOAs, and 45mm airburst loadouts.
b. Medical Evacuation: Personnel Carriers are fitted with flexible seating mounts, which can be replaced with stretchers for medical taskings.