Crew: 2 Driver, and commander/gunner
Weight 8-10 tons
Side: Small arms protection only
Front: 12.5mmAP Protection
Top Speed: 60Kph
Engine: Turbocharged Diesel
Optics: Day night optics for driver and commander
Thermal Imaging/variable magnification optics for Commander
Fire Control: network computer assisted direct/indirect fire system with GPS and radio voice/Data link to fire direction center
76mm Low pressure stabilized auto loading cannon
20m Stabilized auto cannon
The M203 Civet
The Civet is intended for light fast reaction fores and is meant to give an integrated organic fire support asset for company and battalion sized forces operating in amphibious or air assault roles. The Civet is an airborne fire support weapons carrier with limited anti-vehicle fire power. It was designed to be deployed by large tactical transport aircraft and heavy lift helicopters. Its lightweight, rugged suspension and power to weight ratio allow it to move rapidly to provide pinpoint fire support, or switch to a rapid response indirect plunging fire mode with the flip of a switch.
The thin armor leaves it vulnerable to heavy machine guns light auto cannons, and shoulder fired rocket propelled grenades. However doctrine indicates that it should avoid direct engagement with such weapons and use its indirect fire capability, or call for ( if available)air support from strike aircraft or gunships to neutralize them when they are encountered.
The vehicle can be air dropped by parachute but is meant to be deployed by Low altitude parachute extraction (LAPES) or similar methods under most circumstances. it can be carried by heavy lift helicopters over short ranges and has limited shallow wading, and fording capabilities to deal with most streams and rivers. It lacks its own water propulsion system but a water jet has been developed and added to newer vehicles, and can be retrofitted to older vehicles.
The diesel engine is a multi fuel variant which an switch between various types of fuel to allow it to make use of captured fuel supplies, or less than optimal fuels if the need arises.
The crew is protected from gas and radiological contaminants by individual masks supplied with filtered and cooled/heated air from the vehicle's systems. and a positive pressure system that prevents serious infiltration of dangerous airborne particulates. Individual crew positions are rather cramped and leave little room for personal gear, after full fuel and ammunition has been loaded, however external storage bins have been supplied for non mission critical items, and gear.