The following PANPAC vehicles are covered in this briefing:
Ground Effect Vehicles; PGEV2Mk3‘WOMBAT’ GEV, Mk7Mod3‘BANDICOOT’ LGEV, AS-5'KANGAROO' GEV-PC
Ground Vehicles; PLT-1A 'PLATYPUS ' LT, MRTO-3 ‘REDBACK’ HT, B445V ‘GIDYCHA’ SHVY
Fire Support; Kh22-E ‘ECHIDNA’ MSL, M1A2 ‘FUNNELWEB’ HWZ, SP-198 ‘HAMEL’ MHWZ
PGEV2Mk3 'WOMBAT' Skimmer [GEV]- The standard PanPac skimmer was first brought into PanPac service in 2165. Since that time the basic model has been the subject of minor modifications and upgrades to ensure that it remains effective on the battlefield. The WOMBAT is the primary PanPac assault vehicle being used in the ADZ. It has a crew of two (Commander/Driver and Gunner) and is fitted with the Combine designed (and PanPac manufactured) High Velocity 100mm and 40mm gauss cannons.
Mk7Mod3 'BANDICOOT' Light Scout Vehicle [LGEV] - PanPac utilises a minor variant of the standard Combine LGEV, with some mechanical and computer architecture replaced with PanPac standard equipment to ease logistical burdens and integrate into PanPac ORBAT more easily. It has an advanced (if somewhat temperamental) EW and sensor suite and a single crewman. PanPac L-Gev jockeys are typical of their breed and subject to advanced cases of ‘fighter jock’ mentality.
AS-5 'KANGAROO' Air Cushioned Personnel Carrier [GEV-PC]- Almost universally known as the ‘Skippy’, the GEV-PC force is viewed as the commander's most important asset due to the infantry heavy nature of the PanPac Defence Force. The KANGAROO is a locally produced vehicle incorporating numerous design specifications and requests made by the Infantry Corps to best suit it to their needs. Subsequently, the KANGAROO is a very popular vehicle with both passengers and crew (Commander/Driver and Gunner) and, with minor modifications, is able to operate in extreme climatic conditions (including the Australian Outback and the ADZ) with relative ease. Variants include specialised models for command and control, communications and mobile technical repair. Rumours of a fire support model mounting the Hypersmart MkIIb saturation missile system (as fitted to the ECHIDNA) persist, but have not been verified.
PLT-1A 'PLATYPUS' Light Tank [LT] - A lithe and agile vehicle, the PLATYPUS can be found in the reconnaissance platoons of most PanPac armoured units. Its simple design and long range make it the logisticians' favourite in the PanPac inventory. Crewmen in the outback especially favoured it, where its efficient cooling system was found to have ample redundancy and sufficient capacity to chill a few 'amber refreshment rations' for post battle consumption. Unfortunately, the heating system has not proved to be as reliable and the 'refreshments' are not as welcome on the icy plains of the ADZ. It has a crew of two: Commander/Driver and Gunner. PLATYPUS units have generally faired poorly in the ADZ where the vastly more mobile Argentinean GEV units has greatly disadvantaged them in mobile battles.
MRTO-3 'REDBACK' Heavy Tank [HVY] - The REDBACK Heavy Tank, like its namesake arachnid, is known for its lethal bite. Statistics from the Australian Outback Area of Operations show that its 185mm High Velocity Gauss Cannon and BPC discarding sabot ammunition was responsible for more enemy vehicles knocked out than any other conventional weapon. Due to the mobilty disadvantages in the ADZ, its primary role in the ADZ has been within confined areas or within defensive positions. PanPac REDBACKs suffered terribly at the hands of Argentinean GEV forces during the retreat across the Ross Ice Shelf where GEV manoeuvrability could be maximised and exploited. The REDBACK has a crew of three; Commander, Driver and Gunner.
B445V ‘GIDYCHA’ Ultra Heavy Battle Tank [SHVY] – This SHVY vehicle is named after the Australian Aboriginal medicine man who in legend crept around at night to ‘point the bone’ at wrong doers (who would then subsequently and inexplicably die slowly). These units took devastating casualties against the Japanese where they were predominantly used in OGRE hunting packs due to the redeployment of PanPac OGREs for the wide flanking attack that finally swept away the logistically unsupported invaders. The remaining units are now believed to be deployed across the PanPac northern border as a pre-deployed strategic reserve. None have been observed operating in the ADZ to date.
Kh22-E 'ECHIDNA' Missile Support Vehicle [MSL] - The ECHIDNA is well respected by the Argentineans and has been a saving grace during the PanPac withdrawal over the Ice Shelf. Operating closely with supporting infantry, ECHIDNAs have been frequently deployed in ambushes and served to dramatically slow the Argentinean advance. Unusually for a missile tank, the ECHIDNA has a crew of three: Commander, Driver and Gunner. The provision of a separate driver allows the Commander to remain more focused on the units he is supporting, a fact that does much for relations between ECHIDNA crews and Infantrymen. It is armed with the Combine designed and PanPac manufactured 12 tube 'Hypersmart MkIIb' saturation missile system in addition to short range 30mm Gauss cannons which are predominantly for anti infantry work.
M1A2 'FUNNEL WEB' Howitzer [HWZ] - Utilisation of the FUNNEL WEB in the ADZ to date has been exclusively in the defence of major installations and in pre prepared revetments. Again, the highly mobile nature of ADZ operations has meant that the HWZ teams do not usually have sufficient time to relocate to threatened areas to bolster the defence. The FUNNEL WEB is PanPac's longest-range conventional weapons system and is usually deployed with an ammunition tractor and a squad of infantry for local defence. Overheating problems reported while countering the Nihon invasion force in the Australian deserts (see Technical Intelligence Report 23871-P98) have not been experienced in the ADZ due to differing climatic conditions.
SP-198 'HAMEL' Self-Propelled Artillery System [MHWZ] - The 'HAMEL' SP system is relatively new in PanPac service, with Divisional and Corps Artillery Groups being equipped after the withdrawal of Nihon forces. Consequently there is no significant data to report on this system other than the fact that PanPac doctrine always pairs an ammunition tractor with the unit as an organic asset to the Artillery formation.