This is the last of the dusty stuff on my shelf. This table scrap has been sitting around for a few years and just fills the gap for static artillery pieces for the 'bad guys' in my Phase Lines series. I figured hover vehicles would need hover artillery to tow around.
I didn't really have any set inspiration for these and just felt along building until I thought, "that looks right," and then went on to the next variant.
Towed artillery pieces remained an inexpensive mainstay through both Jinan Wars and to the present. While wheeled/tracked towed artillery were widespread during the First Jinan War, there was no towed artillery that could keep pace with faster hover vehicles. Attempts to tow artillery with hover vehicles greatly limited their speed and cancelled out their mobility advantage.
Kinsenís solution was the introduction of the Apostle Artillery System: the first towed artillery to use a polarity drive to hover and keep pace with the towing vehicle. The platform allows for a series of artillery pieces to be mounted and safely towed at high speeds. These systems include:
Matthew Air Defence Artillery
This mount consists of a scanning and tracking radar, four surface to air missiles and a quad mount, rapid fire, 40mm cannon assembly. The Matthew can also be turret mounted and is frequently spotted atop an AMPV in lie of turret.
Mark AT Cannon
The Mark AT Cannon (FAC 39) is manufactured by FedCorp and compatible with mounting on the Apostle. It is a popular light AT gun capable of penetrating the armour of most PCs and similar thin-skinned vehicles. Against heavily armoured IFVs it stands a good chance of a mobility kill against the flanks of the target. Its high rate of fire also provides excellent infantry suppressive fire support.
Luke AT Cannon
The Luke AT cannon is manufactured by Pactxopo (2SM) and is compatible with mounting on the Apostle. The 2SM is frequently turret mounted in different lower velocity variants on several vehicles in use across the Network. The Luke model affords excellent armour penetration over long ranges with guaranteed kills against most IFVs and MBTs. As a direct-fire howitzer it offers an excellent rate of fire. In the indirect fire role it likewise offers excellent range.
John AT Cannon
The John AT cannon is manufactured by Geldmeer (DWM7) and is compatible with mounting on the Apostle. The DWM7 is sought after for its range and hitting power as the only AT gun capable of destroying SBTs. Lower velocity variants can be found mounted in some TD vehicles.
The Peter is manufactured by FedCorp (FAC70) and is compatible with mounting on the apostle. The size and weight of the FAC70 pushes the limited polarity drive to its limits forcing the towing vehicle to lower its speed. Variations of the FAC70 date to the First Jinan War as a solution to enemy positions under the natural protection of Brambles. It is the largest howitzer in Network service, firing large shells over great distances. In the direct fire role it is a devastating demolition gun, a low velocity version being employed by some TD vehicles.
The Simon Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) is the second weapon system manufactured by Kinsen for the Apostle and also sold in a turret mounted variant (KI90), frequently seen in place of the turret on AMPVs. The Simon can fire 18 multi-warhead rockets and includes a counter-battery fire tracking radar. Kinsenís rockets are notorious for their stealth and conter-measures against air defence artillery, including Tactical High Energy Lasers (THELs).
Kinsen also manufactures a towed ammunition carrier utilizing the same polarity drive as the Apostle.
AMPV Tug Tank tows the Apostle carrier into position.
The artillery crew disconnects from the tow vehicle.
The artillery is then moved off the Apostle hover platform.
The base is moved away as the artillery is readied.