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Bolo Mark XIV
Year of Introduction 2307
Weight 728-907 tons
Road Speed 60-75
Sprint Speed 60-75
Indirect Fire Tac/Theater
Self Aware No
Armament

1x 25cm Hellbore

4x 20cm howitzers

VLS missile system

14x gatling laser Infinite Repeaters

The Mark XIV replaced the never entirely satisfactory laser "main gun" of earlier marks with the far more destructive 'Hellbore' plasmagun. This 25cm weapon, originally designed for the Concordiat Navy's Magyar-class battlecruiser 's main batteries, had a half-megaton/second energy output and, unlike the earlier Bolo laser cannon, was a marked improvement over any kinetic weapon of equivalent mass. In other respects, the Mark XIV was a 'standard' reversion to a generalist design, made possible by advances in mag-bottle technology (which finally made fusion power a practical alternative to fission in Bolo design) and acceptance of a lighter indirect fire capability. Anti-missile defenses were now sufficient to render strategic bombardment impractical, so indirect fire was limited to tactical and theater applications. This permitted the use of smaller missiles which, in turn, allowed an increased magazine capacity without weight penalties. Even so, the Mark XIV/B was 28 percent heavier than the Mark XIII/K it replaced, although further power train and suspension upgrades prevented any loss of maneuverability or cross-country performance. Gradual improvements in sensor fits and fire control systems kept this mark in front-line service for approximately 90 years. Tactically, primary reliance now rested firmly upon pre-loaded computerized battle plans, but a single human crewman was routinely carried to respond to unanticipated threats. The Mark XIV/B's weight was 728 tons (rising to 900 in late-series models), and road speed hovered between 60 and 75 kph over the life of the mark.


Source: A Brief Technical History of the Bolos by Prof. Felix Hermes, Ph.D.

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