RGF Productions RGF MGS-341 Series "Torrent" . Presenting the latest in RGF Productions Mecha, the RGF MGS-341 Infantry Series, the Torrent. . RGF MGS-341-GI Variant
The MGS-341, often called "Buckethead" by troops that field tested it (credit to Neil Dynamo for the nickname), is the latest design to come from the think tank here at RGF Productions. Small, light and agile, the MGS-341 is cutting edge in mechanized infantry.
Standing at a height of 10.45 meters, the MGS-341 is a light armored mechanized infantry. While not able to stand up to heavy armor quite so well, the MGS-341 will provide ground infantry the necessary firepower and protection they need to adapt to a changing battlefield environment.
Powered by a Type G Powercell Turbine, the MGS-341 can operate for 48 hours at full drain, and up to 144 hours at minimum draw. Thanks to the quick-charge system, unit recharging time has been reduced to 75 minutes for a full charge.
Able to reach a ground speed of 35 miles an hour at a full run, the MGS-341 may not be as fast a a wheeled unit built for speed, but it definitely holds the agility advantage thanks to the newly patented Null Servos. The MGS-341 boast more flexibilty and durability than another other unit to date.
The pilot compartment is conveniently located in the 'pack' of the MGS-341, freeing up space for a lighter and more efficient frame. The armored pilot compartment can easily deflect standard sidearms up to, and including, a standard tank shell. This is where the armor is thickest, to provide maximum protection to the pilot.
The pilot compartment is snug and compact, which is not an issue, considering the MGS-341 is a nueral trace operated mecha. This prevents the need for much movement, while exerting the greatest control over the frame.
"The 'Buckethead', that's what we call it, because of that distinct look of it wearing a bucket on its head, is a good machine. It moves smoothly over rough terrain, and grants superb control. If given the chance, I would happily pilot it again." Sergeant Thorns, RGF Productions Test Pilot.
RGF MGS-341-CAC Variant
This variant of the MGS-341, dubbed the CAC, for Command And Control, is to be given to unit commanders. The CAC is widely capable of fighting on the frontlines, while providing the officer within the necessary intelligence and data on the ever changing battlefield.
CAC variants utilize a standard GI rifle, and also mounts a durable armored shield to the left hand which can easily deflect heavy artillery.
In addition to the shield, CAC variants equip Command and Control interface equipment and software, including but not restricted to: Topographical Mapping Sensor, Friend/Foe Identifiction Coordinator, Comm Scrambler and Descrambler, and Tactical Outlay software.
CAC variants are designed for battlefield commanding officers, and should be delegated as such, operation in a CAC variant requires Tactical Command training in addition to standard piloting training.
"The CAC variant [of the MGS-341] is chock full of useful tools for battlefield officers to help them keep on top of the situation to their best ability. A war is fought, won or lost, on intelligence and decisions based on that intelligence. The CAC is definitely a top notch tool for such decision making." Captain Derrani, RGF Productions Security, 3rd Division
RGF MGS-341-SFG Variant
When heavy fire power is necesary, commanders call on the Suppressive Fire Gunner (SFG) variant of the MGS-341. Equipped with paired Gatling rifle on each arm, 4 rockets on each shoulder and leg, the SFG variant is a walking arsenal.
Able to lay down suppressive fire at tremendous rates, SFG variants provide valuable support to standard and mechanized infantry during protracted engagements. Each of the four gatlings can be configured to fire individually, in tandem, or simultaneously, as the situation calls for. The rockets are capable of disabling and destroying heavy treaded armor. In addition, the SFG features heavier torso armor.
"These bucketheads have a real weight to them. Those guns can pump out 1400 rounds a minute, and with four of 'em going at once, not many would be willing to stick their heads out. These guys can lay down a lethal barrage for up to 250 meters." Coporal Thaft, RGF Productions Security, Weapons Specialist, 2nd Armored Division
RGF MGS-341-LSR Variant
The Long Range Sniper variant, or LSR for short, is exactly as its namesake suggest. The LSR variant design is centered around a Ik-45 Anti Material Sniper Rifle, with an easy range of over 2000 meters.
"The LSR variant has a unique feature. While most sniper mecha will have the unit's eyes, and a sniper scope on the rifle, which the target software correlates data to produce an accurate shot, the LSR feature an addition line of sight sensor for data correlation, prviding the software three points of reference, versus the standard two points of reference. This makes the LSR lethal in the hands of a skilled sniper." Major Weeling, RGF Productions Research and Development.
In addition to the primary weapon, the AMSR, the LSR variant features a smaller machine gun mounted to the torso, which folds up to store in safemode. The purpose of this gun is for close range defense, should the LSR be engaged while conducting infantry support missions.
The torso gun folds down and locks into place for close range defense. This guns is suitable for infantry and other mechanized infantry. Ammo count is low, but the gun does provide sufficient stopping power for most situations.
RGF MGS-341-RCN Variant
The RCN, or Recon/Counter Network, variant of the MGS-341 is a very useful unit to field. These units feature advanced software and hardware for data and intelligence collection in the field, as well as countering enemy intelligence.
The RCN variant is not intended as a frontline unit, due to the somewhat fragile nature of the the mounted equipment. On the right shoulder is mounted a large comm relay, capable of punching through most jamming that could be used. Multiple sensors mounted on the legs provide a wealth of battlefield information to tactical officers. But the real jewel are the ECM shoulder 'pads' These lightly armored arrays can jam enemy comms, enemy missiles and target locks, as well as boost sensor ghost on the enemy radar, thus confusing radar operators. RCN's also feature an enlarged radar suite in the head.
"When they started testing the bucketheads in the field, we were engaged in defending a contract facility. The enemy had brought in heavy weaponry, missile racks and trucks. You ever see that much aimed at you, and you wouldn't be too happy about it. But one of those recon buckets showed up and jammed those missiles, and they missed us by a long shot." Private Etheni, RGF Productions Security, 3rd Infantry Division.
RGF MGS-341-CQB Variant
CQB variants are designed for close infighting and melee combat, and as such feature heavier armor than any other variant. These Close Quarters Battle units are capable of many techniques, and the armored hands provide power punches in the hands of a skilled fighter.
CQB variants feature enhanced Null servos, which allow for efficient, fine control, allowing for the CQB variant to complete moves that can overwhelm other variants. CQB units can be outfitted with a large variety of melee weapons, or can fight hand to hand, the armored fists acting very much like boxing gloves.
"Fighting in a CQB is a real treat. Before joining the RGF Security, I took high school and college boxing. I didn't think that I would get to use that skill, until they dropped a CQB in my lap and told me to have fun. It's been a real chore learning the finer points, but I've enjoyed myself immensely." Private Toksa, RGF Productions Security, 3rd Infantry Division.
RGF MGS-341-DMH Variant
DMH variants are specialized units that act as mobile servers for the Automated Tank Drones (ATDs). When the ATDs are connected to a DMH, they are able to process information faster, make better decisions, and show improvement to their problem solving algorithms.
DMH units are not intended for frontline use, and are much more suited to accompanying ATD and infantry platoons, particularly in urban environs. As such, DMH variants are equipped with a Ik 23 SMG, and a small ballistics shield. The shoulders mount armored computer cores which operate the ATD servers, and the primary network drive fits snugly in the head. The relay is located on the right shoulder.
"ATDs are great for patrols, but with mobiles servers, ATDs are much more effective in unscheduled combat. Up to a dozen ATDs can be attached to a DMH variant, and they make excellent patrol leads." Lance Coporal Davison, RGF Productions Security, 2nd Armored Division.
I've been practically chompin' the bit to get this one up. I'm very pleased with it.
The first pic we see here is proof that the MGS-341 does indeed fit a pilot in the pilot compartment.
Whoops, howw did that get in here? The frame was originally adapted from the Veteran Drones I've worked on.
At this point in development, I was trying to decide where to put the pilot. It's safe to say that I was inspired heavily by Code Geass for the solution.
A cutting room floor variant, the Unmanned Drone. Instead of a pilot compartment, this one just featured a more literal 'pack'. Decided I didn't like the idea of it.
Finally, if you can see them, a few of the rifle variants I toyed with.
Well, folks, that about wraps up this one. Hope you enjoy it!