VHCT-12 Atlas . "Everything about this is big! The frame is big, the engine is big, the wheels are big - even the lugnuts are big!" - Anonymous VHCT-12 Driver .
The VHCT-12 is the heaviest truck currently used by the Dawn Forge. It is capable of carrying up to 120 tons. It is used for heavy construction work, heavy mech transport, and carrying any object too big for other trucks.
The VHCT-12 was created to provide a less expensive alternative to the aerial transport of heavy, large or awkward objects. To meet those requirements, the resulting vehicle was enormous.
It was literally built from the frame up to carry the heaviest loads, even able to carry more weight than some airplanes and helicopters.
The truck itself weighs in at 87 tons, partially due to the fully armored cab. As any truck this size would be a tempting target for the Dawn Forge's numerous enemies, armor was considered a necessity.
The truck was literally built on top of the frame, resulting in high ground clearance. Although this greatly improves off-road performance, it makes loading and unloading smaller things more difficult. However, it doesn't matter much with heavy objects, because they are usually loaded by cranes. Large ladders are on the back to ease the loading process.
To carry the weigh, the VHCT-12 was given grade A shock absorbers, normally found on heavy mechs. This truck was also given heavy-duty off-road tires. Although they aren't the biggest wheels out there, they were the lightest wheels that gave good performance.
The height of the cab requires ladders for access.
The VHCT is powered by a 14 liter V10 twin turbo diesel cranking out nearly 3000 hp. This engine made the whole project possible, and gives the truck a top speed of 68 mph unloaded. The truck controlls its immense weight quite well, and is easier to drive than some cars.
A powerful AIM-23 sensor can detect threats, even if they are behind cover. As mentioned earlier, a truck this size is a tempting target, so the sensoe was deemed necessary. This sensor also contains a class 2 AI, which is capable of decision making and problem solving. Although the AI is contained in the sensor unit, it is wired to the trucks drive-by-wire system, which is part of why it is so easy to drive. Each wheel is independently monitored and regulated. The AI is also linked to the AC-3 20mm autocannons for accurate firepower.
There is a storage cubbord behind the cab. It is most commonly modified to be a mini-fridge. There ia also long-range communication, which can be used by the commanders to monitor and controll the entire truck fleet.
The empty bed is considerd by some to be "too plain".
Another shot of same.
The primary defence of the VHCT-12 consists of two AC-3 20mm autocannons. Firing at 600 rpm, they can spew out a shower of explosives on would-be ambushers. They are usually controlled by the AI, but can also be controlled by the passenger. The autocannons are usually removed in safer sectors to save weight and space.
The VHCT-12 is fitted with powerful headlights, nicknamed "daylights", to improve night driving. The tailights, by comparison, are an afterthought.
The VHCT-12 also comes in a flatbed variant, which can carry the most awkward loads.
The autocannons are normally absent from this variant so that they don't get crushed, but are usually retained on units working in hot sectors.
The favorite variant of the VHCT-12 is the LRAM (Long Range Artillary Missle) variant. It is essentially a flatbed equipped with a single AM-231 missle box. Available in nuclear and conventional, the AM-231 has a range of 700 miles and is accurate to within two feet of the target. It is used to crush key targets at the opening of a campaign.
The autocannons are never on this variant because they inhibit the motion of the missle box, and because these usually fire their missles well back from the front lines.
Staring death in the face.
Whooosh! Something is in for it!
Fourth Wall Commentary:
This was origionally designed on LDD, but went through numerous upgrades since then. It has my trademark gigantic front bumper, and it also makes its large wheels look small. It is named for someone who carries a lot of weight.
Here is a teaser of my next MOC: a Dawn Forge mech. I hope it won't go unoticed: it is my favorite MOC.