Rifts®: Megaversal Highway™
GAW-M30 Light Tank
Retrofitted Light Tank
Golden-Age Weaponsmiths Light Tank
Model Type: GAW-M30 Lee.
Class: Light Tank.
Crew: Three: One tank commander/pilot, primary gunner, secondary gunner/communications officer. Can also house two additional passengers comfortably (who can easily man the two sponson machine guns).
M.D.C. by Location:
Main 75mm cannon (1) – 100
Auxiliary 37mm Light Cannon Turret (top) – 80
Heavy Machine Turrets (2) – 20 each
o Radio and Sensor Suite (1) – 40
o Top Access Hatch- 30
o Main Crew Door – 40
oo Armored Tracks (2) – 50
ooo Main Body – 220
o A single asterisk indicates a small or difficult target to hit. They can only be struck when the attacker makes a Called Shot, and even then the attacker is – 3 to strike.
Destroying the Sensor Turret located in the rear of the tank knocks out long-range communications and destroys all forms of optical and sensory enhancement. The pilot must rely on his own human senses without any of the bonuses granted to him by the Piloting skill and Special Features.
oo Depleting the M.D.C. of the Armored Tracks renders the vehicle immobile until either repair work can be done or a new set of tracks are installed. Tracks can be installed by the crew with only basic tools, however this takes 1D6 hours (6D6 minutes with heavy machinery and repair crews).
ooo Depleting the M.D.C. of the main body shuts the vehicle down completely, rendering it useless.
40 mph (64 km) maximum.
The M3 is not capable of water travel; however it is capable of crossing small rivers by travelling along and allowing the tank to partially submerge. This does no damage to the tank however the tank compartment is designed to fill with water when this happens so that it doesn’t float away.
Not possible. The vehicle cannot fly.
10 feet (3m).
10 feet (2.4 m).
18 feet (5.5 m).
30 tons fully loaded.
Cargo: Unlike most tanks, which only have room for a very small amount of storage; the M30 has a locker for each crew member and passenger as well as a 3×3×4ft storage box for tools, rations, water or anything else deemed important.
Power System: Compact twin-turbo diesel engine comes standard but there can be electric or nuclear engines as well (although they are often considered too expensive for such a cheap vehicle).
Cost: 185,000 credits. The M30 is very cheap to produce and even at this low price Golden Age Weaponsmiths still makes a profit off every sale.
1. Main Cannon: Sponson-mounted 75mm Cannon (1): The M30’s primary firepower comes from the hull-mounted 75mm anti-tank cannon located at the front of the tank. The sponson mounting can rotate in a 150 degree arc facing the front of the tank.
Anti-vehicle and Anti-personel.
Light fire support.
4,000 feet (1220 m).
6D6 M.D. to a 20ft radius for fragmentation, 1D4*10 M.D. to a 6ft radius for H.E.A.T. and 1D6*10 M.D. to a 6ft radius for Plasma.
Standard, however it takes an action to reload the weapon (a dedicated loader can use their action to do this)
1. Extra shells are held in an armored casing next to the firing unit. Generally holds up to 20 spare shells.
2. Auxiliary Turret: 37mm Light Cannon (1):
2,000 feet (610 m).
3D6 M.D. to a 20ft radius for fragmentation, 5D6 M.D. to a 6ft radius for H.E.A.T. and 6D6 M.D. to a 6ft radius for Plasma.
Each shot counts as one of the secondary gunner’s attacks/actions per melee.
8 round internal magazine. Reloading shells can be done at a rate of 2 shells per attack/action.
3. Heavy Machinegun Turrets (2): The M30 has a pair of .50 calibre machinegun turrets on the side of the tank (1 per side). While they are not overly effective against armored targets, they are often used for missile defence or additional fire support.
3,000 feet (914 m).
1D6*100 S.D.C. (1D6 M.D.) per 10 round burst.
Each burst counts as one of the gunners attack/actions per melee.
600 round drum-fed magazine (enough for 60 bursts).
The M30 comes with an advanced sensor array, a similar model to what is found on most high-end tanks. The array comes with radar, passive night-vision with infrared capabilities, thermal optics and a long range secure radio system.
As part of Golden Age Weaponsmiths attempts to make the M30 more comfortable to use, the M30 has a complete climate control suite designed to make the usually hot and sweaty conditions of a tank and make them much more pleasant.
The M3 Lee was originally a pre-rifts tank that served the United States military during the Second World War. It was never considered a very effective tank, although when Golden Age Weaponsmiths uncovered the ruins of an old war museum they found a display M3 Lee and it’s schematics. Even with the same retro-fitting that the GAW-M1A3 tanks received; the M3 would never be viable.
Instead on scrapping the idea of the new M3’s, GAW decided to launch an ambitious project to make a completely new tank based off this design. It is through this, that the GAW-M30 Light Tank was born.
In a straight-up skirmish, the M30 doesn’t stand a chance against other tanks (even less so than the GAW – M1A3), however that was never the goal for the M30. The M30 is marketed as a comfortable and roomy troop support vehicle that excels at protecting civilian vehicles from lightly-armored targets; such as most raiders and bandits.
Although interest for the M30 began rather poorly, its cheap price, decent firepower and comfort has started to gain support in recent months. Don’t let its small size deceive you; this tank packs a decent punch compared to the average armored car and is dramatically quieter and more comfortable to ride in than the GAW – M1A3 and other main battle tanks.