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M271 Rapier Advanced Air Defense Vehicle
Production Information
Type

Mobile Air Defense

Average Unit Cost

67.2 Million Tarakian Dollars

Designer
  • Haley 'Hale' Stanton
  • Adalina Ruiz De La Carrera
Designed

2035

Manufacture

General Dynamics Defense

Prime Contractors
  • General Dynamics Land Systems(Chassis)
  • General Dynamics Advanced Elctonic Systems(Prime Equipment)
Sub Contractors
  • BAE Electronics Tarakia
  • Allison Military Engines
Country of Origin

Democratic Republic of Tarakia

Variants
  • M271 Rapier AADV
  • M275 Archon Command Vehicle
Procurement

300 expected

Export Customers

N/a

Service History
In Service

2046-Present

Used By

Tarakian Army

Foreign Users

N/a

Wars

N/a

Specifications
Crew

5(Driver,Gunner and Three Operators)

Mass

67,000 lb

Fuel Capacity

600 Gallons

Overall Length

22 feet 6 inches

Overall Width

9 feet 9 inches

Engine

Allison V-10E2 Twin Turbocharge Hybrid Engine

Auxiliary Power

Honeywell Improved Under Armor Auxiliary powerpack

Transmission

Allison 4700 Crossdrive Turbo

Steering

T-Bar

Brake System

Multiple Disc

Suspension

Torsion Bar

Speed

72Km/H

Operational Range

600 Miles

Armor And Active Defense
Armor

Lightweight Alumnium 7017 with Carbon Fiber Filler

Active Defense

Raytheon Quick Kill

Fire Control And Other Systems
Sensors

Raytheon AN/MPQ-68B Artemis II X-Band Radar

Communications

SINGCARS

Armament
Primary Armament

M220 Surface-To-Air-Missile Launcher Module

Secondary Armament

FNH 7.62x51mm M240D

Usage
Role
  • Air Defense
  • Deny Enemy Air Assests
  • Missile interception platform
Availability

Tarakian Military

Affiliation
  • Democratic Republic of Tarakia


Design[]

The M271 Rapier is based on the M270A1 Chassis and Drivetrain and thus they are very similar to eachother, this also stream lines maintanance for crews who are familier with the Grid Square Removal Systems(M270A1 and M270A2).

The M271 Rapier uses the Artemis II Pulsed Doppler X-Band Radar, this is a drastc upgrade over the now discontinued and obselote Decatur Electronics SkyRyder Radar that had been the mainstay for years, the Raytheon Artemis II is an entirely new system developed for the Rapier Advanced Air Defense Vehicle Program(RAADVP), the Trailer mounted Skadi V Radar is also a vital piece for the Rapier as it increases the scanning range, the Skadi is pulled by a M983A3 H.E.M.T.T Tractor on a M565 Trailer in which the Skadi is permantly mounted to it.

History[]

For many years the Tarakian Army relied on the M831 Delta Surface to Air Missile Platform and the M832 Delta A.D.A.T.S(Air Defense Anti-Tank System) a dual role AA/AT System developed by Oerlikon, it also relied on the MiM-104 Patriot Missile systems but these showed software errors when running past the specified 72 hours in which they should be rebooted. as an interim the Tarakian Army adopted the Leopard 1A2 derived Flakpanzer Gepard(Cheetah), while the Gepard had no missile capability and relied on its Oerlikon 35mm Autocannons, in 2020 Raytheon developed a system that added on FIM-92F Block II Stinger Missile Pods onto the guns to give it a true anti-aircraft and missile role. After the Gepard 1A3 was retired in 2030, the Tarakian Army commissioned a study to develop a new Anti-Aircraft Platform with 35mm Guns and stinger missile pod, the result was the XM1A1 Abrams Air Defense System(now known as the M1A1 Abrams Air Defense System) after the retirement of both the M831 SAM and M832 ADATS and slowly withdrawing the MIM-104F Patriot PAC 4 Systems, the Army desperately needed a sole missile defense platform that was mobile and could be use by Forward Operating Units with expected hostile control of Air. General Dynamics suggested taking the older M270A1's that had been put in storage and removing their M269 Missile Launcher Loader Module and replace them with the Box mounted suite that contained the controls for operating the M220 Surface-To-Air Missile System, the select units of Air Defense Artillery trialed the vehicle and were pleased with it but requested it be built on new chassis and drive trains to maximize the life of the vehicle.

Armament[]

  • M220 Surface-To-Air Missile Module

The M220 Suface-To-Air Missile Module was designed by General Dynamics Armament Systems and built by Raytheon Tarakia, it consist of eight(8) missile tubes and can fire them in as little as 5 to 6 seconds after target aquistion.

  • MiM-11 Gargoyle Advanced Short Range Surface-To-Air Missile

The MiM-11 Gargoyle(nicknamed ASH-SAM) is a short range missile based on the IRIS-SL(Surface Launched) Missile produced by Diehl BGT. The Gargoyle was selected do to it having a IR seeker, originally the AIM-9X Sidewinder was going to be used but it wasnt selected do to logistics and adaptation problems.

  • MiM-11A Viper Advanced Medium Range Surface-To-Air Missile

Planned Upgrade to the Gargoyle for a medium range missile.

  • MiM-76 Phoenix Advanced Long Range Surface-To-Air Missile

Proposed Missile to extend range by 80 Miles and stand off distance.

Electronics[]

Radar[]

  • AN/MPQ-68 Artemis Radar

The Artemis Radar developed by Raytheon Tarakia was designed just for the M271 Rapier, it is a Pulsed Doppler X/S-Band Radar, another Variant was also produced in the Ku-Band.

  • AN/MPQ-69 Skadi Radar

The Skadi Radar was developed by General Dynamics Advanced Electronic Systems(division of General Dynamics Electronic Systems) The Skadi Radar can operate in X/S, Ku, and Ka Bands. The Skadi is an integral part of the Rapier System as it increases the scanning range a considerable amount.

Mobility[]

  • Tactical Mobility

The M271 Rapier is powered by a Modified Allison Military Engines V-10E2 Twin Turbocharged Air-Cooled Hydrogen/Diesel Hybrid Engine, this is coupled to an Allison 4700 Crossdrive Turbo Transmission Fully electronically controlled, this gives the Rapier a 72Km/H speed limit on road and 60Km/H offroad.

  • Strategic Mobility

Variants and Upgrades[]

  • M271 Rapier Advanced Air Defense Vehicle. The Baseline Model. Baseline Rapiers built on the older chassis and drivetrains of the M270A1 and A2 Grid Square Removal Systems.
  • M271E1 Rapier Advanced Air Defense Vehicle. New Production Model. New Production Rapiers based on brand new built M270A2 Chassis and Drivetrains.
  • M275 Archon Command Vehicle. Modified Rapier Chassis. the M275 Archon is built on Modified Rapier Chassis and thus features a big box where the M220 Launcher would sit, the Archon Command Vehicle uses the Specter Block III Command Suite, it operates in Tandem with M1127 Guardian Command Vehicles assigned to Air Defense Platoons.
  • M276 Viper Jammer Vehicle. Modified Rapier Chassis. the M276 Viper Jammer is built on a Modified Rapier Chassis and features a newely developed and designed state of the art jamming system built by Raytheon and General Dynamics Advanced Electronic Systems.

Nicknames[]

The Rapier has been subject to some nicknames from International Allies.

  • Greater Espanaian Military Officials nicknamed the Rapier as the "The Raper" do to the name of Rapier
  • Paradox Military Officials nicknamed the Rapier as the "The Gryffin"
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