Horjin Combat Vehicle 56

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Horjin Combat Vehicle 56

Type: Multi-Role Armoured Fighting Vehicle
Place of origin: Elijah's Rest (Normark), Natopia

In service: 1656/1657
Used by:

Designed: 1655/1656
Manufacturer: ESB-Jörmungandr Group

Weight: 17.0 tonnes
Dimensions: Length: 6.9 metres
Height:3.7 metres
Width:3.8 metres
Crew: 3 (1 Commander, 1 Gunner and 1 Driver) + up to 8 passengers (Varies by type)
Main armament: CV56(N): 40 mm Autocannon
CV56(S): 35 mm Autocannon
CV56(E): 30 or 35 mm Autocannon
Rate of fire: Varies by type
Effective range: Varies by type
Maximum range: Varies by type
Secondary armament: External mounting for x2 remotely operated anti-tank guided missile launchers

The Horjin Combat Vehicle 56 (CV56, Horjin Stridsfordon 56, Strf56) is a family of Sxiro-Natopian tracked combat vehicles designed by ESB Group Keltia during the mid-1650s and entered production in Normark in 1656. The CV56 platform design is an evolution of the Horjin AFV which has been in service continuously around the world with a number of world militaries since 1635. The Horjin was a rugged and versatile vehicle, appreciated for its survivability and off-road handling, however during the War of Lost Brothers, particularly in the arduous conditions of northern Keltia, it became increasingly apparent that a major overhaul was required in response to changing battlefield requirements.

The Natopian version of the main infantry fighting vehicle is fitted with a turret equipped with a 40 mm autocannon. Shirerithian and export versions are fitted with 30 mm and 35 mm autocannons. Developed specifically for the Keltian sub-arctic climate, the vehicle has very good mobility in snow and wetlands while carrying and supporting eight and six fully equipped dismount soldiers. Other variants include Forward Observation, Command and control, Anti-air, Armoured Recovery, Electronic Warfare and so forth.

The CV56 has been designed with modern protection, armament and network enabled solutions integrated in the modular designs from the outset. The basic armour of the CV56 is a ceramic appliqué armour that provides protection against improvised explosive devices, explosively formed penetrator munitions and 30 mm caliber armour piercing rounds. All CV56s are fitted with a ballistic impact liner, which covers the interior spaces and provides protection for the troops inside against shrapnel and anti-personnel artillery munitions.

The CV56 can be also fitted with cage armour, which provides protection against tandem-charge and shaped charge warheads. The CV56 is fitted with a nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) filtration system accompanied by a chemical detector and radiation detector systems. A specialist pheromone scrubber was also added to the Natopian and Shirerithian variants of the CV56. The CV56 also uses heat-absorbing filters to provide temporary protection against thermal imaging (TIS), image intensifier and infrared camera (IR). The CV56 was designed to produce a very low and very compact structure to minimize radar and IR-signatures.

Anti-mine protection has been substantially enhanced from the baseline Horjin CV35 with the CV56 now being designed with crew survivability expected after contact with high order (10 kg TNT) anti-tank mines.

The optional countermeasure systems of the original CV35 have been carried over into standard modular designs of the CV56. The CV56 is equipped with the Galen Electro-Optical Projectile Disruption system (ES-22) and the Gaelen Early Warning Laser System (ES-23). The Gaelen Chaff Jamming Countermeasure System (ES-24) is also installed to counter electronic threats. On the undercarriage of the CV56 features an Anti-Mine Degaussing System (ES-25) installed to handle anti-tank mines on the ground.

ES-22 - The Electro-Optical Projectile Disruption system is an anti-tank missile countermeasure. The ES-22 is a radiation dazzler which causes IR, UV and heat seeking missiles to detonate early or lose their guidance path by overloading their sensors.

ES-23 - The Early Warning Laser System is an optical laser receiver which alerts crew members when the tank is targeted or “painted” by a laser guidance system or rangefinder. The ES-23 is directly tied into the E-22 to activate the E-22 so that the threat can be neutralised.

ES-24 - The Chaff Jamming Countermeasure System uses a long rang broad frequency jamming system to disable electronic guidance and communication systems. The classified Mobile Unit Communication frequency is left unjammed.

ES-25 - The Anti-Mine Degaussing System uses a large degaussing array to disable magnetic anti-tank land mines which might be planted on the ground. The sudden degaussing of the mines causes them to stop functioning either permanently or until the degaussing field as passed on (along with the AFV itself).

Battlefield awareness and secure communications are facilitated by the ES-26 VERITAS telex-relays integrating Panopticon information feeds directly into the CV56's vehicle commander's control console and head-up display.