Spectre Miniatures: LTV
Alles rund um den neuen LTV – von Spectre Miniatures.
LTV -Spectre Miniatures
Product Focus – the Light Tactical Vehicle
We have called this new light wheeled armoured vehicle the Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV) as it will be brought into service in various guises by several nations under different names. It has been purchased by US, British and Slovenian militaries with interest from many others. The Spectre LTV is designed as a base model, as with our original HMV kit that is modular with a range of accessories and upgrades.
The Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV) is the next generation combat vehicle designed to meet emerging threats in all environments. It features MRAP-like protection levels against direct and indirect fire as well as mines and IEDs, while presenting a lower silhouette and lighter weight, and significantly better mobility and reliability than earlier armoured patrol vehicles. It is designed to operate from polar regions to the equator in all types of terrain.
It is designed to be configured for the mission – ranging from low intensity security operations up to combat with a near-peer enemy that is equipped with high end weapons, surveillance systems and support such as attack helicopters and close air support – it is not just designed for counter insurgency operations as seen in recent years in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It has a crew of two and can carry an additional two passengers and a gunner if a turret is fitted. Due to the small number of troops it can carry, it is likely to be used primarily as an escort and patrol vehicle, as well as for reconnaissance and special operations.
A rumored ‘special operations forces variant’ LTV would need to reasonably blend with ‘green army’ LTVs, but offer enhancement specific to the missions conducted by SOF. The increased reliability of the LTV is attractive for longer ranged missions, but considerable spares and equipment would need to be carried. The SOF-LTV would have a protected cargo area for more equipment and assault troops – that could be fought from, as well as an access passage hatch to the main crew compartment as seen with Special Forces M-ATVs.
With this initial LTV model we have done something slightly different at Spectre – we have created the projected Special Operations Forces variant using our military sources and expertise. It has a protected cargo/assault configuration and a standard turret hatch and will fit all Spectre HMV turret and Remote Weapons Stations (RWS), as well as HMV upgrades such as well as suitable HMV upgrades such as antennas and stowage, which means you can adapt the weapons systems for the in-game mission. It features a rear hatch that allows access between the crew compartment and the protected cargo bay. Additional upgrades for emerging versions will be available in the future.
The high mobility of the LTV means that it can move in and offer stand-off or intimate support to troops using turret or (more likely) RWS weapons. Common uses would be to protect troops moving into an objective on troop carrier vehicles (such as seen with JSOC’s use of the Pandur Armored Ground Mobility System (AGMS) and Stryker vehicles). Once the troops are dismounted and walking in to an objective, the ‘gun trucks’ – in this case LTVs – would move to a fire support position and coordinate with the assault force.
Remote Weapons Stations are becoming more common as they are accurate weapons platforms, excellent surveillance systems with optical and thermal sights and can be operated under armour, usually by the vehicle commander. Common weapons are the .50 Heavy Machine Gun with good range and penetration, the 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher with long range and excellent suppressive fire, dropping bursts of bombs on targets. For closer environments, 7.62mm machine guns are used for point and area suppression and less likelihood of collateral damage as well as lighter weight.
More technical and capable RWS are being developed to meet greater threats. The latest development is a multi-weapon ‘Land Warfare’ RWS designed to counter a wide range of threats in one package, ranging from infantry to main battle tanks (MBTs). It consists of a high-resolution optic and thermal system with three weapons systems. Including a 7.62mm machine gun to engage point or area targets (generally enemy combatants) with lower chance of collateral damage and signature. A 30mm cannon that can engage targets with a variety of ammunition at longer ranges. This weapon can fire a variety of ammunition and the ‘HE’ version generally has the same effect as a grenade going off at the impact point so is suitable for engaging infantry in the open or in buildings, and soft skin vehicles. It is the ideal stand-off fire support weapon for assault forces, able to provide high accuracy and effect on target. Lastly, it has a Javelin missile system, which can engage a variety of targets using thermal lock on and fire-and-forget technology, meaning the vehicle can fire a missile and immediately move into cover. The Javelin can hit hard targets such as bunkers using direct fire mode and can destroy anything up to modern main battle tanks using top-attack mode making it an incredibly potent weapon. The RWS – Land Warfare is available as an optional separate upgrade to Spectre LTV and HMV vehicles.
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