The AN-7MC Anaconda is a wheeled main battle tank produced to specifications laid out by the Magistracy of Canopus. The tank was to be a heavy wheeled design that provided high firepower and had low maintainence requirements. The first Anaconda rolled off of Akula Corporate Engineering's Landsmark production line in April of 3060.
The Anaconda is used primarily as a heavy assualt tank. It is quite capable of open field operations and working in the confines of a city when necessary. Motive power is provided by a massive Tumanski 220 ICE engine. This engine has proven quite reliable, is readily available in the Taurian Conordat, and is very easy to maintain. While speed is only slightly over 50 kph, this is not a great handicap on such a well armored vehicle.
The Anaconda's armor is qutie heavy, at some 12 tons of StarSlab/6 armor with CASE. This large amount of armor allows the Anaconda to withstand mulitple Gauss or PPC hits from any angle, and the CASE system increases crew survivability in the event of a critical hit to the ammunition storage bins. However, the Anacondas armored skirts have been known to occasionally bend into the wheels and lock the drive train, effectively rendering the vehicle immobile. Numerous field upgrades have helped to lessen the occurance, but hits from a certain angle can still produce this crippling damage.
The Anaconda is at heart a main battle tank, and its choice in primary weapons reflects this. A turret mounted Magna Hellstar PPC provides the main hitting power. The PPC is backed up by several secondary weapons, including a turret mounted Shannon Fore SRM4, a Diverse Optics Type 27P Medium Pulse Laser mounted in a gimble mount in the turret, 2 Magna Mk. I Small Lasers mounted co-axially with the PPC, and a pair of Voelkers 200 Machine Guns in the brow. This heavy armament gives the Anaconda hard hitting power and the ability to deal with all types of units encountered on the battlefield, from the biggest battlemech to the standard infantryman.
The Anaconda's real strength lies in its highly advanced electonics package. The Anaconda can provide Electonic Countermeasures via an Apple Churchill Guardian ECM suite. This suite can provide protection for the Anaconda and other units operating with it. The Anaconda also has an O/P Artemis IV system for its SRM4, allowing more missles to be placed on target, increasing efficiency and firepower.
The Anaconda has seen action on the planet Charleston in the Taurian Concardat. There, a lance of Anacondas was given the task of halting a pirate raid on a small settlement. The 4 Anacondas present, with their infantry support, managed to turn back a pair of pirate mechs. While the Firestarter proved fast enough to escape, a pirate Centurion was badly damaged from a barrage of PPC fire, and its pilot forced to surrender.
The Anaconda is in service with both the Magistracy of Canopus, and the Taurian Concordat. Both factions tend to use the Anaconda in a defensive role, protecting outlying planets from pirate raids. Both factions also tend to deploy Anacondas in lances, or in mixed assault companies.
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