The M45 Peregrine is a series of All-Terrain Utility Vehicles currently produced by Forest Motors. The M45 is a deep battlespace reconnaissance, rapid assault, and fire support vehicle, first entering service with the Black Eagles Security Services Intervention Command’s Rapid Reaction Corps (RRC) in 3249. It was developed on Templeman as the primary mechanized infantry vehicle of the RRC, with its wider adoption with Black Eagle Security Services and the Templeman Defence Force.
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The vehicle was originally ordered in 3248 to meet a need for an agile, well-armed, light patrol vehicle, which had been seen as decidedly lacking in the BESS vehicle fleet; the existing vehicle fleet was lightly armoured and armed. A design committee (Committee of Next Vehicles) was established with the mandate to provide BESS with a series of light vehicles for use by BESS rapid reaction forces. Vehicles that came out of the Committee include the M92 Armoured Personnel Carrier, Hound Reconnaissance Car, Sabra Infantry Fighting Vehicle, Tiger Tank Destroyer and the T-455.
The T-455 would be manufactured by Forest Motors with the vehicle officially adopted as the M45 Peregrine. By 3249, with the vehicle being announced to the public, the first production units arrived at forward units by early 3250. The M45 initially had two main variants: the 4×4 light and the 6×6 heavy – the heavy version was capable of mounting heavier weapons and with space allowance for later development. Adoption of the M45 within BESS was complete by 3255. Each of the variants are similar and use the same components, and easily transported by air both internally and externally by large transports, and can even be carried externally by light aircraft with the ability to be dropped from a starship in orbit. After exiting the aircraft or orbital pod, the vehicle is ready for battle in less than a minute.
The M45 was upgraded in 3418 with improved protection against anti-armour mines and man-portable missiles, which had been the cause of many vehicle deaths in combat. The improvements extended the service of the vehicles, projected up to 3445, with a boost to crew protection.
The upgrades include a new and more powerful engine in the form of a G3T PEMFC, and increased armour protection with diamond-layered armour. The M45 mounts a Greenlight Type II electronic intelligence collector and blocker blister; improved fire control with the Watchtower model VIS battle management intelligence and communication software; improved thermal, day, and low-light sights; and a lock detector system. The overall weight of the vehicle increased from four metric tons to six.
In 3414 with a general streamlining of BESS. The company started to either upgrade the existing M45 again to deal with threats that they are now responsible for or to go looking for a replacement. As such a committee (Committee of Next Generation Equipment) has been established to decide on this matter as of 3418 there has been no decision on the M27.
The M45 is powered by a Motors C48T PEMFC engine, developing 300 horsepower. All variants of the M45 are fitted with a modern orbital stock absorption system (OSAS) for the extreme stress caused by orbital entry/air drop. With up to 70% of the Peregrine’s automotive components commercially available, including engine and power train, the M45 is easy to adapt. It has a selectable 4×2 or 4×4 configuration with an independent suspension system. It can be fitted with a self-recovery winch, and fitted as standard is a drive adaptive nano-matrix, which is able to adjust the relative resistance of the tire to terrain.
The basic armour of the M45 consists of a diamond-ceramic plating, which provides all-around protection against small arms with an appliqué armour that can be added, and with a rated protection against 20mm mass-driver heavy calibre rounds and shaped charges.
The M45 can be fitted with a nuclear/biological/chemical (NBC) filtration system accompanied by a chemical detector and radiation detector systems. The M45 was designed to produce a very low and very compact structure to minimize radar and infrared (IR) signatures. The M45 also uses heat-absorbing filters to provide protection against thermal imaging systems (TIS), image intensifiers, and infrared cameras (IRC).
The M45 has multiple configurations, allowing for rapid reconfiguration in the field to meet varied mission requirements. The M45 has a central weapon ring rotates through 360 degrees, capable of mounting a variety of weapons systems. It can be armed with M9A2 12mm machine gun, M12A2 40mm grenade launcher, or alternatively, a M24 Missile Launcher. There are additional integrated mounts in the doors to mount M8 8mm machine guns.
The M45 is equipped with a daytime optical Thermal Imaging System (TIS), an Image Intensification sight. The M45 is equipped with Watchtower Model VIS Battle Management Intelligence and Communication software, to assist in navigation, and with a Birdseye Model II Multi-spectrum Sensor Suite for target location tasks.
- M45 Heavy: 6×6 with all the same components as the Light
- Command and Control (CnC): Standard M45 equipped for command offices fitted with a Mk 23 command system
- Cargo (C): Removed turret ring and the mounted flat bed
- Air-Defence: Fitted with an M24 Missile Launcher and Keyspace radar
- Ambulance: Removal of the turret ring
- Transport: Standard M45
- Assault: Up-armoured M45 mounted with an M302 Heavy Mortar Launcher
- Gun Tractor: Up-engined M45 for towing artillery
- Communication: Hardtop M45 fitted with a high-powered GR-Babel communication dish
- Electronics Warfare: Hardtop M45 fitted with a Cybernight Cyber warfare suite
- Drone Control: Hardtop fitted with a Piper control suite
- Heavy Action: 6×6 mounted with a M140 30mm chain gun
- Recovery: M45 fitted with recovery equipment
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