Name: Roi Ek Jaturun Wattanna (Captain)
Vehicle: FV101 Scorpion 90 AFSO/A
Profile: Jatarun was born into a military family. His grandfather was one of the founding members of the Royal Thai Marine Corps back in 1932, his father served in the Marines as well, and up until five years ago, Jatarun was in the Marines as family tradition seemed to dictate. He was commanding an AAV-7A1 amphibious APC while he was part of the Marines, when he heard of a new section of the Air Forces Special Operation was being born; the Armored division. He acted like his grandfather before him; he volunteered immediately. In five years, he has trained to learn everything there is to know about the FV101 Scorpion 90 Recon/Light tank. He and his two crew members have proven themselves capable of taking apart and rebuilding the tank with just the tools that they have on board, and improvised field-craft, as have the other ten crews. The necessity for such ability is that their entire mission, is to be dropped behind enemy lines as armored paratroopers. Sometimes this necessitates more discreet means of dropping in than using a C-130 transport, such as a modified BT-67, or other, smaller and lighter aircraft. The AFSO/A is part of an expansion of the AFSO in general, in light of the increased global activity and threats.
In training, Jatarun has quite wide array of knowledge from his rather mixed disciplines. He's received training on the Ukrainian BTR-3E1, American AAV-7A1 and V-150 Armored Car, and finally the British Scorpion 90. He has some training in hand to hand combat, a wide variety of firearms experience including the use of LAW rocket launchers, to Russian and British MANPADS due to the unique nature of Thailand's procurement. He is also well trained in jungle, bush and field craft. To be fully honest however, their training did not cover desert terrain in depth, except for the last year. Coming from a small country that is dominated by jungle and steep mountains, with a modest Defense budget does tend to limit your access to foreign terrain. Last year they did training in the USA deserts to simulate the desert environments of Africa/India as a little preparation.
Personality wise, Jatarun lives by the ideal that hard and constant training are best tempered with respect and honor. He expects a lot from his crew, he expects them to know what to do without him having to tell them how and when to do it. He has trained them for this for over seven years, as he plucked them from the Marines when he switched himself. He knew he could trust them, and keeping that trust, that respect, was important to him.
Personal Gear: Jatarun only carries a Type 86 Pistol (1911 Clone) with two spare magazines, a picture of his wife and daughter, and a 10" bladed kukri as personal affects.
33 Rounds of 90mm ammunition: 15x M652A1 APFSDS-T shells, 13x M616A1 HE-T, 5x M625A1 HEP-T (HESH)
3000 Rounds of 7.62x51mm Ammunition; 2400 rounds of regular ball/tracer mix, 600 rounds of M993 AP/tracer mix.
3x M4A1 Carbines with 30 magazines of ammunition loaded in 30 round magazines (10 magazines each)
48x 76mm Smoke grenades (12 reloads)
1 Starstreak MANPADS Optic unit and 3 missiles.
4 M72 LAW rockets
Field-rigging for lifting the turret (Straps, cables, chains, hand-operated winch, etc)
2x camouflage netting (Jungle green and desert tan)
15x days worth of rations
First aid kit
Spare clothing, including casual dress.
Hammocks and sleeping bags.
Roi Tri (2nd Lieutenant) Intira Prachaphet, Female. 29 years old. She is the driver of the tank. Her parents have all but disowned her for joining the military, which is fine with her, because she hates them anyways. A rebellious spirit, who likes to have fun, but knows when to be serious. Is also a bit of a gearhead, and computer tech. Personal effects; ultra portable laptop, small digital camera, and a pocket watch from her brother that she keeps wrapped around the left tiller of the tank.
Roi Tri Phya Suttikul, Male. 28 years old. Phya is the gunner of the Scorpion. He is a fairly relaxed and easy going man, and has the most martial arts and weapons training of the three, not having been trained in vehicles prior to his transfer to the AFSO/A. He was a straight up marine, and in actuality, has the most combat experience of the three. Had an infatuation with Intira when he first met her, dissolved over time to regard her like his sister.
Personal effects; 10" kukri (sheathed on the underside of his hatch, another sheath on his belt for when he is off the tank), three decks of playing cards, two lengths of knotted white rope (Boran hand wrap), and an mp3 player and headphones.
Tank Name: FV101 Scorpion 90 AFSO/A
Current Upgrades already in place:
Cummins 5.9 BTA 200hp engine
Type: Light Tank/Recon Tracked Vehicle
Camouflage and additional storage similar to this FV107 Scimitar:
The emblem of the Airforce done in tan on the back of the turret
As part of the AFSO/A upgrade package to the Scorpion 90, the track system has been modified to use lighter weight rubber tracks from BAE Systems. These tracks are not only lighter than the original, or upgraded tracks available to standard Scorpions, shaving off 600 kg; but also are quieter by 10 dba, but also reduce vibration in the vehicle substantially.
Due to the recon aspect of the vehicles intended role, an electrically operated mast is affixed to the right rear corner of the tank. This light weight, ten meter mast, made with carbon fibre is topped with an advanced sensor suite that includes Long Range cameras in both Visual and Thermal spectrums, an Eye-safe laser range finder, a laser designator, and a battlefield surveillance LPI radar similar to those found in the LAV-25 Coyote.
All of the electronics in the vehicle have been upgraded and modernized to sync in with the C4ISTAR, providing extended combat awareness and targeting abilities to allied forces in a joined network. Unfortunately, due to the cramped conditions of the Scorpion chassis, the Commander must handle this extra burden. The computer, communications and radio suite is housed in the bustle in the back of the turret which used to house just the radios.
To increase the Scorpion's survivability without adding excess mass, the vehicle has been fitted with track guards, Has larger, solitary stowage boxes rather than multiple small boxes, all tools are stowed inside of the boxes, painted with radar absorbing paint, and fitted with a much improved exhaust system that not only makes the tank quieter still, but helps to diffuse the heat signature of the vehicle, making it harder for IR sensors to get a lock.
Rubber tracks: http://www.baesystems.com/article/BA...VFLJ!791695071
The CV90 is 21.3 feet long, while the Scorpion is 17.4, a 4 foot difference. The CV90's tracks are 535mm, Scorpion's are 432mm. I estimated that rather than a 1 ton reduction of weight, there would be a 600 kilo weight difference between the Rubber and the Steel tracks for the Scorpion.
Mast Sensor suite comparison: http://www.army-guide.com/eng/product933.html
Figure that they would have LPI Radar available in the near future, making it safer to use.
C4ISTAR for those not aware, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C4ISTAR Basically; if this tank can see it, they can relay the information to other vehicles with indirect fire capabilities. I know I'm probably using the wrong bloody Acronym though....
On the Stealth bit; Pretty generic and cheap upgrades. Just trying to get it somewhat modernized, and make it a little bit more likely to survive.
I realize I have I have "grouped" a few things together, especially the Mast sensor and the Computer suite/electronics. I am trying to update a tank that was first put into service in 1973, and has rarely seen much improvement over the years except for the Cockerill 90mm gun/turret, the Perkins and then Cummins diesel engine upgrades...and that's about it. It is guaranteed to have the weakest armor (Protection from 14.5x114mm MG on the frontal arc, and small arms elsewhere), and quite possibly, the worlds most distracted Commander (Command the tank, Load the gun, Operate the radio, channel information and surveillance...)
There are two reasons I chose this tank: It is one of the lightest tracked combat vehicles there is (8 metric tons), and it has one of the lowest ground pressures of any combat vehicle (Shut up Hagglunds! Those tracked snow crawlers aren't combat vehicles!). Reaching .366 kg/cm^2 or 5.2psi. Average human? 8 psi. Heavy ass MBT? 15 psi. This allows the damned thing to go...wherever the hell it wants pretty much.
To get into that Thai feel:
But as a light tank in a sea of tanks 5-7 times heavier than it?
"We Gave it Hell!"