Mission Profile and Specifications
The Swan is RDA's primary assault vehicle, used on Earth's front lines, in nearly all terrains. It can also be used as a scout car to collect intelligence on forward positions in the field, or it can be used to guard convoys and escort company dignitaries. The 1.25-centimeter thick permalloy armor expands to two-thirds of an inch beneath the chassis to protect against shrapnel from mines. The body features few frills. The gunner gains access to the elevated chair by stepping onto simple metal bars extending off either side. The driver and spotter gain access by leaping over the side panels. The six tires (two larger in front, four smaller in the rear) have little armor protection, but are made from a hybrid polymer blend, with titanium strands woven throughout, which makes them very tough to puncture, either by jagged rocks, arrows or enemy fire. Some models feature four fifty-millimeter sentry guns in place of the rotary cannons, depending on the firepower required by each battle scenario. In either case, ammo is fed via an internal pneumatic belt system running up through the crane lift into the weapons (similar to the feed belts on the AMP suits). There is a rudimentary roll bar giving minor protection to the driver and spotter, but is it rare that a Swan rolls over due to the stability of the gyroscopic system. If it does roll, gunners have learned from experience it is better to release the safety harness and jump clear, if there is enough time. Reinforced recirculating ball steering keeps the machine pointed in the direction the driver aims. The suspension features new flex-alloys and air cylinders to smooth out a rough ride. Six tires help smooth out the bumps as well. There are six vertical steel bars to cut wires or punch through obstacles. Four are mounted on the front grille, two are mounted just forward of both front tires.