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Feles Industries Presents: GO-02 Lightning HoverLCSV

20-04-2004, 19:10

The GO-02 Lightning HLCSV project is the first front line combat vehicle to be build for export by the combined Feles Industries and General Ordnance Development Centre.

The Praetonian Government plans to buy 825 of these to outfit its Mechanised and Special Operations Divisions.

Design Principles:

The GO-02 Lightning HLCSV (Hover Light Combat Vehicle) is the first hovercraft that makes up a major part of a nation’s military yet designed and it is perfectly capable of fulfilling it’s role.

The simple fact that it is a hovercraft gives it several unique abilities, notably the ability to cover almost any type of ground, even water, without any speed impediment. This particular hovercraft is designed as a troop and cargo carrier. It is slightly larger than an average MBT, and can carry up to 12 men inside (larger requirements can be negotiated) or the seats can be removed for cargo space. It can also be adapted to act as a field ambulance.

It also contains a revolutionary new cannon system. Equipped with two autoloaders, one on each side, the cannon can fire DU cored AT rounds (for use against armoured targets) or HE rounds (for use against infantry) and almost instantly switch between the two.

The vehicle is also equipped with the same computer control systems as the GO-11 Tiger Standard MBT, making control of the complex relatively easy for a trained crew.

The main disadvantages of hovercraft are also addressed, notably the vulnerability of certain parts of the craft. The distinctive hovercraft ‘skirt’, which surrounds the bottom of the craft, is fitted with aluminium alloy flaps that protect against anything up to (and including) .50cal machinegun fire. The turbines and rudders are also proof. The main body of the tank is given the same armour that you would expect on a similar troop transport.

The vehicle is given increased stability by ‘fins’ on the sides craft which contain small turbines which automatically correct small to medium instability. The craft can, however, sustain damage to both fins, one of the rudders and small sections of the skirt and still carry on operating.

The final feature of this revolutionary vehicle is an optional gas-turbine engine, which provides excellent performance for a relatively heavy craft, although fuel consumption increases.


Crew: 3 Commander / radio operator, gunner, driver
Cargo: 12 fully equipped troops or 1 metric tonne

Armament: 30mm auto-cannon w/dual autoloader, 1 7.62mm co-axial machinegun, 1 12.5mm machinegun in copula

Ammunition: 2,000 30mm HE rounds, 2,000 30mm AP 3,000 machinegun rounds

Armour: 110mm hardened steel on front and turret
85mm hardened steel on sides
40mm hardened steel on rear and top

Weight: 120mm effective armour front and turret
80mm effective armour side,
65 effective armour rear, turbines, rudder, fins and side flaps

Dimensions: 8.5m X 6.8m X 3m (landed) 4m (hovering)

Performance: 96kph (gas-turbine)
70kph (diesel)

Fuel Capacity: 55 gallons

Range: 400km (gas-turbine)
475km (diesel)


• True all-terrain capability

• Fast

• Gas-turbine engine optional

• Computer interface system makes complex vehicle easy to use

• Previously vulnerable components protected from small arms

• Revolutionary dual loading 30mm auto-cannon

• Can carry troops or up to tonne of cargo

• Can take damage and stay operational


This hovercraft is an excellent vehicle in its field and incorporates some truly revolutionary systems that have implications for many other vehicles. This vehicle is the proving ground for hovercraft designs to come and, if successful, could lead to the hovercraft being given a vital role in any combined force.

This is the perfect tank for:

• Equipping a Mechanised Infantry Division

• Equipping a Special Operations force

• Delivering supplies to the front over difficult ground

Unit Cost: 6,500,000 (6.5 million)

Minus Gas Turbine Engine (replaced with diesel) -1,000,000 (1 million)
Minus Double auto-loader system (replaced with standard gun) -500,000 (5 hundred-thousand)
Minus Turret and weapons (cargo only) –1,000,000 (1 million)

Production Licence Cost: Not openly available but is negotiable

Specific requirements can be negotiated
Discounts and extended payments are negotiable and offered for bulk orders

The following nations benefit from an automatic 5% discount due to their help in the vehicles design via the focus group:

Kelonian States