Katyusha Spotter Walker
|SATV-27X "Katyusha Cannon" Target Designator|
|Katyushas designating Epsilon targets|
|Unit Type||Light Vehicle|
|Production Building||Tank Factory|
|Secondary Ability||Shields up! (Creates a shield around the vehicle to protect iself and nearby allies from harm)|
|Production Time||20 seconds|
|Heroic Upgrade||Ion Cannon Satellite (Secondary beams circle around target to ionise area before primary beam strikes, greatly increasing area of effect)|
- And reach for the soldier on the far-away border: The Katyusha Spotter walker has proven to be a valuable form of artillery as it makes sure that no enemy can avoid getting singled out for annihiliation from above, taking them out with solar fury from the heavens that deal substantial damage and are deadly accurate. Though it takes a bit of locking on to get a satellite to fire, once they do; the target is as good as gone.
- Along with greetings from Katyusha: The Katyusha Satellites that the walkers call on are also able to fire a steady beam of energy into a collector dish at the top to power up a shield generator that renders the Katyusha virtually impervious to damage.
- Let him remember an ordinary girl,: Katyushas are not well armoured and fold very quickly if caught at close range by enemy forces with any modicum of anti-vehicle fire, and for safety reasons; have a significant minimum range, and are of course unable to do anything about aircraft that have them dead to rights. Furthermore, their rate of fire is quite poor, and they can be swarmed as long as the enemy doesn't come from predictable angles as their satellite weapons lack the sort of area of effect burst that more conventional artillery systems possess in exchange for their accuracy.
- Let him preserve the Motherland,: The best Katyusha Spotter walkers are given access to new Ion Cannon Satellites that first ionize the air of their designated targets with circular beams before firing the primary Ion Beam; which deals damage across a significantly greater area. But with the satellite network already as busy as it is and Ion Cannon satellites only recently being launched; only the most decorated of Katyusha crews have the authority to call down an Ion strike.
The exceedingly ambitious and costly effort that is the Katyusha Solar Power Satellite Network (Katyusha SatNet for short) started off as a seemingly far fetched proposal for a clean energy generation system. The idea: to put a satellite in space, use it to collect solar energy from the sun, and beam it back to the Earth after putting it through the tesla state to substantially increase energy production with even small satellites. Tesla state collectors on the ground would further amplify the energies received and thus allow a single satellite to power an entire city.
The concept would have had several advantages--unlike with ground based solar power, a space based solar power system would have unobstructed access to the sun at all times, and could receive a greater intensity of solar radiation, since, unlike ground based solar power systems, that radiation would not be filtered out by an atmosphere. A network of such satellites, it was theorised, could provide a cheap, renewable, virtually inexhaustible supply of energy for significantly less effort than the singularity reactors being favoured by the "gravitonic mafia" and use less space than pure tesla state reactors on the ground.
There were a number of kinks in the proposal, of course; to construct such a network would be an enormous undertaking, and the cost of the project in resources and manpower would doubtless be astronomical. Various technical obstacles also stood in the project's way as did a number of geopolitical issues. The Allies also had a substantial presence in space and were hardly keen on their enemies building up so much of their own presence. The Allied governments of course, issued a protest, regarding the Katyusha network as a weapon system in the making. That they were working on their own rival Solaris network to also provide power from the sun was of course, ignored. Despite this, those who supported the project were able to get the Comintern to accede to the launch of a test satellite, against heavy opposition.
The test satellite, dubbed Katyusha 1, was composed of four main components; several large photovoltaic panels to collect the solar energy, a flywheel storage mechanism to store the collected energy, a tesla state inducer to squeeze out as much energy from the process as possible, and an ionised electrostream to transmit the energy back to the surface in the form of charged particles that would ensure that the light energy transmitted would be in a coherent form and eliminate most if not all wasted energy.
In March 1961, Katyusha 1 finally went online. Once the satellite had collected enough energy, the electrostream went online, and fired a beam of solar energy towards a small receiver plant reinforced to withstand hurricanes or air raids. To the surprise of all the onlookers, the resultant beam of energy proved so intense that it blew up the entire plant, sending partially molten fragments scattering all over the test site. The energy beam was too powerful.
The test ended in disaster, but in a strange twist of events, it would prove to be the project's salvation. STAVKA, upon hearing what Katyusha 1 could do to a receiver plant, realised that it could do the same to a fortified military building or an armoured tank. At the same time, with the increasing fear of the possibility of the Allies bombarding Comintern cities from orbit, the Comintern sought an equally spectacular weapon of their own, and the Katyusha project, surprisingly enough, seemed like what they had been looking for. And in the words of Air Force Commander Curtis LeMay "If we don't weaponise this tech, the limeys will."
Before long, the Katyusha project was transferred to the Revolutionary International Military. The initial scientists working on the project were moved to Iran to work with the Space Marine and given a large budget for them to continue improving the technologies in the project. The designation of "Katyusha" would be retained due to its potential as an artillery piece, much like the venerable MRLS trucks that had won so much notoriety in the second world war.
Though the Comintern officially stated that the Katyusha Solar Power Satellite Network would still have the purpose of power generation, and while work continued on improving the solar energy collection plants to prevent a repeat of Katyusha 1, the main focus was now clearly on the military aspect of the project; just around this time, tensions with the Alliance of Free States were rising, and the members of the Communist International were looking for every weapon that was available. Research was poured into improving the electrobeam's power output, and work was begun on a mobile ground based targeting platform that would allow for precise targeting of the satellite's solar beam.
This platform would become the SATV-26S Katyusha Cannon Target Designator Vehicle, a name that would quickly be shortened to Katyusha Spotter Walker. By december 1965, shortly before the start of the third world war; more than three thousand miliary Katyusha satellites had been launched and they would be needing every one of them.
With the outbreak of hostilities, the Comintern pushed even harder for the Katyusha project to be expanded. Satellites were launched at a breakneck pace and walkers were being mobilised as quickly as crews could be found for them. The Katyusha would make its combat debut later in the year, destroying an Allied outpost in New England. Before long, other Allied bases around the globe began to fall to the scorching heat of the Katyusha satellites' beams and assaults were increasingly stonewalled by the ability of the walkers to become temporarily invulnerable.