Measure Multi-Gunner IFV
|"Measure" Multi-Gunner Infantry Fighting Vehicle Mk.II|
|Multi-Gunners firing on Imperial Strikers|
|Unit Type||Infantry Fighting Vehicle/Anti-Air|
|Production Building||Tank Factory|
|Secondary Ability||Transform weapon/Reset weapon|
|Production Time||7 seconds|
|Heroic Upgrade||Siege Kit (gains tracks for better turning/offroad preformance and a dozer blade to clear mines and crush heavier vehicles/gain frontal arc armour)|
- Eat my dust!: With a highly capable "Vigilante" missile launching turret, the Measure is particularly effective against infantry and light aircraft who tend to be shredded by the rapid fire volleys of guided fragmentation warheads. The missiles are also decently effective against light vehicles, but are not made to engage tanks or structures and should avoid confronting them.
- Taxi!': The IFV is able to carry one squad at a time, and its special turret can adapt to any equipment the passengers are carrying, allowing the IFV to augment its passenger's capabilities. If the Vigilante missiles are the best tool for the job however, they can always switch back to them whenever they wish.
- High Speed, Low Drag: The IFV trades armour for speed and is able to outrun most other ground vehicles. Therefore most commanders prefer to use IFV for hit-and-run attacks and rapid response. It is also effective at quickly moving infantry across the battlefield, which has led to many a daring sabotage mission by Comintern engineers. However this low armour can only be compensated for to a certain point by upgrades and passenger weapons, and the Measure is very poorly suited for brawls or trading with dug in opponents.
- Clear off!: Measures that have demonstrated a significant need for danger close retrofits can be given special tracks designed to cost as little speed as possible while allowing the Measure to make much tighter turns and handle better off road while also fitting a dozer blade to crush obstacles and deflect some incoming projectiles.
Few vehicles in the Internationalist forces have been of such vital service for so long as the Measure infantry fighting vehicle, known for its speed and reliability in most any combat scenario. The newest version, replacing the old WWII era Corkscrew IFV, is the MEasure Multigunner IFV. While most details about the IFV and the design team responsible for its unique weapons system are widely known, this report of life in the field with such a vehicle by distinguished wartime journalist Selby K. Stewart sheds new light into one of the cornerstones of the Comintern' steadfast defence network.
Excerpt from Comintern on the Front by Selby K. Stewart
Day 12 -- Budapest Border
"We're easy, man, we adapt," says Specialist Boone as he reconfigures the multiturret on his vehicle in one stroke, prepping for a General Defender from the 125th. Intel reports a large contingent of unmounted Allied infantry ahead, so Boone has stowed the standard-issue missile launcher in favour of a more-appropriate weapon for the upcoming fight. The peacekeeper is quiet, examining what appears to be an oversized shotgun mounted on the roof of the armoured car. Boone is chatty, however, maintaining a steady stream of banter about the war, his family back home, and the different units he's worked with since deploying.
"We had one of them Missile Defenders by last week. Good man, professional, real team player. I just slap that missile launcher of his into the IFV targeting system like so," -- and here Boone demonstrates a procedure that is so quick and complex, that words alone cannot adequately describe it -- "...and it's like peanut butter and chocolate, aye? And last month I was attached to an engineering company, helping fix up the 43rd Armoured after Toledo up at Ohio. I don't know how we fixed some of that stuff. Big brains on those engineers. Great bunch of gents."
Specialist Boone's experience is remarkable but not unique. Even though Measure Multigunner IFVs are organized into their own units, in practice they are constantly assigned to support other combat teams. The IFV is uniquely suited to this role: Its primary firing system lets the IFV make use of its passengers' special-weapons training and equipment in an augmented or modified way, while safely preventing untrained users from accessing any unauthorized configurations. In effect, different class of passengers each give the IFV different capabilities, allowing battlefield commanders to quickly customize their forces to react to any threats they encounter. Even with no weapon mods installed, IFVs often provide excellent anti-air support for heavy armour via their light missile launchers.
On average, a Multigunner IFV can expect to spend 80 percent of its service life away from its home unit. This must put a strain on most soldiers. Boone's commander, Company Commander McGregor explains:
"Unit cohesion is key. It's the sense of family that keeps soldiers in the fight even when things start to get rough. Getting bounced around to different units, always working with new people, most people would have difficulty with that. But that's what IFV crews have to do constantly. It takes a special kind of person to stay combat-effective in that environment."
But Boone resists the idea that he's special: "I'm surrounded by the best soldiers in the world. I can't imagine giving anything but my all."
When asked if he's ever had to transport anyone he didn't like, he wrinkles his nose and laughs. "Let's just say some of the Bear crews aren't as well-trained as they should be."
By the time Boone finishes a final systems check, the General Defender's point man has joined him in conversation. IFV drivers are known for having an intuitive knack for quickly building rapport with other soldiers. Doubtlessly, this is key to the survivability of IFV crews and their passengers, above and beyond the versatility and effectiveness of the Measure Multigunner IFV is as a fighting unit.
Post-War Operational History
During its extensive combat use, it was found that the Multigunner IFV was; though a useful basic design; severely deficient in several areas. After the loss of nearly eight hundred vehicles and crew in a single disastrous day of the Battle of Cruonia in April 1986, STAVKA ordered the immediate cessation of IFV production and for a new mark of the design to be presented. The new IFV Mark II redesign was produced with the aid of the Detroit Motor Plant and featured a new 360 degree turret design that replaced the iconic missile rack with a more armoured container, reinforced hatches, thicker, composite armour plating and a retuned suspension. The first of the Mark II designs rolled off the assembly line in November 1986, and have now widely replaced the Mark I.