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XM44 Sabretooth Omni-Environment Main Battle Tank by Helge129 XM44 Sabretooth Omni-Environment Main Battle Tank by Helge129
The XM44 is the new Main Battle Tank of the Glizean Union, and the first tank to be built with a pure railgun. Earlier tanks either used hybrids or chemical cannons, never has a railgun-only tank been built. Its gun allows to be aimed more than 90 degrees upwards, and 30 degrees down. It's powered by a single microfusion reactor, and the railgun has 8 capacitors instead of the traditional one, allowing for a much higher rate of fire than usual, since one capacitor is used at a time to fire, while the others are recharged by the reactor. The XM-44 Was developed as a response to the Terrans' latest forcefield and armor technologies, and is due to enter service in 2263, 2 years from now.

The Sabretooth has 5 types of ammunition, of which 3 are usually loaded. A Tungsten slug in a sabot is the default ammunition, with extreme penetration power, able to pierce several tanks in a row. Next is a frangible slug, which desintegrates on impact, transfering all energy to the target, usually used to destroy forceshields before firing with armor piercing ammunition. Next is a cluster warhead, used to fight large or multiple targets at long range, such as tank formations or airfields. The tank can also be loaded with FLAK shells, if it's deployed on the exterior of spaceships to aid in defense, or if anti-air support is required. And lastly, the shotgun shell. 8 fin-stabilized rods in a sabot. As soon as the sabot comes off, the rods start to fan out like buckshot from a shotgun, allowing to hit multiple targets at once, such as a horde of Zombies, large insects or similar peskynesses.

The tank also posesses 4 RCS thrusters for low-gravity environments, and 4 retrorockets to slow down during air drops. The tracks can be fitted with magnetic pads for the use on spaceship exteriors, or similar situations. It uses metastable metallic deuterium and helium 3 as fuel.
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Commander-Dominic Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
Cool.
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skydolphinCNV95 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
Omni-Environment? so it can operate underwater as well?
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Helge129 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Up to a kilometer under water, or more, but it's rated for 100 Earth atmospheres of pressure and the cooling system works in gas, vacuum and liquid. It's mostly used in places similar to Earth, Mars and the Moon, so normal, low and no atmospheric pressure.
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skydolphinCNV95 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
so the railgun itself is also fit for underwater operation then, given the kind of speed a railgun can accelerate its rounds into i won't be surprised if this tank can hit an anti submarine heli while on the seabed. :D
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Helge129 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes. It can fire special supercavitating shells, that don't get crushed by the water.
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skydolphinCNV95 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
i see. :D
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The-KaijuEnthusiast Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely epic I must say. I'm loving the materials and textures used in this creation. Great work!
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Helge129 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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SuperLeggera88 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
I would like to be the driver or gunner of one c:
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Helge129 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dito :3

And thanks for the fave :P
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