It is a caterpillar fighting machine with amazing firepower. Hurricane is often used as a fire support vehicle of attack, however it
can successfully carry out defensive functions – two automatic cannons, twin missile launcher and six-barreled machine-gun build up an
insuperable wall of defensive fire in the way of the enemy.
Hurricane is an ordinary caterpillar fighting machine built on the basis of the monoblock RM-1. Most often this machine is used for fire support
of walking tanks. Its twin missile launcher and six-barreled machine-gun “Vulcan” provide Hurricane with very large firepower. The cross-country
ability of caterpillar fighting machines is not sufficient on a hard terrain, so usually one or two Hurricanes support with their fire the advanced
group of walking tanks of the Werewolf type aspiring to impose on the enemy close combat. Such a combination is considered typical in the
Protectorate armored forces. For the first time, Hurricanes were applied in combat several months before the battle on Velian. Just on Velian
this machine together with its predecessor Tornado gained their deserved popularity.
The armament of the ordinary caterpillar machine Hurricane:
-- Twin six-barreled automatic cannon of 20 mm caliber “Gutling” Mk20. This is one of the most widespread models of artillery armament in the
Galaxy. This design was developed still before pre-space epoch and it has been successfully applied until now. It is used as a standard weapon
for various types of fighting machines. The automatic cannon has a high damaging effect at short and medium distances. This cannon is
insufficiently effective at long ranges. Hurricane carries two such cannons on a common ring mount, which allows to fire on 360 degree.
This cannon is produced by Solar Guns & Cannons Industries under the trademark “Gutling” Mk20.
-- Twin missile launcher “Long Bow” Mk25, produced by General Rocketry Tiranon Corporation. This missile launcher has a specific construction
and is used only by the Protectorate army. It represents two greatly modified guided aircraft missiles “Crossbow” Mk24, which are mounted on a
common launching frame. The guidance system of “Crossbow” was substituted for a cheaper one, so due to this fact these missiles are not very
accurate at long distances. But at the same time they are able to hit close targets quite well.
-- Six-barreled machine-gun of 7.62 mm caliber “Vulcan” Mk29, produced by Solar Guns & Cannons Industries. “Vulcan” is an infantry machine-gun
modified for mounting on armored machines. Six barrels combined in a single packet and revolved by an electric motor are supplied from two
box-shaped magazines. The pilot can switch the feeding of the machine-gun between these magazines (as a rule, one of which is charged with
armor-piercing cartridges and the other one is charged with incendiary cartridges). Earlier similar models were also used for arming various
armored machines. “Vulcan” has good characteristics especially for short and medium distances. It is ineffective at long ranges. The usage of
special armor-piercing cartridges allows this machine-gun to attack lightly armored machines, especially at short ranges.