JUE8 Nimean Lion and JUE7 Stymphalian Picture

(Artists note: the proper titles of both tanks are JU-E8 "Nimean Lion" and JU-E7 "Stymphalian" but DA doesn't like the use of the hyphens and quote marks. Keep in mind, the Nimean is here both for comparion and to show the visual difference with the E8 model over the 5S model seen here: [link]
The difference between the 5s and the 8e the addition of an 80mm Alpha wave weapon and improvements in technology.)

“That shadow in the footage it was probably me, I’m the rumor I’m the doubt I’m the lie, but you wouldn’t stand against me if you didn’t want to die, everything you knew was wrong!” – JU-E7 tankers motto (a commonly abridged version of a popular song from the mid 2000’s.)

The JU-E7 is a parallel development, which uses the hydra class chassis as a basis to make an inexpensive mass-production tank without any classified technology. The development of the JU-E7 came about amidst a concern that the earlier Geryon was starting to show its age and a worry that were the more advanced models of Hydra tank to become the primary tank it’s advanced technology might fall into the wrong hands. The response was an authorization by the Military to ask JU to produce a model of tank sharing basic parts with the hydra that would per unit cost at least 30% less to build and train crews for. JU delivered on the request with the JU-E7 ‘Stymphalian’ at about the same time the Hydra was withdrawn from service and the JU-5S Nimean Lion was proposed as a replacement. Fortunately the recycling of the proven equipment parts and the removal of the more expensive equipment as well as a mostly duplicated internal layout and controls has cut costs almost 57% which means almost literally the SSC military is almost getting two tanks for the price of one. Overall the Stymphalian is a comparatively inexpensive tank to manufacture, while remaining a effective medium combat asset with upgrade capability for its primary weapons and systems. Any crew member that has been assigned a posting in a Hydra tank can operate a Stymphalian and the same goes for former Geryon and Javelin SPG crews. This effect alone has assured the Stymphalian a long military life span barring some unforeseen external environmental change. For note in keeping with the standing tradition of JU to use names of monsters from Greek mythology the JU-E7 is named for the Stymphalian Birds who were known to be man eating*. The reference is a direct analog to the tanks anti-personnel strengths and the sheer numbers of the tank as produced.

The JU-E7 Stymphalian as far as medium weight tanks go is a relatively standard design, as it is based about a core concept of a primary weapon, a supporting weapon and a few anti personnel weapons. Given the weapons arrangement by definition the Stymphalian is actually an MBT of sorts but its speed and weight say otherwise. At thirty five tons, the Stymphalian features a basic configuration of a crew cabin in the middle and front of the body with the engine in back and a single pair of tracks. The two most obvious features of the design that stand out in comparison to the Hydra class are it’s double wide tracks which aid in the tank retaining it’s speed over soft terrain, and the unusual hemispherical turret. The turret is of note not so much for it’s appearance but for the fact it is a crew operated remote turret which means the crew unlike in other JU designs is well protected from harm by the hull of the vehicle. The turret itself was part of the cost saving measures of the design as it was found to be easier to cast a rounded turret then a traditionally shaped one. Furthermore the lack of crew in the turret also meant the lack of a need for special considerations for a gun mantlet and a bustle. Visual considerations a side the Stymphalian is powered by a trio of compact kallon fusion reactors which allow for cruising speeds around 86 miles per hour. The reactor arrangement is unique amongst JU designs which rarely feature split propulsion. The reasoning is simple enough, in that an enemy has to literally disable three engines to score a mobility kill against the Stymphalian as opposed to the normal single disabling hit in most designs. In field use it has been proven that the Stymphalian can indeed limp along on one reactor at roughly 25 miles per hour which is a considerable asset in protracted battles where supply and repair is distant.
Propulsion is just a fraction of the tank’s assets as its armor and armaments are nothing to be scoffed at. The tank bears a reinforced frame and some eight tons of enhanced ablative armor which provides ample protection against ballistic and missile threats and reasonable protection against artillery and, explosive devices. In respects to offensive capabilities, the Stymphalian bears a 50mm Alpha-Wave COIL energy weapon which has an effective striking distance that puts projectile weapons to shame. As a secondary armament is a pair of ARM two tube missile systems both of which are modified for use versus airborne, armored and fortification targets. Rounding out the tank’s armament are three V-A/12 legacy guns for anti personnel and anti-air use. A full optronic sensor suite and a complete electronics warfare module rounds out the tanks armament and defenses making it a capable front line unit.

When considered as a whole package, the military certainly got a deal in taking on the Stymphalian medium tank. Few other designs have the fortune to be so worked over as to be virtually flaw-free upon delivery. Most commanders flatly appreciate that the tank’s main weapon is munitions free which means training crews means less of an issue with the quartermaster and budgetary concerns. Additionally the similarities between the Stymphalian and other units also made by JU mean that tank crews who have been waiting for replacement vehicles have little turnaround time in getting combat ready. It has however been noted that the Stymphalian is not without its design quirks as occasionally the onboard targeting computer will suffer sensor ghost errors and see targets that don’t exist even outside of combat. Additionally JU did cut corners in the neo-rubber cleats within the tank’s tracks so the tank is noisier and the tracks wear out faster as a result. Some motor pools often point to the turret’s shape itself as a flaw, as the turret is a single powder-cast piece and thus if severely damaged or cracked completely through the entire thing has to be replaced. With the turret in mind some observers have suggested that the gun mounting, with the end jutting out of the back of the turret is a flaw.

The Stymphalian is the primary medium tank of SSC’s military and thus sees common deployment to all fronts. The most recent deployment of note was during a very brief skirmish between Field Marshal Sloane's Insurrectionists and a Loyalist Tank Platoon just outside of the exclusion zone of the newly discovered Sumner facility. Initially the loyalists force composed of light infantry supported by a few APC's and a number of powered armor infantry platoons attempted to seize the Sumner facility. As the Insurrectionists approached the exclusion zone they were stalled by Loyalist light infantry in prepared positions expecting heavier reinforcements. Little did the loyalists know the reinforcements had for the most part been intercepted en-route by Insurrectionist elements of the 9th Fleet. Despite this a single battered loyalist Marikov starlifter managed to make a crash landing to the west. The surviving operational units consisted of six Stymphalian medium tanks and some support units. As the Insurrectionist infantry forces pressed on against the faltering loyalist defenses the Tank platoon got itself in order and deployed utilizing their speed and the chaos of the moment to dash behind the Insurrectionist line and ravage supply lines, command positions and then after the six had achieved this in under two hours they then charged the enemy's rear lines running over whatever they could not outright kill. When the dust settled the tank platoon had inflicted enough attrition upon the insurrectionist militant forces that surrender was the best option. The Insurrectionists for note were outright stopped by a lack of munitions just in sight of the Sumner facility.
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