The Warrior Hammer's Slammers 5 Author:David Drake Baen Publishing (c) 1991 — Publicatoin date May 1991 First Edition — A Slammers' tank was a slope-sided iridium hull whose turret, smooth to avoid shot traps, held a twenty-cm powergun. The three-barreled automatic weapon in the cupola could operate independently or be locked to the same point of aim as the main gun. Eight intake ducts pierced the... more » upper surface of the hull, feeding air down to drive fans in the armored nacelles below.
At rest, the tanks sat on their steel skirts. When the vehicles were under way, they floated on a cushion of air pressurized by the fans. At full throttle, the power required to drive a tank was enormous, and the fusion bottle which provided the power filled the rear third of the hull.
The tanks were hideously expensive. Their electronics were so complex and sensitive that at least a small portion of every tank's suite was deadlined at any one time. The hulls and running gear were rugged, but the vehicles' own size and weight imposed stresses which required constant maintenance.
When they worked, and to the extent they worked, the Slammers' tanks were the most effective weapons in the human universe. As Warrior was about the prove to two divisions of Republican infantry...« less