The shelf is clearing, just a few more MOCs to photograph this holiday and one to partially rebuild because the suspension makes baby Jesus cry.
This one is more solid than the Tug Tank even though I reverse stud direction a lot to get the right shapes. Again, it's a hull within a hull to keep the interior compartment white and, again, I didn't build a roof that would come off without the whole thing exploding in my hands. For something different I went with an asymmetrical turret shape and went with an elevating main gun. The rear storage compartment is inspired by the LAV III in use with the Canadian Forces.
The main gun is actually too heavy for the brick hinge to keep it elevated. My solution was to put a drop of honey in the hinge to gum it up. Now I have to worry about bears trashing my MOC shelf...
Manufactured by Kinsen, the Raiden is the premier Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) in use by Network forces. Manufactured after the Second Jinan War, it employs the latest in armour, propulsion, weapons and sensory systems. The fire control systems and sensors are on par with vehicles used by the United Arms Services, like the Cerberus SBT.
The Raiden holds a section or more of infantry with ample internal storage space for equipment and supplies for long distance operations. The three man crew consists of driver, gunner and crew commander, all aligned on the right side of the vehicle and turret. The asymmetrical shape of the turret affords space for the main gunís autoloader. The main gun is the Luke 2SM AT gun, second most powerful in Network employment and capable of penetrating the armour of most IFVs and MBTs. A flank shot on a SBT has a reasonable probability of scoring a mobility kill.
The armour is a combination system of ceramic laminates, spaced armour and explosive reactive armour. All the armour packs are modular and can be replaced as improved armour types come into service. The current armour configuration is the equivalent of most MBTs.
There are four marks of the Raiden in production. Kinsen keeps the top-line Raiden AI series for their own forces and trusted allies. The export version marks E, F and G have different sensor systems of lesser range and capability than the A1. The export Raiden is nonetheless an excellent IFV.
The Raiden represented is an F version in service with FedCorp regular infantry.