After the liberation of the planet Praxis IV from PCS forces, the High Command determined that a more active support system was needed to prevent the needless loss of valuable troop transports such as the Ka-95 Sokolica. The result was a high energy weapon dubbed the "Tick" for its resemblance to the small and annoying insect.
The need to clear entrenched forces was the primary motive behind the creation of the Tick. With a sustained firing rate of 35 second at 8 feet per second, the Tick is capable of taking out all but the deepest bunkers and fortifications.
To insure survival of its crew, the Tick is made up of two components- the main weapon and the crew's quarters. With such a high powered weapon, its was felt that safety should be a top concern.