-- Genoan "Antares" Assault/Drop Tank --
The Genoans are an odd race in the Scythian Alliance against the Immortal Empire - little more than 5 G.R's ago they didn't even know space travel was possible, let alone the intergalaktik wars going on in the great beyond. Today they are still little known but often active in joint operations against the Immortals, commonly joining in ground operations.
When the Genoans where first introduced to the act of warfare in space their leaders and generals in the fractured Genoan family houses where awed and wondered by the Scythian Orpheus SHDT and it's ability to drop a full squadren of troops by dropping directly from orbit to attack the enemy, and desperately wanted that same first strike capability, but simply didn't have the man power or training to do so.
Their solution to this problem was perhaps one of the luckiest clusterfucks in the world of military espionage ever seen.
To start with, the vehicles base isn't even a Genoan design - rather it is an adapted Britannian prototype for their own hover tank systems - which the Genoans learned about through Scythian fleet intelligence.
So the Genoans amassed a small fleet of their own vessels, set out to the R&D facility and simply . . . asked nicely for the Britannians to hand them over using a mix of gathered intel and making bullshit up on the spot.
The Britannians, seeing a group of yokels in slightly out-dated ships simply assumed the Genoans where Britannians from another sector . . . and handed them over, along with the design specs and production notes.
It wasn't until the Genoans left the system using adapted Scythian FTL drives that they realized something might have been a little bit iffy.
So the Genoans took the prototypes back to the Rigel Kentaurus shipyards and started adapting them to a standard that the Genoans could use - what they wanted to do was adapt a Scythian Antimatter Projector for Genoan use, but nothing the Scythians could present them with was suitable for the power core within the newly adapted tank, so the Genoans stopped talking to the Scythian designers and instead asked their AI.
Now within Scythia AI have been present for several hundred years - viewed as full citizens, but they are seemingly only permitted to adapt their own hardware or code, but nothing else - as that would be beyond the remit of their own "Personal" domain, so when the Genoans provided a Scythian Civilian AI with the design specs and asked it if it was "up for the challenge" or "wanted a go" (specifics get a bit iffy at this point) the AI presented them with the smaller, cooling-fin-less turret design. Far less effective than the traditional version due to the lack of cooling fins, but the AI instead routed the heat into a system of thermal generators throughout the hull as a method of stopping infantry from mounting the vehicle.
It then showed them the tesla coil system that is now a permanent feature on every Antares, using the combined semi-mounted coils it can project a lightning field across the front arc of the tank that strikes randomly at any target in front of it to a distance of about 10 meters from the moment the antimatter projector powers up.
Obviously the ability to fill the entire space in front of the tank with lightning was too good to pass up.
The engine underneath the tank works in combination with the rear grav fins to allow high speed movement as well as orbital insertions simply by pointing the entire lower engine forward as full output, and the tank can carry a squad of 6 troopers at a time into the field.
The Antares is being pushed into full production as we speak, while the combine facepalming of both the Britannians and Scythians is currently being projected in Astronomical Units.