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Pike — EU3 "Pike" is a medium MGV designed by Caffarelli and built at their manufacturing facility in Ragusa. The Pike pre-dates both the EU4 Pilum and the AU8 Sarrisa, and was one of the first vehicle designs to feature a collar shield; the tapered superstructure built out from both sides of the hull.

Pilum — The EU4 "Pilum" is a heavy MGV designed by Caffarelli and built at an undisclosed location on the North African coast. It was introduced as a replacement for the older MA90 and features a tighter profile coupled with more advanced fire control and communications suites.

The Pilum has a striking appearance, including a prominent and sharply defined collar shield which terminates as a spike antennae projecting above the upper hull spine. Behind the collar shield the hull chokes inward before resuming its previous profile adjoining the aft power transducers. As with almost all MGV designs, the lev-drive system is entirely internal and none of its elements are evident on the exterior of the vehicle's hull. The Pilum has twin firing ports in the nose which allows the center-mount rotary launcher to conduct alternating battery fire. The Pilum's only weakness is armor protection that is somewhat light compared to other HMGV units, but its relatively heavy long-range firepower and slender profile assure a plentiful supply of "noses" to put into a fight. The Pilum is a cutting edge unit and a dangerous opponent when present in numbers likely to be employed for assault and point defense purposes.

Python — The J90 "Python" is a Japanese MGV which caused a stir with its devastating effectiveness. It is more commonly called the "J-Ring" or "J90" rather than its official code name. The orignal J90 has been superseded by a newer model about which little is known (keeping in mind that not much is known about the original version).

The Pythons were a mystery when they first appeared. For many months nothing they encountered survived, and supporting Japanese MGVs assured a full battlesite clean-up. It was only when pieces of some J90s were recovered from a downed Selangor orbital ship that its full size and formidability were finally hinted at.

There is still a lot that is not known about them, but planetary scientists do know this: they are extremely dangerous, even in small numbers. Unlike previous MGVs, whose large size were the result of less sophisticated technology, the J90 "super MGVs" are large battlesite killers capable of wiping out whole formations of enemy MGVs at very long ranges. Despite their size, their visual and sensor signature makes them difficult to spot and target.

Their main weapon appears to use a vectored beam that collapses targeted surface and any immediately opposing surface with a vise-like pressure, effectively crushing together the two surfaces. The result on targeted MGVs is generation of crushed impact-like fracture zones across the vehicle's cross sections - hence the J90's code name "Python" for its crushing power. This places the weapon in the Class K (kinetic) category.

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