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Shiraz Class Transport Vessel

The Shiraz Class Transport Vessel is a large infantry carrier, designed for the transportation of the Persian military from front-to-front. In times of peace, it is rarely used for transporting infantry, and can carry a very substantial amount of military of commercial goods around instead. The Shiraz is also capable of launching up to 2 Scarab Attack Helicopters, or 2 "Mohammed" Transport Helicopters. It is also capable of transporting 8-14 landing craft, each craft reducing the number of troops it can carry by 16.    


11,471 tonnes


  • Maximum 30 knots
  • Cruise 22 knots


14,000 nm at 22 knots


 360 including 26 officers and support staff such as cooks and comms operators. 

Shipboard systems:

  • HSCT (High Speed Communications Terminal)
  • SABC (Semi Automated Bridge Control - allows for certain ships' functions to be carried out from the bridge) 
  • RADAR  

Troop Transport Capability: 

490-570 (max) infantry. Depending on the number of infantry being transported, the Shiraz is capable of transporting a limited amount of support vehicles such as tanks, trucks etc. If no infantry are transported, the Shiraz can carry 100 tanks, or 200 trucks. 

Weapons Systems:

  • 2 Medium Range, Anti-Ship Missile Launchers 
  • 2 25mm machine guns
  • 4 Anti-Aircraft Flak Cannons

Carried Craft: 

  • Up to 14 Landing Boats
  • 2 Scarab Attack Helicopters/2 "Mohammed" Transport Helicopters

Cost to Build:

Build: $105,000,000     Maintain: $7.75million per year

The Shiraz plans and production rights can be purchased for a negotiable sum.


Scarab Attack Helicopter

The Scarab Attack Helicopter is a basic all round attack craft. It is designed for both anti-tank and anti-personnel usage.

Scarab Dimensions:

  • Length: 19.66 m
  • Height: 4.2 m


  • Empty: 4,955 kg
  • Max 8,575 kg

Max speed:

210 knots

Operational Limit/Ceiling:

6,400 m


2 (pilot, co-pilot/gunner)

Effective Radius

max. 260 nautical miles

Cockpit Control Systems:

  • IHHUD ( In Helmet Heads Up Display - In-built, flight-helmet HUD)
  • Joint Tactical Radio System 
  • TAS (Target Aquisition System)

Armament Systems:

  • 30mm chain gun cannon (600 rounds p/m) 

Additional Weapons Systems: 

  • 16 x Air-to-Surface Missiles mounted on rail launchers
  • 2 x Air to Air rocket pods 

Standard Design:

  • 30mm Chain Gun Cannon (standard basic armament)
  • 2 x Air to Air rockets 

Production and Maintenance Costs:

Cost: $40,000,000      Maintenance: $4.4 million/year


Plans and Production Rights for the Scarab Attack Helicopter can be purchased for a negotiable price. 


"Mohammed" Transport Helicopter


  • Length 25.10m
  • Height 6.9m


  • Empty 9,244kg
  • Max 15,112 kg  

Maximum Speed:

165 knots

Operational Limit/Ceiling:



3 (pilot, co-pilot/observer, winchman/gunner)


35 fully equipped infantrymen, or 14 medical stretchers. In addition, the "Mohammed" can carry a maximum of 2000kg of additional cargo from cargo hooks. 

Effective Radius: 

>300 nautical miles

Cockpit Control Systems:

  • IHHUD (In Helmet Heads Up Display)
  • Joint Tactical Radio System


  • 2 x 14mm machine guns (door mounted, fully automated)
  • Up to10 rail-launchers with air-to-surface missiles
  • (Optional) Pintle mounted 12mm machine gun (operated by the winchman)

Standard Design:

  • 2 x 14mm machine guns (door mounted)
  • 8 rail-launchers with air-to-surface missiles 

Production and Maintenance Costs:

Cost: $65,000,000     Maintenance: $5,100,000 per year

The plans and production rights for the "Mohammed" can be purchased for a negotiable sum.


BEHEMOTH Infantry Support/Anti-Personnel Battle Tank Mk I

The Behemoth breaks away from the traditional modern design of Battle Tanks, reverting back to older designs. Primarily an infantry support vehicle, it utilises designs used by the British during the First World War. A large, heavily armoured war machine, it has a crew of 6 men. Instead of carrying some form of cannon armament, the Behemoth has two side mounted sponsons, each mounting a 32mm Machine Gun, and a turret mounting a third, 36mm machine gun. The Behemoth is of almost no use against other tanks, but against lightly armoured vehicles such as trucks, and against infantry, its machine guns can have devastating effects.

Crew: 6 - driver, commander, right sponson gunner, left sponson gunner, turret gunner, turret reloader/feeder (depending on whether mags or chains are used)

Weight: 79.11 tonnes


Total Length: 10.1m
Total Width (including sponsons): 4.4m

Ground Clearance: 0.60m
Total Height: 3.2m

Minus Turret: 2.4m
Propulsion Method: Gas turbine engine

Overall Vehicle Performance:

Maximum Speed: 58 mph
Average Speed: 52mph

Average Cross-Country Speed: 35 mph


Turret: 38mm machine gun, can be either magazine or chain-fed by an additional crewman. ROF: 80-100 rounds per minute.

Sponsons: 30mm machine gun, magazine fed; gunner trained and equipped to reload his own sponson. ROF: 150 rounds per minute


The Behemoth’s armour is made up mainly of thick steel plating (35-40mm) designed primarily to repel small arms and machine gun fire. Against anti-tank weapons and other heavily armoured vehicles, the Behemoth is outclassed and easily destroyed. Its tracks are covered by thin steel skirts on the top, but are vulnerable to direct attack.


The Behemoth can be upgraded to mount a large bulldozer blade on its front facing. This increases its ability to maneuver in rubble strewn, urban environments without being hampered by debris. It can also be reconfigured to mount a turret cannon, adding it a certain amount of extra punch against armoured vehicles. That said, it is still not heavily armoured enough for a head on fight with another modern tank. Finally, recent research has found that automatic targetting and firing arrays can be fitted to the Sponson machine guns, allowing them to fire automatically. This technology has not yet been refined enough for battlefield usage however.

Cost: $1,250,000

Manufacturing Price: $500,000

The plans and production rights for the Behemoth Infantry Support/Anti Personnell Battle Tank MkI can be purchased for a negotiable price.

Tehran Space Corps Technology


Launch service to orbit

With good relations enduring between the Phillipines and Persia, the Persian Government negotiated a deal with Tanghali Space Industries to purchase their space technology for an undisclosed, but rumoured particularly high, sum of money. Soon after, Australia and New Zealand declared war on the Phillipines.

A Persian Space Company was set up by the Government soon after Tanghali launches ceased (during times of internal trouble and external hostility towards the Phillipines), Tehran Space Corps (TSC).

TSC is pleased to offer launch services on board our advanced AkyŠt single-stage-to-orbit launch vehicle. Both manned and unmanned flights are available, as well as ferry service for up to 6 persons to low earth orbit.

Launch services are currently available at a rate of $25 million per launch. Manned missions add $2 million for use of the command module and the services of a Persian astronaut. Use of the crew ferry adds an additional $4 million. The expendable large unmanned cargo module shell is available for $800,000. All launches are based out of Tehran and Zahedan.

TSC also manufactures the Advanced Upper Stage (AUS) booster, which can be used to ferry payloads up to 8 tons to geosynchronous orbit. Smaller payloads may be boosted to escape velocity. An AUS booster costs $64 million.

Seljuk (Sampu) and Timurid (Sampu-B) observation satellite

The Seljuk observation satellite is an inexpensive observation and reconnaissance satellite developed by Tehran-based TSC. Originally intended for civilian observation use as a weather and research satellite, the Seljuk has found a place within the military community as well, with several being deployed as reconnaissance satellites.
The basic Seljuk satellite chassis is a 3 metric ton platform using self-aligning solar panels for power generation, and a projected service life of 12 years. The satellite mounts a steerable platform suitable for high-resolution optical cameras, as well as a service platform for wide angle undirected instruments. A high speed microwave data link provides data transfer rates of 137 Mbps to a suitable ground station. The satellite is most commonly used in geosynchronous orbit, though some have been used in low earth orbit.

When configured for reconnaissance work, for example, the satellite mounts these instruments:
Wide angle undirected camera capable of imaging (from geosync) a four million sq. km. area at 100 meter resolution
High resolution directed camera capable of imaging (from geosync)a 6400 sq. m. area at 12 cm resolution (larger areas can be imaged at lower resolutions out to a maximum of 640,000 sq. m. at 1.2 m. resolution)
High resolution infrared camera, piggybacked on the directed platform, capable of imaging (from geosync) a 26,900 sq. m. area at 26 cm resolution.

Timurid incorporates a tightbeam transmitter to help mask it from observation, while Seljuk (Sampu) carries a standard transmitter.

While the primary ground control station requirements are fairly heavy (mostly for ground processing of data, as the satellite does not process the images on-board), simple field listening stations can be deployed at low cost, providing piggybacked data download capabilities. Control of the satellite is not possible from such stations, however. Adding to the cost savings of the Seljuk/Timurid, a single primary ground station is capable of controlling several Seljuk/Timurid satellites with only modest equipment upgrades.

Seljuk costs $320 million.

Timurid costs $322 million.

Launch services to geosynchronous orbit are available for $89 million

Seljuk requires a suitable ground control station. TSC can contract the construction of a station suitable for controlling up to 6 Seljuk satellites for $300 million.

Field listening stations are available for $4.8 million

Satellite Decoy

Designed as a low cost solution to the problems of antisatellite missiles, the Seljuk decoy is an inflated mylar balloon resembling a Seljuk satellite. It is equipped with a simple computer and transmitter, allowing it to periodically transmit "data" as a real Seljuk satellite would. The decoy is launched deflated on a launch pallet, which can carry 100 decoys. Once in orbit, small solid fuel boosters separate and deploy the decoys, which then self-inflate and begin operations. Eighteen pallets can be carried on an Akyat, or a single pallet can be carried along with a Seljuk satellite.

100 decoys on a launch pallet cost $8 million and require no service