Combat soldiers are in their element on the battlefield, but they need to get there in order to fight, and the current line up of M.P.M.T trucks has drawn heavy criticism from the troops due to complete lack of protection, and total vulnerability on route to the front lines, so under growing pressure, the Tarakian military looked at developing a series of armoured vehicles with the main purpose of transporting troops in combat zones, while providing a satisfactory level of protection. Current vehicles in the Tarakian line up were looked at for repurpose, but it was decided that none would be acceptable for such a specialized design. While simultaneously looking at existing vehicles, designers were laying down plans for a purpose built armoured personnel carrier, with the capability of carrying a minimum of eight fully equiped soldiers. As well as carrying a crew and passengers, several large storage compartments on either side of the vehicle allow for the storage of supplies, such as medical equipment, food and water, spare equipment and gear, grenades, and of course, a drinks machine, which is capable of dispensing water, tea, coffee, and hot chocolate.
The Guardian is all about crew protection, which is why the layout has the engine and gearbox up front, with the crew and passengers located behind a firewall, for maximum survivability. Due to the aforementioned layout, the fuel tanks are a little scattered on this unit, with one main tank up front along side the engine, and two smaller tanks on each front corner. The Guardian also has two armoured fuel tanks located on the back of the vehicle, either side of the main access door. The Guardian has enough armour that it can stand up to 30mm rounds and RPGs, and even has the ability to add additional armour protection, as well as remove it for other variants that won't see front line service. With a 560hp engine, and weighing in at 20 tonnes, the Guardian has excellent performance, with a road speed of an impressive 42mph, even with it's additional armour installed. Due to water tight seals on all the hatches and access points, the Guardian is fully amphibious, with a maximum water speed of 5mph, using the tracks as propulsion.
Being of Tarakian thinking, designers were already planning multiple other variants before the final design was even finished, these were mainly just the base variant outfitted with medical equipment, or offensive turrets mounted on the roof, but a few required the Guardian to be lightly modified. The base variant will have two crew members, including a driver, and a gunner, however some variants will have additional crew members, such as medical personnel, a mortar team, a command crew, or mechanics.
In an age of nuclear weapons, no one really wants war, but that being said, peace time can be really boring! So why not grab a few buddies, commandeer a couple of military APC's, round up all those empty beer bottles from all the drinking games, and head off for a little target practice!