The Tank of a thousand designs, the ONG-1B Onager underwent many different changes before the production model was finally accepted in March of 3066. Most of the changes were in armaments, but several changes, included armor and chassis tonnage were made before an acceptable medium support tank was designed. As with any design that requires so many changes by the buyer, the Onager was both overweight and past schedule when the first prototype was delivered.|
The ONG-1B Onager is a fire support unit, capable of firing large missle barrages for an extended period of time. The units main weapon, a Delta Dart LRM15 system, has ample ammunition to allow the Onager to effectively support other units. For secondary armament, the Onager is equiped with a front mounted Shannon Fore SRM4 system and a pair of Magna Mk. I Small Lasers in the turret.
The Onager is not a fast unit, given that its mission profile does not require it to enter into the heart of the battle. Its GM R200 ICE engine does allow it to travel at speeds just under 65 kph, which was deemed adequate for its mission profile. It is of interest to note that the powerplant can at times be termpermental, and is known to suffer unexpected breakdowns if a regular maintainence schedule is not adhered to.
The armor protection of the Onager is quite inpressive. The Onager carries 8 tons of Durallex Medium armor which allows it to survive multiple Gauss or PPC strikes against the front. Side and rear armor is slightly less ample, but can still take multiple hits from heavy lasers and PPCs.
There is one Variant of the ONG-1B Onager, that being the ONG-1A, which was the original prototype. This variant carried a Martell Medium Laser in the turret along with the Delta Dart LRM15 system, and the forward SRM laucher was a smaller Harvester 2K SRM2. The ONG-1A was eventually rejected, as Taurian military commanders pointed out that the medium laser system might encourage Onager crews to close with enemy forces, a task the Onager was not designed for or well-suited to.
The ONG-1B Onager is deployed with the militaries of the Taurian Concordat, Magistracy of Canopus, and Outworlds Alliance. There they are used as garrison units, or as fire support units for armor assault companies. Of these, the Taurian Concordat is the largest user, with some 200 units commissioned.
Sources also indicate that a small number of ONG-1As and ONG-1Bs were acquired by the Capellan Confederation for testing purposes. These units were delivered in the fall of 3066. However, it is unknown if the units are operational, or the exact number that were delivered.
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