The Centurion design was based on the principle of hit-and-run, and defensive tactics back during the Disorder Wars period on Earth. This tank was designed to be mobile and small, allowing greater flexibility compared to its successor, its small chassis means it can move up relatively narrow mountain roads, and more can be fit upon trains and transportation. With the Federation rethinking their mindset on the more defensive doctrines for their armored units, these vehicles are specialized in defensive-roles, this proved to be a liability for these vintage tanks when the Federation launched their retaliation campaigns against the Pseudo Arachnids and the Batarians. This same disadvantage translates to excellent defensive capabilities, as everything from Skinnie Chariots to Batarian Varush tanks learned to fear the Jagdpanzer Hetz.
Already when the 2nd Bug War came to an end, these vehicles showed their age, and it was only made worse with the discovery of the Mass Effect. Originally just an old variant for a style of warfare made impossible by the Bugs and Skinnies, it was quickly rendered obsolete by advancing technology from the Citadel. The most obvious disadvantages was the lack of an energy shield, along with inferior metallurgical protection against hi-velocity Mass Accelerators, these quickly proved to be fatal for the unfortunate crew of these tanks which faced raids from the Terminus and Batarians. Nevertheless, they are still being mass produced and constantly upgraded with up-to-date equipment. Examples of these upgrades include ablative laser proof coatings, improved thermal sensors, state of the art armor plating, and improved engines.
The tank has a reputation for being cheap, fast, and reliable. Able to run on anything that burns, can reach up to 88 MPH in favorable off road terrain, being relatively easy to maintain, and can mount a variety of weapon systems. it maintains the Federation’s desire for modularity, with the various turrets being able to be replaced, and the casement weapon’s also being able to be swapped out. Typically used for garrisons in defensive actions, the tank has a reputation for being the Colonist’s vehicle of choice, with the Colony of Neo Novogorsk claiming it as their Planet Vehicle.
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