I've been looking through the codex and decided that I'd like to get a couple of Hydras to complement the Corbanian 1st. I've had a look at FW version and I'm not much for it, the guns are just a bit too big for the chassis and even with the rumours of a plastic version coming out next month, I still think that I'm going down a different avenue. So, I decided to have a look at what's currently out there in the real world.
First off, we have the German Gepard which although only has two guns, is quite close to the Hydra.
(Modern vehicle photos from www.militaryphotos.net and UK MOD, used without permission)
The same can be said about the Itpsv90 Marksman from Finland, although it does seem to suffer from the same big turret, small chassis problem that the FW Hydra does.
It was at this point that I decided that I really didn't want to go down the flak cannon route and so started to look to my roots and the British Army. The problem with flak cannons is that they're really short ranged and so the British Army adopted the missile as it's primary form of air defence. For a long time, the main system used was the Rapier system which was normally mounted on a trailer unit.
Rapier systems were also mounted on dedicated tracked M548 chassis for more mobility whilst also doubling the rocket capacity.
In the past decade, the British Army has added a new missile to their list of Air Defence systems. The Starstreak missile system is currently in service in many different forms, from shoulder mounted to dedicated vehicles.
So, you might be saying 'Thanks for the cool pics Col. but what's the point?'. Well, remember those Hyperios missile systems that I posted about here that ForgeWorld were kind enough to replace for me? Combine them with a crappy chimera I picked up in a trade and I've got the makings of a Starstreak Hydra Air Defence system, my next vehicle kitbash project.
I'll be bringing you project updates soon guys, first off, I've got to sort the crappy chimera out so it's time to break out the files.