The M310 MABEL was developed by SMC Ground Forces for the Saltwater Marine Corps. The vehicle was first conceived to provide a survivable alternative to air-launched and ship-launched cruise missiles, which had in previous conflicts proven unable to provide consistent presence in a contested battlespace. Although equally vulnerable to air power, it was hoped that the new vehicle could provide a third element to a triad of cruise missiles, targeting both ships and land targets.
The MABEL, which stands for Mobile Armoured Barrage Effector Launcher, is powered by an 600hp diesel driving two tracks, up to a speed of 40mph. The vehicle carries a crew of three - commander, driver and bombardier - in an armoured cabin, and can keep them supplied for a number of days in NBC conditions. The armour is capable of resisting strikes of up to 20mm in calibre, as well as splinters from exploding shells. A key feature of MABEL is the communications systems, with a single vehicle able to coordinate the movements of up to fifteen others. This allows the group to conduct synchronised barrages, leaving little time for counter-battery assets to respond.
Each vehicle is equipped with two missile pods, that can carry up to four High Speed Multirole Missiles (HSMM) Block VI cruise missiles each. These missiles have a maximum speed of Mach 1.2 and a range of 300km. Alternatively, four Brimstone anti-tank guided missiles or sixteen Sledgehammer-ER anti-tank guided missiles can be carried in each pod, for use against massed enemy armoured formations. This ability to bring down a large volume of fire against a target at long range has made the M310 MABEL a highly effective weapons system, hitting outside the range of enemy surface-launched artillery or missiles, and often outside the scope of their air support.
In addition to the missile pods, the M310 also carries a 7.62mm RCWS, operated by the commander, for use against soft targets and enemy infantry, should the vehicle need to operate in close cooperation with advanced land forces.
The M310 MABEL has seen action during the invasions of Idaho and of West Africa, both times launching cruise missiles from within a contested battlespace. No MABELs were lost on either operation.
The vehicle has been exported to a number of foreign militaries, at a cost of $3 million per unit.
AG1+VTOL operates left missile pod.
AG2+VTOL operates right missile pod.
AG3+VTOL+TRIM operates the RCWS.
AG4 activates countermeasures suite.
AG5 activates the headlights.
- Predecessor MABEL
- Created On Windows
- Wingspan 13.8ft (4.2m)
- Length 27.7ft (8.5m)
- Height 16.6ft (5.1m)
- Empty Weight 64,133lbs (29,090kg)
- Loaded Weight 66,901lbs (30,346kg)
- Wing Loading 24,861.6lbs/ft2 (121,384.8kg/m2)
- Wing Area 2.7ft2 (0.3m2)
- Drag Points 10176
- Number of Parts 150
- Control Surfaces 0
- Performance Cost 672
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