The Ke-K2-1 series Type 30 Surface Terrain Vehicle is a large 4WD ground vehicle designed and manufactured by Ketsurui Zaibatsu for use by the Star Army of Yamatai and UOC Peacekeeper Forces. It first entered service in YE 30.
The Surface Terrain Vehicle owes its design lineage to the Type 30 Light Utility Truck but is significantly larger and capable of handling much more rugged terrain. The open-top truck seats two people; The driver sits on the left side while a passenger may sit on the right. Behind the seats is the cargo bed, where the soldiers can store supplies, equipment, and/or a gunner. The gunner stands in the back and can fire a mounted Type 30 Machine Gun (Shown in the images above), Type 35 Automatic Grenade Launcher, or other weapon.
STVs utilize a Durandium Alloy unibody construction and are quite durable. Their windshields are made of Transparent Durandium and their tires are lined with nearly-impenetrable Yarvex. STVs require no fuel and can run well for extended periods without any maintenance, even in extreme environments such as beaches, jungles, deserts, glaciers, or in space.
Because the STV is designed with armored troops in mind, the STV does not have a roof; however, there is also an enclosed variant, the Ke-K2-2 series Enclosed Surface Terrain Vehicle available. A Recovery STV, Utility STV and a 6-wheel Cargo STV variant also exist.
The basic STV has the following measurements:
The Surface Terrain Vehicle can fit into a Ke-T7 "Raccoon" Transport Shuttle if partially disassembled (wheels removed). The most common way to transport these vehicles into combat is by driving them down the rear ramp of a Plumeria Gunship.
See Damage Rating (Version 2) for an explanation of the damage system.
The civilian STV was basically the same as the military one and was available in YE 30 until YE 31 just after the start of the Second Mishhuvurthyar War when manufacturing was redirected to military purposes. Owners of them occasionally get mail offers from the government offering to buy them back, but few owners are willing to part with them. Civilian models are based on the 1G variant and lack a machine gun mount.
The Surface Terrain Vehicle comes in light blue (starships), black (SAINT), and forest or desert camouflage (planetary forces).
The STV-30H is a variant with an armored hard top, transparent durandium windows, and additional protection for gunners. It is designed for use by troops who are not wearing power armor.