LC-3 "Ladencore" Logistics Auto-Armor
The Commonwealth of C's LC-3 Logistics Auto-Armor, also known as the "Ladencore" for its rotund appearance, is a class of dieseltech auto-armor designed to support other units in the field.
The Ladencore features a modest dieseltech powerplant. Most of the suit's design budget was spent on optimizing the pneumatic compressor to improve the armor's endurance and lifting capacity. In a pinch, an auxiliary air line port on the Ladencore's motility gas cylinder allows the suit to link up with the maintenance ports on other auto armor suits. This means that the Ladencore can be used to recover suits with damaged power plants or compressors, though the pneumatic system on the downed suit must still be able to hold air for this functionality to be used.
Weapons & Armament
The Ladencore is one of the only auto-armor varieties that is frequently used to dual-wield belt-fed weapons, such as the BX-9 "Smokestack" Automatic Scattergun or standard grease guns with modified recievers. This is because the suit can carry special ammo feed pods (see Additional & Auxiliary Systems) on its shoulders, effectively extending the capacities of these weapons. Nevertheless, the Ladencore is not meant to go toe-to-toe with other armored units, and Ladencore operators are expected to rely primarily on the units they tend (typically the BF-6 "Fortress" Mobile Stronghold Auto-Armor or PBA-5 "Pioneer" Main Battle Auto-Armor) to do the heavy fighting.
Armor and defense
While not heavily-armored in the traditional sense, the numerous thick canvas bags stuffed with supplies that surround the armor's chassis provide a modicum of protection againts ballistic and concussive attacks.
Additional & auxiliary systems
The Ladencore primarily carries large amounts ammunition and fuel for an armored unit to which it is attached, as well as additional water and rations for the personnel in that unit. Instead of a traditional armored carapace, the internal truss frame of the Ladencore is fitted with stamped metal brackets designed to interlock with jerry cans, ammunition boxes, and luggage bags with the appropriate mounting hardware. A web of thick leather straps and molle around the exterior of the suit provide additional space for carrying various equipment. The pauldrons can be fitted with special ammunition belt feed drums to supply the suit's own equipped weaponry. All of these features give the Ladencore, as well as any armored unit it is attached to, exceptional field endurance.