Terran Market Designation: Silverfish
Manufacturer: Roy'ale Manufacturing Industry (RMI)
Type: Combat Assault Vehicle
Mission: Battlefield Electronic Warfare Systems Management
Chassis Number Series: ZE0001 to ZE3272
Production Start: 2259; 3,072 produced to date
Weight: 45 tons
Height: 18 feet
Armour: Buckler 1s
ECM System: Magician System 24
Power Cell: Evadde System I
Repair System: Pass Plus IIb
Target System: HUD Lock IIx
2x LAK 3 Laser Bolt Guns
With the Challenger and Bishop both scheduled for debut in 2258, RMI also began development of an advanced spotting unit. Both other CAVs were planned to feature the Martin 22 indirect fire missile system (although engineers on the Bishop later abandoned that system for the Martin 50). The Silverfish would then provide the eyes to find targets and coordinate fire for those missile systems.
As it would commonly be deployed immediately alongside the Bishop, the Silverfish was configured to carry many of the same onboard systems to ease logistics requirements. The PP-58 breeder is identical, the Silverfish's smaller frame and lighter payload transforms that same power into a considerably faster speed. The Silverfish also shares the Bishop's HUD Lock IIx target system, with the addition of a squad uplink antenna racked on the upper right torso. In this way, the Silverfish would be able to designate targets for bombardment.
Alteration of the Bishop's design in 2257 to decrease its missile firepower in favour of the Rook XrGGC magnetic rotary cannon and inclusion of an in-built chain lock pod rendered the Silverfish's role more redundant. Taking a cue from Koda Works' recently released Kahn design, engineers repurposed the CAV for an electronic warfare role. The existing indirect fire coordination system and chain lock pod were removed and their space dedicated to enhancing the Magician System 24 EW suite with an aftermarket Umbrella 9 ECCM system, which became standard on all production models of the Silverfish. Though lacking the potency of the Kahn's purpose designed Yonga 36, the Umbrella 9 nonetheless serves the Silverfish well. Alongside the ECCM suite, engineers installed an advanced CHAMELEON adaptive camouflage system, further enhancing the Silverfish's ability to perform reconnaissance undetected.
The new electronic systems drew heavily on the Evadde System I power cell, which had been judged adequate for the Silverfish's previous role. Testing during 2258 found that even the relatively modest PAK 3 particle bolt gun developed for the Silverfish had the ability to drain the capacity of the power cell while all EW systems were active. Again turning to the Kahn (which in turn drew from prior designs such as the Talon, Panther, and Spartan), the PAK 3s were replaced with paired low-yield laser bolt guns. This delayed the Silverfish by a further year as RMI developed the LAK 3 laser bolt gun.