This article is considered accurate for the current version (1.54) of the game.
Unlike the 85-series, the Bardiche sports a heavier, more durable build and is fitted with a coaxial heavy machinegun along with a powerful, short-barrelled 68mm turret. Modern Kraunian engineering allows for a fast reload, making it an ideal tool to combat enemy armour.
— In-game description.
The 86K-a “Bardiche” (also known as a Bard) is a ColonialAssault Tank specially designed for close-range tank fights. It is equipped with a 68mm short-barrel AT main cannon and a 12.7mm coaxial machine gun.
The 86K-a “Bardiche” has 4000 HP and is disabled under 30% health. It has "Heavy Armor" resistance: it can soak small arms fire, shrapnel, and 12.7mm machine guns, and it is immune to Flamethrowers. But heavy explosives and anti-tank weaponry are a real threat to it. It has subsystems that have a chance to be disabled by heavy explosives and anti-tank weaponry if hit specifically: Tracks: 25% (Anti-Tank Mines always disable them), Fuel Tank: 25%, Turret/Cannon: 15%. It has Tank Armor. With it, in best case scenario, penetrating projectiles only have a 23% chance of penetrating and doing damage. That chance goes up quickly if the armor is worn or if it is shot from up close, or on the side or rear from a direct angle, or with ammo that has penetration bonuses. It takes 170 Basic Materials to fully repair it from 1% to 100% health with a Hammer. Its health, subsystems, and Tank Armor can be instantly repaired at a Garage for 100 Basic Materials.
The 86K-a "Bardiche" is specifically designed to be a frontline brawler tank for Colonial forces, as it has the firepower, armor, and health to withstand large amounts of enemy attacks. Its fast-firing short-range AT cannon and high durability means Bardiche crews must constantly push enemy armor to quickly close the gap in order to use its armament, and be considered effective. The tank's coaxial 12.7mm machine gun is effective against infantry, but requires coordination between the Gunner and Commander. Due to these stats, all Bardiche crews must play a little more aggressive in their attacks compared to a standard tank, since the main gun cannot be fully utilized.
Due to its 68mm main cannon, the tank is pretty lackluster against structures and should not attack them. This means other vehicles are required, like those with 40mm, in order to effectively destroy enemy defenses and push fronts. However it is an AP round, it has a higher chance of penetrating armor, and can disable subsystems easier compared to 40mm rounds. Targeting enemy vehicle's subsystems is highly recommended.
Although it is possible to use the tank without a Commander, it's not recommended as it will limit your awareness on the battlefield, as well as limit the weaponry being used.