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A highly maneuverable lightweight tank. Designed for urban environments, the “Hatchet” is fitted with a 40mm cannon.
— In-game description
The H-5 “Hatchet” (simply known as a Hatchet) is the standard ColonialLight Tank. It is equipped with a 40mm main cannon. Its most distinctive feature is the angular frontal plate, which protrudes out of the front.
The H-5 “Hatchet” has 1950 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: 30% (Anti-Tank Mines always disable them), Fuel Tank: 20%, Turret/Cannon: 25%. It has Tank Armor. With it, in best case scenario, penetrating projectiles only have a 33% 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 135 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.
Light Tanks (LTs) are used to assault and flank enemy defenses. They benefit greatly from having infantry support to protect them.
The hatchet's fast turret rotation speed and high off-road mobility makes it ideal to flank armored vehicles.
The 40mm shell doesn't have a lot of penetrative power, as such when fighting enemy tanks you'll be forced to hit the sides or the rear and at close range to increase your chance to penetrate the armor.
Most enemy armored vehicles that are not tanks pose little threat to LTs.
They are vulnerable to Anti-Tank Mines. Although a single mine won't kill them, it will cause big damage and always disable their tracks leaving them vulnerable to enemy Infantry with Anti-Tank weapons.
Enemy infantry with Anti-Tank Sticky Bombs also represent a danger because they have a good chance to disable the tracks as well.
Good crew communication and coordination is paramount. The commander must spot targets and threats and relay information and orders to the driver and gunner. Although it is possible to use a Light Tank without a Commander, it's not recommended as it will limit your awareness on the battlefield.
The chassis of the H-5 “Hatchet” bears a striking resemblance to that of the American M2 medium tank, although it lacks that vehicle's myriad hull mounted machineguns and performs a similar role to the later M3 Stuart light tank.
Its turret and treads are similar to those of the German Panzer II.
Late into the Great Wars, the Colonials were not able to make much forward progress, as their armoured forces struggled with the terrain north of the Deadlands. Having failed in a campaign near Whedon's Row, a young, talented engineer from the industrialized western city-state of Dimiourg developed the H-class light tank.
The H5, or “Hatchet” (as it's been lovingly dubbed by the Legion) is a versatile light tank capable of navigating through tight mountainous regions or urban streets. Unlike earlier H-class tanks used prior to the Boreal Wars, the Hatchet's design needed to be streamlined due to dwindling resources. As a result, it can now accommodate a 3 person crew and can reach slightly higher speeds. This makes the Hatchet a perfect tool in a first recon operation or in the advance guard of an assault.
The H-5 “Hatchet” from the front
The H-5 “Hatchet” from the rear
The H-5 “Hatchet” introduced in the Dev Stream on May 30, 2017