Class: Armored Fighting Vehicle (Prototype)
Vehicles Built: 4
The RST-V Shadow (RST-V stands for “Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Targeting Vehicle”) was an attempt to build something truly advanced for the U.S. Special Forces troops and the U.S. Marines to use as a fast attack and recon vehicle. The famous DARPA laboratory, in cooperation with the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy, funded a General Dynamics Land Systems project to create a light assault and recon platform that would combine the 21st century recon capabilities with low weight, stealthy movement, high speeds and, of course, durability. At the same time, the vehicle would have to be light to fit into larger helicopters in order to match the transportability of the earlier platforms.
What made it truly unique was the propulsion. Instead of a massive engine such vehicles usually sport, the Shadow was powered by a hybrid drive. A 2.5 liter Detroit Diesel engine (rated at 150hp) powered an electric generator, which in turn either charged the vehicle’s on-board batteries, or powered four electric motors, one installed in each of its wheels.
Four prototypes were delivered by GDLS in 2002 and extensively tested until 2004. The 2004 tests were largely successful and, in 2005, General Dynamics Land Systems received a contract to upgrade the Shadow based on their results and in 2006, one or more Shadow prototypes were allegedly sent to and tested in Iraq for three months. And that’s where its story abruptly ended. During the years that followed, the Shadow was sporadically mentioned in connection with the JLTV program that was launched in 2006 to replace the old Humvee in pretty much every role within the U.S. military, but it would not appear as a serious contender during its run that ended only fairly recently. The Shadow was likely defunded sometime after 2006 and will likely remain a prototype only.
- Harder to Spot: When moving slowly, this vehicle does not lose any camouflage and can effectively creep around.
- Recon Package: This vehicle's set of advanced optics provides an improved vision range when stationary.
- Missiles Only: This vehicle is only armed with anti-tank guided missiles or unguided rockets, making it only viable in mid-to-long-range combat, since both are often difficult to aim at short distances.
- Hybrid Engine: This vehicle's engine is partially electric, which ensures excellent mobility and stealth. This engine can't be set on fire and its repairs are quicker.
- Adjustable Suspension: This vehicle features a hydraulic suspension that allows you to manually change its ground clearance.
- Neutral Steering: This vehicle can turn on the spot much like a tracked vehicle would.
- Improved Reverse: This vehicle can drive backwards much faster than other vehicles can.
|FGM-148G ATGM||ATGM||Stock||500[note 1]||600 mm||270 m/s||6.00 s|
|7.62mm AP||AP||Stock||8||18[note 2] mm||855 m/s||5.00 s|
|XP Cost||Credit Cost||Hull
|Stock||Stock||5 mm (vs AP)
5 mm (vs HEAT)
|Military Aluminum||5 mm (vs AP)
5 mm (vs HEAT)
|Military Aluminum||N/A||N/A vs AP|
N/A vs HEAT
|This vehicle's light armor offers basic protection from autocannons and machineguns.|
|Name||XP Cost||Credit Cost||Aim Time||Reload Time||More Info|
|Javelin ATGM Launcher||Stock||Stock||N/A||6.00 s|
|Name||XP Cost||Credit Cost||Max Speed||Reverse Speed||Forward
|Hull Traverse||Fire Chance|
|Detroit Diesel DI-4V 153 hp Hybrid Engine||Stock||Stock||112 km/h||112 km/h||1.90 s (0 to 32 km/h)
23.98 s (0 to Max Speed)
- 100 for Non-Penetrating Hits
- 18 mm at 100m;
9 mm at 1000m