Lightdragon, on 28 July 2012 - 08:36 AM, said:
wasteful design when long tom carriages can carry more ammo and cost far less... plus there are dropships that come standard with them
Except the Fortress Class Dropship (the one w/ the long tom) is Rare, costs about oh, 150x this mech. Oh, and usually are pretty stationary once in atmosphere.
As for the long tom vehicle, again, since you seem to miss the repeated point... those are far too easily hunted down and destroyed, proven time and again in cannon, have very limited speed, and terrain crossing ability, and require a crew of 15 fully trained soldiers to operate. Whereas by using a mech chassis, I sastly increase ground speed, which allows it to be redployed rapidly, am in a sealed unit, meaning, unlike the long tom vehicle, I don't need to be deployed in a breathable atmosphere (particularly since while the crew may wear protective clothes, the ICE engine still has atmospheric requirements), and have zero terrain limitations, even able to be concealed under water for long periods of time. Add in the extra mobility to cross brken terrain and crevasses thanks to jump jets, and again, your argument fails spectacularly.