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Ripsaw IRL

The Howe & Howe Ripsaw is a tracked, unmanned ground combat vehicle undergoing development with the US Army, with the most recent M5 variant being tested as the RCV-M (Robotic Combat Vehicle-Medium). It can be remotely operated, with more recent variants featuring fully autonomous capability, and design tailored to preserve communication even when disabled. Available weapon systems include a 30mm autocannon and anti-tank missiles, as well as less-lethal options for deterrence.

Appearing in Battlefield 2042 as the M5C Bolte, it was first seen in the Battlefield 2042 Official Reveal Trailer (ft. 2WEI), seen chasing LCAA Hovercrafts in the ice fields of Breakaway.

Battlefield 2042[]

"Designed to strike fast and create chaos. The A1 modification increases composite armor protection, reducing vulnerability to small arms fire without sacrificing performance."

— In-game description

The M5C Bolte is a Personal Armored Transports featured in Battlefield 2042, unlocked at Level 50. The Bolte could be used by No-Pats from both USMC and RGF faction. In earlier versions, the vehicle belonged to a separate Light Tank slot and had different customization options.

The tracked vehicle has an advantage on rough terrain over the other light vehicles, but lacks some of the unusual movement options of the LCAA Hovercraft, and slightly lower maneuverability than the LATV4 Recon. Its high speed on ground and uncommon weaponry make it a durable harrasser of infantry and ground vehicles. Bullets are not able to shoot through the windshield of the Bolte.[1]

Though not initially equipped with offensive options, the driver may by depoly various devices for laying ahead of an enemy advance, or replace it with a smart Missile Launcher system. For the gunner, there are no weapon specifically designed for Bolte to use in the customization, and their performance is similar to that of other vehicles. The 40mm Incendiary Grenade Launcher seems to be the only weapon suitable for this type of vehicle, as the the 7.62mm Minigun has weaker firepower, while the TOW missile and 50mm Cannon cannot be used in Hit-and-Run. Unlike other vehicles, the reconnaissance equipment on the M5C Bolt is provided for the gunner.[2]

After rebalancing, for the current version of Battlefield 2042, the M5C Bolte now belongs to Armored Transports slot, same with MAV and CAV-Brawler. It is clearly that Bolte cannot assume the responsibility of Armored Transports as it can only carry a maximum of two passengers. However, thanks to its high speed, Bolte can indeed cause chaos behind enemy lines as description mentioned.