|“||A highly maneuverable lightweight tank. Designed for urban environments, it is fitted with a 40mm cannon.||„|
|— In-game description|
The H5 Hatchet is armed with a 40mm cannon and has a single inventory slot where ammunition stacks. It has space for a crew of three, a driver, gunner, and a commander. The driver is the only crewmember able to see the current fuel level, while the gunner loads and fires the cannon. The commander can view the battlefield using Binoculars giving more information about incoming threats while also being able to fire Secondary Weapons at nearby enemies. The tank's turret can rotate 360 degrees. It rotates faster than the Devitt Mark III, it's Warden counterpart, but has a slower reload speed.
It appears to be a mix of different tanks, mainly the "Stuart" and "Chaffee" series of light tanks, used by the US Army in World War 2.
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 their armor.
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.