Friday, September 17, 2010

Task Force Serpent Dossier: Raven RVN-3L

Raven RVN-3L

Task Force Serpent Dossier


Name: Raven

Mech Class:Light

Weight: 35 Tons

Tech Base: Inner Sphere

The Raven is a technological marvel and employs a large number of advanced electronic warfare systems, possibly making it the most advanced light 'Mech on the field, at least in detection and targeting equipment. It was first built by the Capellan Confederation as an electronics test bed unit that was pushed into combat during the Fourth Succession War, when the Federated Suns made a concentrated effort to destroy the Liao state. Since that time rediscovered Star League technology has allowed the Raven to reach its full potential.

The Raven has a maximum speed of 97.2 km/h, which is respectable for a 'Mech of its weight class. It is armored with four and a half tons of Ferro-Fibrous armor, giving it good protection. To further its survivability, it is outfitted with CASE to protect against any ammunition explosions. The 'Mech is also powered by an XL Engine and carries some of the most advanced electronics warfare equipment in the Inner Sphere.


The Raven carries a small weapons array that is nevertheless respectable for its size. The primary weapon on board the Raven is a pair of Ceres Arms Medium Lasers. These are backed up by a Harpoon-6 SRM-6 to finish off any enemy units that it does engage. Generally, the Raven  is kept out of direct firefights though, as it is more valuable as a recon or electronics warfare asset than as a front line combat 'Mech.

Electronics Suite: 
What made the Raven famous is its ECM suite. Early models carried 7.5 ton of electronic warfare equipment that was noted for lackluster performance.

The recovery of lostech soon made the original ECM equipment obsolete, and later versions of the Raven completely replaced it with a combination of advanced systems, namely an Apple Churchill Beagle Active Probe, an Apple Churchill Guiding Light Narc Missile Beacon, an Apple Churchill Guardian ECM Suite, and finally an Apple Churchill 442x TAG.

RVN-2X - Many of the Ravens captured by the Federated Suns in the Fourth Succession War were refitted to the 2X standard. It replaces the EW equipment with a Large Laser and raises the armor to sixth-and-a-half tons.

Captain Nash's Mission #2 Analysis:  We received a distress call from a Private Louis Merloni from the 1st Davion Guards - 12th Company.  Message was very garbled, and cut off almost immediately.  Where our long range communications are still down, it must have come from the Leopard Dropship we saw go down north of us.  Message stated he and a Sargent Ramon Garciaparra were on planet and needed assistance.  That's all we got.  Merloni was last assigned to a Raven RVN-3L, one of the few in the FedComm that hadn't been converted to the 2X variant.  Garciparra was assigned a Catapult CPLT-C4.  Chances are they are in the area of the Dropship crash, avoiding detection using Merloni's Raven ECM.  Working up a Mission Briefing to go and find those guys. Adding that Raven to our ranks would be very helpful in our fight against the Jags.            

Tech Readout:


  1. Skip just posted some news about a pair of mech jocks that got cut off from their command. Looks like the next mission will be a search and rescue. Not sure what kind of intel we are going to receive from the drones, so we need to be prepared for blind infil and lord knows what kind of exfil.

    Should be ok if we can show a little better discipline than we did the last time. I have spent a bit of time with the mechcommanders working on my cross quals. They didn't have a very high eval of our last outing. Hope we can show them something better this time.


  2. They can cross eval my fuzzy nuts!

    Like we are not in a bad enough way stomping around in the clans garden making a mess of things now we gotta go play rescue ranger on a couple guys who for all we know are smoked already, will be by the time we get there or are just getting watched as bait to draw us out.

    Piss poor misapplication of supplies and material if you ask me. We should send in a recon team or some probes or something, hell lets get Maverick to do it, I heard tell his ride didn't even get its paint scratched last op!

  3. I say we send the tank slayer.. He was the master of stealth up until the point he wanted to send the entire lance after the one Patton.. Cried like a baby when only two people followed him and then got a comendation for it.. All I can figure is we know who the skippers new rack mate is..


  4. Yeah I'll do that for sure Poe. Or maybe I'll wander off and take on some infantry. Or maybe I'll go take out a different mech. Or maybe- just maybe- I'll lie down on a roof for a few turns and take nap. We'll never know until it's my turn, PLAN on that.

    Maverick out.

  5. He don't be mad! That clan warrior sounded much tougher on the coms that he turned out to be...

    Besides the roof was a good vantage point!