Friday, October 15, 2010
Smoke Jaguar Dossier: Howler (Baboon)
Name: Howler (Baboon)
Mech Class: Light
Weight: 20 Tons
Tech Base: Clan
The Howler was first observed among Clan Jade Falcon second-line units, though it has since been proven to be much more widespread. The BattleMech the Inner Sphere dubbed the Baboon is moderately fast for a 'Mech its size, topping out at 119 km/h. Its armament is at least partially enabled by the use of an Endo Steel structure and three tons of Ferro-Fibrous armor.
The Howler is a potent missile boat for its size. Meant to provide fire support to light garrison Stars, the 'Mech carries three LRM-5 launchers and three tons of ammunition.
Howler 3 is a prototype in use by the Smoke Jaguars. Apparently impressed with the capabilities of the Inner sphere Hollander battlemech the Smoke Jaguars scientists looked to improve upon the single weapon light mech design. The Howler 3 exchanges the standard engine with an XL and adds MASC. The saved weight allows for the 3 LRM's to be replaced by a single ERPPC with a Targeting Computer. This design makes for a very capable sniper style mech.
Captain Nash's Mission #2 Analysis: If the Jags have any of these Baboons around, just get close and and crush them. If they happen to the Prototype with the ERPPC...get close fast and crush them.
Tech Readout: http://www.solaris7.com/TRO/HTMLBattleMech/BattlemechInfo.asp?ID=894