Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Smoke Jaguar Dossier: Cougar
Smoke Jaguar Dossier
Mech Class: Light
Weight: 35 Tons
Tech Base: Clan (Omni)
After the Refusal War with Clan Wolf, Falcon Khan Marthe Pryde decided to upgrade the 'Mechs her Clan fielded as they rebuilt. Rather than waste precious resources designing a new OmniMech from the ground up, she instructed her scientists to improve upon existing designs. The design the scientists chose to modify was the Adder. Though the two 'Mechs are visually similar and share the same weight, the Falcon Cougar is slower and better armed, though it only has five and a half tons of Ferro-Fibrous armor. This process enabled the Falcon scientists to produce a new design in roughly half the time it would have taken them otherwise.
Though the Cougar first appeared among Jade Falcon forces during the battle of Coventry, it has since been seen in other Clan forces, most notably Clan Smoke Jaguar, where it was first spotted on Port Arthur during Operation Bulldog. Because it was built on the original Puma chassis and looks very similar to that 'Mech, many Inner Sphere units mistakenly believed they knew the Cougar's capabilities. Not many lived to learn from their mistakes.
The Jade Falcon scientists continued to closely mimic the Adder in the Cougar's weapon systems. The primary configuration uses a pair of LRM-10s and Large Pulse Lasers for a combination of direct and indirect fire support.
* Alt. Config. A - The most popular alternate configuration, the Cougar A is built around a pair of LRM-20s, each with an Artemis IV FCS. This configuration is supported by a pair of ER Medium Lasers and a Small Pulse Laser.
* Alt. Config. B - Similar to the Adder Prime, the Cougar B uses a pair of ER PPCs for direct fire support. It has an ER Medium Laser for close range. Six additional double heat sinks help to dissipate the heat these weapons generate.
* Alt. Config. C - A configuration that has more of a mixture of long- and short-range weapons, the C is built around a single Gauss Rifle. It is complemented by five ER Medium Lasers that allow the Cougar C to stay on the field for a long time.
* Alt. Config. D - The final original configuration which uses an ER Large Laser and an Ultra Autocannon/10 for sniping and a pair of SRM-4s to finish off its opponents at close range.
Captain Nash's Analysis: This might be the slowest light clan mech ever made. That means she carries a lot of firepower. Should not be that much of an issue for you guys.
Tech Readout: http://www.solaris7.com/TRO/HTMLBattleMech/BattlemechInfo.asp?ID=1039