Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Smoke Jaguar Dossier: Rifleman IIC

Smoke Jaguar Dossier

Type: Battlemech

Name: Rifleman IIC

Mech Class: Heavy

Weight: 65 Tons

Tech Base: Clan 

The Rifleman IIC is an upgrade of the venerable Rifleman BattleMech. Five tons heavier than the design it is based on, the Rifleman IIC is also slower. This creates a great deal more room with which to mount other equipment. Further weight savings are found in the use of an Endo Steel frame. One of the first upgrades to the design was maxing out its protection, with eleven tons of Ferro-Fibrous armor. The vaunted anti-aircraft 'Mech is aided in its role by the inclusion of an Active Probe. To compensate for the loss of speed, the IIC mounts three jump jets than can propel the 'Mech up to ninety meters in one leap.

Simple, straightforward, and accurate; the Rifleman IIC is armed with four Large Pulse Lasers. This allows it to pick apart enemies from a respectable range, as well as easily target incoming aircraft. A single ER Small Laser is installed, seemingly as an afterthought. Nineteen double heat sinks keep heat mostly in check, though volley fire should be used.

Rifleman IIC 2 - This variant removes all of the weapons and equipment, and replaces them with four Ultra Autocannon/2s and six tons of ammunition. The weight saved, plus a half ton from armor, is used to upgrade the engine to allow the 'Mech a top speed of 64 km/h. MechWarriors must be exceptionally wary of the large, vulnerable ammo bins.

Captain Nash's Analysis:  This is your fast / light mech killer.  Quad Large Pulse lasers...she is not going to miss much.  Though it is a 65 ton mech that is the same speed as an Atlas...that is your advantage.  Stay out of range of those LPL's and drop this one with long range fire.       

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