Mechwarrior 2: Mercenaries Medium Mechs

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ASN-21 Assassin

Many of the purchasing agents for the Star League's military branch seem to have overstepped their authority in the case of the Assassin BattleMech. Although a new light 'mech was not required in great numbers, lobbyists for Maltex Corporation managed to gain several key contracts for the production of this 'Mech. Despite all the politics involved, the Assassin turned out to be a successful 'Mech in combat. Its ample firepower, good armor protection, and speed have made it a popular model. Its mobility seems to be the key to its success in battle.

Mass: 40 Tons
Chassis: Maltax 40
Power Plant: 280 VOX
Cruising Speed: 75.6 kph
Maximum Speed: 118.8 kph
Jump Jets: 100AFVTA
Jump Capacity: 210 m
Armor: Lox loft series 1
1 Martell Medium Laser
1 Holly Long-Range Missile Rack
1 Holly Short-Range Missile Rack
Manufacturer: Maltax Corporation
Communication System: Garret T15 B
Targeting and Tracking System: Garret 500S

CDA-2A Cicada

Many small manufacturers entered the BattleMech industry as tensions mounted near the time of the fall of the Star League. In this period, HartfordCo, a known manufacturer of fine communications and targeting systems, began constructing 'Mechs from their home planet of Bryant near Earth. Their single contribution to battlefield technology was the Cicada, which went into limited production in 2840.

With Bergan Industries holding almost a total monopoly on the contracts for small recon 'Mechs, HartfordCo proposed a 'Mech heavier than the Locust made by Bergan. It would be armed with the well proven Magna laser systems, and be as fast as the Locust but weigh twice as much. Most important, the price was right. Star League took a limited contract for the Cicada, shipping it to replace many of the Locusts lost in border areas.

Mass: 40 Tons
Chassis: Hartford 300
Power Plant: 320 Pitban
Cruising Speed: 86.4 kph
Maximum Speed: 129.6 kph
Jump Jets: None
Jump Capacity: None
Armor: 3/Star Slab
2 Magna Medium Lasers
1 Magna 200 Small Laser
Manufacturer: HartfordCo
Communication System: Hartford J15 B
Targeting and Tracking System: Hartford S1000

CLNT-2-3T Clint

Andoran Industries began construction of the CLNT-2-3T under the Star League Armaments Act of 2507, which law provided border areas with the latest in battlefield technology. The Andoran Industries project resulted in the construction of over 200 of this class. The original Clint prototypes mounted a heavier autocannon (Armstrong Buster Class) and carried more ammunition. However, the chassis of these models developed stress problems, and the armament was downgraded to its current configuration.

This 'Mech functioned as a recon 'Mech as well as a well-armed, lower-end medium 'Mech. Its history and combat performance shows that it served those purposes well.

Mass: 40 Tons
Chassis: Andoran Model III
Power Plant: Pitban 240
Cruising Speed: 64.8 kph
Maximum Speed: 97.2 kph
Jump Jets: Andoran Model JJII
Jump Capacity: 180 m
Armor: Durallex Medium
1 Armstrong Autocannon/5
2 Martell Medium Lasers
Manufacturer: Andoran Industries Ltd.
Communication System: Raldon R1
Targeting and Tracking System: Sloane 220 Lockover Systems

STN-3M Sentinel

The Sentinel, a Star League design that Comstar supplied to the Draconis Combine, fought its first battle in centuries during the Kurita counter-thrust at the Davion planet Exeter during the War of 3039. Along with the Crab, the Sentinel played a major role in the Combine's destruction of vast areas of the planet.

Mass: 40 Tons
Chassis: Defiant V
Power Plant: Pitban 240
Cruising Speed: 65 kph
Maximum Speed: 97 kph
Jump Jets: None
Jump Capacity: None
Armor: Valiant Lamellor
1 KWI AC/5 Ultra Autocannon
1 Marklin Mini SRM-2 Launcher
1 Magna Mk II Medium Laser
Manufacturer: Defiance Industries
Communication System: Starlink/Benicia Model AS829G
Targeting and Tracking System: Targa-7, Vid-Com-17

WTH-1 Whitworth

The Whitworth was first built in 2610 as a scout 'Mech intended to fill the gap between the light Wasp and the medium Phoenix Hawk. Whitworth's development program soon produced a well-armed, versatile vehicle. Although slower than other scout 'Mechs, the Whitworth made up for it with the protection given by its excellent Durallex Light armor.

The Whitworth was initially armed with Harpoon-6 SRM launchers. Star League defense planners replaced these with Longbow-10 LRMs on most models in an effort to discourage MechWarriors from engaging the Whitworth in close-range combat. Known to critics and admirers alike as the "Tin Woodsman", the Whitworth served throughout the Age of War and then in Star League scout units thereafter.

The Star League's death throes also brought the destruction of many Whitworths, serving as they did in heavy combat zones. Survivors were quickly recruited into the forces of the Noble houses that replaced the Star League, however. In the present Successor States era, Whitworths continue to serve their units well.

Mass: 40 Tons
Chassis: Whitworth Type I
Power Plant: LTV 160
Cruising Speed: 43.2 kph
Maximum Speed: 64.8 kph
Jump Jets: Whitworth Jetlift
Jump Capacity: 120 m
Armor: Durallex Light
2 Longbow-10 LRM Launchers
3 Intek Medium Lasers
Manufacturer: Whitworth Company
Communication System: Garret T14
Targeting and Tracking System: Garret D2j

VND-1R Vindicator

Much like the old joke about the camel, The VND-1R Vindicator is the product of compromise and not inspiration. As Capellan Confederation designers created this 'mech to fit as many roles as possible, it is capable of fire support, point defense, and offense, though only in lackluster fashion.

The First Succession War had proved disastrous for the Confederation, who lost all but one of its 'Mech-producing facilities. The remaining 'Mech plant, on the heavily industrialized planet of Capella, was limited to the production of 'Mechs of less than 60 tons. Also, because the Confederation had few materials to build 'Mechs, its engineers decided to build a 'Mech that was capable of several roles, yet could be built with meager resources.

The Vindicator was designed and built in 2826, during the lull between the First and Second Succession Wars. The first Vindicators had machine guns mounted on their left arms instead of the small laser seen on current models.

Mass: 45 Tons
Chassis: Ceresplex IV
Power Plant: GM 180
Cruising Speed: 43.2 kph
Maximum Speed: 64.8 kph
Jump Jets: Anderson Propulsion 30
Jump Capacity: 121 m
Armor: Starshield
1 CeresArms Smasher PPC
1 Sian/Ceres Jaguar LRM Missile System
1 CeresArms Medium Laser
1 Hessen Small Laser
Manufacturer: Ceres Metal Industries
Communication System: CeresCom Model 21-Rs
Targeting and Tracking System: C-Apple Churchill

WFT-1 Wolf Trap

The Wolf Trap, the Federated Commonwealth codename for House Kurita's answer to the Wolfhound, is a rubric likely to stick, even though the Draconis Combine will doubtless give it some Japanese name. This 'Mech has been on the drawing boards for years, only recently entering extensive field testing. One of the first completely new designs to emerge since the recovery of Star League technology, it will be a bellwether to see if other realms, such as the Free Worlds League and Capellan Confederation, rush to produce new designs instead of revamping old ones.

Mass: 45 Tons
Chassis: Alshain Class 580 Endo Steel
Power Plant: Hermes 270 XL
Cruising Speed: 60.9 kph
Maximum Speed: 97.2 kph
Jump Jets: None
Jump Capacity: None
Armor: Durallex Special Medium with CASE
1 Imperator Code Red LB 10-X Autocannon
2 Victory 23R Medium Lasers
1 Shigunga Long Range Missile 10-Rack
Manufacturer: Luthein Armor Works
Communication System: Sipher Security Plus
Targeting and Tracking System: Eagle Eye 400 XX

CN9-A Centurion

The Centurion was designed and built by Corean Enterprises as an operational partner for the highly successful Trebuchet. Produced from 2801 until the Corean plant on Ramen II was destroyed in 2845, it boasts a poweful Luxor medium-heavy autocannon and two Photech 806c medium lasers. For long-range hitting power, it has a chassis mounted Luxor 3R LRM-10. This cross-section of weaponry gives the centurion a potential damage curve that increases steadily as it nears its target.

Unfortunately, many CN9-As have developed defects in their autocannon loading mechanisms. In many cases, it has been necessary to replace the entire loader. As replacement parts for the Luxor autocannon become increasingly rare, Techs often replace the entire autocannon with another make or decide to mount a different type of weapons system in its stead. No matter which alternative is chosen, it is an extremely complicated and time-consuming operation, as the Luxor system was custom-fit into the Centurion's chassis with no room left for modifications. Although the CN9 is a fine 'Mech when in good condition, the defective autocannons make its future uncertain. In the future, Centurions may adopt a variety of roles, depending which refits they receive.

Mass: 50 Tons
Chassis: Corean Model K7
Power Plant: 200 Nisson
Cruising Speed: 43.2 kph
Maximum Speed: 64.8 kph
Jump Jets: None
Jump Capacity: None
Armor: StarGuard III
1 Luxor D-Series Autocannon
1 Luxor 3R LRM-10
2 Photech 806c Medium Lasers
Manufacturer: Corean Enterprises
Communication System: Corean Transband-J9
Targeting and Tracking System: Corean B-Tech

CRB-27 Crab

The Crab has been well received in Kurita units since Comstar began supplying them to the Draconis Combine. The 'Mech performed well in the War of 3039, surprising Davion units with the weapons hidden inside its claws. In fact, House Kurita would probably make the Crab one of its standard designs if it had the factory to produce its own.

Mass: 50 Tons
Chassis: Hollis Mark 1A
Power Plant: Magna 250
Cruising Speed: 54 kph
Maximum Speed: 86 kph
Jump Jets: None
Jump Capacity: None
Armor: Paulina Heavy Ferro-Fibrous
2 RAMTech 1200 Large Lasers
1 Ceres Arms Medium Laser
1 ExoStar Small Laser
Manufacturer: Cosara Weaponries
Communication System: Garret T11-b
Targeting and Tracking System: Garret D2j

HBK-4G Hunchback

Overview: The HBK-4G Hunchback is a heavy-hitting fighting vehicle. Serving in medium and assault lances of many regiments of the Successor States, it has earned a distinguished fighting record. Designed in early 2572, the Hunchback continues as a popular vehicle both in House Liao and House Kurita regiments. It is also used extensively by House Marik armed forces.

The Hunchback is widely known for its streetfighting abilities in the confined spaces of urban battles. With its massive firepower at close range, it is more than a match for many heavier 'Mechs.

Mass: 50 Tons
Chassis: Komiyaba Type VIII
Power Plant: Nissan 200
Cruising Speed: 43.9 kph
Maximum Speed: 63.5 kph
Jump Jets: None
Jump Capacity: None
Armor: Starshield
1 Tomodzuru Autocannon Mount Type 20
2 Ichiba 2000 Medium Lasers
1 Diverse Optics Type 10 Small Laser
Manufacturer: Komiyaba/Nissan General Industries
Communication System: Sony MST-15
Targeting and Tracking System: Tacticon Tracer

TBT-5N Trebuchet

Corean Enterprises constructed the Trebuchet (or Trenchbucket) from 2780 to 2845 as a main-line medium 'Mech. With the long-range punch of its twin Zeus LRM-15s and the short range power of its three Magna Mk II medium lasers, the Trebuchet is a dangerous opponent at any range.

As it was never intended to operate far from its supply lines, the Trebuchet received only eight reloads for each of its missile racks. This limited ammunition supply can become a serious problem if the Trebuchet is trapped behind enemy lines.

Mass: 50 Tons
Chassis: Corean Model 9C
Power Plant: 250 Magna
Cruising Speed: 54.0 kph
Maximum Speed: 86.4 kph
Jump Jets: None
Jump Capacity: None
Armor: Starshield
2 Zeus LRM-15s
3 Magna Mk II Medium Lasers
Manufacturer: Corean Enterprises
Communication System: Corean Transband-J9
Targeting and Tracking System: Corean B-Tech