Akuma

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Akuma
Production information
Manufacturer Independence Weaponry
Production Year 3058[1]
Model AKU-1X
Class Assault
Cost 9,517,480 C-bills
Technical specifications
Tech Base Inner Sphere
Mass 90 tons
Chassis Foundation AKU Endo Steel
Armor Durallex Special Heavy
Engine GM 270
Communications System Sipher Security Plus
Targeting Tracking System Matabushi Sentinel
Heat Sinks 13 Double heat sinks
Speed 54.0 km/h
Armament
BV (1.0) 1,535[2][3]
For the DCMS MechWarrior, see Jerry Akuma.

Description[edit]

Created in 3058 in response to a call from Theodore Kurita to build more cost-effective BattleMechs with which to combat the Clans, the Akuma (meaning "Devil" in Japanese) was designed by Independence Weaponry as a low-cost alternative to their Atlas variant. The Akuma actually shares several components with the Atlas and, much like that design, also features a head design intended to evoke fear in its enemies. The Akuma is built on a Foundation AKU Endo Steel chassis and is powered by a rugged and reliable GM 270 fusion engine that allows the 'Mech to reach a top speed of 54.0 km/h. The 'Mech has thirteen double heat sinks to dissipate waste heat and carries seventeen and a half tons of Durallex Special Heavy armor for protection from enemy fire.[2]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The Akuma carries a Lord's Light 2 ER PPC and a powerful Imperator Code Red LB-X Autocannon/10 as its primary long-range weapons. The latter weapon gives it a good amount of flexibility in engaging targets as the autocannon can fire both solid and cluster ammunition. For medium to close range combat, the Akuma has a Shigunga MRM-30 launcher and two highly accurate short range missile launchers produced by Guided Technologies; a 2nd Gen Streak SRM-6 and a 2nd Gen Streak SRM-4 launcher. Finally, a Victory 23R Medium Laser and a Victory Heartbeat Medium Pulse Laser round out the Akumas eclectic and effective weapons payload.[2]

Variants[edit]

  • AKU-1XJ 
    A jump-capable variant of the Akuma, the 1XJ can jump up to ninety meters by sacrificing heat dissipation capacity and firepower. The 'Mech has only ten double heat sinks and completely changes its weapons array. The only long range weapon it carries is an ER Large Laser. The MRM-30 has been upgraded to an MRM-40 launcher. For overwhelming close range firepower, the 1XJ carries an LB-X Autocannon/20 in place of the class-10 version and has two Medium Pulse Lasers and an ER Small Laser. BV (1.0) = 1,649[3], BV (2.0) =2,203[4]

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References[edit]

  1. MUL online profile for Akuma
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Technical Readout: 3067, pp. 96-97, "Akuma 'Mech Profile"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Combat Operations, p. 124
  4. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 169
  5. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Old is the New New, p. 114
  6. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 171

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