Badger

This article is about the Combat Vehicle. For the Vincent-class WarShip, see Badger (Individual Vincent-class WarShip).


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Badger Tracked Transport
Production information
Manufacturer Blackwell Industries [1]
Production Year 3008[2]
Mission Infantry Transport/Support
Type Tracked
Cost 798,850 C-bills
Technical specifications
Mass 30
Armor Protech 6
Engine GM 180 Fusion
Speed 86.4 km/h
Crew  ???
Communications System Dalban StarLink II
Targeting Tracking System Garret Fib
Armament

Primary Configuration

BV (1.0) 334[3]
BV (2.0) 549[4]


Description[edit]

In 3007, the Badger Tracked Transport was one of the first three combat vehicles exclusively commissioned from Blackwell Industries by the Wolf's Dragoons mercenary unit. Furthermore, it holds the honor as the first OmniVehicle constructed in the Inner Sphere, though its role as an infantry carrier precluded it from taking full advantage of the technology.[5]

Though mounting only five tons of Protech 6 armor plating and a Fusion Engine, the relatively spacious fixed infantry bay significantly limits the design's pod space. With a mere five tons of room, the Badger is generally outfitted to provide fire support for the troops it carries. As was the case with many of the Dragoon's secrets, they took great pains to hide the vehicle's modular technology when it first appeared; most assumed it was merely the Dragoons' crack technicians working miracles when they appeared with alternate configurations.[6]

In many ways the Badger's fortunes suffered when the Dragoons' origins were eventually revealed. Though they no longer had to hide the design's modular nature, their replacement of standard infantry with battle armored Elementals and increased dependence on OmniMechs left the Badger notably less relevant, at least to the Dragoons. Blackwell was finally allowed to offer the Badger for sale to the general mercenary market in the early 3050's. They were barely able to meet demand for the versatile vehicle, up until the Badger's Outreach-based factories were destroyed by Word of Blake in 3067.[6]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The primary Badger configuration carries a trio of Blackwell Opal Medium Lasers in its turret, supported by a front-mounted Blackwell Pilum SRM-2 launcher supplied with a single ton of reloads.[6]

Alternate Configurations[edit]

  • Alt. Config. A 
    A short-range missile boat, the Badger A carries four SRM-2 launchers, one mounted forward with the remaining three fitted in its turret, each drawing from the same ton of reloads. BV (1.0) = 222[7], BV (2.0) = 437[8]
  • Alt. Config. B 
    A higher-powered version of the A variant, the B configuration is armed with a pair of SRM-4 launchers, one turret and one front-mounted, carrying a single ton of reloads between each launcher. BV (1.0) = 216[9], BV (2.0) = 431[10]
  • Alt. Config. C 
    A ranged combat variant, the Badger C carries two LRM-5 launchers, again with one turret- and one front-mounted, both of which draw from a single shared ton of missile reloads. BV (1.0) = 235[11], BV (2.0) = 450[12]
  • Alt. Config. D 
    A mixed range laser variant, the D configuration carries three Medium Lasers in its turret, supported by a pair of Small Lasers mounted forward. BV (1.0) = 325[13], BV (2.0) = 540[14]
  • Alt. Config. E 
    Armed entirely with small lasers, the Badger E is intended to fend off attacks from all angles. With six mounted in its turret, a single laser is fitted to each side, forward and aft. BV (1.0) = 219[15], BV (2.0) = 434[16]
  • 'Alt. Config. F 
    This version doubles the size of the infantry bay and carries a single ER Medium Laser and one ER Small Laser in its turret. BV (1.0) = 210[17], BV (2.0) = 399[18]
  • Alt. Config. G 
    This version carries a single Light PPC and SRM-2 in its turret. BV (2.0) = 474[19]

Related Design[edit]

Originally the Badger was a Clan design now known as the Badger C. The Dragoons handed a downgraded but nearly identical version over to Blackwell for production. The Badger C is used by several Clans in several configurations. All these variants are equipped with CASE to protect against ammunition explosion and a five ton infantry bay.[20]

  • Alt. Config. B 
    This variant carries a turret mounted Medium Pulse Laser and Streak SRM-2. BV (2.0) = 540[25]
  • Alt. Config. C 
    A fire support vehicle, this version carries an LRM-10 with an ER Small Laser as a backup weapon. BV (2.0) = 537[26]
  • Alt. Config. D 
    This version carries a single Streak SRM-6 launcher. BV (2.0) = 506[27]
  • Alt. Config. E 
    A recent development, this version carries an ATM-3 launcher and ER Small Laser in the turret. BV (2.0) = 474[28]
  • Alt. Config. F 
    Designed to destroy infantry, this variant carries four AP Gauss Rifles in the turret. BV (2.0) = 411[29]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Technical Readout 3058 Upgrade p.66
  2. MUL online date for the Badger
  3. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 79
  4. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 34
  5. Wolf's Dragoons (sourcebook), p. 112
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, pp. 66-67
  7. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 80
  8. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 35
  9. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 80
  10. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 36
  11. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 81
  12. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 37
  13. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 81
  14. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 38
  15. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 82
  16. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 39
  17. Records Sheets: Upgrades p. 82
  18. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 40
  19. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 41
  20. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), pp. 42-49
  21. Records Sheets: 3058 Upgrades p. 83
  22. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 42
  23. Records Sheets: Upgrades p. 170
  24. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 43
  25. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 44
  26. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 45
  27. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 46
  28. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 47
  29. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 48
  30. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 49

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