Bellona

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Bellona Hover Tank
Production information
Manufacturer HH Complex Beta
Production Year 3070[1]
Mission Dragoon/Cavalry
Type Hover
Cost 1,699,075 C-bills
Technical specifications
Mass 45 tons
Armor Forging HTT05
Engine Fusion Type 170
Speed 150 km/h
Crew 3
Communications System Series XII ComSys
Targeting Tracking System Build IX TTS
Heat Sinks 10
Armament
BV (2.0) 1,018[2][3]


Description[edit]

In the late 3060s, under Khan James Cobb's command, Clan Hell's Horses began preparation for a renewed presence in the Inner Sphere. The scientist caste saw this as an opportunity to create a new cavalry vehicle, which they called the Bellona. Designed as a striker and flanker, the Bellona carries enough firepower on a nimble enough frame to keep up with even the fastest-advancing lines.[4]

The original specs called for tracks, but test pilots for the vehicle cited that "speed is armor", which led to the Bellona being redesigned as a hovertank. The vehicle has eight tons of armor to protect the hull and motive systems.[4]

Coming off production lines on Tiber in the Kerensky Cluster, a large number were sent through the long chain of JumpShips to front-line Clusters fighting trials against Clan Wolf in the early 3070s.[4]

The vehicle has been seen in combat operations with variety of factions in Inner Sphere as late as the mid-3130s.

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The main gun is a Type 9 Ultra-Class 10 Autocannon with two tons of ammunition. It is mounted with two Type 14b Flamers in its turret. To deal with unarmored infantry, the vehicle has a pair of Series HL-II Light Machine Guns in its nose and one for each of its left and right sides.[4]

Variants[edit]

  • Laser 
    To reduce ammunition dependency, the autocannon and one Flamer are dropped for an Extended Range Large Laser and an LRM-10. Although the LRM is still ammunition hungry, it is primarily for harassment. The variant was still on the drawing board as of 3075.[4] BV (2.0) = 1,262[5], 1,270[6]

Notes[edit]

MWDA Dossier for Savoni is incorrect, due to fluff for the JI100 Recovery vehicle in place of the Bellona.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. MUL online date for the Bellona
  2. Technical Readout: 3075, p. 129
  3. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - The Cutting Edge, p. 246
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Technical Readout: 3075, pg. 128
  5. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged, p. 102
  6. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - The Cutting Edge, p. 247
  7. Technical Readout: 3150, p. 222

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