Beowulf (BattleMech)

This article is about the BattleMech. For other uses, see Beowulf .


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Beowulf
Production information
Manufacturer Odin Manufacturing[1]
Production Year 3059[2]
Model BEO-12
Class Medium
Cost 9,180,240 C-bills
Technical specifications
Tech Base Inner Sphere
Mass 45 tons
Chassis Beowulf 3
Armor Wall Type 6 Ferro-Fibrous
Engine GM 270 XL
Communications System Dash 2 Standard
Targeting Tracking System Blade 12 w/Beagle Active Probe and TAG
Heat Sinks 12 Double Heat Sinks
Speed 97.2 km/h (129.6 km/h with MASC)
Jump Jets Odin Type II
Armament
BV (1.0) 1,147[3][4]
BV (2.0) 1,319[1][5]

Description[edit]

Named after the hero of the epic by the same name, the Beowulf BattleMech was designed to act as a replacement for Mongoose reconnaissance 'Mechs that ComStar lost access to when Terra fell to the Word of Blake. The Beowulf weighs almost twice as much as the 'Mech it replaces, allowing it to carry a heavier weapons payload and more armor. The Beowulf has a MASC augmented top speed of 129.6 km/h that allows it to keep up with most light 'Mechs. To traverse rough terrain, the Beowulf has six Odin Type II jump jets that allow it to jump up to one hundred and eighty meters. To save weight on the 'Mech and still allow for high speeds, the Beowulf is powered by a GM 270 XL engine that weighs half as much as a standard fusion engine. For protection from enemy fire, the Beowulf carries eight and a half tons of Wall Type 6 Ferro-Fibrous armor.[1]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The primary weapon on the Beowulf is a highly accurate Blankenburg Large Pulse Laser. This is supported by two Diverse Optics Type ER Medium Lasers. To make it easier for the 'Mech to hunt down its targets, the Beowulf has a Cyclops-Beagle Active Probe and also a Garret Mole TAG target designator that allows the 'Mech to designate targets for Arrow IV artillery attacks.[1]

Variants[edit]

  • BEO-14 
    An Advanced Tech variant of the Beowulf introduced during the Jihad, its weapon system has been revised with the era's newest weaponry. The Large Pulse Laser is dropped for a pair of Medium Variable Speed Lasers in the left arm, and its long-range fire power is reduced by removing one of the ER Medium Lasers. To increase its close combat capabilities, it mounts a pair of ER Small Lasers, with a single standard Small Laser and a 'Mech Sword fitted to the right arm. Triple Strength Myomer replaces the Beowulf's MASC, to give a slightly slower, but less riskier means of achieving higher speeds. To aid in reaching the heat levels needed for the strengthened myomers to activate, a pair of double heat sinks were also removed. The Beowulf also features a C3 Slave Unit. BV (1.0) = ??, BV (2.0) = 1,319[6]

Related BattleMechs[edit]

  • Mongoose - The Beowulf BattleMech was designed as a better armed/armored replacement for destroyed Mongoose BattleMechs.[1]
  • Mongoose II - Both the Beowulf and the Mongoose II are 40-ton upgraded versions of the Star League-era Mongoose scout BattleMech.[8]
  • Beowulf IIC - After receiving extensive access to Clan-tech following Clan Ghost Bear's merger with the Republic during the Jihad, Odin developed a more expensive Clan-grade version of the ComStar designed original for Dominion's touman to help increase their profit margin.[9]

Design Quirks[edit]

The BEO-X-7a Beowulf variant is subject to the following Design Quirks:[7]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Technical Readout: 3060, pp. 88-89, "Beowulf 'Mech Profile"
  2. MUL online date for the Beowulf (BattleMech)
  3. Combat Operations, p. 123
  4. Record Sheets: 3060, p. 110
  5. Record Sheets: 3060 Unabridged, p. 127
  6. Record Sheets: 3060 Unabridged, p. 127
  7. 7.0 7.1 Experimental Technical Readout: ComStar, p. 3
  8. Technical Readout: 3075, p. 72
  9. Technical Readout: Prototypes, p. 144 "Beowulf IIC"

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