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Blackjack (OmniMech)

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Blackjack
Production information
Manufacturer Luthien Armor Works - OmniMech Production Facility,
Irian BattleMechs Unlimited,
General Motors [1],
Ceres Metals Industries [2]
Production Year 3057[3]
Model BJ2-O
Class Medium
Cost 8,881,250 C-bills
Technical specifications
Tech Base Inner Sphere
Mass 50 tons
Chassis Alshain 50 Endo Steel
Armor Mitchel Argon
Engine Nissan 200 XL Engine
Communications System Sipher Security Plus
Targeting Tracking System Matabushi Sentinel
Heat Sinks 10 Double heat sinks
Speed 64.8 km/h
Jump Jets Icarus Standard
Armament

Primary Configuration

BV (1.0) 1,187[4][5]
BV (2.0) 1,201[6]

Contents

[edit] Description

An upgrade of the Blackjack BattleMech, the Blackjack OmniMech is a design that is shared between Luthien Armor Works and Irian BattleMechs Unlimited. The Blackjack has four permanently mounted Icarus jump jets that allow the 'Mech to jump up to one hundred and twenty meters. The Blackjack is protected by nine-and-a-half tons of armor giving it a respectable amount of protection for a 'Mech of it's size. The Blackjack is also built with a weight saving Alshain 50 Endo Steel chassis and a Nissan 200 XL Engine giving it a top speed of 64.8 kph. The use of advanced construction materials gives the Blackjack 26.5 tons of pod space, allowing it to carry an impressive weapons payload.[4]

[edit] Weapons and Equipment

The primary configuration of the Blackjack is armed for long range combat with a pair of Ultra Autocannon/5s that can put twice as much volume of fire downrange as a standard Autocannon/5. For close combat, the Blackjack carries four Medium Lasers and four Machine Guns defend the 'Mech against infantry attacks.[4]

[edit] Alternate Configurations

  • Alt Config A 
    Intended for long-range fire support, the A configuration carries two LRM-20 launchers. For close range defense, two Medium Lasers and a Small Laser are carried in this configuration. BV (1.0) = 1,231[4][7], BV (2.0) = 1,318[8]
  • Alt Config B 
    A long-range bombardment configuration, the primary weapon in the B configuration is a Gauss Rifle backed up by an LRM-10 with an Artemis IV fire control system for increased missile accuracy. For token close range defense, this configuration carries a Small Laser. The B configuration is linked to allied C3 networks with it's C3 Slave unit making it a highly accurate 'Mech. BV (1.0) = 1,298[4][9], BV (2.0) = 1,323[10]
  • Alt Config C 
    A versatile configuration, the C configuration carries two LB-X Autocannon/10s. These can fire both solid rounds and cluster rounds making it effective in almost any role. The C configuration has two Medium Lasers and a Small Laser for close range defense. BV (1.0) = 1,161[4][11], BV (2.0) = 1,189[12]
  • Alt Config D 
    The D configuration is capable of operating without constant ammunition supplies as it is configured to use only energy weapons. The primary weapon is a PPC backed up by two Large Lasers for long-range firepower. For short range combat, the D configuration has two Medium Lasers, two Medium Pulse Lasers, and a single Small Laser. BV (1.0) = 1,184[4][13], BV (2.0) = 1,375[14]
  • Alt Config E 
    Similar to the B configuration, the E Configuration is a true sniper. It carries a Light Gauss Rifle as its primary weapon backed up by an ER Large Laser. A LRM-10 launcher allows it to act in an indirect fire support role if needed and an ER Small Laser provides close range defense. BV (1.0) = 1,158[4][15], BV (2.0) = 1,260 [16]
  • Alt Config F 
    The F configuration is centered around an ER PPC and an Ultra Autocannon/10 as it's two primary weapons. These two weapons provide the F configuration with a powerful long-range punch. For close ranges, the 'Mech carries two ER Medium Lasers and an ER Small Laser. BV (1.0) = 1,258[4][17], BV (2.0) = 1,405[18]
  • Alt Config R 
    A field upgrade developed in the midst of Operation Bulldog, this configuration utilized captured Clan Smoke Jaguar weapons to help bolster the Star League Defense Force forces in later waves, mounting a Clan-tech Gauss Rifle supported by a single Clan Large Pulse Laser and a trio of Clan Medium Pulse Lasers and a single ER Small Laser. [19] BV (2.0) = 2,010[20]
  • Alt Config X 
    This configuration is being used to test some experimental equipment. The Blackjack X mounts a quartet of Light PPCs, each equipped with a PPC Capacitor. To provide additional firepower, each arm carries a single Streak SRM-4 which draw ammunition from a single ammunition bay in the center torso. BV (2.0) = 1,335[22]

[edit] Related BattleMechs

  • Blackjack - When designers at Luthien Armor Works received license to produce the BJ-2 Blackjack, they quickly used the plans as a template to produce a new OmniMech. The Blackjack OmniMech became the first OmniMech exported from the Draconis Combine.[23]

[edit] Gallery

[edit] References

  1. Handbook: House Davion, p. 11
  2. Objectives: Capellan Confederation, p. 24 - "Warlock"
  3. MUL online date for the Blackjack (OmniMech)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, pp. 130-131, "Blackjack OmniMech Profile"
  5. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 206
  6. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 231
  7. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 207
  8. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 232
  9. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 208
  10. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 233
  11. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 209
  12. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 234
  13. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 210
  14. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 235
  15. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 211
  16. Field Manual: Free Worlds League, p. 139
  17. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 212
  18. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 237
  19. The Dragon Roars, p. 6
  20. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 238
  21. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Old is the New New, p. 74
  22. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 239
  23. Technical Readout: 3058, p. 88

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