Bloodhound

This article is about the Free Worlds League BattleMech. For the advanced successor to the Beagle Active Probe, see Bloodhound Active Probe.


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Bloodhound
Production information
Manufacturer Earthwerks Ltd.[1]
Production Year 3064[2]
Model B1-HND[1]
Class Medium
Cost 9,184,953 C-bills[2]
Technical specifications
Tech Base Inner Sphere[1]
Mass 45[1] tons
Chassis Earthwerks PXH IV Endo Steel[1]
Armor Durallex Light w/CASE[1]
Engine Hermes 315 XL[1]
Communications System Neil 7000[1]
Targeting Tracking System OctagonTartrac System E w/Beagle Active Probe[1]
Heat Sinks 14 Double heat sinks[1]
Speed 118.8[1] km/h
Armament
BV (1.0) 1,090[3]
BV (2.0) 1,248[1] [2][4]

Description[edit]

Built to operate in a counter guerrilla role, the Bloodhound is designed to engage enemy units that are interested in hitting quickly and fading away. The Bloodhound is built on an Earthwerks PXH IV Endo Steel chassis that carries a lightweight Hermes 315 XL engine capable of pushing the Bloodhound up to speeds of 118.8 km/h. The Bloodhound is well armored for its mission with nine and a half tons of Durallex Light armor with CASE to protect the 'Mech against complete destruction in the event of an ammunition explosion. The Bloodhound also carries a Beagle Active Probe which is capable of finding hidden enemy units. To dissipate the heat from the Bloodhounds' weapons the 'Mech has fourteen double heat sinks. For its intended mission and in an infantry support role the Bloodhound is a superb 'Mech. When facing other 'Mechs the Bloodhound is woefully under-armed.[1]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

Intended for combating guerrilla units, the Bloodhound is armed with three Diverse Optics Type ER Medium Lasers and a Guided Technologies 2nd Gen Streak SRM-6 launcher as its primary weapons. The Bloodhound carries a Diverse Optics Type ER Small Laser as its secondary weapon.[1]

Variants[edit]

  • B2-HND 
    The B2 variant of the Bloodhound introduced in 3067[5] enhances the 'Mechs firepower and capabilities by removing two of its double heat sinks and adding a Guardian ECM Suite and also adding a second ER Small Laser. BV (1.0) = 1,206[3], BV (2.0) = 1,363[6][5]
  • B3-HND 
    The Bloodhound-B3 developed in 3081[7] is apparently intended to counter large numbers of infantry and battle armor. All the standard weapons of the Bloodhound have been removed. In each arm are a pair of ER Flamers and a Medium Pulse Laser. The right arm is also equipped with a Fluid Gun that has two tons of ammo in the right torso. The Beagle Active Probe has been moved to the left torso, while a single B-Pod is mounted in the center torso. To make room for this equipment, the Bloodhound-B3 has eleven double heat sinks a little less armor protection. BV (2.0) = 1,006[8][7]

References[edit]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 Technical Readout: 3067, pp. 62-63, "B1-HND Bloodhound"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 MUL online entry for the Bloodhound
  3. 3.0 3.1 Combat Operations, p. 130, "Force Faction Tables"
  4. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 94
  5. 5.0 5.1 MUL online entry for the Bloodhound B2-HND variant
  6. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 95
  7. 7.0 7.1 MUL online entry for the Bloodhound B3-HND variant
  8. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 96

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