Bombard

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Bombard
Production information
Manufacturer Solaris Arms
Production Year 3063[1]
Model BMB-013
Class Medium
Cost 5,547,500 C-bills
Technical specifications
Tech Base Inner Sphere
Mass 50 tons
Chassis Solaris Arms BX-01 Endo Steel
Armor ArcShield Heavy with CASE and Spikes
Engine Hermes 100 XL
Communications System Dalban Micronics
Targeting Tracking System Dalban HiRez
Heat Sinks 10
Speed 32 km/h
Jump Jets None
Armament

2x Thunderbolt 15s
2x ER Medium Lasers

BV (1.0) 658
BV (2.0) 1,001[2]

Description[edit]

Originally debuting in 3054, Solaris Arms' ponderous Bombard favors the all or nothing approach, prioritizing overwhelming firepower over speed.

Little more than a walking turret, the Bombard packs a heavy weight punch for its fifty-ton weight, relying on it overwhelming its targets before its pathetic mobility can be exploited, a trade off only a few MechWarriors were willing to consider. When interest in the design faded after a humiliating Davion Arena match in 3060 publicly laid bare its flaws, Solaris Arms went back to the drawing board, redesigning and introducing a modernized Bombard in 3064.[3]

While retaining the Hermes 100 rated XL Engine and Endo Steel chassis of the original, they enhanced its defensive protection with CASE in the side torsos while reinforced Spikes were added to legs. Though correcting one notable flaw, replacing the problematic but compact War of 3039-vintage Double Heat Sinks and their corrosive coolant with standard models, most critics point out that modern version's performance is little changed from the despised original.[3]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

While the original Bombard carried a pair of super heavy autocannons, the primary armaments of the modern Bombard are two Solaris Arms XT-15 Thunderbolt Launchers, trading a slight reduction in damage for increased range. Three tons of reloads for each launcher, enough for a combined total of twenty-four shots, give the Bombard reasonable endurance in the arenas. Supporting the Thunderbolt launchers is a pair of Diverse Optics ER Medium Lasers.[3]

Variants[edit]

  • BMB-010 
    The original Bombard mounted a pair of massive Autocannon/20s in place of the Thunderbolt launchers as well as standard Medium Lasers instead of the MBM-013's ER lasers. This version was also equipped with experimental War of 3039-vintage double heat sinks, less bulky than standard double heat sinks, but which utilized corrosive coolant. BV (1.0) = ??, BV (2.0) = 850[4]
  • BMB-1X 
    This variant swaps out the Thunderbolt Launchers in favor of two Clan-tech Gauss Rifles and replaces the ER Lasers with three M-Pods. A supercharged XXL engine allows this variant to reach speeds approaching 90km/h. BV (1.0) = ??, BV (2.0) = 1,635[6]

References[edit]

  1. MUL online date for the Bombard
  2. Record Sheets: 3055 Upgrades Unabriged, p. 249
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Technical Readout: 3055 Upgrade, pp. 150-151, "BMB-013 Bombard"
  4. Record Sheets: 3055 Upgrades Unabriged, p. 248
  5. Technical Readout: 3150, p. 223
  6. Record Sheets: 3055 Upgrades Unabriged, p. 250

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