Brutus

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Brutus Assault Tank
Production information
Manufacturer Kressly Warworks[1][2]
Production Year 2998[3]
Mission Main Battle Tank
Type Tracked
Technical specifications
Mass 75 Tons
Armor Kressly Stoneskin 40X
Engine Rawlings 225
Speed 54 km/h
Crew 5
Communications System Angst Clear Channel 3
Targeting Tracking System Dwyerson Mark XII
Armament

2 x Large Lasers
1 x LRM-20
2 x SRM-6
1 x SRM-2

BV (1.0) 797[4]
BV (2.0) 1,115[2][5]


Description[edit]

Renowned for its heavy punch, the Brutus Assault Tank features an impressive combination of long and short range firepower. Powered by a Rawlings 225 Fusion Engine with a top speed of 54kph, the Brutus compares well to other fusion engine equipped tanks of similar weight and role like the Von Luckner and Manticore, though unlike its contemporaries it only carries relatively light eight and half tons of Kressly Stoneskin 40X armor in exchange for a heavier weapons array.[1]

Despite its abilities, the Capellan Confederation Armed Forces remained lukewarm on the design, relegating the tank to the Confederation's second-line militias and garrison postings, finally seeing action during the Fourth Succession War. Impressed by its performance, the AFFS quickly pressed the large number of captured tanks into service among the frontline Regimental Combat Teams of the AFFS and AFFC.[1][6]

After the formation of the Chaos March, the Brutus saw heavy service as a stand-in among BattleMech poor noble forces, until Epsilon Eridani was accepted into the Word of Blake Protectorate and Kressly produced the design exclusively for the Word of Blake, helping to bolster the Blakist's armor units in the lead-up to the Jihad.[2]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The tank's principal weaponry are twin turret mounted Firmir MaxiLase Heavy Lasers supported by a twenty-tube Delta Dart Long Range Missile Launcher. To compliment the Large Lasers at short ranges, the Brutus was given two Hovertec six tube and a single Hovertec twin tube Short Range Missile Launcher in its frontal firing arc. The SRM launchers have a ton of ammunition each, while its LRM launcher has been given three tons of ammunition.[1][6]

Variants[edit]

  • LRM 
    This variant replaces both the Large Lasers with a pair of turreted mounted LRM 20 launchers. The Launchers been given six tons of ammunition to keep the tank going in battle. The armor protection of the tank has been slightly increased as well. BV (1.0) = 845, BV (2.0) = 1,248[7]
  • PPC 
    In place of the twin Large Lasers, a pair of Parti-Kill Heavy Cannons, and an increase in armor protection. BV (1.0) = 735, BV (2.0) = 1,208[8]
  • PPC Variant 2 
    This variant keeps the standard Brutus armor layout and Large Lasers, but replaces the LRM and SRM-6 launchers with a single PPC. For additional short range firepower four SRM-2 racks are mounted on the vehilce but one ton of ammunition is a shortage in an ongoing battle. BV (2.0) = 979[9]
  • HPPC 
    This variant replaces the Lasers with a Heavy PPC, and allows the vehicle to take part in a C3 network. The rest of the armament remains the same as the standard Brutus.[10] BV (2.0) = 1,186[11]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Technical Readout: 3058, p. 64, "Brutus Vehicle Profile"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, pp. 108-109, "Brutus Profile"
  3. MUL online date for the Brutus
  4. Combat Operations, p. 122
  5. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 164
  6. 6.0 6.1 Chaos March (sourcebook), p. 50
  7. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 165
  8. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 166
  9. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 167
  10. Technical Readout: 3085, p. 191
  11. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Old is the New New, p. 43

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