Cavalry

Cavalry VTOL.jpg
Cavalry Attack Helicopter
Production information
Manufacturer Michaelson Heavy Industries [1]
Production Year 3054[2]
Mission Anti-vehicle
hunter/killer
Type VTOL
Technical specifications
Mass 25 tons
Armor 3.5 tons Star Slab/3
Engine Michaelson 110 Internal Combustion
Speed 162 (10/15) km/h
Crew 2
Communications System Garret Supremesound
Targeting Tracking System Garret D2j
Heat Sinks None
Armament

SRM 6
3 x SRM 2

BV (1.0) 632[3]
BV (2.0) 503[4]


Description[edit]

Introduced in 3054, the Cavalry Attack Helicopter was one of a number of VTOLs developed to fight the Clans by Michaelson Heavy Industries. Designed for hit-and-run engagements rather than front-line combat situations, due in part of its ammunition supply running low in prolonged battles, when used correctly the Cavalry attracted a reputation for flawless service with both halves of the sundered Armed Forces of the Federated Commonwealth prior to and during the FedCom Civil War. The Cavalry has since seen service in both former FedCom States and minor-nobles among the Chaos March.[5]

While capable of speeds up to 162 km/h, the Cavalry doesn't rely on this alone for protection and has been noted for carrying 3.5 tons standard Star Slab/3 armor. While the rotor is no less fragile than other VTOL designs, the craft can handle a direct hit from a Clan-tech ER PPC on the nose and keep flying.[5]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The aircraft's main armaments consist of an array of short-range missile launchers. Principally, a six-tube launcher mounted in the front, with three additional two-tube launchers co-axed to it. The six-tube launcher has been given only 15 rounds of ammunition, while the smaller two-tube launchers have 50 missiles in a shared ammo bay.[5]

Variants[edit]

  • SRM 
    This variant increase SRM-2 Launchers count to four launchers. However, to accomplish this, its armor reduced considerably. BV (1.0) = 717[6], BV (2.0)= 509[7]
  • LRM 
    This variant changes the SRM-6 and two SRM-2s for an LRM-10 launcher. BV (2.0) = 487[11]
  • TAG 
    This configuration change completely removes the primary armament and equipped the vehicle with an LRM-10 launcher and a TAG. BV (2.0) = 495[12]
  • CADENCE RAIN 
    The CADENCE RAIN Cavalry copter was designed during the Jihad to deliver the new CORAL INTENT Infiltrator battle armor to the battlefield. Designers started by removing the existing armor and replacing it with Vehicular Stealth Armor and Guardian ECM Suite. A four ton infantry bay carries a squad of battle armor. To improve survivability, a VTOL Jet Booster was added to allow the CADENCE RAIN copters to temporarily double their cruising speed. The existing weapons were removed and replaced with three Magshots. Though insufficient to destroy 'Mechs and heavy vehicles, they're able to drive off enemy battle armor and infantry forces. BV (2.0) = 568[13]

Design Quirks[edit]

The Cavalry Infiltrator variant is subject of the following Design Quirks:[14]

Notes[edit]

A third variant of the Cavalry is mentioned, but however it written as a re-design of the aircraft to allow for a two-man piloting/gunner crew.

Vehicle Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Technical Readout 3058 Upgrade p.62
  2. MUL online date for the Cavalry
  3. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 75
  4. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 20
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, pp. 62-63, "Cavalry VTOL Profile"
  6. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 76
  7. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 23
  8. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 80 - "Cavalry (Infantry Variant)"
  9. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 76
  10. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 21
  11. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 22
  12. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 24
  13. Experimental Technical Readout: Davion, p. 8
  14. 14.0 14.1 Technical Readout: Prototypes, p. 31

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