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|Production Year||Introduction Year::2699|
|Mech type||Inner Sphere BattleMech|
|Targeting Tracking System||Unknown|
An attempt by Bergan Industries to push the limits of Land Air 'Mech technology, the Champion LAM remains the heaviest LAM ever built. To make room for the conversion equipment, engineers had to remove the XL Engine, Endo Steel skeleton, and Ferro-Fibrous armor of the standard Champion. This in turn forced the engineers to remove the heavy LB 10-X Autocannon of the original design.
Despite these setbacks, the Champion LAM was able to jump well and the transformation into fighter mode went smoothly. The problem came when the LAM actually had to fly. The heavy weight of the chassis forced the use of large jump thrusters, which were not suited for combat. After landing, the technicians assigned to the project found that the conversion gear was extremely worn, particularly in the waist and hip assemblies. Their concerns of a catastrophic failure of those assemblies, combined with an inability to make any significant progress and falling stock prices, led Bergan to end the experiment and shipped the few prototypes that survived testing to a New Dallas storage facility.
Weapons and Equipment
- Hard to Pilot
- Illegal (Heavy-LAM)
- No/Minimal Arms
- Nonfunctional (Conversion System)
- Experimental Technical Readout: Boondoggles, p. 6, "CPN-1X1 Champion LAM"