Dark Crow

Dark Crow.jpg
Dark Crow
Production information
Manufacturer Industrial Complex Alpha[1]
Production Year 3084[2]
Class Medium
Cost 11,729,625[3]
Technical specifications
Mass 55[1] tons
Chassis SR3084/b Endo Steel[1]
Armor Forging C629/j[1]
Engine Fusion 330 Extralight[1]
Communications System GBX Series Integrated[1]
Targeting Tracking System Tokasha B4-T&T[1]
Heat Sinks 10 Double Heat Sinks[1]
Speed 97 km/h[1] km/h
Armament

2x Ultra AC/5s
1x ER Large Laser
1x SRM 6

BV (2.0) 1,594[1]

Description[edit]

The Dark Crow is a Clan Snow Raven Second Line BattleMech, which was produced only at its Inner Sphere facilities in the Outworlds Alliance after the Jihad. Named after a strange cave-dwelling bird found on Dante, the 'Mech has proven to be a popular design among Second Line troops.[1]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The 'Mech's principle weaponry is its two Type 31 Class 5 Ultra Autocannons, each found in its rather unusual mid-torso arms. Augmenting the Autocannon duo at closer ranges is a single 6-tubed Short-Range Missile launcher found in the right torso. The 'Mechs' left torso-mounted Extended Range Large Laser is generally utilized for long-range attacks and sniping. The Dark Crow has been fitted with ten double heat sinks to handle its movement and weapons heat. Four tons of ammunition supply this 'Mech's Autocannon pair, and a single ton of ammunition feeds its missile launcher system.[1]

Protecting the Dark Crow's hull is eight tons of Standard Armor, which has been criticized for being thinner than that of most typical Medium 'Mechs of its size. An Endo-Steel frame helps free some weight in order to mount the 'Mech's equipment.[4]

Variants[edit]

  • Dark Crow
    This variant introduced in 3084[5] transforms the Dark Crow into a mobile anti-aircraft platform. In place of the 'Mech's Ultra ACs is a pair of LB 5-X Autocannons. The SRM-6 launcher is replaced with a Targeting Computer, for higher accuracy, and an ER Small Laser. The Standard variant's ER Large Laser is retained in place.[6] BV(2.0)=1,575[7]
  • Dark Crow
    This variant of the Dark Crow appears to be a hybrid of the original Dark Crow and the Dark Crow 2 introduced in 3087[11]. Most of the weaponry is the same as in the original model - the only exception is the ER Large Laser, which has been replaced with a standard Heavy Medium Laser and an advanced Targeting Computer, a configuration similar to that found on the Dark Crow 2. Eight tons of Ferro-Fibrous armor protects the Dark Crow 4. BV (2.0) = 1,538[12]

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 Technical Readout: 3085, pp. 156-157, "Dark Crow"
  2. MUL online date for the Dark Crow
  3. MUL online Cost for the Dark Crow
  4. Technical Readout: 3085, pp. 156-157, "Dark Crow's stat information".
  5. Date for the Dark Crow 2
  6. Technical Readout: 3085, p. 156, "Variants" - Dark Crow's second variant listed.
  7. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged - The Cutting Edge, p. 222
  8. Date for the Dark Crow 3
  9. Technical Readout: 3085, p. 156, "Experimental Variant notes".
  10. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged - The Cutting Edge, p. 223
  11. Date for the Dark Crow 4
  12. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged - The Cutting Edge, p. 221

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