Helepolis

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Helepolis
Production information
Manufacturer Mitchell Vehicles
Production Year 2460[1][2][3]
Model HEP-2H
Class Heavy
Cost 6,309,188 C-bills
Technical specifications
Mass 75 tons
Chassis Mitchell Heavy HEP
Armor Armorscale with CASE
Engine VOX 225
Communications System Exeter Longscan 100
Speed 54 km/h
Armament
BV (1.0)  ??
BV (2.0) 1,369[1][4][5]

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[edit] Description

First unleashed by the Terran Hegemony in 2460, the Helepolis is a ponderous BattleMech designed to deliver artillery fire. The 'Mech was proven ineffective on multiple occasions and, following the destruction of the production facilities in 2775, the design was lost during the Succession Wars. The HEP-2H dates to 2488.[1]

The Helepolis is a slow heavy 'Mech with a maximum speed of 54 km/h. It has a respectable thirteen tons of armor, however.[1]

When rebels within the Hegemony military launched the September Revolt, the new Director-General, Ian Cameron deployed batteries of Helepolis 'Mechs to keep them pinned down within the capital city of Geneva at Terra.[6]

[edit] Weapons and Equipment

The Helepolis is built around an Armstrong Industries Sniper Artillery Piece. The accurate, long-range fire makes it effective against static defenses. The 'Mech does carry some backup weapons to augment its screening forces. It can defend itself with a Coventry Starfire LRM-10 and Nova Large Laser. If an enemy gets close, the MechWarrior can call upon a Thunderstroke SRM-6 and a Starflash Medium Laser.[1]

[edit] Variants

  • HEP-1H 
    The earliest version used standard heat sinks and and its Primitive Engine could only manage 30 km/h. This proved to be a challenge as the early Helepolis needed to completely stop to fire the Sniper artillery and then start moving again before counter-battery fire destroyed the unit. Twenty and a half tons of Primitive Armor protect the Helepolis from enemy fire.[2] The weight and bulk of the primitive systems prevented the designers from installing the long range missiles used on later models[1]. BV (2.0) = 1055[2]

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[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Technical Readout: 3075, pp. 182-183, "Helepolis Profile"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Experimental Technical Readout: Primitives, Volume 1, p. 7
  3. Era Digest: Age of War, p. 11
  4. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged, p. 174
  5. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 64
  6. Technical Readout: 3075, p. 182, "Deployment", 2nd paragraph
  7. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged, p. 176
  8. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 65
  9. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged, p. 177
  10. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 66

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