Kestrel (Combat Vehicle)

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Kestrel VTOL
Production information
Manufacturer Blackwell Corporation [1]
Production Year 3007[2]
Mission
Type VTOL
Technical specifications
Mass 25
Armor ProTech 4
Engine 160 ICE
Speed 194 km/h
Crew 2
Communications System Dalban StarLink Classic
Targeting Tracking System Garret E2b
Armament

2x Machine Guns

BV (1.0) 76[1][3]
BV (2.0) 155[4]


Description[edit]

Originally an old Clan design, the Kestrel was redesigned in 3007 by Wolf's Dragoons for their special operations teams, particularly the Seventh Kommando. Lightly armed and armored, the Kestrel spent more on stealth than weapons and armor. In fact the heaviest armor, located on the front of the VTOL, can only survive a single Large Laser hit before it's gone. In addition, the oddly sized infantry bay doesn't allow a full platoon, but is too large for a squad. In the wrong hands, the Kestrel is nothing more than a target, but when used properly it is an excellent VTOL for special operations support.[1]

For many years, Wolf's Dragoons was the only known user of the Kestrel in the Inner Sphere. However, there have been enough combat losses that other powers have at least a few Kestrels in service. It also appears that the Dragoons sold several Kestrels to MI6.[1]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

As a special operations transport, the Kestrel relies on stealth and speed more than weaponry. To encourage this mindset, the Kestrel only mounts a pair of Machine Guns.[1]

Variants[edit]

  • Medevac 
    Glimpsed only once, this variant introduced in 3022 apparently replaces the weaponry with Paramedic Equipment. BV (1.0) = 19[5], BV (2.0) = 126[6]
  • Medium Laser 
    A field variant introduced in 3030[2], this version replaces the Machine Guns with a single Medium Laser, power amplifier, and heat sinks. This dramatically reduces the cargo space available.[1] BV (1.0) = 269[7], BV (2.0) = 252[8]
  • Small Laser 
    A field variant introduced 3017[2], this version replaces the Machine Guns with paired Small Lasers, power amplifier, and heat sinks. This dramatically reduces the cargo space available.[1] BV (1.0) = 117[9], BV (2.0) = 175[10]
  • SRM 
    A field variant introduced 3042[2], this version replaces the Machine Guns with a single SRM-2 and a ton of ammunition.[1] BV (1.0) = 149[11], BV (2.0) = 192[12]

Design Quirks[edit]

The Kestrel Scout VTOL variant is subject to the following Design Quirks:[13]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, pp. 64-65, "Kestrel VTOL Profile"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 MUL online date for the Kestrel (Combat Vehicle)
  3. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 77
  4. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 27
  5. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 78
  6. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 29
  7. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 77
  8. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 30
  9. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 78
  10. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 31
  11. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 79
  12. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 32
  13. 13.0 13.1 Experimental Technical Readout: Succession Wars, Volume 1, p. 11

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