Kingfisher

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Kingfisher
Production information
Manufacturer Strana Mechty 'Mech Production Facility Beta[1]
Production Year 2887[2]
Model Prime
Class Assault
Cost 13,017,969 C-bills
Technical specifications
Mass 90 tons
Chassis SL YT-A Endo
Armor Forging Z5 Ferro-Fibrous
Engine Star League Standard 360
Communications System Model 74/129.3 TCS
Targeting Tracking System S438 Mk. III Mod. 7 TTS
Heat Sinks 17 Double heat sinks
Speed 65 km/h
Armament

Primary Configuration

BV (1.0) 2,103[1][3]
BV (2.0) 2,401[4]

Description[edit]

An early Clan assault OmniMech that may have influenced all subsequent assault OmniMech design, the Kingfisher is rugged and maneuverable. These traits make the Kingfisher an ideal choice for take and hold missions. Debuting in 2887 as an early second-generation OmniMech[2], the Kingfisher's speed and relative invulnerability have kept it in heavy use, especially by Clan Ghost Bear, alongside more recent assault OmniMechs like the Executioner.[5][6][7]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The tough Kingfisher mounts fourteen and a half tons of Ferro-Fibrous armor on an Endo Steel chassis, the most it can take. Unlike most modern front-line OmniMechs, the Kingfisher uses a standard engine. The 'Mech also has seventeen fixed double heat sinks, forcing three to be mounted outside of the engine.

The weapons on the Kingfisher generally make them effective at all ranges. The primary configuration of the Kingfisher is best at medium-short range. An LRM-10 launcher is its only legitimate long-range threat. A pair of Large and Medium Pulse Lasers are very accurate and the Streak SRM-6 cannot fire unless it achieves a target lock, making it ideally suited to green pilots and urban environments. An arm-mounted ER Small Laser seems superfluous.

Alternate Configurations[edit]

  • Alt. Config. B 
    The Kingfisher B is built around an Ultra Autocannon/20 with a meager two tons of ammunition. A solitary ER Large Laser provides long-range firepower. Four ER Medium Lasers and the ubiquitous ER Small round out the offensive guns. An Anti-Missile System gives the design some protection against missiles. BV (1.0) = 2,043[1][10], BV (2.0) = 2,472[11]
  • Alt. Config. C 
    The third configuration can go without resupply indefinitely thanks to its all-energy armament. A pair of ER PPCs are mounted next to ER Medium Lasers in a fashion eerily reminiscent of the Marauder. Another pair of Mediums are in the torso, while eight extra double heat sinks can counter all the heat the weapons can build. BV (1.0) = 2,391[1][12], BV (2.0) = 2,644[13]
  • Alt. Config. X 
    This powerful variant carries an LRM 20 with Artemis IV as its main weapon with a PPC mounted in the center torso. Equipped with two ER Medium Pulse Lasers and three Improved Heavy Medium Lasers for close range. For protection used the X variant an ECM Suite system and all weapons linked to an Targeting Computer. BV (2.0) = 2,706[23]

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. 188-189, "Kingfisher
  2. 2.0 2.1 Era Digest: Golden Century, p. 21, RUD
  3. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 322
  4. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 186
  5. The Black Thorns, pp. 56-57
  6. Technical Readout: 3058, p. 184
  7. Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, p. 188
  8. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 323
  9. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 187
  10. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 324
  11. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 188
  12. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 325
  13. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 189
  14. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 326
  15. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 190
  16. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 327
  17. Record Sheets: Upgrades, p. 147
  18. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 191
  19. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 192
  20. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 328
  21. Record Sheets: Upgrades, p. 148
  22. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 193
  23. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 194

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