Lancelot

This article is about the BattleMech. For other uses, see Lancelot (disambiguation).


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Lancelot
Production information
Manufacturer Krupp Stellar Technologies Inc.
Production Year 2581[1]
Model LNC25-01
Class Heavy
Cost 13,025,600 C-bills
Technical specifications
Mass 60 tons
Chassis MangoTech 500 SJ (Spiral Jection)
Armor PanzerSlab Type 5
Engine Hermes 360 XL
Communications System Krupp-COMM 500
Targeting Tracking System KBC Starsight Model 3
Heat Sinks 13 Double heat sinks
Speed 97.2 km/h
Armament
BV (1.0) 1,185
BV (2.0) 1,422[2]

Description[edit]

The Lancelot was originally conceived in response to a Star League Defense Force contract for a medium BattleMech that could operate with minimal logistical support, was fast enough to take part in mobile operations and packed sufficient firepower to be a viable threat on the battlefield. With this criteria in mind Krupp Technologies attempted to combine the speed of a medium 'Mech with the survivability of a heavy 'Mech in the Lancelot. Despite the use of a lightweight Extralight engine, the production Lancelot ended up in the heavyweight class, but the SLDF was impressed enough with the unit's speed and firepower during its trial runs to make an initial order of 250 in 2581.[3]

An entirely energy-based armament allowed the Lancelot to operate away from friendly supply lines for extended periods, while the use of a Hermes 360XL engine not only made it faster than any other heavy 'Mech at the time but also allowed for thirteen double heat sinks to be installed. The use of only nine and a half tons of armor was considered very light for its tonnage, however this was offset partially by the design's mobility and its subtle curves, presenting a narrower silhouette for the enemy to target. Its advanced Krupp KBC battle computer, long a standard in the industry, offered superior internal system monitoring, such as current armor status and skin temperature, without distracting the pilot during combat. The most exceptional part of the Lancelot was its KBC Starsight Model 3 T&T System, which could track and prioritize hundreds of targets and projectiles at once. This also made the Lancelot superior at shooting down enemy fighters, and by all indications it was replacing the Rifleman as the SLDF's standard anti-aircraft 'Mech before the Amaris Civil War put an end to that plan.[2][3][4]

Many Lancelots, along with Krupp's factory on Mars, were destroyed during the Civil War, and as the advanced systems which had gone into their construction became lostech these 'Mechs came to the brink of extinction. Luthien Armor Works obtained copies of the design and began production after the Second Succession War, but their LNC25-02 model was greatly reduced in capability, most significantly the loss of its mobility. With only average speed now and enough armor plating to withstand only a few solid hits, pilots derisively began referring to the 'Mech as "the Coffin." Whereas before the fall of the Star League the Lancelot could be found in almost all militaries, by the end of the Succession Wars less than a dozen still-functional original models were in service, many heavily modified due to battle damage, alongside a few hundred 02 models, most of which were in the hands of the Draconis Combine. In the wake of the Clan Invasion and the Battle of Tukayyid, Precentor Martial Anastasius Focht would rebuild the Krupp Stellar factory on Mars to restart production of original model Lancelots for the Com Guards along with other advanced variants. Examples of these 'Mechs would also be used by the Word of Blake in the prosecution of their Jihad.[2][4][5]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The weapons carried by the Lancelot cover almost the entire range of energy weapons available and gave it firepower equivalent to that found in many assault 'Mechs. Its primary armament is a Kinslaughter PPC mounted in the right side of its torso. The Kinslaughter has a tendency to generate more heat than other particle cannons if not properly maintained. This is backed up by two arm-mounted Krupp Model 32 Large Lasers, known among MechWarriors as "Fur Burners" for their excellent performance, and a single Krupp Model 2 Medium Laser in the center torso.[2][3]

Variants[edit]

  • LNC25-01sl 
    This Lancelot variant removes the PPC and Large Lasers of the standard model and replaces them all with ER Large Lasers. Ferro-Fibrous armor provides increased protection, while the remaining tonnage has been devoted to extra double heat sinks. This model did not survive past the Star League Era and was only found in the SLDF.[6]
  • LNC25-01X 
    This prototype Lancelot variant was produced by Krupp prior to Amaris' seizure of Terra. An upgrade of the LNC25-01, it uses an Endo-Steel chassis and Ferro-fibrous armor. The weapons array is same, except the large lasers are Extended Range Type and four jump jets are added for mobility. Early field tests revealed that the inclusion of jump jets did little to improve the design, with most pilots requesting either more armoring or more heat sinks instead.[5] BV(2.0) = 1659[7]
  • LNC25-02 
    The Lancelot did not survive the loss of Star League technology as well as most of its older cousins. Manufactured by Luthien Armor Works from their huge plant on Luthien, the 02 retained the same weapons array though with different models: a Lord's Light PPC, two Sunglow Heavy Lasers, and a Victory 23R Medium Laser. This came at the expense however of a smaller Pitban 240 fusion engine and nineteen single heat sinks. With a new maximum speed of only 64.8 km/h the thin-skinned Lancelot made for an easy target for other 'Mechs of its weight class, and the less efficient heat dissipation system made it unable to unleash its full firepower safely and consistently; firing both large lasers and the PPC at the same time now entailed risking a shutdown from overheating. LAW also had to replace the Krupp electronics used in the Star League variants, installing a Sipher KIT-4 communications system and a Hawkeye B3 targeting and tracking system.[5] BV (1.0) = 968[8], BV (2.0) = 1,236[9]
  • LNC25-03 
    A field refit of the 01 model owing to a lack of proper spare parts, this variant swaps out the large lasers and extra heat sinks for a pair of rugged Autocannon/5s. It is made tougher with the inclusion of additional armor, though the extra protection comes at the cost of a reduction in speed to a maximum of 85 km/h.[2] BV (1.0) = ??, BV (2.0) = 1,360[10]
  • LNC25-04 
    This variant of the Lancelot is a completely upgraded version, built to utilize the improved C3 computer in use by ComStar and the Word of Blake. In addition to using an Endo-Steel chassis and added a half-ton of armor, the particle cannon and large lasers were upgraded to Extended Range models. In order to make room for these sweeping changes the medium laser was removed.[2] BV (1.0) = 1,256[11][12], BV (2.0) = 1,640[10]
  • LNC25-05 
    The 25-05 is a curious variant of the traditionally energy-based Lancelot primarily aimed at fighting conventional forces. The medium laser and two heat sinks have been replaced with four Machine Guns and a full ton of ammunition. The armor has not been upgraded, and the 25-05 Lancelot has the same speed profile as the older 25-01 model.[2] BV (1.0) = 1077, BV (2.0) = 1,380[10]


Related BattleMechs[edit]

  • Dragoon - In many respects the Lancelot's larger brother, featuring a similar body design and visual style, the 70-ton Dragoon was developed by Krupp on the orders of Stefan Amaris and would see service against the SLDF during Operation LIBERATION. [13]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. MUL online date for the Lancelot
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Technical Readout: 3050 Upgrade, p. 205
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Technical Readout: 2750, p. 36
  4. 4.0 4.1 Technical Readout: 3025 Revised, p. 74
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Technical Readout: 3039, p. 264
  6. Era Report: 2750, p. 136
  7. Record Sheets: 3039 Unabridged, p. 424
  8. Combat Operations, p. 125
  9. Record Sheets: 3039, p. 141
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Master Unit List: Battle Values, p. 118
  11. Combat Operations, p. 123
  12. Record Sheets: Upgrades, p. 102
  13. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 2, p. 144-145 & 157 "AEM-01 Dragoon"

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