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Leopard CV

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Leopard CV
Production information
Manufacturer Irian Technologies, Bowie Industries, Federated-Boeing[1]
Production Year 2581[2]
Use AeroSpace Fighter Carrier
Type Aerodyne
Tech Base Inner Sphere
Technical specifications
Mass 1,720 tons
Structural Integrity 7
Length 70.2 meters
Width 53 meters
Height 19.8 meters
Safe Thrust 2 g
Max Thrust 3 g
Fuel (tons) 137 tons
Fuel (days) 74.5 days
Armament 2 x PPCs
3 x LRM-20s
5 x Large Lasers
7 x Medium Lasers
Armor Standard
Fore: 14
Sides: 13
Aft: 10
Crew 9
Escape Pods/Life Boats 2/0
Heat Sinks 80 (single)
BV (1.0) 2,579
BV (2.0) 2,854


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[edit] Description

Cousin to the original Leopard class DropShip, the Leopard CV is the most common fighter carrier in the Inner Sphere. Carrying a standard squadron of AeroSpace Fighters, the vessel is the means by which an assault (or raiding) force can transport the AeroSpace support to the scene of battle from the jumppoint, providing dedicated refueling, re-arming and maintenance requirements. However, due to its lack of significant cargo space, the vessel is not intended for long-term habitation; instead, the transported crew would require continuous support from the mother JumpShip, until the time for system transit. Like its cousin, there are plenty of parts, both still in production or available as salvage and surplus, to keep the Leopard CV strongly active.

[edit] Armament

The Leopard has an impressive weapons loadout for such a small DropShip, most useful for attacks from aerospace interceptors. It can be easily overwhelmed, however, if swarmed. It has three long range missile racks for heavy hitting, two PPCs, five Large Lasers, and seven Medium Lasers, which give it more than enough combat capability when it's munitions run out.

[edit] Cargo

Six AeroSpace Fighters

[edit] Variants

In 3054, Irian Technologies began producing an upgraded Leopard CV. The PPCs and Large Lasers have both been replaced by extended-range models, while the Medium Lasers have been upgraded with pulse technology. BV (1.0) = 3,217 BV (2.0) = 3,376

[edit] Named Vessels

(See Category:Individual Leopard CV-class DropShips)

[edit] Leopard CV Ship Gallery

[edit] References

  1. Handbook: House Davion, p. 181
  2. online date for the Leopard CV

[edit] Bibliography