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Locust

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Locust
Production information
Manufacturer Bergan Industries,

Achernar BattleMechs,
Corean Enterprises,
Defiance Industries [1]
Gibson Federated BattleMechs,
Interstellar Arms,[2]
Majesty Metals and Manufacturing,
Pinard Protectorates Limited,
Taurus Territorial Industries

Production Year 2499[3][4][5]
Model LCT-1V
Class Light
Cost 1,512,400 C-bills
Technical specifications
Mass 20 tons
Chassis Bergan VII
Armor 1/StarSlab
Engine LTV 160
Speed 129.6 km/h
Armament
BV (1.0) 356[6]
BV (2.0) 432[7][8]

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[edit] Description

The Locust was one of the most common BattleMechs in existence, having been in continuous production since the design was introduced by Bergan Industries in 2499. One of the smallest 'Mechs ever built the Locust was designed exclusively for reconnaissance and quick strike missions, using its then-phenomenal speed to outrun most enemies. In a situation where it was unable to outrun its enemies, the 'Mech did have a light array of weapons with which to defend itself, but the Locust lacked the firepower or staying power to be a true front-line combatant; few MechWarriors enjoyed piloting Locusts for this reason. Within its weight-class though the Locust was considered an excellent 'Mech, overshadowed as a scout only by designs which mounted jump jets. Often when a Locust engaged in combat it was as a holding action until reinforcements could arrive, although when operating in groups of three they could swarm lone enemy 'Mechs who became separated from friendly support.[3][4]

Bergan Industries built Locusts from eight different factories and supplied the Star League and its member states right through to the Amaris Civil War.[3] During the Succession Wars the number of manufacturers increased and the design was being built in nearly a dozen factories, including ones in the Periphery.[4] Besides Bergan's Ares facility versions of the Locust were built on Furillo (Defiance Industries), New Avalon (Achernar BattleMechs), Stewart (Corean Enterprises), Gibson (Free Worlds Defense Industries), Alpheratz (Alliance Defenders Limited), Canopus IV (Majesty Metals and Manufacturing), Taurus (Taurus Territorial Industries) and MacLeod's Land (Pinard Protectorates Limited). The wide variety of manufacturers meant costs for producing the 'Mech were low and parts were widely available, leading everyone from lowly pirates to corporate defense forces buying Locusts in large numbers. It also led to many different variants of the Locust, although those in the Periphery were largely limited to building the original LCT-1V model.[4][9]

As the Succession Wars wound down those manufacturers within the Successor States began to experiment with new and rediscovered technology to build updated versions of the Locust. The Capellan Confederation in particular modified the Ares facility to build the LCT-1L variant of the Locust with a version of the Triple-Strength Myomer which wouldn't catch on fire.[4] Other updated variants, including the LCT-3D, LCT-3M and LCT-3S were introduced just in time to take part in the Clan Invasion.[9] After the war the Word of Blake approached Corean Enterprises about creating a new Locust variant for their militia, agreeing to buy the entire first production run to assuage the company's misgivings. The various Periphery powers, still largely reliant on the Locust, also began fielding updated variants of their own, although none of the Great Houses were much interested in revitalizing the line.[10] Even into the thirty-second century though the Locust continues to be produced and used out in the Periphery.[2]

[edit] Weapons and Equipment

The main weapon of the Locust was a single Martell Medium Laser mounted in the center torso. Backing this up were two Sperry Browning Machine Guns, which effectively deterred infantry attacks against the Locust's vulnerable legs. These were located in either arm and fed by a one-ton ammo bin located in the center torso. Lacking hand actuators the Locust was vulnerable to other 'Mechs when engaging in close combat.[3][4][11]

The primary asset of the Locust was its speed, using a 160-rate LTV fusion engine to attain a cruising speed of 86.4 km/h and top speed of 129.6 km/h. This speed is necessary for the 'Mech's survival, since four tons of armor means the Locust can be quickly crippled or destroyed by direct hits. The standard engine-mounted ten heat sinks are sufficient in most cases, although those variants which mount more energy weapons suffer more.[3][4]

[edit] Variants

  • LCT-1E 
    The LCT-1E Locust introduced in 2811 is among the least-produced variant of the 'Mech. It carried an entire energy-based weapons assortment, with two Medium Lasers and two Small Lasers mounted in the arms.[3][4][12] BV (1.0) = 484,[6] BV (2.0) = 553[13][14]
  • LCT-1L 
    The LCT-1L Locust was an attempt to allow the 'Mech to operate at even higher speeds by adding Triple Strength Myomer to the design. Introduced in 3030 the weapons are identical to those on the LCT-1V as it was a test-bed for the technology by Bergan Industries' Ares plant.[9][15] BV (1.0) = 364,[16] BV (2.0) = 474[17][18]
  • LCT-1M 
    The LCT-1M was a long range version of the Locust built for the Federated Suns in 2571. This variant carried two LRM-5 launchers in place of the machine guns and one ton of reloads at the cost of three tons of armor protection.[3][4][19] BV (1.0) = 382,[20] BV (2.0) = 424[21][22]
  • LCT-1S 
    The LCT-1S Locust built for the Lyran Commonwealth in 2567 also replaced the machine guns, this time with two SRM-2 racks with one ton of reloads for a heavier close range punch. This came at the cost of one ton of armor protection.[3][4][23] BV (1.0) = 376,[24] BV (2.0) = 440[25][26]
  • LCT-1V2 
    The 1V2 Locust was a Periphery upgrade of the design introduced in 3066 for the Marian Hegemony. While still carrying the center-mounted medium laser it mounted four Rocket Launcher 10s in place of the machine guns.[10][28] BV (1.0) = 500,[29] BV (2.0) = 568[30]
  • LCT-3D 
    The 3D Locust introduced in 3049 used Star League technology to take the concept of the 1M further. Although it carried only two Magna Longbow-5 launchers, the engineers at Achernar BattleMechs on New Avalon upgraded the armor to Ferro-Fibrous and the structure to Endo Steel. Completely lacking in close-range weaponry this variant was suitable for harassing the enemy at long range then fleeing before they could get too close.[9][31] BV (1.0) = 377,[32] BV (2.0) = 436[33]
  • LCT-3M 
    The 3M Locust was built for the Free Worlds League in 3050, with production carried out at both Corean Enterprises on Stewart and Free Worlds Defense Industries on Gibson. It retained the Martell medium laser but replaced the machine guns with four Magna Small Lasers and added a Voelkers Parasol Anti-Missile System in the left arm for missile defense. The armor was upgraded to Kallon FWL Special Ferro-Fibrous with CASE in the left torso to protect the one ton of AMS ammo and utilized a Corean-II Delux Endo Steel chassis. The electronics were also updated to a Garrett T10 B communications system and a Corean CalcMaster targeting-tracking system.[9][34] BV (1.0) = 464,[20] BV (2.0) = 522[35]
  • LCT-3S 
    The 3S Locust, constructed on Furillo by Defiance Industries in 3049, carried the 1S upgrade further. This time, as with the 3M, the structure used Endo Steel and the armor was upgraded with Ferro-Fibrous. The SRM-2s were upgraded to Coventry T4H Streak SRM-2s while the medium laser was kept.[9][36] BV (1.0) = 431,[24] BV (2.0) = 483[37]
  • LCT-3V 
    This Locust variant introduced in 3004 was similar to the 1V except that it carried a set of two medium lasers in the center torso, while retaining the arm-mounted machine guns and reducing armor protection by one ton.[38] BV (1.0) = 434,[6] BV (2.0) = 490[39][40]
  • LCT-5M 
    The 5M was a straightforward enhancement of the 3M model, upgrading all of the lasers to extended range models, giving it one Magna Mk VI ER Medium Laser and four Magna Mk IV ER Small Lasers. In addition, the use of an Hermes 240 XL Engine allowed engineers to upgrade the Locust's top speed to 194.4 km/h. Designed by the Word of Blake, each of their Level III units had at least 5M Locust after its introduction in 3066.[10][41] BV (1.0) = 516,[32] BV (2.0) = 719[42]
  • LCT-5M2 
    This Dark Age version of the Locust has a top speed nearing 170km/h. It carries an ER medium laser in the center torso and a medium pulse laser in each arm. It's protected by Ferro-Fibrous armor. BV (2.0) = 693[43]
  • LCT-5M3 
    This Locust variant was also introduced during the Dark Age. It uses a smaller engine, which reduces the top speed to 140km/h. It adds a half ton of armor and carries an ER Medium Laser in each arm and an ER Large Laser in the center torso. BV (2.0) = 929[44]
  • LCT-5T 
    This upgrade made the Locust into a devastating anti-infantry 'Mech. Built in 3070 it used an XL engine and Ferro-Fibrous armor to make enough space for three Light Machine Guns in each arm, each trio linked to a Machine Gun Array. A half-ton of CASE-protected ammunition was sufficient for sustained firing, while single heat sinks could handle even the load of the ER medium laser that was of use against hardened targets.[45] BV (2.0) = 520[46]
  • LCT-5V 
    The 5V Locust is similar to the 3V Locust, carrying a pair of ER medium lasers, two Rocket Launcher 10s and protected by Ferro-Fibrous armor. Built in 3068 its relatively low-tech design made it attractive to Periphery powers, namely the Magistracy of Canopus and Taurian Concordat.[10][47] BV (1.0) = 537,[29] BV (2.0) = 665[48]o
  • LCT-5W2 
    Developed from a Word of Blake design in 3079, this Locust has a top speed of over 150 km/h, and used MASC to provide bursts of speed topping out at over 180 km/h. A pair of ER medium lasers provides firepower while a C3 Slave, Guardian ECM Suite, and TAG system provide electronic support. The chassis uses Endo-Steel and an XL Engine provides power. The Locust is protected by Light Ferro-Fibrous armor. Double Heat Sinks keep the heat from the weapons under control. BV (2.0) = 787[50]
  • LCT-6M 
    Built in 3071, the 6M variant used a massive 280 Hermes XL engine to propel it to an astounding speed of 226.8 km/h and was capable of bursts of speed reaching 302.4 km/h through a MASC system. The 6M used a Small Cockpit to save weight with the side effect of making the 'Mech harder to pilot and utilized Ferro-Fibrous armor to get the most of the light armor the 'Mech carried. It was armed with two Magna Mk VI ER medium lasers, which were backed up by a single Magna Mk IV ER small laser. The 6M was produced by Corean Enterprises on Stewart.[51][52] BV (2.0) = 956[53]

[edit] Related BattleMechs

  • Locust IIC - One of the 'Mechs carried on the Exodus with General Aleksandr Kerensky and the remnants of the SLDF, the Clans created their own upgraded IIC variant of the Locust using Clan technology. BV (1.0) = 975, BV (2.0) = 1,103
  • Koto - One of the most common 'Mech designs on Solaris VII, as with the Inner Sphere as a whole, the humble Locust was also a frequent basis for a number of refurbished custom designed 'Mechs, such as Omnitech Industries' Koto.

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[edit] References

  1. Objectives: Lyran Alliance, p.12
  2. 2.0 2.1 Field Manual: 3145, p. 189, "Fronc Reaches"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Technical Readout: 3025, p. 8
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 Technical Readout: 3039, p. 281
  5. Era Digest: Age of War, p. 11
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Combat Operations, p. 121
  7. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrade (Complete), p. 9
  8. Record Sheets: 3039 Unabridged, p. 439
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Technical Readout: 3050, p. 54
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Technical Readout: Project Phoenix, p. 4
  11. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrades, p. 9
  12. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrades, p. 5
  13. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrade (Complete), p. 5
  14. Record Sheets: 3039 Unabridged, p. 435
  15. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrades, p. 6
  16. Combat Operations, p. 122
  17. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrade (Complete), p. 6
  18. Record Sheets: 3039 Unabridged, p. 436
  19. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrades, p. 7
  20. 20.0 20.1 Combat Operations, p. 130
  21. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrade (Complete), p. 7
  22. Record Sheets: 3039 Unabridged, p. 437
  23. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrades, p. 8
  24. 24.0 24.1 Combat Operations, p. 132
  25. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrade (Complete), p. 8
  26. Record Sheets: 3039 Unabridged, p. 438
  27. Record Sheets: Operation Klondike, p. 19
  28. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrades, p. 10
  29. 29.0 29.1 Combat Operations, p. 139
  30. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrade (Complete), p. 10
  31. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrades, p. 11
  32. 32.0 32.1 Combat Operations, p. 127
  33. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrade (Complete), p. 11
  34. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrades, p. 12
  35. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrades(Complete), p. 12
  36. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrades, p. 13
  37. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrade (Complete), p. 13
  38. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrades, p. 14
  39. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrade (Complete), p. 14
  40. Record Sheets: 3039 Unabridged, p. 440
  41. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrades, p. 15
  42. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrade (Complete), p. 15
  43. Record Sheets: 3145 New Tech, New Upgrades, p. 73
  44. Record Sheets: 3145 New Tech, New Upgrades, p. 74
  45. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrades, p. 16
  46. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrade (Complete), p. 16
  47. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrades, p. 17
  48. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrade (Complete), p. 17
  49. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Project Phoenix, p. 13
  50. Technical Readout: 3085, p. 227
  51. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrades, p. 18
  52. Speed Demon - LCT-6M Locust Profile
  53. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrade (Complete), p. 18
    The Record Sheet lists a BV of 955, but the later Master Unit List has it at 956.

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