Locust

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Locust
Production information
Manufacturer Bergan Industries,
Achernar BattleMechs,
Corean Enterprises,
Defiance Industries,
Gibson Federated BattleMechs,
Interstellar Arms,[1]
Majesty Metals and Manufacturing,
Pinard Protectorates Limited,
Taurus Territorial Industries
Production Year 2499[2][3][4]
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[5]
BV (2.0) 432[6][7]

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[edit] Description

The Locust was one of the most common BattleMechs in existence, having been produced since the design was introduced by Bergan Industries in 2499. The Locust was built exclusively for reconnaissance. The design used a 160-rated LTV Fusion Engine to attain speeds of up to 129.6 km/h. With such phenomenal speed the Locust was capable of outrunning most enemies. In a situation where it was unable to outrun its enemies, it did have a light array of weapons with which to defend itself.[2][3] As of 3050, it is estimated that over 2,000 Locusts were in service throughout the Inner Sphere. [8]

[edit] Weapons and Equipment

The main weapon of the Locust was a single Martell Medium Laser. Backing this up were two Sperry Browning Machine Guns, which effectively deterred infantry attacks against the Locust's vulnerable legs.[9][10]

[edit] Variants

  • LCT-1M 
    The LCT-1M was a long range version of the Locust. This variant carried two LRM-5 launchers in place of the Machine Guns at the cost of reduced armor protection.[2][3][18] BV (1.0) = 382,[19] BV (2.0) = 424[20][21]
  • LCT-1S 
    The LCT-1S Locust also replaced the Machine Guns, this time with two SRM-2 racks for a heavier close range punch.[2][3][22] BV (1.0) = 376,[23] BV (2.0) = 440[24][25]
  • LCT-1Vb 
    The Royal Locust mounts a small pulse laser, and a medium pulse laser in each arm, while keeping the torso-mounted medium laser. It also uses a XL Engine, Endo Steel chassis, and Ferro-Fibrous armor. The heat-sinks have also been upgraded to doubles. BV (2.0) = 642 [26]
  • LCT-3V 
    This Locust variant was similar to the -1V except that it carried a set of two Medium Lasers in the center torso, while retaining the Machine Guns.[38] BV (1.0) = 434,[5] 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 XL Engine allowed engineers to upgrade the Locust's top speed to 194.4 km/h.[27][41] BV (1.0) = 516,[32] BV (2.0) = 719[42]
  • LCT-5M2 
    This 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-5W2 
    Developed from a Word of Blake design, 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 while 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 
    The newest variant of the Locust, the 6M 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

  • 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.

[edit] Gallery

[edit] References

  1. Field Manual: 3145, p. 189, "Fronc Reaches"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Technical Readout: 3025, p. 8
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Technical Readout: 3039, p. 281
  4. Era Digest: Age of War, p. 11
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Combat Operations, p. 121
  6. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrade (Complete), p. 9
  7. Record Sheets: 3039 Unabridged, p. 439
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Technical Readout: 3050, p. 54
  9. Technical Readout: 3025, p. 9 & Technical Readout: 3039, p. 281
  10. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrades, p. 9
  11. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrades, p. 5
  12. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrade (Complete), p. 5
  13. Record Sheets: 3039 Unabridged, p. 435
  14. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrades, p. 6
  15. Combat Operations, p. 122
  16. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrade (Complete), p. 6
  17. Record Sheets: 3039 Unabridged, p. 436
  18. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrades, p. 7
  19. 19.0 19.1 Combat Operations, p. 130
  20. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrade (Complete), p. 7
  21. Record Sheets: 3039 Unabridged, p. 437
  22. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrades, p. 8
  23. 23.0 23.1 Combat Operations, p. 132
  24. Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrade (Complete), p. 8
  25. Record Sheets: 3039 Unabridged, p. 438
  26. Record Sheets: Operation Klondike, p. 19
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Technical Readout: Project Phoenix, p. 4
  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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