Manticore Heavy Tank
Production information
Manufacturer Defiance Industries, Jalastar Aerospace[1], Bulldog Enterprises, New Earth Trading Company, Quikscell Company, Majesty Metals and Manufacturing
Production Year 2668[2]
Mission Infantry Support
Type Tracked
Cost 2,640,800 C-bills
Technical specifications
Mass 60
Armor ArcShield Maxi II Standard
Engine Pitban 240
Speed 64.8 km/h
Crew 4
Communications System TharHes Muse 54-58K
Targeting Tracking System TharHes Targitrack w/Artemis
Heat Sinks 10

1 x PPC
1 x SRM-6
1 x LRM-10
1 x Medium Laser

BV (1.0)  ???
BV (2.0) 933


The Manticore is one of the best-designed and most powerful tanks ever created, built to combat BattleMechs in support of infantry formations. Although the Manticore mounts a variety of weapons to handle a variety of combat roles and ranges, and is heavily armored for a vehicle of its weight, it is not equipped to deal with the raw firepower of super-heavy vehicles such as the Demolisher or the Behemoth. Despite this, the popularity of the Manticore has remained high, even during the Succession Wars era with its use of an expensive and rare Fusion Engine.

Originally developed by TechniCorp during the Reunification War, the destruction of the companies head office on Terra during the Amaris Coup spread the Manticore across the Inner Sphere as other manufacturers absorbed their facilities.

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The tank's main weapon is the Parti-Kill PPC, backed up by a SureShot Mk VI SRM-6 rack. The SRM is mounted on top of the main turret, just above and behind the particle cannon. It is mounted on vertical and horizontal swivel mounts, giving the pack a full 120-degree arc of fire independent of the turret. Both PPC and SRM are supported in their respective range brackets by a Far Fire Medium Missile Rack and OMI High Burn Medium Laser.


  • Lyran 3058 
    With the rediscovery of Star League lostech, Defiance Industries developed an upgraded version that focuses using advanced tech to improve the tanks weapon array, while retaining as much of original design as possible to ensure easy field upgrade of existing Manticores. The PPC was replaced with a Large Pulse Laser, trading a slight reduction in range for increased accuracy. The removal of the medium laser and associated heat sinks in exchange for a Streak SRM-2 rack freeing up space and weight to add Artemis IV FCS to the original SRM and LRM racks. For increased survivability, Defiance increased the Manticore's protection by upgrading its armor to Durallex Super Ferro-Fibrous. BV (1.0) = ??, BV (2.0) = 957
  • LBX 
    Manufactured by NETC based on unproduced plans licensed from Defiance Industries, this new construction variant replaces the Streak SRM-2 from Defiance's upgrade with a Medium Pulse Laser, mounting a LB 10-X AC and Streak SRM-6 in the turret, making it an effective anti-Battle Armor support unit during the FedCom Civil War. BV (1.0) = ??, BV (2.0) = 964
  • C3 Master 
    Developed by Bulldog Industries, this variant replaces the SRM launcher with a C3 Master Computer and additional armor, also reverting the pulse laser back to the standard PPC. BV (1.0) = ??, BV (2.0) = 934
  • C3 Slave 
    A second C3 variant developed by Bulldog, this replaced the SRM with C3 Slave and a Streak SRM-4, again also using a PPC instead of large pulse laser. BV (1.0) = ??, BV (2.0) = 1,008
  • RAC 
    A experimental version developed by Jalastar, this variant replaces the large pulse laser and LRM launcher with an RAC/5 and a Targeting Computer, also switching out the Streak launcher for two ER Medium Lasers. BV (1.0) = ??, BV (2.0) = 1,241

Custom Variants[edit]

Related Vehicles[edit]


  1. Objectives: Federated Suns, p. 28, "Jalastar Aerospace"
  2. MUL online date for the Manticore
  3. Technical Readout: 3085, p. 190
  4. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Old is the New New, p. 41
  5. Experimental Technical Readout: Gladiators, p. 11
  6. Technical Readout: 3145 Lyran Commonwealth, p. 18-19, "Manticore II Heavy Tank"
  • Technical Readout: 3026, pp. 64-65
  • Technical Readout: 3026 Revised, pp. 68-69
  • Technical Readout: 3058, pp. 54-55
  • Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, pp. 98-99
  • Technical Readout: 3039, pp. 74-75