Support Particle Cannon

Support Particle Cannon - TR3026.jpg
Particle Cannon, Support
Production information
Type Medium/Support (E)
Tech Base IS/Clan
Year Introduced 2470 TH[1]
Technology Rating E
Availability Ratings C/D/C
Technical specifications
Damage 1.58
Mass 1,800 kg
Infantry Crew 5
Mass Per Reload 25kg (150)
Cost (unloaded) 45,000[1]
BV (2.0) 9.56[2]



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[edit] Description

The Support Particle Cannon, also known as a Support PPC or S-PPC for short, is the heaviest support weapon available to infantry units. Developed from the Particle Projection Cannon normally mounted on vehicles, the sheer firepower unleashed by a S-PPC makes it an effective weapon for combating BattleMechs.[3][4]

However the S-PPC has several drawbacks which prevent it's widespread use, first of which is that it's sheer size and weight prevents it from being carried by foot infantry. This requires the weapon to be towed by a vehicle in order to keep up with an active battlefield, but given the dangerous nature of the S-PPC enemy units are guaranteed to single it out first in the opening stages of a fight. The S-PPC is also exceptionally expensive and requires the use of a special battery to meet its energy needs. For this reason the weapon is almost always employed from some type of fortified emplacement such as a pillbox or trench.[3][4] The long recharge time between each shot also causes many troopers to prefer other faster-firing support weapons.[5]

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[edit] Specification

Item: Particle Cannon, Support
Equipment Rating: D/C-F-C/E
Armor Piercing/Base Damage: 5E/14S
Range: 75/275/650/1400 meters
Shots: 10 Power Points per Shot
Cost/Reload: 45,000/*
Affiliation: -
Mass/Reload: 18,000kg/*
Notes: Crew: 5; Recharge: 2 Turns

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[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 TechManual, p. 301
  2. TechManual, p. 319
  3. 3.0 3.1 Technical Readout: 3026, p. 110
  4. 4.0 4.1 LosTech: The MechWarrior Equipment Guide, p. 44
  5. A Time of War, p. 276
  6. A Time of War, p. 275

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