Phoenix Hawk IIC
|Phoenix Hawk IIC|
|Manufacturer||Trellshire Heavy Industries|
|Armor||Forging AM15 Ferro-Fibrous w/ CASE|
|Engine||Type 79 400 XL Fusion|
|Jump Jets||Grandthrust Mk. 5|
In a rare fit of technological innovation, scientists from Clan Steel Viper decided to base a new assault-class BattleMech on the old Phoenix Hawk chassis. The resulting design, known as the Phoenix Hawk IIC is almost twice as heavy as the original, though it is severely under-gunned for an assault 'Mech due its incredible speed for a 'Mech its size. Only the use of an XL Engine, Endo Steel, and ten and a half tons of Ferro-Fibrous armor saved it from being totally useless. Though in many ways it resembles the combat prowess of the Inner Sphere's Charger, the Phoenix Hawk IIC also mounts five jump jets, enough to propel it 150 meters in a single leap. It is a 'Mech that seems designed for physical combat in a Clan culture that looks down upon the use of melee attacks.
Following the introduction of the OmniMech by Clan Coyote, the Phoenix Hawk IIC saw itself relegated to second-line status. After Clan Diamond Shark acquired the specifications for the design in the 3060s, they restarted production at Trellshire Heavy Industries on Twycross, possibly to sell to Inner Sphere customers.
The main armament of the Phoenix Hawk IIC is the paired Ultra Autocannon/10s, each of which has a three-ton ammunition bin it can draw on. A pair of Machine Guns provide extra firepower that is most useful against unarmored infantry. Ten double heat sinks are more than adequate to deal with all heat generated by the 'Mech.
- Phoenix Hawk IIC 2 - This variant transforms the Phoenix Hawk IIC into a missile boat. It removes all the weapons and a ton of armor to mount four LRM-20s and eight tons of ammunition. BV (1.0) = 2,568 BV (2.0) = 2,892
- Phoenix Hawk IIC 3 - The IIC 3 was designed by Clan Steel Viper following their ejection from the Inner Sphere and is produced for them by Clan Diamond Shark. Based upon the original, the IIC 3 makes use of two Heavy Large Lasers, a Medium Pulse Laser, and two Small Pulse Lasers; all of which are linked to a Targeting Computer. Twenty-two double heat sinks keep all the heat generated by the weapons under control. BV (1.0) = 2,259 BV (2.0) = 2,448
- Phoenix Hawk IIC 4 - Manufactured by Clan Diamond Shark after they acquired the design specifications from the Vipers, the IIC 4 mounts four CC ATM 9s along with seven tons of ammunition. Only the standard ten double heat sinks are included, so MechWarriors must watch their heat carefully. BV (1.0) = 2,157 BV (2.0) = 2,483
- Phoenix Hawk IIC 5 - Clan Ghost Bear purchased Phoenix Hawk IIC frames built by Clan Diamond Shark and added their own weapons to this more recent upgrade that uses the newest Gauss rifle technology. It mounts two HAG 20s and four AP Gauss Rifles. The resemblance to the original is uncanny, though the HAGs must make the best of four tons of ammunition between them. BV (2.0) = 2,350
- Phoenix Hawk IIC 6 - Another recently developed variant, the IIC 6 carries a pair of Zeta-series X Plasma Cannons and two Series 2D-2 Heavy Medium Lasers, all of which are tied into a Targeting Computer. Improved Jump Jets enable the 'Mech to leap up to 240 meters. BV (2.0) = 2,490
- Phoenix Hawk IIC 7 - This version has a lower top speed (64km/h), but uses Improved Jump Jets to keep mobility. It carries a pair of LB 10-X ACs in the torso, supplemented by twin ER Medium Lasers and Streak SRM-4. Clan Diamond Shark sells this variant to any interested buyer, including Inner Sphere powers. BV (2.0) = 2,219
According to the author who submitted the initial statistics to FASA at the time, the 'Mech design that would later be the Phoenix Hawk IIC was originally called the Matador, and was not intended to be related in any way to the Phoenix Hawk.
- ↑ Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Project Phoenix, p. 265
- ↑ Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Project Phoenix, p. 266
- ↑ Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Project Phoenix, p. 267
- ↑ Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Project Phoenix, p. 268
- ↑ Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Project Phoenix, p. 269
- ↑ Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Project Phoenix, p. 270
- ↑ Technical Readout: 3085, p. 280
- ↑ Technical Readout: 3085, p. 281