Piranha

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Piranha
Production information
Manufacturer Constantin Assembly Plant M27A-E[1],
Auxiliary Production Site 4
Production Year 3051[2]
Model PRA
Class Light
Cost 2,780,940 C-bills

2,779,740 C-bills[3]

Technical specifications
Mass 20 tons
Chassis Bergan XIV Endo Steel
Armor Forging ZK11 Standard
Engine 180 Firebox XL
Communications System K9 Communications System
Targeting Tracking System Able-Seven Sensor Suite
Heat Sinks 10
Speed 151 km/h
Armament
BV (1.0) 801[1][4]
BV (2.0) 998[3]

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[edit] Description

The Piranha was developed by Clan Diamond Shark shortly before the Battle of Tukayyid to combat Inner Sphere conventional infantry and light vehicles. The sheer speed that the BattleMech is capable of has also made it something of a scout, though it lacks sophisticated electronic equipment. The Piranha is protected mostly by its speed, though it does mount four tons of armor. In the late 3060s, Clan Ice Hellion bid for and won the right to produce the 'Mech themselves. The Hellions have created new variants on the Piranha, though they maintain the original design philosophy.[1][5][6]

[edit] Weapons and Equipment

The Piranha's main threat is its twelve Series XII Rotary Machine Guns. These are a serious threat on such a speedy 'Mech to any foe, especially if a Star of Piranhas operate in a pack, and such a large array allows a Piranha to chew through an opponent's rear armor almost instantly. They are most deadly, however, to unarmored infantry, capable of wiping out an entire company in seconds. For work against hardened targets, the Piranha mounts a pair of Mk. 3 ER Medium Lasers and a single Series 1 ER Small Laser. Since the design only uses ten single heat sinks, the MechWarrior must still manage heat levels. The ammunition dependency of the Machine Guns ensure that Piranhas must stay close to supply lines, so most have been relegated to solahma or garrison roles.[1][6]

[edit] Variants

  • Piranha 4 
    This version uses two Machine Gun Arrays to make it more effective in combat. One array mounts Light Machine Guns, while the other mounts standard Machine Guns. The ER Medium Lasers are tied into a Targeting Computer as well.[11] BV (2.0) = 1063[12]

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[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, pp. 160-161, "Piranha"
  2. MUL online date for Piranha
  3. 3.0 3.1 Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 94
  4. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 134
  5. Invading Clans, p. 142
  6. 6.0 6.1 Technical Readout: 3058, pp. 156-157, "Piranha"
  7. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 135
  8. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 95
  9. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 136
  10. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 96
  11. Technical Readout: 3085, p. 191
  12. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Old is the New New, p. 135

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