Powerman

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SC Powerman HaulerMech
Production information
Manufacturer Sitwell Corporation
Use Moving Cargo
Tech Base Inner Sphere
Model
Equipment Rating
Cost 1,498,860[1]
Introduced 2764[2]
Technical specifications
Mass 35 Tons
Chassis
Engine Skobel 140 I.C.E.
Top Speed 64.8 km/h
Armament None
Heat Sinks None
Armor Hughes CommerWeave II (BAR 5 Armor)
Communications System SineWave 5000
Equipment 2x Lift Hoists, 3x Cargo Bays
BV (1.0)
BV (2.0) 198[3]



Description[edit]

The Powerman Series HaulerMech is a creation of Sitwell Corporation of Saiph. The IndustrialMech was put into production just after Richard Sitwell was laid off by Bluth Corporation and founded his own company to destroy his former employer.

At the time of its creation, Bluth Corporation's Buster class HaulerMech was dominating the market. The smaller, lighter, and less expensive Powerman overtook the bulkier and clunkier design with ease. Its smaller and stable design allowed it to load a Dropship in less time than its competitor. Also it was noted for its low-maintenance and reliable components.

After a massive legal battle, lasting for the entire First Succession War, Sitwell Corporation triumphed over Bluth. The legal proceedings eventually led to Bluth Corporation's dissolution on a variety of criminal complaints.

The Powerman continued into serve various freight companies over centuries. By 3067 corporation had introduced it latest version of its venerable HaulerMech : the Powerman XV.[4]

After the Jihad, The Republic of the Sphere controlled most of the production plants that produced IndustrialMechs, including the Saiph Powerman line. This proved to be useful when the Republic went to other states for funding to rebuild worlds. The Republic would withhold or approve distribution to various states, based on their willingness to support reconstruction efforts.[5]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The Powerman is powered by a Skobel 140 Internal combustion engine. The 'Mech is equipped with two GripperTech Lift Hoists (claws). The 'Mech is protected by 2.5 tons of Commercial Armor.

Cargo[edit]

The 'Mech is equipped with pair of two ton capacity cargo bays in its side torsos. It also has a half ton bay located in the central torso.

Variants[edit]

  • Powerman XVI HaulerMech 
    Introduced at the dawn of Jihad in 3068, this variant removes the left arm actuator and it's lift hoist for a Salvage Arm. This model is intended for use for 'Mech salvage companies. BV(2.0)=198[6][7][8]
  • Powerman XI-M MOD 
    This version militarized version Powerman, which was introduced in 2801. This variant mounts a Machine Gun with a half-ton of ammunition in the center torso and a Medium Laser in each arm. Six heat sinks allow the Powermans pilot to fire the lasers continuously. To make room for these weapons, technicians removed the Lift Hoists and the torso cargo bays are reduced by 50%. BV (2.0) = 294[9][10]</ref>[10][11][12]
  • Powerman XI-M-B MOD 
    A second militarized variant produced in 2801, this puts an SRM-4 launcher in each arm, ties them to a ton of ammunition located in the center torso. Three heat sinks are added to the LoaderMech. Cargo capacity is reduced too 2.5 tons, and the it's Lift Hoists are removed. BV (2.0) = 277[13][10][14][15]

Design Quirks[edit]

The SC XV Powerman LoaderMech variant has the following Design Quirks:[16]

Notes[edit]

Record sheets for the Powerman and armed variants were first made available in Record Sheets: Operation Klondike. Later they were republished as part of Record Sheets: Vehicle Annex, IndustrialMechs and Exoskeletons. It should be noted that Powerman's sub-classification as a "LoaderMech" was changed to HaulerMech with the newer publication. XI Model of the Powerman, the standard civilian version of the Powerman in the introduced in Operation Klondike Record Sheet book is missing from newer record sheet book. Unclear if this was errant, it was renamed to XV matching Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex Revised version.

As of this writing, MUL Profiles for Powerman remain not updated, with later variant lacking BV2.

The Militized or MOD version of the Powerman was introduced in Clan Space by the Pentagon Powers as part of their arms race. However, it is unclear if these variants are available to Inner Sphere during this time period.

References[edit]

  1. Record Sheets: Operation Klondike, p. 73
  2. MUL Profile for Powerman SC XV (standard model) - Introduction year & BV2
  3. Record Sheets: Operation Klondike, p. 73
  4. Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex, p. 206, "SC Powerman LoaderMech /BC Buster HaulerMech profile".
  5. Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex Revised, p. 198
  6. Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex, p. 206, "Variants" - Powerman Salvage variant.
  7. Record Sheets: Vehicle Annex, IndustrialMechs & Exoskeletons, p. 83 - Powerman XVI "Record Sheet of XVI version, with stats and BV2.
  8. MUL Profile for Powerman XVI HaulerMech - Introduction only listed.
  9. Record Sheets: Operation Klondike, p. 74 - Stats and BV2 correct, but record sheet is using old name for variant: Powerman XI (Laser)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex Revised, p. 229
  11. Record Sheets: Vehicle Annex, IndustrialMechs & Exoskeletons, p. 83 - Powerman XVI "Record Sheet of XI-M-B version, with stats and BV2.
  12. MUL Profile for Powerman XI (Laser) - BV2 and introd date, but using old name for variant.
  13. Record Sheets: Operation Klondike, p. 55 - BV2 and stats are correct, note record sheet is using old name for the variant, Powerman XI LoaderMech (SRM).
  14. Record Sheets: Vehicle Annex, IndustrialMechs & Exoskeletons, p. 83 - Powerman XVI "Record Sheet of XI-M-B version, with stats and BV2.
  15. MUL Profile for Powerman XI LoaderMech (SRM) - BV2 and introd date, but using old name for variant.
  16. Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex Revised, p. 218, "Powerman Profile"

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