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Shadow Cat

This article is about Clan Nova Cat's heavily-armed and manoeuvrable medium OmniMech. For Clan Jade Falcon's heavy fire-support BattleMech, see Shadow Cat II.


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Shadow Cat
Production information
Manufacturer Barcella Beta[1]
Production Year 3003[2]
Model Prime
Class Medium
Cost 11,785,510 C-bills
Technical specifications
Mass 45 tons
Chassis Type 79-45 Endo Steel
Armor Compound H17 Ferro-Fibrous with CASE
Engine RFUM 270 XL
Communications System JNE Integrated
Targeting Tracking System Build 2 CAT TTS
Heat Sinks 10 Double heat sinks
Speed 97 km/h (130 km/h with MASC)
Jump Jets Model KY Boosters
Armament

Primary Configuration

BV (1.0) 2,057[1][3]
BV (2.0) 2,156[4]

Contents

[edit] Description

The Shadow Cat is a heavily-armed and maneuverable medium OmniMech developed by Clan Nova Cat to replace the Ice Ferret in the early 31st century during preparations for Operation Revival. Use of the Shadow Cat has spread to other Clans since its introduction, most notably, the Annihilated Clan Smoke Jaguar, Clan Cloud Cobra, Clan Fire Mandrill, Clan Steel Viper, Clan Diamond Shark and Clan Wolf.[5][6][1] First encountered by Inner Sphere forces at the Battle of Luthien, the Shadow Cat was subsequently used by the Clans during the Battle of Tukayyid against ComStar.

The Shadow Cat was such a successful design that it has seen continued production by Clan Nova Cat well into the Dark Age period.

[edit] Weapons and Equipment

This expensive OmniMech makes use of weight-saving technologies in the form of an Endo Steel internal structure, an XL Engine, and seven tons of Ferro-Fibrous armor. All of these together allow the Shadow Cat to employ more pod space than the Ice Ferret at the expense of speed. To counteract this, the base chassis employs enough jump jets to vault up to 180 meters in a single bound and Myomer Accelerated Signal Circuitry that enables it to move up to 130 km/h in bursts.[1][6]

The primary configuration of the Shadow Cat wields a Gauss Rifle allowing it to handily defeat smaller opponents, often before they can get within range. A pair of smaller ER Medium Lasers back up the rifle, together able to deal almost as much damage as the gauss rifle can. An Active Probe gives the Shadow Cat the ability to detect hidden units, making it a capable scout.[1][6]

[edit] Variants

  • Alt. Config. A 
    The first alternate configuration is also potent at long range, but it uses a pair of ER Large Lasers to gain that potency. It retains the Active Probe of the prime, but uses a Streak SRM-6 for backup. It also utilizes three extra double heat sinks to keep heat levels comfortable. BV (1.0) = 1,972[1][7], BV (2.0) = 2,220[8]
  • Alt. Config. B 
    This variant is also a fusion of long-range weaponry with a scouting system. This configuration adds a pair of Artemis IV-guided LRM 15s to the Active Probe. It also has a pair of ER Medium Lasers for backup, though it adds an ECM Suite to the electronics package. BV (1.0) = 2,123[1][9], BV (2.0) = 2,420[10]
  • Alt. Config. C 
    A more recent variant, the Shadow Cat C marries a pair of ATM 6s to three ER Medium Lasers. It mounts enough ammunition to make use of the flexibility of the Advanced Tactical Missile System. A Narc Missile Beacon helps Starmates' missiles target an enemy unit. BV (1.0) = 1,817[1][11][12], BV (2.0) = 2,199[13]
  • Alt. Config. F 
    Another Dark Age configuration, this variant carries a TSEMP Cannon, ER PPC, and Streak SRM-6. BV (2.0) = 2,997[15]

[edit] Dark Age Variants

  • Barring some cosmetic differences, the Dark Age era Shadow Cat has little functional difference from the original.

[edit] Related BattleMechs

[edit] Gallery

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, pp. 170-171, "Shadow Cat Profile"
  2. MUL online date for the Shadow Cat
  3. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 201
  4. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 134
  5. The Black Thorns, pp. 58-59
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Technical Readout: 3058, pp. 166-167, "Shadow Cat"
  7. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 202
  8. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 135
  9. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 203
  10. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 136
  11. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 204
  12. Record Sheets: Upgrades, p. 77
  13. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 137
  14. Record Sheets: 3145 New Tech, New Upgrades, p. 112
  15. Record Sheets: 3145 New Tech, New Upgrades, p. 113
  16. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 205
  17. Record Sheets: Upgrades, p. 78
  18. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 138
  19. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 139

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