Shadow Hawk

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Shadow Hawk
Production information
Manufacturer Lang Industries Incorporated,
Earthwerks Incorporated,
Majesty Metals and Manufacturing,
Odin Manufacturing,
Vandenberg Mechanized Industries
Production Year 2550[1]
Model SHD-2H
Class Medium
Cost 4,539,382 C-bills
Technical specifications
Mass 55 tons
Chassis Lang T1
Armor Maximillian 43
Engine Core Tek 275
Communications System O/P 300 COMSET
Targeting Tracking System O/P 2000A
Heat Sinks 12
Speed 86.4 km/h
Jump Jets Pitban LFT-50
BV (1.0) 918
BV (2.0) 1,064[2][3]

The Shadow Hawk is one of the most iconic BattleMechs in BattleTech. Due to legal difficulties, the Shadow Hawk was among the Unseen BattleMechs of BattleTech. Legal disputes over ownership of this image were resolved in Summer, 2009.


[edit] Description

A recon and strike BattleMech developed during the Golden Age, the Shadow Hawk is a powerful fusion of maneuverability and firepower. With long-range missiles and a class-5 autocannon for ranged combat, and SRMs and lasers for close-in work, the Shadow Hawk outguns many BattleMechs in its weight class. Jump Jets enhance an already speedy BattleMech's ability to bring its guns to bear and keep better-armed enemies at range. A superior BattleMech for commanding a reconnaissance company or serving as a spotter for heavy and assault lances, the Shadow Hawk is a proven and capable design that has served with distinction for more than five centuries.[4][5]

[edit] Weapons and Equipment

The Shadow Hawk as mentioned above carries a varied, but effective, mix of weapons. Primary among them is the Armstrong J11 Autocannon/5. This weapon as well as the Holly LRM-5 launcher provide the Shadow Hawk with good long-range striking capabilities. When the Shadow Hawk closes to shorter ranges it can bring to bear its Holly SRM-2 launcher and its Martell Medium Laser which can generally finish off most 'Mechs of its own weight class or smaller that might have survived the mixed autocannon and LRM fire.[4][5]

[edit] Variants

  • SHD-1R 
    First introduced in 2457, this first generation of the Shadow Hawk employs early BattleMech technology in its weaponry, equipment and its armor. This design was first produced by Lang Industries on Caph, where it was designed as part of the Hegemony's efforts to keep ahead of the Inner Sphere's newly stolen BattleMech technology. The SHD-1R was equipped with a single shoulder mounted Class 5 Autocannon and a single Medium Laser. The 'Mech's primitive fusion engine allowed the 'Mech to reach a maximum of 60+ Km/ph and power its three Jump Jets. The 'Mech was protected by 14 tons of Primitive Armor and had 10 heat sinks. BV (2.0) = 841[6]
  • SHD-2Hb 
    The Royal upgrade of the Shadow Hawk changes the role of the 'Mech to a close-range brawler. The weapon systems are replaced with an LB 10-X AC, two Streak SRM-2 and two medium lasers. The heat sinks are doubles and the ammo is protected by CASE. To save weight it uses Endo-Steel chassis and Ferro-Fibrous armor. BV (2.0) = 1354[7]
  • SHD-2K 
    The -2K Shadow Hawk dramatically overhauls the chassis by replacing all original armaments, save the LRM-5, with a Donal PPC and extra heat sinks. This House Kurita specialty became one of the deadliest units of the Succession Wars.[8] BV (1.0) = 1,018, BV (2.0) = 1,147[8][9]
  • SHD-2D 
    The -2D looks to increase the close range capabilities of the Shadow Hawk at great cost to its armor. The -2D reduces the armor protection by five tons and adds a second SRM-2 launcher and an additional Medium Laser. BV (1.0) = 765, BV (2.0) = 899[10]
  • SHD-2D2 
    The -2D2 is an upgrade of the -2D Shadow Hawk. This upgrade changes the SRM-2 launchers to Streak SRM-2s and carries a total of six and a half tons of armor. Otherwise, it is identical to the -2D Shadow Hawk. BV (1.0) = 896, BV (2.0) = 1,049[13]
  • SHD-3K 
    Based on the -2K, this variant carries a Heavy PPC, MML-5, and ER Medium Laser. CASE protects the missile ammunition, while Heavy Ferro-Fibrous armor covers the 'Mech. A C3 Slave unit is installed to provide targeting data to friendly units.[14] BV (2.0) = 1,591[15]
  • SHD-5M 
    The -5M Shadow Hawk is the first complete overhaul and upgrade of the design. The chassis has been upgraded with Endo Steel, the engine is an extralight version, and the weapons load has undergone an almost complete renovation. The 'Mech uses double heat sinks, carries ten and a half tons of armor with CASE, and is armed with an Ultra Autocannon/5, LRM-20 launcher, Streak SRM-2, and a Medium Laser. In addition, the jumping distance is now a full 150 meters. BV (1.0) = 1,349, BV (2.0) = 1,430[17]
  • SHD-7M 
    The -7M Shadow Hawk uses one of the newest technologies available in the Free Worlds League. The 'Mech is built using an Endo Steel chassis with ten and a half tons of standard armor, with CASE. The -7M carries a Light Gauss Rifle, LRM-15, Streak SRM-2, and a Medium Laser. BV (1.0) = 1,351, BV (2.0) = 1,447[19]
  • SHD-8L 
    This variant uses a Medium VSP, an MML-5, and a Plasma Rifle. Improved Jump Jets provide a jump range of 210 meters. For electronic warfare support, this version uses a Guardian ECM Suite and a Beagle Active Probe. Power is provided by an XL Engine.[20] BV (2.0) = 1,536[21]
  • SHD-9D 
    The Shadow Hawk 9D carries as its primary weapons a new Light Autocannon/5 and a pair of MML-5 launchers. The MML launchers can fire both LRM and SRM ammunition, giving the 'Mech a great deal of tactical flexibility. For close range defense, the 'Mech has a highly accurate Medium Pulse Laser which is also linked to a Targeting Computer with the Autocannon for increased accuracy. The 9D also has a C3 Slave, allowing it to share targeting data with friendly units which are linked to the 'Mech in a C3 Network. The pilot is protected by Light Ferro-Fibrous armor and a Full-Head Ejection System. BV (2.0) = 1,313[22]
  • SHD-11CS 
    This variant uses a Light Engine, Endo Steel, and Light Ferro-Fibrous armor to mount a Snub-Nose PPC, and LRM-15 guided by an Artemis IV FCS, and a pair of ER Medium Lasers. The accuracy of these weapons is aided by the inclusion of an improved C3 Computer. Like the other "Phoenix" variants, it is equipped with a Full-Head Ejection System. BV (2.0) = 1,700[23]
  • SHD-12C 
    Built for the Rasalhagian forces of the Ghost Bear Dominion, this variant uses a Heavy PPC as its main weapon, supported by an ER Medium Laser and an MML-7. Light Ferro-Fibrous armor protects the pilot, but in the event of a catastrophic failure the pilot can use a Full-Head Ejection System to escape. It has a limited jump capability of 120 meters. To make room for all this equipment, the Bears used an Inner Sphere-grade XL Engine and Endo Steel chassis. BV (2.0) = 1,574[24]

[edit] Custom Variants

  • SHD-2H Shadow Hawk Sandy 
    Used by Alexander "Sandy" Romanov, a known associate of the Bounty Hunter, this Shadow Hawk is equipped with double heat sinks, a jump range of 150 meters, and a TAG unit. The weapons have been removed and replaced with a single Heavy PPC and Light PPC. BV (2.0) = 1,517[25]

[edit] Apocryphal Variants

  • SHD-5S 
    The 5S is a variant of the 5M used by the Special Forces. It replaces all standard weapons with one Large Laser, one Medium Pulse Laser and four Medium Lasers. In addition, it carries a Beagle Active Probe in the right torso, while an Guardian ECM Suite is installed in the left torso. Its left arm is also equipped with a TAG, while its head contains a cargo space. It is armored by eleven and a half tons of standard armor. BV (1.0) = , BV (2.0) = [26]

[edit] Related BattleMechs

  • Shadow Hawk IIC - The SLDF took several Shadow Hawks with them on their Exodus. The Clans eventually upgraded several of the old SHD-2H 'Mechs with Clan technology, creating the Shadow Hawk C and, later, completely redesigned the original model to make the Shadow Hawk IIC. BV (1.0) = 1,646, BV (2.0) = 1,732

[edit] Notable Pilots

Famous individuals in the BattleTech universe who are associated with the Shadow Hawk include:

[edit] BattleMech Gallery

[edit] References

  1. MUL online date for the Shadow Hawk
  2. Technical Readout: 3039, p. 289
  3. Record Sheets: 3039 Unabridged, p. 461
  4. 4.0 4.1 Technical Readout: 3025, pp. 66-67
  5. 5.0 5.1 Technical Readout: 3039, p. 289
  6. Experimental Technical Readout: Primitives, Volume 1, pp. 5, 19 SHD-1R Shadow Hawk - Profile on primitive Shadow Hawk and specs.
  7. Record Sheets: Operation Klondike, p. 40
  8. 8.0 8.1 Total Warfare Style Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrades, p. 99
  9. Record Sheets: 3039 Unabridged, p. 462
  10. Record Sheets: 3039 Unabridged, p. 460
  11. The Battle for Twycross, p. 48
  12. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Project Phoenix, p. 85
  13. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Project Phoenix, p. 75
  14. Technical Readout: 3085, p. 242
  15. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Project Phoenix, p. 76
  16. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Project Phoenix, p. 77
  17. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Project Phoenix, p. 78
  18. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Project Phoenix, p. 79
  19. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Project Phoenix, p. 80
  20. Technical Readout: 3085, p. 242
  21. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Project Phoenix, p. 81
  22. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Project Phoenix, p. 82
  23. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Project Phoenix, p. 83
  24. Technical Readout: 3085, p. 243
  25. BattleTech Dossiers: The Bounty Hunter, p. 25
  26. BattleTechnology #21
  27. Wolves on the Border

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