|Manufacturer||Clan Cloud Cobra|
|Chassis||Krait Mark VI Endo Steel|
|Armor||Takeda Industries Ferro-Fibrous|
|Jump Jets||Fang Class III|
34.75 tons of pod space
Apparently based on the Timber Wolf (Mad Cat), the Sidewinder OmniMech was developed by Clan Cloud Cobra in preparation for the Clan Invasion of the Inner Sphere. When it turned out that the Cloud Cobras would likely not be among the invader clans they became increasingly desperate and eventually fielded a Sidewinder against Clan Jade Falcon in a trial on Babylon on 16 June 3048 that they lost. The Jade Falcons salvaged the heavily damaged 'Mech and all available information is based on their investigation of the design.
The use of a weaker engine and correspondingly slower speed compared to the Timber Wolf is offset by the inclusion of jump jets and a MASC system in the Sidewinder. Twelve tons of Ferro-Fibrous Armor provide ample protection, and 34.75 tons of pod space are available.
In its only known configuration, the Sidewinder mounts a Gauss Rifle, two LRM-10 with Artemis IV fire control, a Large Pulse Laser, two Medium Pulse Lasers and an AMS system, with twelve double heat sinks.
No alternate configurations are known.
The Sidewinder was published along with its background history in Life Support #8, the official magazine of the (first) MechForce Germany. Although produced under a valid license, this magazine was not subject to fact-checking by FASA and, being a German publication, does not meet the current criteria for canon in the BattleTech universe. It can be regarded as apocryphal.
- Life Support (Magazine), issue #8