Small Pulse Laser
|Small Pulse Laser|
|Tech Base||Clan / Inner Sphere (IS)|
|Year Availability|| Clan = 2609
IS = 3037
|Short Range|| Clan = 2
IS = 1
|Medium Range|| Clan = 4
IS = 2
|Long Range|| Clan = 6
IS = 3
|Ammo Per Ton||N/A|
|Ammo Cost (per ton)||N/A|
|BV (1.0)|| Clan = 24
IS = 12
|BV (2.0)|| Clan = 24
IS = 12
Introduced in 2609 by the Terran Hegemony. Pulse lasers differ from traditional laser weaponry, in that instead of firing one powerful beam, they maintain laser beams fired off in quick succession. While offering an overall increased rate of fire, the heat output also increases accordingly. Pulse lasers increase damage because they allow vaporized armor to dissipate from the location of damage. This allows subsequent pulses to reach the target area without being diffused by the vapor.
Small Pulse Lasers, being the smallest pulse laser variant, have a very limited range. However, inside that range they are a lethal weapon, having a much smaller heat buildup compared to other pulse lasers (within the Mechwarrior IV series, they also have an increased rate of fire), making them an excellent short-range support weapon. Due to this the Small Pulse Laser is also a popular option for Battle Armor.
While not designated as such in the names, Clan Pulse Lasers have greatly extended range over Inner Sphere models.
The Small Pulse Laser is manufactured on the following planets:
|Defiance P5S||Defiance Industries|
|Diverse Optics Type 10P||Kessel||Diverse Optics Incorporated|
|Diverse Optics Type 10P||Irian||Diverse Optics Incorporated|
|Kajuka Type 1P||Texlos||Kajuka (Aerospace Division)|
|Magna 200P||Betelgeuse||Firmir Weaponry|
|Magna 200P||Tancredi IV||Precision Weaponry|
|Maxell||Chukchi III||Maxell Metals Incorporated|
|Sunglow Prism-Optic||Kalidasa||Kali Yama Weapons Industries Incorporated|
|Sutel Precision Line||Tancredi IV||Precision Weaponry|
|Victory Throb||Marduk||Victory - (Norse BattleMech Works)|
|Chi Series||New Kent||New Kent Armor Works (Clan Steel Viper)|
|Chi Series||New Kent||Novy Minsk Armaments Plant (Clan Steel Viper)|
|Chi Series||Arcadia||Arcadia BattleMech Plant CM-T15 (Clan Ghost Bear)|
- ↑ TechManual, p. 318, "Clan Weapons and Equipment BV Table"
- ↑ TechManual, p. 317, "Inner Sphere Weapons and Equipment BV Table"
- ↑ TechManual, p. 226