Target Acquisition Gear
|Target Acquisition Gear|
|Tech Base||Clan / Inner Sphere (IS)|
|Year Availability||Clan = 2830|
|Year Introduced||Clan = 2830 CHH|
|Year Extinction||IS = 2835 IS|
|Year Reintroduced||IS = 3033 FS|
|Ammo Per Ton||N/A|
|Ammo Cost (per ton)||N/A|
|BV (2.0)||See Semi-Guided LRM|
Target Acquisition Gear (TAG) is an advanced targeting device for use by artillery spotters. While laser designators had been in use for centuries, the development of laser-spoofing systems had decreased their usability by the 26th century. To foil these countermeasures TAG utilizes several systems at once to accurately mark the target. The first is a multi-frequency laser emission diode which paints the target with an infrared laser beam for a smart weapon to track. Mated to the designator is a highly-sensitive polarized electromagnetic sensor which detects if the target starts emitting corresponding laser beams to throw off the incoming smart weapon. If the sensor does detect these countermeasures in action, the targeting laser begins quickly shifting the frequency of its beam at random to throw off the countermeasures. Information on the changing frequencies are continually transmitted to the smart weapon via tight-beam, multi-frequency laser communication system so that it tracks the correct laser designator.
The system was first introduced by the Terran Hegemony in 2600, but it became lostech during the Succession Wars until it was recovered by the Federated Suns in 3033. TAG is compatible with systems such as Arrow IV Homing Missiles or Semi-Guided LRM munitions.
The Target Acquisition Gear is manufactured on the following planets:
|Apple Churchill 442x TAG||Capella||Ceres Metals Industries||???|||
|CherrySeed Bullseye||Arc-Royal||Winston-CherrySeed Consolidated||???|||
|Garret Mole||Mendham||Mendham Electronics||???|||
|Garret Mole||Dalton||Garret SatComm||???|||
|Tanadi Forward-1||Hachiman||Tanadi Computers||???|||
- TechManual, p. 238, "Target Acquisition Gear (Tag)"
- TechManual, p. 292, "Heavy Weapons And Equipment (Cont) - Table"
- TechManual, p. 342, "Inner Sphere Heavy Weapons And Equipment Table"
- Era Report: 2750, p. 103, "TAG"