Mauler

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Mauler
Production information
Manufacturer Luthien Armor Works
Production Year 3048[1]
Model MAL-1R
Class Assault
Cost 18,399,600 C-bills
Technical specifications
Mass 90 tons
Chassis Alshain Class 101
Armor New Samarkand Royal Ferro-Fibrous with CASE
Engine Hermes 270 XL
Speed 54.0 km/h
Armament
BV (1.0) 1,113[2]
BV (2.0) 1,460[3]

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Description

This 90-ton assault 'Mech was codenamed Mauler by the Federated Commonwealth, allegedly when it was first seen in the Luthien Armor Works proving grounds around 3050 although other sources indicate that this design, then in its first stage (the Daboku), was already deployed along the Draconis Combine border as early as 3038 in selected DCMS units. Because the Daboku turned out a design failure suffering from construction flaws, LAW adopted the FedCom codename Mauler for its redesigned successor in order to avoid the stigma, effectively treating it as a new 'Mech.

The Mauler is protected with eleven and a half tons of Ferro-Fibrous armor and has a maximum speed of 54 km/h. Built to engage targets at extremely long ranges, the 'Mech is armed almost solely with long range weaponry. While this left the Mauler vulnerable to rushing by 'Mechs armed with short range weaponry, a skilled MechWarrior can use the range advantage offered to minimize damage to the Mauler while simultaneously causing as much damage as possible to enemy combatants. The 'Mech is particularly unsuited to urban combat where its long range weaponry has substantial difficulty in targeting enemy units.

History

This BattleMech has a particularly convoluted history, owing to contradictory data from different sources. In initial reports (the Technical Readout: 3050), ComStar Adept Merle Jimmus suggested that the MAL-1R Mauler was a new design being tested for production by LAW as of 3052. However, a subsequent ComStar document (the 1st Somerset Strikers sourcebook) described Adept Jimmus' earlier report as "less than accurate", leading to an internal investigation within ComStar, because the 'Mech was in truth long past its prototype stage - significant numbers had been captured by the Federated Commonwealth during the War of 3039 already. The initial Succession Wars era version was later identified as the Daboku, predecessor to the actual Mauler.

According to information from sources of dubious canonicity (BattleTech: Die Welt des 31. Jahrhunderts and Life Support #4, the magazine of the MechForce Germany), the Daboku is in turn based on the Linesman, a yet older design which was originally developed by the Capellan Confederation but proved too expensive to build; the blueprints and a prototype were then sold to the Draconis Combine where the design became known as Nainokami.

Armament

The Mauler is armed with four Imperator Smoothie-2 Autocannon/2s as its longest ranged primary weapons. Individually, the damage the AC/2s deal is insignificant, but together they can steadily whittle away armor at extreme range. The 'Mech also carries two Shigunga LRM-15 launchers, adding much needed punch to the extreme reach of its four autocannons. The 'Mech also carries two Victory Nickel Alloy ER Large Lasers for added long range punch.

While the Mauler is outfitted with CASE to protect its vulnerable ammunition bays, its heavily ballistic and missile based weapons complement forces reliance on secure supply lines to properly satiate its weaponry's voracious appetite for ammunition.

Variants

  • MAL-1K - This overhaul replaces the lasers with Snub-Nose PPCs and is built on an Endo Steel chassis. No longer having enough space for the Ferro-Fibrous armor, this variant mounts several more tons of standard armor with the space that has been freed up. The autocannons were replaced with the same number of Light Autocannon/5s, along with enough ammo bins to take advantage of special munitions. A small cockpit makes way for an additional double heat sink, giving this version of the Mauler adequate heat-dissipation capabilities. BV (1.0) = ??, BV (2.0) = 1,678[4]
  • MAL-1PT5 - A low-tech version of the Mauler for the arenas of the Solaris Games that is built completely from stock Succession Wars era technology. It mounts only standard heat sinks instead of double heat sinks, standard armor instead of ferro-fibrous armor, and no CASE. Most importantly, it has a standard engine instead of an XL engine. The increased mass of the engine neccessitates the downgrading of the lasers to Medium Lasers on both arms. To make good for the downgraded technology level, a twelfth standard heat sink was added as well as an additional ton of armor. The armor was also rearranged to provide even better protection to the front torso sections, at the cost of armor to the rear torso sections and arms. (The canonicity of this design is questionable, as it was only published in the German edition of the Solaris VII Boxed Set. It is identical to the Linesman in all but name. BV (1.0) = ??, BV (2.0) = ??
  • MAL-3R - The 3R variant of the Mauler upgrades the design and addresses the concerns of pilots that used the 1R model. The four Autocannon/2s have been replaced with a pair of LB-X Autocannon/10s. The LB-X ACs allow the 'Mech to fire both solid rounds and specialized cluster rounds which act like 'Mech sized shotgun shells. The ER Large Lasers were removed from the design, but MAL-3R retains the two LRM-15 launchers of its predecessor. Also incorporated in the design is a single Small Laser and a C3 Slave unit, the latter of which allows the 3R to use targeting data from units that are closer to the enemy and vice versa. BV (1.0) = 1,698 (C3: 202)[2], BV (2.0) = 1,877[4]
  • MAL-C - The C variant of the Mauler is a modification that was made to the 1R model to allow it to carry a C3 Slave unit into battle. This is achieved by removing one ton of autocannon ammunition. This small modification allows the Mauler to share targeting data with friendly units and makes the 'Mech a highly effective sniper. BV (1.0) = 1,133 (C3: 261)[2], BV (2.0) = 1,473[4]
  • The DCMS-MX90-D Daboku, while not a proper variant of the Mauler, is noteworthy as its immediate predecessor. Although itself a highly unsuccessful design, the Daboku can be described as a prototype that was eventually refined into the Mauler design.

Gallery

References

  1. MUL online date for the Mauler
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Combat Operations, p. 125
  3. Technical Readout: 3050 Upgrade, p. 103
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Master Unit List: Battle Values, p. 127

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