Wolfhound

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Wolfhound
Production information
Manufacturer TharHes Industries
Arc-Royal MechWorks
Production Year 3052[1]
Model WLF-2
Class Light
Cost 3,141,180 C-bills
Technical specifications
Mass 35 tons
Chassis Arc-Royal KH/3
Armor Durallex Medium
Engine GM 210
Speed 97.2 km/h
Armament
BV (1.0) 903
BV (2.0) 1,061[2]

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[edit] Description

A light, rugged, and dependable design; the Wolfhound made its first appearance in 3028. The 'Mech is built to be a direct counter to the Panther used by the Draconis Combine. The 'Mech's payload consists entirely of energy weapons, which means that if not careful, a poorly trained MechWarrior can easily overheat the machine, although the 'Mech does use double heat sinks in an attempt to mitigate its heat build-up. The Wolfhound is heavily armored for its size with seven and a half tons of armor and has a maximum speed of 97.2 kph. Because it does not use an extra-light engine and carries no explosive ammunition, the Wolfhound can potentially weather severe amounts of damage before being forced to retreat off of the field. The Wolfhound also includes the same Full-Head Ejection System as the Hatchetman. [3] [4]

[edit] Weapons and Equipment

The Wolfhound has a very basic weapons array. The primary long-range weapon is a Cyclops XII ER Large Laser, which allows the Wolfhound to strike at ranges of up to five hundred and seventy meters. As secondary weapons for close combat, the Wolfhound is armed with four Defiance B3M Medium Lasers, one of which is rear mounted, giving it a powerful short-range punch. [4]

[edit] Variants

  • WLF-1 
    The original Wolfhound model, produced from 3028 until the introduction of the WLF-2 variant in 3052. The pre-Helm Memory Core WLF-1's primary weapon is a standard Setanta Large Laser, making its striking distance shorter than that of the later model, while its ten standard heat sinks did not dissipate as much waste heat as the newer double heat sinks used on the WLF-2. [5] [4] BV (1.0) = 736, BV (2.0) = 949 [6]
  • WLF-1B 
    This model has all its Medium Lasers firing forward. BV (2.0) = 967 [8]
  • WLF-2H 
    This is a production model of the WLF-2X described below. To ease production, the Actuator Enhancement System has been removed and replaced by an extra heat sink. The Reflective Armor has been replaced by the standard armor available anywhere in the Inner Sphere. The Heavy PPC retains the PPC Capacitor, and the XL Engine retains the Supercharger that allows for impressive speed boosts. A pair of ER Medium Lasers and an ER Small Laser round out the weapons. BV (2.0) = 1,511[9]
  • WLF-3M 
    A post-Jihad field refit of the WLF-3S in use among the states of the former Free Worlds League, the 3M removes two double heat sinks and one half ton of armor to replace the ER PPC and ER Lasers with a right-arm mounted Light Gauss Rifle with a single ton of reloads[11]. BV (2.0) = 786[12]
  • WLF-3S 
    The 3S sacrifices some of the 'Mech's durability for an increase in firepower. The 'Mech is powered by a Light Fusion Engine which frees up space on the chassis for new equipment. The ER Large Laser has been removed and replaced with an ER PPC, extending its range even further. The Medium Lasers have been replaced with three forward facing ER Medium Lasers and a rear facing ER Small Laser. Finally, the chassis is now built using Endo Steel and the 'Mech has two additional double heat sinks to help handle the much heavier heat burden[4]. BV (1.0)= 944[13], BV (2.0)= 1,179[14]
  • WLF-4W 
    The 4W is based on the WLF-2 model and is intended as a mid-range harasser. The 4W has an Endo Steel chassis and carries three Light PPCs mounted in the torsos, as well as an ER Medium Laser and an ER Small Laser in the right arm. [4]
  • WLF-4WA 
    An electronic warfare variant of the WLF-4W model, the 4WA retains the trio of torso mounted Fusigon Longtooth Light PPCs, but exchanges the arm-mounted lasers for a Guardian ECM Suite. BV (2.0) = 1,050 [15]
  • WLF-5 
    A post-Jihad variant produced on Arc-Royal alongside the WLF-4W, the WLF-5 is built on an Endo Steel frame and is powered by the larger 245 rated XL Engine to increase its ground speed by 20 km/h, capable of almost 150 km/h in short bursts due to the inclusion of MASC. Replacing the armament of lasers with an array of PPCs; a right-arm mounted Hound's-tooth Snub-Nose PPC is supported by a pair of torso-mounted Defiance 1002 Light PPCs.[11] BV (2.0) = 1,290[16]

[edit] Custom Variants

  • WLF-1 Allard 
    Personal mech of Daniel Allard commander of the Kell Hounds. With close ties to Wolves-in-Exiles, this Wolfhound is upgraded to clantech. A clan extralight engine and twelve double start this refit. An ER PPC is in the right arm. Each torso contains an ER medium laser and the center torso also has rear-mounted ER small laser. These clan weapons are tied into an advanced targeting computer. BV (2.0) = 1,941[17]

[edit] Related Battlemechs

  • Wolf Trap - The Draconis Combine designed the medium Wolftrap specifically to counter the Wolfhound. It shares the Wolfhound's movement profile, but is far more reliant on ammunition-consuming weapons.

[edit] Notable Pilots

Famous individuals in the BattleTech universe who piloted Wolfhounds include:

  • Phelan Kell, son of Morgan Kell, also piloted a Wolfhound while serving with the Hounds until his capture by Clan Wolf in 3049. After being dissected and studied by Clan scientists, when Phelan was granted full warrior status Khan Ulric Kerensky authorized the reconstruction of his Wolfhound to become the aforementioned Wolfhound IIC variant.

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[edit] Notes

[edit] References

  1. MUL online date for the Wolfhound
  2. Technical Readout: 3050 Upgrade, p. 33
  3. Starterbook: Sword and Dragon, p.28
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Technical Readout: 3050 Upgrade, p. 32
  5. Technical Readout: 3039, p. 226
  6. Technical Readout: 3039, p. 227
  7. Record Sheets: 3039 Unabridged, p. 388
  8. Record Sheets: 3039 Unabridged, p. 389
  9. 9.0 9.1 Technical Readout: Prototypes, p. 105
  10. Experimental Technical Readout: Mercs, p. 3, 16
  11. 11.0 11.1 Technical Readout: 3085, p. 68, "WLF-5 Wolfhound"
  12. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged - The Cutting Edge, p. 101
  13. Record Sheets: Upgrades, p. 57
  14. Master Unit List: Battle Values, p. 169
  15. Starterbook: Wolf and Blake, pp. 28, 95.
  16. Technical Readout: 3085, p. 69, "WLF-5 Wolfhound"
  17. Record Sheets: 3050 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p.71

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