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Autocannon/5

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Autocannon/5
Production information
Type ballistic (direct fire)
Tech Base Inner Sphere
Year Availability 2240 (TA)[1]
Technical specifications
Heat 1[1]
Damage 5[1]
Minimum Range 3[1]
Short Range 1-6[1]
Medium Range 7-12[1]
Long Range 13-18[1]
Tons 8[1]
Critical Slots 4
Ammo Per Ton 20
Cost (unloaded) 125,000 C-bills
Ammo Cost (per ton) 4,500 C-bills[1]
BV (1.0) 70
BV (2.0) 70[2]
5 (Ammo)[2]
9 (Ammo)[2]



Description[edit]

The autocannon/5 was a direct-fire ballistic weapon, firing HEAP (High-Explosive Armor-Piercing) rounds at targets either singly or in bursts.

Different manufacturers and models of autocannons had different calibers (25 mm-203 mm) and rates of fire. Due to this, autocannons were grouped into generic "classes" of similar damage ratings, with autocannon/5s usually having a long range and a small to moderate damage level.

An autocannon/5 could use special munitions to increase its effectiveness.

History[edit]

Designed for the Terran Alliance, the prototype version of this cannon was among the first autocannons ever made. It first appeared in 2240[3] and was designed to improve the Alliance's military arsenal against newer armor introduced around the same time.[1] Examples of the prototype AC/5's use was on the Saturn-class patrol ship in 2243.[4]

Models[edit]

Arcturan Arms Longarm Series[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Arcturus Arcturan Arms Marsden II [5]
Buena Arcturan Arms Marsden II [6]
Layover Arcturan Arms Marsden II [7]
Coventry Coventry Defense Conglomerate Ymir
(discontinued 2648)
[8]

Armstrong J11[edit]

Designed by Armstrong Industries of the Free Worlds League, the 80 mm Armstrong J11 autocannon was a reliable weapon, with only a small chance for jamming when the barrel or receiver assembly was extremely hot.[9][10]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Bell Andoran Industries Ltd. Clint [11]
Al Na'ir Scarborough Limited Scimitar [12]
Dunianshire Majesty Metals and Manufacturing Shadow Hawk [13]
Calloway VI Earthwerks Incorporated Shadow Hawk [14]
Caph Lang Industries Incorporated Shadow Hawk [15]
New Earth New Earth Trading Company Scorpion, Vedette [16][17]
Ramora United Outworlders Corporation Vedette [18]

Defiance Type J[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Hesperus II Defiance Industries Sentinel, Zeus,
Overlord
[19][20]
Furillo Defiance Industries Zeus [20]

Deleon 5[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Kalidasa Quikscell Company Scorpion Light Tank [21]
Ares Quikscell Company Scorpion Light Tank [22]
Layover Quikscell Company Scorpion Light Tank [23]
Pandora Quikscell Company Scorpion Light Tank [24]
Richvale Quikscell Company Scorpion Light Tank [25]
Alshain Joint Equipment Systems Scorpion Light Tank [26]
Spittal Benson and Bjorn Scorpion Light Tank [26]
Sian Hellespont Scorpion Light Tank [26]

Flak Autocannon[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Loyalty, Kirklin, Nanking Kallon Industries Partisan [27]

General Motors Whirlwind[edit]

Famously mounted on the General Motors Marauder, this autocannon fired 120mm shells in three-round bursts.[28][29]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Alarion Bowie Industries Union [20]
Carlisle Bowie Industries Marauder [20]
Kathil General Motors Marauder [30]
Quentin Independence Weaponry Marauder [31][30]
Gibson Free Worlds Defense Industries Ronin Inc. Marauder [32][30]
Marduk Victory Industries Wolverine [33]
Pandora Red Devil Industries Condor [34]
Nanking Thermopolis Kallon Industries Wolverine [35]

Imperator-A[edit]

Carried on the 'Rifleman', Imperator-A autocannons fired five-round bursts.[36]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Luthien Luthien Armor Works Dragon [37]
Quentin Independence Weaponry Rifleman [38]
Hesperus II Defiance Industries Banshee [39]
Twycross Trellshire Heavy Industries Rifleman [20]
Pandora Red Devil Industries Rifleman [20]
Talon Kallon Weapon Industries Rifleman [40]
Thermopolis Kallon Weapon Industries Rifleman [32]
Ward Ceres Metals Industries Rifleman [32]
Unknown Star League Weapons Research Banshee [41][42]

Mydron C[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Bithinia Bithinian Ballistics UrbanMech [43]
Gulkana Yeffters Weapons Factory Partisan [44]
Quentin Independence Weaponry JagerMech [45]
Talon Kallon Weapon Industries JagerMech [40]

Oriente Autocannon[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Irian, Shiro III Irian Technologies Hermes II [32]

Pontiac Light[edit]

Manufactured within the Taurian Concordat, the Pontiac Light was frequently used on locally-manufactured 'Mechs and combat vehicles.

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Sterope Sterope Defense Industries Striker (BattleMech), Marauder,
Vedette
[46][47]

Notes[edit]

  • This article refers to a common object and addresses the object as a common noun. The preferred term is "autocannon/5" (except on section titles & table headings, where "Autocannon/5" is favored).

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 TechManual, pp. 207–208, "Autocannons"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 TechManual, p. 317, "Inner Sphere Weapons and Equipment BV Table"
  3. Interstellar Operations, p. 217, "Additional Alternate Era Weapons and Equipment Table"
  4. Experimental Technical Readout: Primitives, Volume 2, pp. 14, 31, "Saturn Patrol Ship"
  5. Era Digest: Age of War, p. 23
  6. Objectives: Lyran Alliance, p. 6
  7. Objectives: Lyran Alliance, p. 14
  8. Technical Readout: Succession Wars, p. 174
  9. Decision at Thunder Rift, ch. 32
  10. Operation Excalibur, ch. 3
  11. Technical Readout: 3025, p. 38
  12. Technical Readout: 3039, p. 103
  13. Objective Raids, p. 152
  14. Technical Readout: Succession Wars, p. 104
  15. Technical Readout: 3025, p. 67
  16. Technical Readout: 3026 Revised, p. 60
  17. Objective Raids, p. 84
  18. Objectives: The Clans, p. 19: Vedette listed being produced on Mitchella plant
  19. Technical Readout: 3026 Revised, p. 40
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 Handbook: House Steiner, p. 123
  21. Technical Readout: 3039, p. 35
  22. Objectives: Capellan Confederation, p. 7
  23. Objective Raids, p. 95: "Produced Quikscell Company Components on Layover"
  24. Objective Raids, p. 56: "Produced Quikscell Company Components on Pandora"
  25. Objectives: Lyran Alliance, p. 20
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Technical Readout: 3039, p. 34
  27. Technical Readout: 3039, p. 88
  28. Decision at Thunder Rift, ch. 1
  29. The Price of Glory (PDF edition), p. 8
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Technical Readout: 3055 Upgrade, p. 66
  31. Technical Readout: 3039, p. 298
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 Handbook: House Marik, p. 115
  33. Handbook: House Davion, p. 151
  34. Technical Readout: 3026 Revised, p. 52
  35. Technical Readout: Succession Wars, p. 106
  36. Warrior: En Garde, ch. 55
  37. Technical Readout: 3025, p. 75
  38. Technical Readout: 3025, p. 83
  39. Technical Readout: 3025 Revised, p. 118
  40. 40.0 40.1 Handbook: House Davion, p. 152
  41. Technical Readout: 3025, p. 121
  42. Technical Readout: 3026 Revised, p. 118
  43. Objective Raids, p. 142
  44. Objective Raids, p. 94
  45. Technical Readout: 3025, p. 89
  46. Objectives: Periphery, p. 7
  47. Objective Raids, p. 161

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