Arctic Cheetah (Hankyu)

Arctic Cheetah (Hankyu)
Arctic Cheetah
Production information
Manufacturer Foster MechWorks Facility Beta[1]

Mualang Alpha[2]

Production Year 3037[3]
Model Prime[1]
Class Light
Cost 7,257,737 C-bills
Technical specifications
'Mech type Clan OmniMech
Mass 30 tons
Chassis Hellion Light Endo Steel V3
Armor Compound Beta Ferro-Fibrous
Engine Warrior 240 XL
Communications System HCFA 3001 5.7
Targeting Tracking System HCFA 3005 4.3
Heat Sinks 10 double
Speed 129 km/h
Jump Jets Foster Ocelot Mrk. VIII

Primary Configuration

BV (1.0) 1,313[4][5]
BV (2.0) 1,334[1][6]


The Arctic Cheetah was originally designed by Clan Ice Hellion to replace the Mist Lynx OmniMech. Shortly after they began production in 3037, Clan Smoke Jaguar conquered the factory on Foster that produced the design, enabling the Jaguars to replace their Mist Lynx 'Mechs.[4][7][8] The design was first encountered by Draconis Combine forces during the Battle of Luthien, leading Inner Sphere analysts to initially speculate that the Arctic Cheetah was a Clan Smoke Jaguar creation, and was given the reporting name Hankyu (Short Bow, in japanese), for its long range missile weaponry.[4][7] [9] The Ice Hellions subsequently recovered or recaptured Foster MechWorks Facility Beta, but by that point, the majority of the Ice Hellion MechWarriors preferred the Hellion OmniMech.[8]

While proving to be at least equally capable as, if not better than, the Mist Lynx, the Arctic Cheetah did not initially see use in other Clans. Clan Diamond Shark did adopt the design, ensuring that it would outlast its creators, and at least one Arctic Cheetah was used by a Clan Wolf-in-Exile MechWarrior. Clan Nova Cat also produced the Arctic Cheetah at the Mualang Alpha facility on Coudoux before that Clan's annihilation. Afterwards Clan Sea Fox aided the Combine in operating the facility in exchange for some of its output.[2]

As a result, the Arctic Cheetah had been used by three absorbed or annihilated Clans by the mid-thirty-second century, and had seen combat on battlefields as far apart as Marik in 3137 and on Irece in 3142, where ironically it was used by DCMS forces against Clan Nova Cat.[2]

The Arctic Cheetah uses all the weight-saving materials that were available to the Clans in the 3030s: an endo steel structure, an XL engine, and four tons of ferro-fibrous armor. It maintains enough jump jets in the base chassis to leap up to 180 meters at a time.[4][7]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

Every variant of the Arctic Cheetah mounts a modular flamer somewhere on the 'Mech as an anti-infantry weapon. The most common configuration to Clan Smoke Jaguar and Clan Nova Cat uses a pair of LRM-5s and ER medium lasers, which enable it to provide long range fire support in light formations, as well as defend itself if an enemy closes. The Primary configuration is a very capable scout as well, due to the active probe, ECM suite, and TAG that it carries.[4][7]


  • Alternate Configuration D 
    A capable long-range missile boat, configuration D mounts a pair of LRM-10s in each arm with a flamer mounted in the right torso. BV (1.0) = 1,295;[4] BV (2.0) = 1,080[1][16]

Apocryphal Variants[edit]

Apocryphal Content Starts

The information after this notice comes from apocryphal sources; the canonicity of such information is uncertain.
Please view the reference page for information regarding their canonicity.

These variants were introduced in various apocryphal sources, and thus far have not appeared in any canonical media.

From MechWarrior Online:

  • ACH-SH Shard 
    A customized variant of the Arctic Cheetah piloted by Eva Hordwon, the Shard carries two ER medium lasers in each arm, supported by twin heavy machine guns in the right torso and a left torso-mounted Streak SRM-4. A single ton of Streak missiles and a ton and a half of HMG ammo give the Shard good endurance.[22]

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Design Quirks[edit]

The Hankyu has the following Design Quirks:[23]

Notable Pilots[edit]

See Category:Notable Arctic Cheetah (Hankyu) Pilots




  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Technical Readout: Clan Invasion, pp. 16–17: "Hankyu"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Recognition Guide: ilClan, vol. 21, p. 12
  3. MUL online date for Arctic Cheetah (Hankyu)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, p. 164-165, "Hankyu Profile"
  5. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 151
  6. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 105
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Technical Readout: 3058, pp. 160–161: "Hankyu"
  8. 8.0 8.1 Technical Readout: Clan Invasion, p. 12: "Fire Falcon"
  9. Invading Clans, p. 76
  10. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 152
  11. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 106
  12. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 153
  13. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 107
  14. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 154
  15. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 108
  16. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 109
  17. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 110
  18. Record Sheets: 3145 New Tech, New Upgrades, p. 82
  19. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 156
  20. Record Sheets: Upgrades, p. 43
  21. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 111
  22. MechWarrior Online - "Clan Heroes II Sale Page"
  23. BattleMech Manual, p. 92: BattleMech Quirk Table - Hankyu Entry.