Autocannon/10

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Autocannon/10
Production information
Type Ballistic (Direct Fire)
Tech Base Inner Sphere
Year Availability 2443 (TH)[1]
Technical specifications
Heat 3[2]
Damage 10[2]
Minimum Range N/A
Short Range 1-5[2]
Medium Range 6-10[2]
Long Range 11-15[2]
Extreme Range 16-20[2]
Tons 12[2]
Critical Slots 7
Ammo Per Ton 10[2]
Cost (unloaded) 200,000
Ammo Cost (per ton) 6,000
BV (1.0) 124
BV (2.0) 123[3]
15 (Ammo)[3]



Description[edit]

The Autocannon is 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 have different calibers (25mm-203mm) and rates of fire. Due to this, autocannons are grouped into generic "classes" of autocannons with common damage ratings, with Autocannon/10s causing more damage than lower-caliber autocannons while retaining a moderate range.[4]

While not quite as deadly as an AC/20 when it comes down to raw damage, the AC/10 is potentially extremely dangerous to face when fighting against a pilot with good aim. The AC/10 is capable of stripping all the armor off the head of a 'Mech in a single shot, assuming the armor is standard armor. The AC/10 is also the first Autocannon without a minimum range bracket, making it very useful for Brawler and Juggernaut 'Mechs.

An example of the rating system: the Crusher Super Heavy Cannon is a 150mm weapon firing ten shells per "shot", while the Chemjet Gun is a 185mm weapon firing much slower, but causing higher damage. Despite their differences, both are classified as Autocannon/20s due to their damage output.

History[edit]

The Terran Hegemony introduced a prototype AC/10 in 2445. It cost five times as much as a standard Autocannon/10, would jam like an Ultra Autocannon, and only carry 8 reloads per ton of ammunition.[5]

An Autocannon/10 can use special munitions to increase its effectiveness.

Models[edit]

The Autocannon/10 is manufactured on the following planets:

Armstrong Buster[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Andoran Industries Ltd. Armstrong Industries Clint prototype [6]

Federated Autocannon[edit]

An excellent large-caliber model firing in bursts of ten rounds and whose cooling jacket doubles as a protective sleeve for engaging in hand-to-hand combat. While one ton of ammunition only allows for ten bursts total, the rounds are stored in an equivalent number of big clips which are easy to eject and reload.

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
New Avalon Achernar BattleMechs Enforcer [7]

Federated Autoloader/10-B[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Torrence Federated Industries T-12 Tiger Medium Tank [8]

Ceres Arms Model T[edit]

The Model T is noted as a venerable weapon with an excellent combat record. [9] [10] [11]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Menke, St. Ives Ceres Metals Industries Po Heavy Tank [9] [10] [11]

Defiance Blaster Type F[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Donegal Lockheed-CBM Corporation Typhoon [12]

Defiance Killer Type T[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Hesperus II Defiance Industries Hatchetman [13]
Hesperus II Defiance Industries Patton [14]

Imperator-B[edit]

Fires a 10-shot burst.[15]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Betelgeuse Hellespont Industrials UrbanMech [16]
Loyalty Kallon Industries Kuan Ti [17]
Hesperus II Defiance Industries Banshee [18]
Tikonov Earthwerks Incorporated Koschei [19]

Imperator-X[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Andurien Andurien AeroTech Deathstalker [20]

KaliYama Class 10 Autocannon[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Kalidasa Kendall Kali Yama Weapons Industries Incorporated Orion [21] [22]

Luxor D-Series[edit]

The Luxor is known for having ammunition feed issues.

Fires 80mm shells[23]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
New Avalon Corean Enterprises Centurion [24]

Mydron Excel[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Kathil Tikonov General Motors Ceres Metals Industries Morningstar [25]

Mydron Model B[edit]

The Model B has a caliber of eighty-millimeters.[26][27]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Gulkana Yeffters Weapons Factory Blade [28]
New Earth Bergan Industries Champion [29]
Corey Hollis Incorporated Highlander [30]
Tharkad TharHes Industries Bushwacker [31]
Panpour Jalastar Aerospace Meteor [32]

Pontiac 50[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Sterope Sterope Defense Industries Hatchetman [33]
Alphard Marian Arms Incorporated Gladius [34]

SarLon MaxiCannon[edit]

The auto-loader of the SarLon MaxiCannon is also very similar to that of the much larger ChemJet Gun 185mm.[35] [36]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Talon Earthwerks Incorporated Cataphract [37]
Terra Aldis Industries Behemoth [38]
New Samarkand New Samarkand Metals Behemoth [39]
Betelgeuse Aldis Industries Behemoth Zhukov [40] [41]

Western Heavy[edit]

Long praised by Taurian Concordat armor crews for its accuracy and potency, by the Reunification War the Western Heavy was considered a proven and dependable weapon.[42]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
New Vandenberg New Samarkand Metals/Vandenberg MilTech Talos [42]

Zues 56 Mark IV[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Dover Wakazashi Enterprises Slayer [43] [44]

References[edit]

  1. Interstellar Operations, p. 118, "Prototype Dates For Basic Weapons Table"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Tech Manual, p. 341, "Inner Sphere Heavy Weapons And Equipment Table"
  3. 3.0 3.1 TechManual, p. 317, "Inner Sphere Weapons and Equipment BV Table"
  4. TechManual, p. 207, "Autocannons"
  5. Experimental Technical Readout: Primitives, Volume 4, p. 16
  6. Technical Readout: 3025, p. 38
  7. Technical Readout: 3025, p. 57
  8. Historical: Reunification War, p. 211, "T-12 Tiger Medium Tank"
  9. 9.0 9.1 McCarron's Armored Cavalry, p. 22 "Po Medium Tank"
  10. 10.0 10.1 Technical Readout: 3058, p. 56 "Po Heavy Tank"
  11. 11.0 11.1 Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, p. 100 "Po Heavy Tank"
  12. Technical Readout: 3026 Revised, p. 102
  13. Handbook: House Steiner, p. 123
  14. Technical Readout: 3026 Revised, p. 138
  15. Warrior: En Garde, Ch. 55
  16. Objectives: Capellan Confederation, p. 16
  17. Objectives: Free Worlds League, p. 23,
  18. :Technical Readout: Succession Wars, p. 176
  19. Technical Readout: 3075, p. 244
  20. Technical Readout: 3026 Revised, p. 100
  21. Handbook: House Marik, p. 115
  22. Technical Readout: 3039, p. 152
  23. Ghost of Winter, c. 1
  24. Technical Readout: 3025, p. 55
  25. Technical Readout: 3067, p. 18
  26. Flashpoint, Ch. 5
  27. Trial Under Fire, Ch. 1
  28. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged - The Cutting Edge, p. 97
  29. Technical Readout: 3025 Revised, p. 70
  30. Technical Readout: 3025 Revised, p. 115
  31. Technical Readout: 3058, p. 114
  32. Technical Readout: 3039, p. 182
  33. Objectives: Periphery, p. 9
  34. Technical Readout: 3060 Revised, p. 20
  35. Technical Readout: 3058, p. 68, "Zhukov"
  36. Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, p. 110, "Zhukov"
  37. Technical Readout: 3039, p. 232
  38. Technical Readout: 3039, p. 96
  39. Objective Raids, p. 109,
  40. Technical Readout: 3026, p. 84
  41. Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, p. 111
  42. 42.0 42.1 Historical: Reunification War, p. 207-208, "TLS-1B Talos"
  43. Technical Readout: 3025 Revised, p. 168
  44. Technical Readout: 3039, p. 214

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