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 C-bills
Ammo Cost (per ton) 6,000 C-bills
BV (1.0) 124
BV (2.0) 123[3]
15 (Ammo)[3]



Description[edit]

The autocannon/10 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 common damage ratings, with autocannon/10s causing more damage than lower-caliber versions, while retaining a moderate range.[4]

While not quite as deadly as an AC/20 when it came down to raw damage, a class-10 autocannon was potentially extremely dangerous to face when facing a MechWarrior or crew well-versed with the weapons system at its optimal ranges. The AC/10 was capable of stripping all the standard armor off the head of a 'Mech in a single shot, while also inflicting internal damage in the same hit. The AC/10 was also the smallest autocannon without a minimum range, making it very useful for brawler and juggernaut battlefield roles, augmenting the ability to project firepower all the way point-blank to the outer range bands.

History[edit]

The Terran Hegemony introduced a prototype AC/10 in 2445. It cost five times as much as a standard autocannon/10 would, jammed like an ultra autocannon, and only carried eight reloads per ton of ammunition.[5]

An autocannon/10 could use special munitions to increase its effectiveness.

Models[edit]

The autocannon/10 was 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 and equipped with a cooling jacket capable of doubling as a protective sleeve for use in hand-to-hand combat. While one ton of ammunition only allowed for ten bursts total, the rounds were stored in an equivalent number of big clips 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 was 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]

Fired 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 was known for having ammunition feed issues and for firing 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 had 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 autoloader of the SarLon MaxiCannon was 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]

Zeus 56 Mark IV[edit]

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

Notes[edit]

  • This article refers to a common object and addresses the object as a common noun. The preferred term is "autocannon/10" (except on section titles & table headings, where "Autocannon/10" is favored).

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 TechManual, 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, ch. 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, pp. 207–208, "TLS-1B Talos"
  43. Technical Readout: 3025 Revised, p. 168
  44. Technical Readout: 3039, p. 214

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