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|Manufacturer||Cal-Boeing of Dorwinion|
|Tech Base||Inner Sphere|
|Engine (Type)||GM AeroProp Turbine|
|Communications System||Achernar Air Whistler|
|Targeting Tracking System||None|
Introduced by the Federated Suns in 2888 and named for its V-shape, the Boomerang is a typical example of the spotter planes used by the armed forces of the Successor States. It acts as a mobile spotter for artillery units and as a forward observer for advancing 'Mechs.
Though the use of spy planes for air reconnaissance fell by the wayside upon introduction of spy satellites as far back as the twenty-first century, the massive technological decline after the collapse of the Star League returned it to its former prominence. The first aerial reconnaissance plane designed in Succession Wars era, the Boomerang's most obvious features is its long main wings, smaller fore-wings and large rear mounted propeller. While resulting in an oddly proportioned plane, it makes the craft highly fuel efficient, very short take-off and extremely maneuverable, only enhanced by the fact it can be disassembled quickly and stowed aboard even the smallest DropShip.
The lightweight Boomerang does not have many of the computer-guided systems common to larger aircraft, which monitor the pilot's actions. A Boomerang pilot must therefore have a natural flair for flying to get the most out of the vehicle while avoiding situations where its lack of weaponry or significant armor will lead to its destruction.
Weapons and Equipment
The Boomerang's "armament" consists of two automatic cameras working in infrared as well as standard light. The cameras see clearly even at night, enabling the Boomerang to function in all but the worst weather conditions. The two cameras can work independently, locking on to two separate targets and relaying the information back.
The Boomerang serves as a good example of the spotter planes in use among the various Successor States, with most conforming to the same basic form and stats with only minor variations such as multiple cameras (Draconis Combine), no cameras (Lyran Quick Dart) or even a Machine Gun firing phosphorus tracers (Free World's Chameleon).
In German products the unit's proper name was perfectly translated to Bumerang.
- Technical Readout: 3039, pp. 172-173, "Boomerang Profile"
- AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 3
- MUL online date for Boomerang
- Combat Operations, p. 121
- Technical Readout: 3025 Revised, pp. 124-125, "Boomerang Spotter Plane Profile"