Bowie Industries

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Bowie Industries
Corporation Profile
Headquarters: Alarion
Leadership: CEO
Products: Aerospace fighters
Division(s) Carlisle

Bowie Industries is a multinational manufacturer of armaments.


Originally based on the Draconis Combine world of Dell, the planet's poor strategic position and strong economic incentives contributed to the company's relocation to Alarion. When the Succession Wars broke, the company was in a better position to ride out the storm, though it still lost many manufacturing centers during the conflict. Heavy financial aid from House Steiner allowed the company to recover and resume production in time for the Fourth Succession War.[1]

In 2462, a number of disaffected employees from Bowie Industries on Alarion defected to the Free Worlds League, taking the technical details needed for the League to begin its own manufacturing program with them. Archon Alistair Steiner was furious at the loss and had the security staff responsible for guarding these industrial and technological secrets tried for treason through inaction, imprisoning many for life and even executing several.[2]

The Clan Invasion spurred on the company, in a joint project with Ioto Galactic Enterprises, to restart WarShip production and produce the first Mjolnir-class WarShip, the Yggdrasil, from the Port Sydney Naval Shipyards.[3] With the end of the FedCom Civil War, the company continued in this joint venture to produce the second in the Mjolnir class, the Fylgia, for the Lyrans. The rest of the company's aerospace assets are tied up in DropShip production. The naval shipyards are also frequently used to repair more and more of the Commonwealth's 'Mech-carrying DropShips, so a repair bay for 'Mechs was installed on the orbital facility, constituting an important extension for the shipyard.[1][4]

During the Jihad the Alarion system was attacked by the Word of Blake. Everyone in the system was killed, and Bowie's factories were destroyed.[5] The facility on Carlisle suffered no capital and personnel losses, but the operating capacity of the factory was reduced to 85% of their main output in 3079.[6]

The Bowie plant on Wyatt was hit by a pair of 50-kiloton cobalt-laced nuclear weapons in 3068 which devastated the plant and nearby Earhardt City. Multiplying the long-term effects of the nuclear strike against the Bowie plant was a Class Nine storm which spread the fallout across a wide swath of the planet.[7]

The Dicallus plant wasn't directly affected by the Jihad, but in 3079 it was only operating at 90% of its maximum potential.[8]


The company's CEO in 3025 is Duchess Natalie Vanderzham.[9]

In 3067 the company's CEO is Duke Clarence Vanderzham.[1]


As of 3012, Bowie Industries used a red and black color scheme for their corporate security, including uniforms, vehicles, and 'Mechs.[10]


Bowie Industries has manufacturing centers on the following planets:


Components produced on Alarion:[4][11]
Component Type
ARC-5W Archer[4] Heavy BattleMech
Aerospace fighter
CHP-W5 Chippewa[9][11] heavy aerospace fighter
CHP-W7 Chippewa[4] heavy aerospace fighter
Hercules[12] DropShips
Leopard[4][9][13] DropShip
Leopard CV[4] DropShip
Union[4][9][13] DropShip
Mjolnir[3] WarShip - In coordination with Ioto Galactic Enterprises
Interplanetary Drive - DropShips
Star League V84 Leopard & Leopard CV[4]
Star League V250 Union[4]
Earthwerk Archer Archer[4]
Bowie 50 Chippewa W5[11] and W7[4]
Fusion Engine
PlasmaStar 270 Chippewa W5[11] and W7[4]
PlasmaStar 280 XL [citation needed]
Armor - aerospace fighters & conventional aircraft
Wyatt Coresteel Standard Chippewa W5[11]
Armor - FA - aerospace fighters
Bowie Ferro-Aluminum [citation needed]
Communications System
Rander 100B [citation needed]
Rander 200 Chippewa W5[11] and W7[4]
Targeting-Tracking System
Rander Pinpoint-HY [citation needed]
Rander TA5 Chippewa W5[11] and W7[4]
Rander TA900 [citation needed]
Small Laser
McCorkel Chippewa W5[11]
Medium Laser
Martell Chippewa W5[11]
Large Laser
McCorkel Chippewa W5[11]
Exostar Chippewa W5[11]
Exostar Chippewa W5[11]


Components produced on Carlisle:[14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21]
Component Type
SDT-1 Spindrift Aquatic SecurityMech[16][17] IndustrialMech
SDT-1A Spindrift Aquatic SecurityMech[18] IndustrialMech
Aerospace fighter
WKT-1S Wildkatze light aerospace fighter (as of 3088)[21]
WKT-2S Wildkatze light aerospace fighter (as of 3090)[21]
RZK-9S Razorback[14][17] Light BattleMech
ARC-2R Archer[9][17] Heavy BattleMech
ARC-5W Archer[4][17] Heavy BattleMech
ARC-9M Archer[19] Heavy BattleMech
MAD-3R Marauder[9][17] Heavy BattleMech
MAD-5S Marauder[4][17] Heavy BattleMech
MAD-9W2 Marauder[20] Heavy BattleMech
Mobile HQ[citation needed] Wheeled Vehicles
Packrat[4][9][15][17] Wheeled Vehicles
Bowie 70 Wildkatze[21]
Bowie Light Endo Model 14 Razorback[14]
Earthwerk Archer Archer[4]
GM Marauder Marauder[4]
GM Marauder-X Marauder 9W2[20]
SDA Harvester (Sealed) SDT-1A Spindrift[18]
Fusion Engine
Defiance 180 Light Fusion Razorback[14]
Defiance 210 Light Archer 9M[19]
Doorman 120 SDT-1A Spindrift[18]
Doorman 140 Packrat[4]
Vlar 225 LFE Marauder 9W2[20]
Light Fusion Engine
PlasmaStar 270 Light Wildkatze[21]
Extralight Fusion Engine
GM 300 XL Marauder[4]
Underwater Maneuvering Unit
Piscis Volans SDT-1A Spindrift[18]
Improved Jump Jets
Chilton Model 21 Archer 9M[19]
Phoenix Tail Marauder 9W2[20]
Armor (BattleMechs & Combat Vehicles)
Bowie Glinting Blade Reflective Wildkatze[21]
Ibuki Dragonweave Marauder 9W2[20]
StarSlab-1 Packrat[15]
Maximillian 100 Archer[4]
Valiant Lamellor Marauder[4] & SDT-1A Spindrift[18]
Ferro-fibrous Armor
Durallex Guardian II Light ferro-fibrous w/CASE Archer 9M[19]
Durallex Super Medium ferro-fibrous Razorback[14]
Communications System
Dalban Micronics Marauder[4]
Mendham DB w/ Guardian ECM & C3 slave Marauder 9W2[20]
O/P COMTES Packrat[4]
Rander 250 Wildkatze[21]
T-300 Dual Wave SDT-1A Spindrift[18]
Targeting-Tracking System
Dalban HiRez Marauder[4]
Dalban HiRez IV Razorback[14]
Dalban Micronics Marauder 9W2[20]
Dalban Trident SDT-1A Spindrift[18]
O/P 2000JSA Packrat[4]
Rander TA8 Wildkatze[21]
RCA Instatrac Mark XII w/Artemis IV Archer 9M[19]
Light PPC
Defiance 250 Archer 9M[19]
Snub-Nose PPC
Fusigon Smarttooth Marauder 9W2[20]
Binary Laser Cannon
Defiance B33B Wildkatze[21]
Medium Pulse Laser
Victory Heartbeat Marauder 9W2[20]
ER Medium Laser
Defiance Model XII Wildkatze[21]
Diverse Optics Archer 9M[19]
ER Large Laser
Victory Nickel Alloy Marauder 9W2[20]
ER Small Laser
Diverse Optics SDT-1A Spindrift[18]
HS Packrat[4]
Harvester 20K Packrat[4]
Sea Harvester SDT-1A Spindrift[18]
Delta Dart Archer 9M[19]
Helga Series Wildkatze[21]


Components produced on Dicallus:[22]
Component Type
Gabriel[22] Hovercraft


The Bowie site on Terra is in the Chicago megalopolis.[23]

Components produced on Terra:
Component Type
Gabriel[24] Hovercraft
Fusion Engine
VOX 25 Gabriel[24]
Ferro-fibrous Armor
Bowie Ferro-Fibrous Gabriel[24]
Communications System
CBR CommSat Gabriel[24]
Targeting-Tracking System
Halo 901 Gabriel[24]
Medium Laser
Maxell TR Gabriel[24]


Components produced on Wasat:[25]
Component Type
Bug-Eye[25] WarShip
Interplanetary Drive - Combat JumpShips
Quadrant Turbo Thrusters Bug-Eye[25]
Compact Kearny-Fuchida Drive
Delano 2070 Bug-Eye[25]
Armor - WarShips
Mitchell 6HY Bug-Eye[25]
Communications System
Farralex BT Bug-Eye[25]
Targeting-Tracking System
Tokina 9000R Bug-Eye[25]


The facility was situated roughly 100 km outside of Earhardt City.[26] It was targeted by two nuclear devices in 3068 and apparently devastated; it is not known to what extent production was affected.[7]

Components produced on Wyatt:[27]
Component Type
ARC-5W Archer[27] Heavy BattleMech


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Handbook: House Steiner, p. 142: "Bowie Industries Profile"
  2. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 21: "Lyran Military Superiority"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Handbook: House Steiner, p. 143: "Ioto Galactic Industries Profile"
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 4.21 4.22 4.23 4.24 4.25 4.26 4.27 4.28 Objective Raids, pp. 78–79: "Produced Components"
  5. Objectives: Lyran Alliance, pp. 3–4
  6. Objectives: Lyran Alliance, p. 3: "State of the Industry Table"
  7. 7.0 7.1 Jihad Hot Spots: 3072, p. 17: "Environmental Impact"
  8. Objectives: Periphery, p. 3
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 123: "Weapons Industries - [Coventry Metal Works]"
  10. Paper Tiger
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 11.11 Technical Readout: 3039, p. 216: "Produced Chippewa W5 Components"
  12. Technical Readout: 3057, p. 52
  13. 13.0 13.1 DropShips and JumpShips: ComStar Intelligence Summary, p. 17
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 Technical Readout: 3067, p. 52: "Produced Razorback Profiles"
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Technical Readout: 3039, p. 22: "Packrat Profile"
  16. 16.0 16.1 Experimental Technical Readout: Boondocks, p. 5: "Produced Spindrift IndustrialMech"
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 17.6 17.7 Objectives: Lyran Alliance, p. 7
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 18.5 18.6 18.7 18.8 18.9 Technical Readout: Prototypes, p. 98: "Produced SDT-1A Spindrift Components"
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 19.6 19.7 19.8 Technical Readout: 3085, p. 256: "Produced Archer 9M 'Mech variant"
  20. 20.00 20.01 20.02 20.03 20.04 20.05 20.06 20.07 20.08 20.09 20.10 Technical Readout: 3085, p. 260: "Produced Marauder Components"
  21. 21.00 21.01 21.02 21.03 21.04 21.05 21.06 21.07 21.08 21.09 21.10 Technical Readout: Prototypes, p. 170: "WKT-1S Wildkatze"
  22. 22.0 22.1 Objectives: Periphery, p. 5: "Bowie Industries"
  23. Shrapnel, Issue #3: "Unit Digest: 138th Mechanized Infantry Division Veterans Association"
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 24.5 Technical Readout: 3050 Upgrade, p. 148
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 25.5 25.6 Technical Readout: 2750, p. 124: "Produced Bug-Eye Ship Components"
  26. "The Calm of the Void"
  27. 27.0 27.1 Technical Readout: 3050, p. 162: "Archer"