Chimera

Chimera
Chimera
Production information
Manufacturer Brigadier Corporation (1S)[1]

Independence Weaponry (1S, C)[1]


Kressly Warworks (1S, C)[1]

Production Year 3063[2]
Model CMA-1S[3]
Class Medium
Cost 6,722,800 C-bills[2]
Technical specifications
'Mech type Inner Sphere BattleMech
Mass 40 tons
Chassis Chameleon Light Endo 2 [endo steel]
Armor StarGuard CCM
Engine GM 240 Extra Light
Communications System Corean Transband-J12
Targeting Tracking System BlazeFire Tracker with Range Check
Heat Sinks 10 double
Speed 97 km/h
Jump Jets Rawlings 40
Armament
BV (1.0) 1,005[4][5]
BV (2.0) 1,173[1][2][6]


Description[edit]

The Chimera was a collaborative effort between the Draconis Combine, Federated Commonwealth, and Lyran Alliance.[3] Similar to the earlier Gunslinger, the Chimera was designed in the spirit of cooperation between the Combine and the Davion Federated Commonwealth in the lead-up to Operation BULLDOG and Serpent. The Lyran Alliance later requested to take part, with Lyran engineers quickly beginning to dominate the entire project after Katherine Steiner-Davion took over the Regency of the Federated Commonwealth. By the time that came to pass, however, such a large amount of time and money had been invested into the project that three states had no choice but to proceed with production. When Katherine restricted production earmarked for the FedCom to units loyal to her, Theodore Kurita licensed production to Kressly Warworks to ensure more pro-Victor elements in the Armed Forces of the Federated Commonwealth could also access the design.[3]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The Chimera is built on a Chameleon Light Endo 2 endo steel chassis that carries a GM 240 Extra Light XL engine which provides the 'Mech with a top speed of 97.2 km/h. The Chimera's mobility is enhanced by six Rawling 40 jump jets that allow the 'Mech to jump up to 180 meters. The Chimera is protected by seven tons of StarGuard CCM armor.[3]

The Chimera carries an eclectic mix of weapons. The 'Mech has, as its two primary weapons, an ExoStar ER large laser that provides the 'Mech with effective long range firepower, and a Shigunga MRM-20 launcher that gives the 'Mech a powerful medium range punch for its size. For close combat, the 'Mech mounts a Brightbloom ER medium laser and a Scatter Gun Light machine gun.[3]

Variants[edit]

  • CMA-C 
    Barely a modification to the design, the machine gun and its ammunition is dropped from the 'Mech and has been replaced by a C3 slave unit, allowing the 'Mech to be integrated into C3 equipped units.[1] BV (1.0) = 1,007[4], BV (2.0) = 1,182[7][8]

Design Quirks[edit]

The Chimera has the following Design Quirk:[11]

Notes[edit]

  • In German products, the unit's proper name was translated to Chimäre. The model code was changed accordingly to CME-1S.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Technical Readout: Jihad, pp. 68–69: "CMA-1S Chimera"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 MUL online entry for the Chimera
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Technical Readout: 3067, pp. 58-59, "CMA-1S Chimera"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Combat Operations, p. 124, "Force Faction Table"
  5. Record Sheets: Upgrades, p. 61
  6. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 88
  7. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 90
  8. MUL online entry for the Chimera CMA-C variant
  9. 9.0 9.1 MUL online entry for the Chimera CMA-2K variant
  10. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 89
  11. BattleTech Manual, p. 90, "BattleMech Quirk Table - Chimera"

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