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Production information
Manufacturer Bowie Industries

Vandenberg Mechanized Industries

Production Year 2584[1]
Model CHP-W5
Class Heavy
Tech Base Inner Sphere
Cost 5,410,530[2]
Technical specifications
Mass 90 tons
Structural Integrity 9
Frame Bowie 50
Power Plant PlasmaStar 270
Fuel 400 - 5 tons
Communications System Rander 200
Tracking & Targeting System Rander TA5
Heat Sinks 25
BV (1.0) 1,554[3]


Designed by the Star League, the heavy Chippewa isn't extremely fast, but it has an impressive array of armament. Mostly used in the Lyran Commonwealth, the Chippewa has become House Steiner's main heavy fighter. Prior to the start of the First Succession War Steiner captured the Bowie Industries plant on Dell, where W5 models were produced until House Kurita successfully destroyed the plant in a raid. Another major production site was the Bowie Industries in the planet Wyatt, untill 3068, when the Word of Blake nuked it during the Jihad.[5]

A heavy fighter, the Chippewa utilizes its large wings to provide added maneuverability when fighting in an atmosphere. The outer portions of each wing can retract inward, allowing for the fighter to be stored aboard transports more easily.

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

Short or long range, it is best to stay away from a Chippewa. With the Exostar LRM-15 and SRM-6 racks to the front, backed up by two Martell Medium Lasers in the nose and four McCorkel Large Lasers in the wings, the Chippewa can lay down a devastating first strike. For rear protection, two McCorkel Small Lasers are mounted in the tail. The Chippewa was the first SLDF fighter to mount specialized Laser Insulators. However, the technological know-how to produce this insulation was lost during the Succession Wars and later models were built without them.


  • CHP-W5b 
    This version of the Chippewa drops the SRM-6 and upgrades the Large Lasers to extended range models. It also adds Artemis IV to the LRM racks and carries twenty-five double heat sinks. BV (2.0) = 2,051[6]
  • CHP-W7T 
    Based on the W7 this variant change the large pulse lasers to a pair of Snub-Nose PPCs and a pair of Plasma Rifles in the wings. The LRM launchers are upgraded with Artemis IV systems. BV (1.0) = 1,262[10]
  • CHP-W8 
    This variant exchanges the LRM and SRM launchers in the nose for an MML-7 with Artemis IV for better close combat ability. BV (1.0) = 1,484[11]
  • CHP-W10 
    A House Davion modification that eliminates two of the Large Lasers for an extra 9.5 tons of armor. BV (1.0) = 1,516[12] (1,487)[13], BV (2.0) = 1,820

Related Aerospace Fighters[edit]

  • Chippewa IIC - The Chippewa IIC was developed and used by Clan Mongoose during the Golden Century. Keeping with the heavy-hitting role of the original Chippewa, the IIC mated an advanced Targeting Computer to several ER Lasers, while Streak SRMs and LRMs rounded out the weaponry. BV (2.0) = 3,341[14]

Custom Variants[edit]

  • CHP-X-P Chippewa Gladstone 
    The personal Chippewa of Michael Gladstone, a deserter from the Lyran Regulars, the Chippewa Gladstone can be found near the Rim Collection acting as an escort for various merchant DropShips and JumpShips. Modified to carry a pair of Extended LRM-15 launchers in the nose, Gladstone can engage enemy forces from much further out than they expect. The standard armor has been removed and replaced with Laser Reflective Armor, which means energy weapons are far less effective against the Chippewa. If an enemy does manage to close with Gladstone they'll receive a rude shock: Ten ER Medium Lasers and enough Double Heat Sinks to use them. In the technology-starved Periphery, the Chippewa Gladstone is one of the most effective and fearsome Aerospace Fighters in service. BV (2.0) = 1,635[15]
  • Chippewa Manfred 
    This custom Chippewa is based on a CHP-W7 airframe. Four double heat sinks, one SRM-6, and one LRM-15 have been removed and replaced by a Heavy Gauss Rifle. The Chippewa is protected by ten tons of Ferro-Aluminum armor. BV (1.0) = 1,956[16]

Notable Pilots[edit]



  1. MUL online date for the Chippewa
  2. Record Sheets: 3039, p. 289
  3. Record Sheets: 3039, p. 289
  4. AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 160
  5. Jihad Hot Spots 3072 p. 17
  6. Record Sheets: Operation Klondike, p. 89
  7. Objective Raids, p. 78
  8. Record Sheets: 3039, p. 290
  9. AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 161
  10. Record Sheets: 3039, p. 291
  11. Record Sheets: 3039, p. 294
  12. Record Sheets: 3039, p. 288
  13. AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 162
  14. Era Digest: Golden Century, p. 36
  15. Experimental Technical Readout: Pirates, p. 13
  16. Record Sheets: Unique Fighters, p. 5