Cobra (BattleMech)

Cobra (BattleMech)
Production information
Manufacturer Defiance Industries[1]
Production Year 3060[2]
Model CBR-02[1]
Class Medium
Introduced 3060
Cost 4,143,375 C-bills
Technical specifications
'Mech type Inner Sphere BattleMech
Mass 45 tons
Chassis Defiance 450 Endo Steel
Armor Lexington Ltd. High Grade Ferro-Fibrous
Engine VOX 225
Communications System TharHes Calliope 270
Targeting Tracking System TharHes Ares LM
Heat Sinks 10 double
Speed 86 km/h
BV (1.0) 994[3][4]
BV (2.0) 1,128[1][5]


Based on the Apollo 'Mech that is deployed by the Free Worlds League, the concept of the Cobra was born from observation of the effectiveness of the Apollo by Lyran generals. Originally, the Lyran Alliance contacted Earthwerks Incorporated but were rebuffed and advised that the 'Mech could not be sold to them. After that, the Lyran Alliance commissioned Defiance Industries to build the Cobra.[6]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

Built as a lightweight fire support 'Mech, the Cobra is built on a Defiance 450 endo steel chassis to save weight, and is powered by a rugged and reliable VOX 225 fusion engine that gives it a top speed of 86.4 km/h and allows the Cobra to take a great deal of damage before succumbing to enemy fire. Finally, for protection, the Cobra mounts a light six and a half tons of Lexington Limited High Grade ferro-fibrous armor that is adequate for its intended role. The Cobra has been criticized for its lack of CASE while being very ammunition dependent.[6]

The Cobra has a basic yet effective arsenal. For long-range fire support and indirect fire support, two Coventry Star Fire LRM-15 missile launchers are mounted, fed with enough ammunition to sustain fire for over two minutes. For close range self defense, the Cobra has two Defiance B3M medium lasers that can dissuade most lighter 'Mechs from attacking.[6]


Design Quirks[edit]

The Cobra is subject to the following Design Quirk:[8][9]

Related BattleMechs[edit]


  • In German products, the unit's proper name was altered to Königskobra, which translates to "King Cobra". The model code was accordingly changed to KBE-02.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Technical Readout: Jihad, pp. 82–83: "CBR-02 Cobra"
  2. MUL online date for the Cobra (BattleMech)
  3. Combat Operations, p. 131
  4. Record Sheets: 3060, p. 113
  5. Record Sheets: 3060 Unabridged, p. 132
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Technical Readout: 3060, pp. 92–93: "Cobra 'Mech Profile"
  7. Record Sheets: 3060 Unabridged, p. 133
  8. BattleMech Manual, Fourth Printing, p. 90: "BattleMech Quirk Table"
  9. BattleMech Manual Errata (Version 6.01), p. 9: "BattleMech Quirk Table"