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Production information
Manufacturer Lockheed-CBM Corporation
Production Year 3066[1]
Model EST-O
Class Heavy
Tech Base Inner Sphere
Technical specifications
Mass 95
Structural Integrity
Frame Bowie E2
Power Plant GM 380 XL

Primary Configuration

Communications System Rander 250
Tracking & Targeting System Rander T47
Heat Sinks 11 Double Heat Sinks
BV (1.0) 2,475[2]
BV (2.0) 2,776[4]


The result of a long-term effort by the LAAF to produce an Alliance OmniFighter, the massive Eisensturm (German for "Iron Storm") is equally at home in space or atmosphere, intended to take the place of the aging Chippewa.[2]

Work began in 3060, and while the final OmniPod design was not yet ready until late 3066, a fixed-configuration R3 variant based on the primary configuration saw heavy action and considerable acclaim for its effectiveness against Clan Jade Falcon and the Draconis Combine in the midst of the FedCom Civil War. Though officially an LAAF project, Lockheed/CBM shouldered much of the development costs in the hopes of recouping the expenditure through lucrative contracts with the Lyran military as well as offering the Eisensturm for sale on the open market.[2]

The use of an GM 380 XL engine and nineteen and a half tons of Donegal Omni-Sheath Ferro-Aluminum give the Eisensturm incredible protection, speed and maneuverability for its weight while freeing up 46 tons of pod space for a devastating volume of weaponry, though like many OmniFighters this pod space comes at the cost of the design’s heat-dissipation capabilities, carrying only eleven Double Heat Sinks on its base chassis.[2]

The design was a tremendous success for its parent company. Lockheed executives enthusiastically dubbed the craft their "MoniFighter,"[5] and leading the company to design additional OmniFighters for the medium and light airframe markets.

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The primary Eisensturm configuration is built around twin Gauss Rifles and paired Medium Lasers in the nose, supported by a single Large Laser fitted to each wing. Four tons of gauss reloads allow them to be the primary weapons fired to keep all the laser generated heat under control.[2]

Alternate Configurations[edit]

  • Alternate Configuration A 
    The A configuration's Heavy Gauss Rifle makes this variant decidedly nose heavy, supported by twin ER Large Lasers carried in each wing. Three tons of Gauss ammo allow the fighter reasonable linger time, while five additional double heat sinks strain to keep its heat in check. BV (1.0) = 2,257[2] (2,209)[6] BV (2.0) = 2,637[7]
  • Alternate Configuration B 
    A fire-support missile boat, the B carries an two Artemis IV FCS equipped LRM-15s in each wing, supported by two nose-mounted ER Large Lasers. Four tons of missile reloads keep this variant in the field and firing. BV (1.0) = 1,952[2][8] BV (2.0) = 2,517[9]
  • Alternate Configuration C 
    The C configuration features a mixture of autocannons and missiles, mounting an LRM-20 and Ultra AC/5 in the nose, supported by twin SRM-6s in each wing. While Artemis IV systems boost the performance, the complete ammo dependence and lack of any energy weapon on this variant forces the fighter to withdraw once its two tons of autocannon rounds and four tons each of long and short range missiles are expended. BV (1.0) = 1,845[2][10] BV (2.0) = 2,209[11]
  • Alternate Configuration D 
    The D configuration carries three Plasma Rifles in the nose and an MML-7 in each wing. The after aspect of the Eisensturm is protected by an ER Medium Laser. A Targeting Computer improves the accuracy of all weapons. Fifteen double heat sinks take care of the heat. BV (2.0) = 2,712[12]


  • EST-R3 
    This preproduction variant of the Eisensturm was used to test the weapons configuration of the fighter before it was converted into an Omni unit. It carries the same weapons as the Primary configuration of the OmniFighter, and has the same amount of armor protection. BV (2.0) = 2,776[13]


  • The fixed pre-Omni EST-R3 version mentioned in the TRO:3067 write-up served as the example design of the Construction section of AeroTech 2, where it was specifically a non-OmniFighter design.[2]
  • Artwork shown for the EST-R3 in AeroTech 2 and AeroTech 2 Revised Edition differs from the artwork shown in Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged (which is the same shown to represent the OmniFighter version).



  1. MUL online date for the Eisensturm
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Technical Readout: 3067, pp. 156-157, "Eisensturm OmniFighter Profile"
  3. AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 168
  4. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 278
  5. Masters and Minions: The Blake Documents, p. 92 - Lockheed/CBM Profile
  6. AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 169
  7. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 279
  8. AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 170
  9. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 280
  10. AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 171
  11. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 281
  12. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 282
  13. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 283