Hammerhead (BattleMech)

Hammerhead (BattleMech)
Hammerhead
Production information
Manufacturer Manufacturing Plant SFF-IT1[1]
Production Year 3149
Model Standard
Class Medium
Cost Unspecified
Technical specifications
'Mech type Clan BattleMech
Mass 45 tons
Chassis SFAM Endo Steel
Armor Double-Forged ZX20 Hardened
Engine Firebox 270 XL
Communications System Comset 1
Targeting Tracking System Dtrac Suite 4
Heat Sinks 10 [20]
Speed 86 km/h
Armament
BV (2.0) 1,686


Description[edit]

The Hammerhead is a medium-sized Clan BattleMech designed as a skirmisher by Clan Sea Fox. Designed to loosely resemble a hammerhead shark, the design is intended to be aggressive with its opponents, yet also built around the concept of never getting knocked off its feet. Despite its merely adequate weapons array, the Hammerhead has achieved great success as a shock trooper wading though enemy formations to brawl with opponents twice its size at close range.[1] [2]

Becoming somewhat of a signature 'Mech for Clan Sea Fox and its Touman in amazingly quick fashion, the Hammerhead is also sold and exported to any interested Clan buyers,[2] with Clan Ghost Bear greatly enamoured of its strength and unyielding qualities. The escalating conflict between Clans Jade Falcon and Wolf in the lead-up to the ilClan era would result in heavy orders from both side as they faced the opposing Hammerhead in increasing numbers.[1]

The only issue of note with the Hammerhead is complaints from non–Sea Fox MechWarriors of occasional glitches in various systems in exported production models. The Sea Foxes attribute this to the divergent and conflicting software requirements of so many different buyers and the problems are minor enough not to have significantly impacted sales of the 'Mech.[1]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

Intended for close-in combat, the Hammerhead has 15 tons of hardened armor to help resist damage. Unlike most Clan Mechs, this one is intended to allow inexperienced pilots to survive their first engagements and learn from the experience. With the assistance of leg-mounted AES, the 'Mech's heavy armor helps its pilot keep the 'Mech standing, further assisting newer MechWarriors.[1][2]

Not heavily armed, the Mech's arsenal consists of medium and close range weapons. The main gun is a Series 44h Large Pulse Laser, while an Series 2b Extended Range Medium Laser and Type VI Streak SRM-6 allow the Mech to handle an opponent once the Hammerhead closes in to short range.[1][2]

The 'Mech is powered by a 270-Rated Extra Light Engine, which gives the it enough power to support the weight of its Hardened Armor.[1][2]

Design Quirks[edit]

The Hammerhead has the following Design Quirk:

Related BattleMechs[edit]

  • Amarok - This 100-ton Clan Wolf Assault 'Mech was inspired by the Hammerhead hulking arms, so closely, in fact, that the Sea Foxes waged a series of ultimately unsuccessful Trials over design element theft.[1]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Recognition Guide: ilClan, vol. 5, p. 4,14
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 BattleTech: Legends, p. 165: "The ilClan era - Hammerhead Akitla"

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