|Huitzilopochtli Assault Tank|
|Engine||170-rated internal combustion engine|
|Communications System||TJ6 "Bell" Integrated|
|Targeting Tracking System||Series VI TTS|
|Heat Sinks||10 single|
The Huitzilopochtli, often referred to as the "Huey," is a Clan combat vehicle that was created as a mobile artillery platform. Kerensky's exiles brought few such vehicles with them, and most of the ones they did bring were destroyed during the Pentagon Civil War, so ilKhan Nicholas Kerensky authorized production of a design based on the Star League Defense Force's Padilla. The Clan disdain for both artillery and combat vehicles led the Huitzilopochtli to be built around an internal combustion engine, which can only propel it to 32 km/h. It is so slow that it is often moved by DropShip, prompting a questioning of what its designers considered "mobile artillery." Designers also skimped on armor protection, with a mere five and a half tons considered adequate for a unit that should be kilometers away from the battle. The Huey was again snubbed with the usage of standard armor, though an ECM Suite makes it difficult to locate and protects it from enemy electronics.
Weapons and Equipment
The reason for the Huitzilopochtli's existence is its pair of Arrow IV launchers. Four tons of ammunition allow it to vary the types of ammo it carries. In case the slow tank finds itself in a position to be fired on by traditional weapons, it can return fire in kind. A Type 31 Ultra Autocannon/5 has decent range, but two Kolibri Omega Series Medium Pulse Lasers are very accurate. A Series 1 ER Small Laser is also included, and all the lasers are mounted in the Huey's turret. Its defense against infantry, two Series IX Machine Guns, protect the sides of the vehicle, with one on each.
- The Anti-Aircraft version of the Huey was introduced during the Jihad era. The vehicle's Ultra autocannon and lasers were dropped in favor of pair of Class 20 Hyper-Assault Cannons. The guns mounted in the turret have been given 24 rounds of ammunition. The vehicle's artillery ammunition has been increased by 10 rounds giving a total of 15 rounds of Homing and standard Arrow VI missiles. The vehicle's internal combustion engine has been replaced by a fuel cell engine. BV (2.0) = 1,343
- This variant uses Hardened Armor to increase protection. It also uses Artemis V FCS on LRM launchers.
Original Huitzilopochtli from TRO:3060
Huitzilopochtli Assault Tank miniature from MechWarrior: Vanguard set
- ↑ MUL online date for the Huitzilopochtli
- ↑ Combat Operations, p. 108
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Technical Readout: 3060, pp. 66-67, "Vehicle Profile"
- ↑ Record Sheets: 3060 Unabridged, p. 96
- ↑ Record Sheets: 3060 Unabridged, p. 97, "Huitzilopochtli Assault Tank (AAA) variant".
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Technical Readout: 3150, p. 222