Iron Cheetah

Iron Cheetah
Iron Cheetah
Production information
Manufacturer Manufacturing Plant SFF-IT5
Production Year 3054[1]
Model Prime
Class Assault
Technical specifications
Mech type Clan OmniMech
Mass 100 tons
Chassis DSAM Endo 4
Armor Composite A-4 Ferro-Fibrous
Engine 400 Model SF-3 XL
Communications System TJ6 Bell Integrated Communication System
Targeting Tracking System Series III OPT
Heat Sinks 16 Double Heat Sinks
Speed 64 km/h
Armament

Prime Configuration

BV (2.0) 2,866[2]


Description[edit]

The Iron Cheetah is an Assault OmniMech originally designed by Clan Smoke Jaguar in an effort to create the ultimate assault OmniMech. Even though the Smoke Jaguars were running into issues of limited resources, they were still able to develop one last OmniMech. The Iron Cheetah was designed to supplement the Dire Wolf and represented the pinnacle of 3050's BattleMech technology. The lack of sufficient resources precluded the Jaguar ability to field more than a handful of these machines before their Annihilation at the hands of the Inner Sphere. The Draconis Combine was able to salvage a few chassis, which were assigned to the most prestigious of MechWarriors.

The plans for the Iron Cheetah managed to find their way to Clan Diamond Shark but it wasn't until 3080s that the Diamond Sharks were able to put the OmniMech into production. The Republic of the Sphere purchased an exclusivity contract, thus preventing widespread dissemination of the Iron Cheetah. The Republic concentrated its machines in Stone's Brigade and the Fidelis. With the death of the Republic, Clan Sea Fox began selling the Iron Cheetah on the open market, mostly to House Steiner, Marik, and Davion. Only Clan Snow Raven and Clan Wolf-in-Exile have shown interest in the 'Mech.

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

Designed to improve upon the Dire Wolf, the Iron Cheetah mounts a 400-rated XL engine. This enables to the 'Mech to reach speeds of 64 km/h. While designers feared the increased engine mass would excessively reduce the 'Mech's payload, the increased cooling efficiency meant little impact to the 'Mech's practical punch. Both Endo Steel and Ferro-Fibrous Armor were used to save additional weight.

The Primary Configuration mounts a number of long-range weapons, giving the Iron Cheetah amazing sniping potential. Dual ER-PPCs supported by an Artemis-IV-augmented LRM 15 rack and Gauss Rifle allow it to disable or destroy most opponents before they can close. Medium Pulse Lasers and an ER-Small Laser provide close-in defense, while an Anti-Missile System handles any incoming missile barrages. [2]

Alternate Configurations[edit]

  • Alternate Configuration C 
    The C-configuration is designed for holding the line with direct fire weapons. Quadruple ER Large Lasers and an LRM 15 allow the Iron Cheetah to strike at extreme ranges. Four Medium Pulse Lasers and two Streak SRM 2s handle any opponents who manage to close into shorter distances. Eight additional Double Heat Sinks handle the extra waste heat. BV (2.0) = 2,915[2]
  • Alternate Configuration D 
    Configuration D mounts an eclectic assortment of weapons that manage to complement each other fairly well. A single Gauss Rifle and paired ER Large Lasers let this configuration punch holes in the enemy. Once the target's armor is in tatters, the D-Configuration can bring its massive LB 20-X AC into play, where its cluster ammunition can devastate internal components. An ECM Suite provides defense against enemy electronics. BV (2.0) = 2,871[2]

References[edit]

  1. MUL profile for the Iron Cheetah
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Recognition Guide: ilClan, vol. 19, p. 10

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