Production information
Manufacturer Diplan 'Mechyards[1]
Production Year 3059[2][3]
Model KBO-7A[1]
Class Light
Cost 2,413,040 C-bills
Technical specifications
'Mech type Inner Sphere BattleMech
Mass 20 tons
Chassis Chariot Type Ia [endo steel]
Armor Starshield A
Engine Leenex 140 XL
Communications System Sipher CommCon SCU-4
Targeting Tracking System Cat's Eyes 5
Heat Sinks 10 single
Speed 119 km/h

2x Streak SRM-4

BV (1.0) 448[4][5]
BV (2.0) 524[1][6]


The Kabuto is an impressive light 'Mech that combines speed, armor, and firepower to make an excellent recon and strike BattleMech. To accomplish this, the Kabuto uses an advanced Chariot Type Ia endo steel chassis and is powered by a Leenex 140 XL extralight engine that gives the Kabuto an impressive ground speed of 118.8 km/h while also saving weight on the 'Mech for armor and weapons. While the Kabuto is already a hard target to hit because of its ground speed, the 'Mech has four and a half tons of Starshield A armor, giving the Kabuto the maximum amount of armor that a 'Mech of its size can carry.[2]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The Kabuto has a very straightforward and basic arsenal. For effective and powerful close range firepower it utilizes two Guided Technologies 2nd Gen Streak SRM-4 launchers. The simplicity of its arsenal is one of the keys to the design, allowing for easy resupply and repair as the 'Mech has only one weapons system.[2]


  • KBO-7B 
    This Jihad era variant has all missile weaponry removed; the launchers were replaced by pair of light PPCs, one in each side torso. An additional single heat sink is added in the head to improve the 'Mech's heat curve. BV (2.0) = 635[7]

Design Quirks[edit]

The Kabuto has the following Design Quirk:[8]

Related BattleMechs[edit]

  • Hitman - The Kabuto's chassis was developed by modifying the successful Hitman chassis, the Chariot Type I, rather than start from scratch. The designers made this decision in an attempt to repeat the predecessor's success, which was critically important because of the paucity of light BattleMechs deployed by the DCMS.[2]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Technical Readout: Jihad, pp. 42–43: "KBO-7A Kabuto"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Technical Readout: 3060, pp. 74-75, "Kabuto Profile"
  3. MUL online entry for Kabuto
  4. Combat Operations, p. 125
  5. Record Sheets: 3060, p. 56
  6. Record Sheets: 3060 Unabridged, p. 105
  7. Record Sheets: 3060 Unabridged, p. 106 - Kabuto's new variant found in the unabridged 3060 Record sheet book.
  8. BattleMech Manual, p. 92 BattleMech Quirk Table - Kabuto Entry.