LRM Carrier

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LRM Carrier
Production information
Manufacturer Quikscell Company[1]

Joint Equipment Systems[1]


Aldis Industries[1]

Production Year 2407[2]
Mission Fire Support
Type Tracked
Cost 1,872,000 C-bills
Technical specifications
Mass 60 tons
Armor Simple Armor Plate Standard
Engine InterComBust 180 internal combustion engine
Speed 54 km/h
Crew 3
Communications System Communicator[3]
Targeting Tracking System FireScan with IndirecTrack[3]
Heat Sinks 0
Armament

3x LRM-20

BV (1.0) 833
BV (2.0) 833


Description[edit]

Ever since the development of the first rocket centuries ago, military units have used mobile missile systems to provide cheap and effective fire support. Along with its SRM counterpart, the LRM Carrier serves in every military faction across the Inner Sphere in a variety of shapes and forms. [4] [5] [6] [7] [1]

The chassis for missile carriers vary in basic design, but they are all essentially military transport vehicles, tracked being the most common, adapted to carry the huge missile launchers and loading equipment. Those adaptations generally consist of reinforcing the suspension systems and armoring the crew and critical components areas enough to survive the back blast from so many missiles. With an average top speed of 54 km/h and armor unable to survive counterbattery fire, if forced to engage in direct combat a carrier's life expectancy is measured in seconds. [4] [5] [6] [1]

Manufactured by almost every major military supplier, the modern LRM Carrier is derived from those developed in the Age of War by Quik Products Inc, the future Quikscell Company. In many cases derived a little too closely, during the Succession Wars era many manufacturers were producing little more than shoddy direct copies that fell below even Quikscell's low quality standards. After the end of the Fourth Succession War Quikscell lodged lawsuits against those manufacturing clones of Quik based carriers, resulting in the closure of many smaller manufacturers and larger manufacturers ending production. While those who produced their own designs were not affected, Quikscell's elimination of much of its competitors and its offer to exchange any missile carrier not produced by them for legit Quikscell versions and parts made it the number one player of the missile carrier market. [1]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

While its chassis is identical to its SRM counterpart, the LRM Carrier mounts three forward-firing LRM-20. Quikscell utilize FarFire brand launchers, but carriers produced by other manufacturers frequently use the launchers common to their House of origin, such as DeltaDart LRMs in the Federated Suns or Shigunga in the Draconis Combine. A barrage fired from a missile carrier is a fearsome sight and four tons of ammunition allow a carrier to keep up that rate of fire up for over a minute, but the carrier must physically move to change firing angles and the high rate of ammunition consumption forces carriers to be tied to a functioning supply system to keep them in action for any extended period. [1] [4] [5] [6]

Variants[edit]

  • Laser Carrier 
    A Succession Wars era variant introduced in 2874, this modification replaces the LRM Carrier's missile launchers and ammunition with a forward-facing pack of eight Medium Lasers. (Note: Original entry for this vehicle had 1.20T Cargo Bay Capacity in BV1.) BV (1.0) = 556[8] BV (2.0) = 566[9][10]
  • MRM Carrier 
    Developed by the Draconis Combine during the FedCom Civil War, this vehicle uses the standard LRM Carrier as its base, but carries three MRM-30 launchers in place of the LRM-20s. A C3 slave allows it to take advantage of shared targeting data. [7] BV (2.0) = 779[11]
  • Primitive 
    This Age of War design uses three tons of BAR 6 armor to provide protection. First constructed in 2440, it was built with Primitive Technology, which is similar to methods used to make modern Support Vehicles and has equipment rating of D/C-X-X/E. It mounted Advanced Fire Control systems to guide the three LRM-15 launchers mounted on the vehicle's front side. Five tons of ammunition kept the early LRM Carrier in the fight.[12] BV (2.0)=686[13]
  • A Dark Age variant designed by Joint Equipment Systems in the Rasalhague Dominion, the LRM Carrier C retains the armament of the standard model but mounts them to a partial-traverse turret for an expanded field of fire. This variant also upgrades the engine to a 240 rating, enabling ground speeds of up to 64.8km/h. BV (2.0) = 1,266 [14]

Design Quirks[edit]

The LRM Carrier Primitive variant is subject to the following Design Quirks:[12]

Related Designs[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Technical Readout: 3039, pp. 72-73 "LRM/SRM Carrier"
  2. MUL online date for the LRM Carrier
  3. 3.0 3.1 Technical Readout: 3039, p. 72, "LRM/SRM Carrier"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Technical Readout: 3026, pp. 62-63 "LRM/SRM Carrier"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Technical Readout: 3026 Revised, pp. 66-67 "LRM/SRM Carrier"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Technical Readout: 3058, pp. 52-53 "SRM/LRM Carrier"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, pp. 96-97 "SRM/LRM Carrier"
  8. [Record Sheets: 3039, P.42 (PDF)]
  9. [Record Sheets: 3039 Unabridged, P.122 (PDF)]
  10. Master Unit List Profile for the Laser Carrier BV and introduction Data
  11. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 134
  12. 12.0 12.1 Experimental Technical Readout: Primitives, Volume 2, p. 12
  13. [http://www.masterunitlist.info/Unit/Details/5589/lrm-carrier-primitive MUL Profile for the A/C Carrier (Primitive) - Into year and battle value 2.
  14. Recognition Guide: ilClan, vol. 30, p. 27 'LRM Carrier C'

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