Lao Hu

Lao Hu
Lao Hu
Production information
Manufacturer Shengli Arms[1]
Production Year 3062[2]
Model LHU-2B[1]
Class Heavy
Cost 18,828,687 C-bills
Technical specifications
'Mech type Inner Sphere BattleMech
Mass 75 tons
Chassis Chariot Type II Endo Steel
Armor Star Shell Standard
Engine GM 375 XL
Communications System Dian-bao Comms, Standard
Targeting Tracking System O/P 911 Targeting and Tracking System
Heat Sinks 10 double
Speed 86 km/h
BV (1.0) 1,410[3]
BV (2.0) 1,771[1][4]


Designed by a student at the Victoria Academy of Arms and Technology, the Lao Hu ("Tiger") is based on the Thunder BattleMech and is designed to correct perceived flaws in the Thunder by using new technologies available to the Capellan Confederation. The Lao Hu is built on a lightweight Chariot Type II Endo Steel that carries a GM 375 XL engine which gives the 'Mech a top speed of 86.4 km/h while sacrificing some survivability for more free weight and a heavier weapons payload. The Lao Hu is protected by an impressive thirteen and a half tons of armor, making it capable of weathering hits from all but the heaviest weapons.

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The Lao Hu is capable of engaging an enemy at most any range. For long-range combat, the Lao Hu has a Martell ER Large Laser and a Zeus LRM-15 launcher, giving the 'Mech a powerful long range punch. For close combat, the Lao Hu has a devastating Shengli LB-X Autocannon/20 which is capable of firing both solid rounds for armor penetration and cluster rounds allowing it to find holes in already damaged armor and for anti-aircraft use.


  • LHU-3B 
    Modified to carry a C3 master computer, the 3B downgrades its autocannon to an LB 10-X AC, drops a ton of armor and replaces the LRM-15 with an LRM-10 with an Artemis IV FCS. The 3B uses its C3 computer to link together an entire lance and gives the 'Mechs unparalleled accuracy when connected.[1] BV (1.0) = 1,281 (C3:147),[3] BV (2.0) = 1,497[5]
  • LHU-3C 
    The 3C is intended to spar with its enemies at long range. The 'Mech replaced the LB 20-X AC with a powerful Gauss rifle. Additionally, the 3C removed the LRM-15 in favor of three LRM-5 launchers, giving it the same firepower but allowing it to spread it over a greater number of targets.[1] BV (1.0) = 1,611,[3] BV (2.0) = 1,878[6]
  • LHU-3L 
    Introduced in the Jihad, this version of the Lao Hu turns the enemy's equipment against him. It carries a Rotary AC/5 in the right arm, while the left carries a plasma rifle. An advanced Targeting Computer ties into these weapons, making them more accurate. The LRM-10 has been enhanced with an Artemis IV fire control system. BV(2.0)=1,995[7]

Design Quirks[edit]

The Lao Hu has the following Design Quirk:[9]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Technical Readout: Jihad, pp. 152–153: "LHU-2B Lau Hu"
  2. MUL online date for the Lao Hu
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Combat Operations, p. 122
  4. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 135
  5. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 136
  6. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 137
  7. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 138
  8. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 139
  9. BattleMech Manual, p. 92: Design Quirk Table - Lao Hu Entry