|Manufacturer||Irian Technologies, Bowie Industries, Federated-Boeing|
|Use||Aerospace fighter carrier|
|Tech Base||Inner Sphere|
|Safe Thrust||2 g|
|Max Thrust||3 g|
|Fuel (tons)||137 tons|
|Fuel (days)||74.5 days|
|Armament||2 x PPCs |
3 x LRM-20s
5 x Large Lasers
7 x medium lasers
|Escape Pods/Life Boats||2/0|
|Heat Sinks||80 (single)|
Cousin to the original Leopard class DropShip, the Leopard CV is the most common fighter carrier in the Inner Sphere. Carrying a standard squadron of aerospace fighters, the vessel is the means by which an assault (or raiding) force can transport the aerospace support to the scene of battle from the jump point, providing dedicated refueling, rearming and maintenance requirements. However, due to its lack of significant cargo space, the vessel is not intended for long-term habitation; instead, the transported crew would require continuous support from the mother JumpShip, until the time for system transit. Like its cousin, there are plenty of parts, both still in production or available as salvage and surplus, to keep the Leopard CV strongly active.
The Leopard has an impressive weapons loadout for such a small DropShip, most useful for attacks from aerospace interceptors. It can be easily overwhelmed, however, if swarmed. It has three long range missile racks for heavy hitting, two PPCs, five Large Lasers, and seven medium lasers, which give it more than enough combat capability when its munitions run out.
Six aerospace fighters
- Leopard (3054)
- In 3054, Irian Technologies began producing an upgraded Leopard CV. The PPCs and Large Lasers have both been replaced by extended-range models, while the medium lasers have been upgraded with pulse technology. BV (1.0) = 3,217 BV (2.0) = 3,376
- In German products, the unit's proper name was translated to Leopard JT, where the abbreviation JT stands for Jägertender. The German nautical term tender is used for supply ships, while Jäger is a common short form for Jagdflugzeug (fighter aircraft).
Original Leopard CV from TRO:3025
Leopard CV from TRO:3025 Revised
Illustration of Leopard CV from DropShips and JumpShips
Leopard CV (3054) from TRO:3057