Light Sub-Capital Laser

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Light Sub-Capital Laser
Production information
Type Capital Direct Energy
Tech Base Inner Sphere[1]
Year Availability 3073 (WoB)[2][1]
Technology Rating E[1]
Availability Ratings X[1]/X[1]/F[1]
Technical specifications
Heat 24[3]
Damage 1 (Capital)[3]
10 (Standard)[3]
Minimum Range N/A
Short Range 1–9
Medium Range 10–18
Long Range 19–27
Extreme Range 28–36
Tons 150[1]
Critical Slots 1 (Capital)
Ammo Per Ton N/A[3]
Cost (unloaded) 220,000[1]
Ammo Cost (per ton) N/A
BV (1.0) N/A
BV (2.0) 237[4]


The Light Sub-Capital Laser, also known as the SCL/1, was the smallest of the sub-capital lasers produced by the Word of Blake. Though it didn't inflict the massive damage of its heavier cousins, it could fire as long as it had power. In addition, the relatively small size of the weapon meant that it could be mounted on even the smallest DropShip platform, so the Word could put many of these weapons into combat. Individually they might only pack the punch of an Autocannon/10, but when used en masse they could easily damage or destroy all but the strongest targets.[2]

The fact that a WarShip could mount four of these systems in place of a single Naval Laser 35 made them popular with some WarShip commanders who faced large numbers of DropShips or Pocket WarShips.

Though they were more responsive to their control systems than their larger cousins, they still had difficulty targeting targets smaller than 500 tons.[2]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Tactical Operations, p. 411: "Heavy Weapons and Equipment Construction Data"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Tactical Operations, p. 341: "Sub-Capital Lasers"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Tactical Operations, p. 410: "Heavy Weapons and Equipment Combat Data"
  4. Tactical Operations, p. 384: "Inner Sphere Capital Scale Weapons and Equipment BV Table"