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Manteuffel Attack Tank
Production information
Manufacturer StarCorps Industries[1], Kentish and Company[2]
Production Year 3062[3]
Mission Heavy Armor
Type Tracked[1]
Cost 13,431,417 C-bills[3]
Technical specifications
Tech Base Inner Sphere[1]
Mass 70 tons[1]
Armor StarSlab III Ferro Fibrous w/CASE[1]
Engine Magna 350 XL[1]
Speed 86[1] km/h
Communications System O/P COMSET 3[1]
Targeting Tracking System O/P 2550[1]
Heat Sinks 10[1]

Primary Configuration

BV (1.0) 1,017 (C3: 152)[4]
BV (2.0) 1,504[1][3][5]


As the AFFC was looking for OmniVehicle designs, StarCorps Industries quickly reacted. While StarCorps Industries had only built 'Mechs, it gathered a military vehicle design team and released a prototype in record time. Though not the only OmniVehicle submitted for consideration, the Manteuffel (named after the long line of Lyran armor generals) revealed itself to be the best. Officially it fulfilled all requirements, but unofficially StarCorps Industries had greased all the right palms.[1]

This tank is assigned only to highest-profile units within the LAAF and AFFS because of its expense and technologies it uses, such as the Lyran Guards in the Alliance and Davion Brigade of Guards in the Suns. The Deneb Light Cavalry RCTs also received some as they were one of the best combined-arms brigades in all of the Inner Sphere, and could put these expensive tanks to good use.[1]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

With every version able to deliver an awesome amount of firepower while being able to keep up other units, the Manteuffel is a serious tank to consider. The primary variant sports three ER Medium Lasers and a deadly Rotary AC/5. It can cripple any unit, 'Mech or armor. It also mounts a C3 Slave module to coordinate fire with other C3 units.[1]

Alternate Configurations[edit]

  • Alternate Configuration A 
    The most common alternate configuration is built around the same principle of short-range firepower. It mounts an Ultra Autocannon/20 in the turret, while its front is packed with two Medium Lasers and one ER Small Laser. It also mounts a C3 Slave module[1]. BV (1.0) = 987 (C3: 137)[4], BV (2.0) = 1,486[6][7]
  • Alternate Configuration D 
    This version turns the Manteuffel into a large infantry fighting vehicle introduced in 3075[12]. The eight ton infantry compartment is mounted in the body, and the infantrymen deployed from there are supported by an LRM-10 and twin Light PPCs. An Anti-Missile System protects from enemy missiles. BV (2.0) = 1,172[13][12]
  • Alternate Configuration E 
    This 3087[14] variant carries a BattleMech Taser and LB 10-X in the turret. It keeps the Guardian ECM Suite, but replaces the C3 Slave. A pair of Medium Lasers and an ER Small Laser cover the front of the tank. BV (2.0) = 1,256[15][14]



  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 Technical Readout: 3067, pp. 20-21, "Manteuffel Attack Tank
  2. MechWarrior: Dark Age - Sneak Peeks, p.132 "Manteuffel Attack Tank"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 MUL online entry for the Manteuffel
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Combat Operations, p. 126
  5. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 26
  6. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 27
  7. MUL online entry for the Manteuffel (A) configuration
  8. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 28
  9. MUL online entry for the Manteuffel (B) configuration
  10. 10.0 10.1 MUL online entry for the Manteuffel (C) configuration
  11. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 29
  12. 12.0 12.1 MUL online entry for the Manteuffel (D) configuration
  13. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 30
  14. 14.0 14.1 MUL online entry for the Manteuffel (E) configuration
  15. Record Sheets: 3145 New Tech, New Upgrades, p. 60