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Medium Pulse Laser

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Medium Pulse Laser
Production information
Type Energy (Pulse)
Tech Base Clan / Inner Sphere
Year Introduced Clan 2827 CJF

IS 2609[1] TH[2]

Year Extinction IS 2950[1]
Year Reintroduced IS 3037 DC[1]
Technology Rating E
Availability Ratings E[1]/F[1]/D[1]
Technical specifications
Heat 4[3][4]
Damage Clan 7[4]

IS 6[3]

Short Range Clan 0-4[4]

IS 0-2[3]

Medium Range Clan 5-8[4]

IS 3-4[3]

Long Range Clan 9-12[4]

IS 5-6[3]

Tons 2[3]
Critical Slots 1[3]
Cost (unloaded) 60,000[1]
BV (1.0) Clan 111[citation needed]

IS 48[citation needed]

BV (2.0) Clan 111[5]

IS 48[6]

Description[edit]

Introduced in 2609 by the Terran Hegemony. Pulse lasers differ from traditional laser weaponry in that instead of firing one powerful beam, they maintain laser beams fired off in quick succession. While offering an overall increased rate of fire, the heat output also increases accordingly. Pulse lasers increase damage because they allow vaporized armor to dissipate from the location of damage. This allows subsequent pulses to reach the target area without being diffused by the vapor.[2]

Medium Pulse Lasers are a mix of range and damage, making them useful in most situations. The heat buildup is moderate and the weapon causes good damage, although the Medium Pulse Laser still cannot be constantly discharged for extended periods of time.[2]

While not designated as such in the names, Clan Pulse Lasers have greatly extended range over Inner Sphere models.

Models[edit]

The Medium Pulse Laser is manufactured on the following planets:

Ceres Arms Model W[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Capella Ceres Metals Industries VND-3L Vindicator, CTF-3L Cataphract, THR-1L Thunder, WHD-10CT Warhammer [7] [8] [9] [10] [11]

Defiance P5M[edit]

Reportedly dating to the Star League era,[12] the Defiance P5M medium pulse laser is the pulse laser equivalent of the ubiquitous Defiance B3M medium laser, being among the most common models of medium pulse laser manufactured in the Lyran Commonwealth and in common use throughout the Inner Sphere.

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Furillo Defiance Industries WSP-1S Wasp [13]
Hesperus II Defiance Industries HCT-5S Hatchetman, ARC-5S Archer, ZEU-9S Zeus, BLR-3S BattleMaster, VTR-9D Victor, BH-K305 Battle Hawk, GUN-1ERD Gunslinger, MTR-5K Maelstrom, NTK-2Q Night Hawk, EMP-6A Emperor, NSR-9J Nightstar, Minion, DFN-3C Defiance, EFT-7X Eisenfaust [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22] [23]

ExoStar[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Galax Galax Launch Systems Haruspex [24]

Magna 400P[edit]

Manufactured in both Capellan Confederation and Free Worlds League, the Magna 400P was noted as being generally and readily available throughout the Inner Sphere over the counter to anyone with enough C-Bills during the initial Clan Invasion.[25] [26]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Betelgeuse Firmir Weaponry Falcon [27]
Lopez Magna Metals Inc Wolverine, Marauder, Crusader, Awesome [28]
Irian Irian BattleMechs Unlimited Awesome [29]

RAMTech 800P[edit]

The pulse laser version of the venerable RAMTech 800 standard medium laser, the RAMTech 800P is used in both halves of the former Federated Commonwealth. The RAMTech 800P-X, an X-Pulse version of the weapon also exists.

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
New Kyoto RAMTech SYD-Z3a Seydlitz, HSN-7D Hellspawn, TNS-4S Thanatos [30] [31] [32]

Series 14a[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Dante Snow Raven Industrial Complex Alpha Omen [33]

Series PPS-XIX[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
[Albion]] MMA Complex Marauder IIC 2 [34]

Sutel Precision Line[edit]

The Sutei Medium Pulse Laser is known to emit bursts of red light.[35]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Hesperus II Defiance Industries Nightsky [36]
New Syrtis Johnston Industries Caesar [37]
Talon Kallon Industries Penetrator [38]

Tronel XII[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Paradise Curtiss Militech Wraith [39]
Asuncion Kallon Industries Falcon Hawk [40]
Lapida II Nimakachi Fusion Products Limited Venom [41]

Victory Heartbeat[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Marduk Victory Industries Charger [42]
Marduk Victory Industries Wolverine [43]

Variants[edit]

  • MPL-P
    The Federated Commonwealth employed experimental versions of the medium pulse laser among some of its elite units during the War of 3039. These prototypes functioned nearly identical to the standard model but could generate random heat spikes when fired.[44]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 TechManual, p. 291: "Heavy Weapons And Equipment Table"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 TechManual, p. 226: "Laser - Pulse Lasers"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 TechManual, p. 341: "Inner Sphere Heavy Weapons And Equipment Table"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 TechManual, p. 343: "Clan Heavy Weapons And Equipment Table"
  5. TechManual, p. 318: "Clan Weapons and Equipment BV Table"
  6. TechManual, p. 317: "Inner Sphere Weapons and Equipment BV Table"
  7. Objective Raids, p. 143: "Capella - Ceres Metals Industries"
  8. Technical Readout: 3050 Upgrade, p. 50: "VND-3L Vindicator"
  9. Technical Readout: 3050, p. 166: "Cataphract"
  10. Technical Readout: 3055 Upgrade, p. 58: "THR-1L Thunder"
  11. Technical Readout: 3085 Supplemental, p. 32
  12. Historical Operation Klondike, p. 174: "IMP-1A Imp"
  13. Objective Raids, p. 74: "Furillo - Defiance Industries of Hesperus II"
  14. Objective Raids, p. 76: "Hesperus II - Defiance Industries of Hesperus II"
  15. Technical Readout: 3055 Upgrade, p. 14: "BH-K305 Battle Hawk"
  16. Technical Readout: 3055 Upgrade, p. 72: "GUN-1ERD Gunslinger"
  17. Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, p. 148: "MTR-5K Maelstrom"
  18. Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, p. 204: "NTK-2Q Night Hawk"
  19. Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, p. 224: "EMP-6A Emperor"
  20. Technical Readout 3058 Upgrade, p. 226: "NSR-9J Nightstar"
  21. Technical Readout: 3067, p. 8: "Minion"
  22. Technical Readout: 3075, p. 86: "DFN-3S Defiance"
  23. Technical Readout: 3085, p. 74: "EFT-7X Eisenfaust"
  24. Technical Readout: Irregulars, p. 8: "Haruspex Surveillance Satellite"
  25. Technical Readout: 3050, p. 64: "Inner Sphere - Light 'Mechs - Falcon"
  26. Technical Readout: 3050, p. 92: "Inner Sphere - Medium 'Mechs - Assassin"
  27. Objective Raids, p. 142 "Industries - Betelgeuse - Firmir Weaponry"
  28. Objective Raids, p. 131 "Industries - Lopez - Magna"
  29. Objective Raids, p. 126 "Industries - Irian - Irian BattleMechs Unlimited"
  30. Objective Raids, p. 85: "RAMTech"
  31. Technical Readout: 3067, p. 66: "HSN-7D Hellspawn"
  32. Technical Readout: 3067, p. 91: "Thanatos"
  33. Technical Readout: Dark Age, p. 166
  34. Technical Readout: Project Phoenix, 72, "Produced Marauder IIC2 Components"
  35. Impetus of War, Ch. 12
  36. Technical Readout: Clan Invasion, p. 126
  37. Technical Readout: Clan Invasion, p. 152
  38. Technical Readout: Clan Invasion, p. 168
  39. Technical Readout: Clan Invasion, p. 134
  40. Technical Readout: Clan Invasion, p. 102
  41. Technical Readout: Clan Invasion, p. 108
  42. Technical Readout: 3050, p. 183
  43. Technical Readout Project Phoenix, p. 32
  44. Historical: War of 3039, p. 145

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