Pack Hunter

Pack Hunter
Pack Hunter
Production information
Manufacturer WC Site 3
Production Year 3059[1]
Model Standard
Class Light
Introduced 3059[2]
Cost 3,206,840 C-bills
Technical specifications
Mech type Clan BattleMech
Mass 30 tons
Chassis Type AR1 Endo Steel
Armor Royal-7 Standard
Engine Light Force (Standard) 210
Communications System K9 Communications System
Targeting Tracking System Hunter (3) Dedicated TTS
Heat Sinks 10 Double heat sinks
Speed 119 km/h
Jump Jets 210 meters
Armament

1x ER PPC

BV (1.0) 1,384[3]
BV (2.0) 1,369[4][5]


Description[edit]

Fast and with a sharp bite, the Pack Hunter is the first new design produced by Clan Wolf-in-Exile on Arc-Royal.[5]

Following their arrival on Arc-Royal in the wake of the Refusal War, Khan Phelan Kell's newly Exiled Wolves quickly set about constructing production facilities to support their touman. Though many Exiled Wolf Warriors pushed for a heavy flagship OmniMech that would command attention from the other Clans as their first BattleMech, Khan Kell pragmatically realized that a second-line machine was of more immediate usefulness as well as serving as a proof-of-concept for the new production lines, allowing problems to be identified and fixed without the risk of producing a flawed OmniMech. Showing his bias for lighter, faster designs, Khan Phelan Kell directed his scientists to create a 'Mech offering "impressive speed but with a bite. A real pack hunter."[5]

Production of the Pack Hunter also showed the strength of the Exiled Wolves' ties to the Kell Hounds, the 'Mech carrying standard composite armor and communication equipment manufactured by the Hounds and purchased as part of a trade agreement for access to Endo Steel from an Exiled Wolf orbital factory. While the lion share of Pack Hunters were deployed in Clan Wolf-in-Exile's second-line and garrison clusters as fast as they can be produced, the Kell Hounds deployed a few in their own regiments.[5]

Intended for obsolescence from the very start, repeated delays and false starts would ensure the Pack Hunter saw continued production until the introduction not of a new OmniMech, but the updated and upgraded Pack Hunter II in 3077 instead.[6] Amazingly the original design would reappear over seventy years later during the Dark Ages thanks to the Wolf Empire's capture of the Technicron Manufacturing/Irian BattleMechs Unlimited plant on Tongatapu. Rather than upgrade the Tongatapu Hermes 4K line to Clan standards, the Empire instead used it as the basis to reintroduce the Pack Hunter. Though how the Empire acquired the plans is unknown, the decision was intended not as a snub to the Exiled Wolves but an attempt at enticing its survivors to join the Empire following the fall of Arc-Royal.[7]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

Built around an Endo Steel skeleton, standard 210 Fusion Engine and seven jump jets, a max speed of more than a hundred kilometers per hour and an impressive jumping range make the Pack Hunter an excellent flanking or vanguard BattleMech. Though lacking high-powered sensor equipment that would make it an excellent scout, its ability to handle itself in nearly any situation makes up for that perceived deficiency. The use of a standard engine, and only internal Double Heat Sinks make the 'Mech cheaper to manufacture.[5]

The Pack Hunter's Ripper Series A1 ER PPC, capable of decapitating a foe in a single blast, gives any 'Mech that faces it a good reason to worry. The 'Mech excels when staying at extreme range and using its speed to keep that distance between it and larger 'Mechs, especially with multiple acting in unison as it's name implies. However, the Pack Hunter is hard pressed to defend itself if attacked by multiple opponents, due to its lack of secondary weapons and its meager four tons of standard armor.[5]

Variants[edit]

  • Pack Hunter
    Introduced during the Jihad in 3068[2], this variant of the 2 removes half of the lasers to mount MASC, enabling the Pack Hunter to move up to 151 km/h in bursts. This has the added bonus of alleviating some of the heat problems of the first variant. BV (1.0) = 1,550[11], BV (2.0) = 1,747[12]
  • Pack Hunter
    Another Jihad variant introduced 3070, this one takes advantage of new advances in Clan technology. The 'Mech has been fitted with lower rate XL Fusion Engine, reducing the 'Mech speed to 90 kph. To make up for drop in speed, the Pack Hunter is equipped with nine Improved Jump Jets. The design has been given Endo Steel and a slight increase in Ferro-Fibrous Armor. For weaponry, the 'Mech has a Clan ER Large Laser, guided by a Targeting Computer. In addition, the 'Mech has been given a Guardian ECM. BV (2.0) = 1,257[13]
  • Pack Hunter
    The Wolf Empire variant is a much more through melding of Inner Sphere and Clan technologies, be being built around an Inner Sphere grade 270 XL Engine, seven jump jets and a Endo Steel frame, but clad in five and half tons of Clan grade Ferro-Fibrous armor. Both faster and more sturdy than original, the Pack Hunter 5 retains the ClanTech ER PPC that gave the original model it's bite as it's sole weapon. BV (2.0) = 1,644[14]

Related BattleMechs[edit]

  • Pack Hunter II - Originally intending to develop an upgraded OmniMech version of the original Pack Hunter, the desperation of the Jihad resulted in the Wolves-in-Exile refocusing their efforts into merely developing an improved Pack Hunter II [6]

Notable pilots[edit]

  • MechWarrior Zane of Clan Nova Cat piloted the only Pack Hunter in the Nova Cat touman. He named the 'Mech "Ebony Dragon", for a vision he had experienced.[15]
  • Wolf's Dragoons MechWarrior, Andrew "Caveman" Roy piloted a Pack Hunter as part of the Black Wolves company in the novel Divided We Fall

Notes[edit]

In German products the unit's proper Clan name was perfectly translated to Rudeljäger.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. MUL online date for the Pack Hunter
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Master Unit List, "Pack Hunter introduction dates"
  3. Combat Operations, p. 119
  4. Record Sheets: 3060 Unabridged, p. 207
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Technical Readout: 3060, pp. 142-143, "Pack Hunter Profile"
  6. 6.0 6.1 Technical Readout: 3085, p. 144, "Pack Hunter II"
  7. Recognition Guide: ilClan, vol. 1, p13 "Pack Hunter"
  8. Record Sheets: 3060 Unabridged p. 208 - 'Mech variant's era is Civil War.
  9. Record Sheets: MechWarrior Dark Age I, p. 40
  10. Record Sheets: 3060 Unabridged, p. 208
  11. Record Sheets: MechWarrior Dark Age I, p. 41
  12. Record Sheets: 3060 Unabridged, p. 209
  13. Record Sheets: 3060 Unabridged, p. 210 - New Improved Jump Jet variant introduced in 3060u Record Sheets.
  14. Recognition Guide: ilClan, vol. 1, p15 "Pack Hunter"
  15. Path of Glory p. 155-242

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