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|Mech type||Clan BattleMech|
|Chassis||Olivetti Stage 3|
|Armor||Raydient Series 2|
|Engine||Fusion 225 Standard|
|Communications System||Squawkbox 3.56|
|Targeting Tracking System||Olivetti Pinpoint Advanced|
|Heat Sinks||14 Double heat sinks|
|Jump Jets||Clan Standard Type A1|
The Pinion is part test-bed, part leftovers. Developed by Clan Jade Falcon and introduced into service in 3065, the Pinion BattleMech is the second Clan 'Mech to be produced by Olivetti Weapons on Sudeten. The second-line BattleMech was designed as a patrol/guard duty 'Mech, so it has modest speed coupled with good maneuverability.
Additionally, the Pinion is meant to test the effectiveness and drawbacks of heavy lasers. Early reports from Clan Star Adder indicated heavy lasers are unreliable and possibly damaging to the MechWarrior. In order to properly judge the effect of this new weapon, the Falcons decided to use garrison MechWarriors as guinea pigs. Their vitals were carefully tracked and medical evaluations were administered weekly as part of these tests.
The leftovers in the 'Mech are its micro pulse lasers. Micro pulse lasers were developed for ProtoMech production, but when Khan Marthe Pryde killed the program in 3064, the Falcons were left with an overabundance of leftover lasers. Rather than waste this (unwanted) resource, the Jade Falcons have decided to utilize them on the Pinion. When the supplies of micro pulse lasers are used up, the Pinion will be refitted and retrofitted with heavier weapons already in production.
Weapons and Equipment
The largest gun on the Pinion is its Witherer Heavy Large Laser. Although it experiences some targeting difficulties, it packs a strong punch into a relatively small package. On the opposite end of the spectrum are the four Raid Micro Pulse Lasers mounted in the Pinion's torso. These weapons are only useful at pointblank range, but the pulse technology makes them quite accurate. These make the Pinion devastating against conventional infantry. The Series 14a Medium Pulse Laser has a decent range and is also highly accurate. This all-energy weapon configuration allows the 'Mech to range far and wide without having to worry about resupply or ammunition explosions in combat. Fourteen double heat sinks keeps the 'Mech fairly cool, though an alpha strike will seriously overheat it.
- Pinion 3
- This variant is equipped with a pair of Heavy Large Lasers. BV (2.0) = 1,611
In German products the unit's proper name was perfectly translated to Fittich.
Original Pinion from TRO:3067
- Technical Readout: 3067, p. 114-115
- Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 199
- Combat Operations, p. 116
- Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 200
- Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 201