Red Shift

Red Shift
Red Shift
Production information
Manufacturer Leopard Armor[1]
Production Year 3062[2]
Model RDS-2A[1]
Class Light
Cost 2,942,400 C-bills[2]
Technical specifications
'Mech type Inner Sphere BattleMech
Mass 20 tons
Chassis Leopard Mark I Endo Steel
Armor Star Slab/1 Ferro-Fibrous
Engine GM 180 XL
Communications System Teldon 33 with Guardian ECM suite
Targeting Tracking System Scope 85 RDNST with TAG
Heat Sinks 10 double
Speed 151 km/h
BV (1.0) 549[3]
BV (2.0) 626[1][2][4]


Produced by Leopard Armor for the Word of Blake, the Red Shift is one of many new BattleMechs being fielded by the Word of Blake Militia. The Red Shift is designed to spot for the Padilla artillery tank also built by Leopard Armor, with its TAG target designator. Built on a lightweight Leopard Mark I endo steel chassis and is powered by a GM 180 XL extralight engine that pushes the 'Mech's top speed up to 151.2 km/h. To give the 'Mech the ability to protect itself from advanced electronic warfare systems, the Red Shift has a Guardian ECM suite, and for protection from conventional weapons the Red Shift has four tons of Star Slab/1 ferro-fibrous armor.[5]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

To protect itself from most other light 'Mechs, vehicles, and infantry the Red Shift carries two Tronel XII Medium Pulse Lasers. To dissipate the 'Mech's scant waste heat, the Red Shift is outfitted with 10 double heat sinks.[5]


Design Quirks[edit]

The Red Shift has the following Design Quirks:[10]


  • One of the first Red Shifts seen in combat was an apparently single unit serving on planet Outreach in 3068. Nicknamed "Red" by their adversaries, the guerrilla forces of Wolf's Dragoons on planet, it was a quick and swift harasser, skirmishing with them, directing artillery fire on them, leading them into traps; only when the main force was evacuated was it destroyed, killing the pilot.[11]
  • In German products, the unit's proper name was altered to Roter Blitz, which means Red Flash. The model code was accordingly changed to RTB-2A.

Notable Pilots[edit]

See Category:Notable Red Shift Pilots



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Technical Readout: Jihad, pp. 44–45: "RDS-2A Red Shift"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 MUL online entry for the Red Shift
  3. 3.0 3.1 Combat Operations, p. 135, "Force Faction Tables - Word of Blake"
  4. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 62
  5. 5.0 5.1 Technical Readout: 3067, pp. 44-45, "RDS-2A Red Shift"
  6. 6.0 6.1 MUL online entry for the Red Shift RDS-2B variant
  7. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 63
  8. 8.0 8.1 MUL online entry for the Red Shift RDS-3A variant
  9. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 64
  10. BattleMech Manual, p. 94 BattleMech Quirk Table - Red Shift Entry.
  11. Fire for effect, p. 179