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[1]
Armor 1/Star Slab Ferro-Fibrous[1]
Engine GM 180 XL[1]
Communications System Teldon 33 w/Guardian ECM Suite
Targeting Tracking System Scope 85 RDNST w/TAG[1]
Speed 151.2[1] 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, which is also built by Leopard Armor, with its TAG target designator. The Red Shift is built on a lightweight Leopard Mark I Endo Steel chassis and is powered by a GM 180 XL 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. For protection from conventional weapons, the Red Shift has four tons of 1/Star Slab Ferro-Fibrous armor. To dissipate the 'Mech's scant waste heat, the Red Shift is outfitted with ten heat sinks.[1]

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.[1]


  • RDS-2B 
    Almost identical to the standard version of the Red Shift introduced in 3063[5], the 2B is modified to find hidden enemy units by removing the ECM Suite and replacing it with a Beagle Active Probe[1]. BV (1.0) = 485[3], BV (2.0) = 555[6][5]


  • 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 the Wolf's Dragoons on planet, it was a quick and swift harasser, skirmishing with them, directing artillery fire on them, attracting at traps... only when the main force was evacuated did they manage to destroy it finally, killing the pilot.[9]
  • 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.



  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 Technical Readout: 3067, 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 MUL online entry for the Red Shift RDS-2B variant
  6. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 63
  7. 7.0 7.1 MUL online entry for the Red Shift RDS-3A variant
  8. Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged, p. 64
  9. Fire for effect p. 179