Rhino (BattleMech)

This article is about the 50-ton quad BattleMech. For other uses, see Rhino.
Rhino (BattleMech)
Production information
Manufacturer Unknown
Production Year 3137[1]
Class Medium
Cost 10,574,520 C-bills
Technical specifications
'Mech type Clan BattleMech
Mass 50 tons
Chassis Reinforced (Quad)
Armor Ferro-Fibrous
Engine 300 XL
Communications System Unknown
Targeting Tracking System Unknown
Heat Sinks 12 double
Speed 97.2 km/h (129.6 km/h with MASC)

5x ER Medium Laser

BV (2.0) 2,124[2]


The Rhino was developed by Escorpión Imperio in the thirty-second century. The unusual quad BattleMech was fielded by Omega Galaxy during the invasion of the Hanseatic League in 3140.[3]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The Rhino's ranged weapons consist of a quintet of Extended Range Medium Lasers. Two are mounted in each foreleg, and the fifth is in the head.[4] The reason for this unusual configuration is due to the inclusion of a Ram Plate, which occupies much of the forward torso and prevents the mounting of other weapons there. The weapon is used for charge attacks, and is supplemented by an array of spikes. To support the Ram Plate, the Rhino is equipped with a reinforced chassis.[3]

The BattleMech is protected by nine tons of Clan Ferro-Fibrous armor. In order to enable its charge attacks, it is powered by a 300 Extralight Fusion Engine, giving it a top speed of 96 km/h. This is further augmented by a MASC system that allows it to reach bursts of 130 km/h for short periods.[4]


At present, only the standard variant of the Rhino exists.

Design Quirks[edit]

No Design Quirks have been assigned to the Rhino.

Notable Pilots[edit]

  • Emmy Line, eventual ZarKhan, was piloting a Rhino on Gateway in 3151 against pirates while Galaxy Commander of Omega Galaxy. This was shortly before her reappointment as ZarKhan by Magon Scott as one of his reforms within the Empire as a concession for discontent Hansa civilians.[5]


  • An earlier, apocryphal version of the Rhino appeared in issue #12 of BattleTechnology, created by Robert Benedetti. This version, designated RHN-10, was a Star League BattleMech that weighed sixty tons. It had a top speed of 64 km/h and was armed with the Ram Plate, as well as six Medium Lasers.[6]


  1. MUL online date for the Rhino
  2. MUL Profile for the Rhino - Including Introduction Year and BV2.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Operational Turning Points: Hanseatic Crusade, p. 30: Touchpoint Braunschweig
  4. 4.0 4.1 Operational Turning Points: Hanseatic Crusade, p. 40: Rhino record sheet
  5. Moving Forward in Shrapnel, issue #6
  6. BattleTechnology #12, p. 60: Technical Readout RHN-10 Rhino