Small Pulse Laser

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Small Pulse Laser
Production information
Type Energy (Pulse)
Tech Base Clan / Inner Sphere (IS)[1]
Year Introduced Clan = 2829 CGB

IS = 2609 TH[1]

Year Extinction IS = 2950[1]
Year Reintroduced IS = 3037 DC[1]
Technology Rating E
Availability Ratings E[2]/F[2]/D[2]
Technical specifications
Heat 2[3][4]
Damage 3 + 2D6 vs. Infantry[3][4][5] OR 7E/6B[6]
Minimum Range 0[3][4]
Short Range Clan = 2[4]

IS = 1[3]

Medium Range Clan = 4[4]

IS = 2[3]

Long Range Clan = 6[4]

IS = 3[3]

Tons 1[3][4]
Critical Slots 1[3][4]
Ammo Per Ton N/A[3][4]
Cost (unloaded) 16,000[2]
Ammo Cost (per ton) N/A
BV (1.0) Clan = 24[citation needed]

IS = 12[citation needed]

BV (2.0) Clan = 24[7]

IS = 12[8]


Introduced in 2609 by the Terran Hegemony. Pulse lasers differ from traditional laser weaponry, in that instead of firing one powerful beam, they maintain laser beams fired off in quick succession. While offering an overall increased rate of fire, the heat output also increases accordingly. Pulse lasers increase damage because they allow vaporized armor to dissipate from the location of damage. This allows subsequent pulses to reach the target area without being diffused by the vapor.[1]

Small Pulse Lasers, being the smallest pulse laser variant, have a very limited range. However, inside that range they are a lethal weapon, having a much smaller heat buildup compared to other pulse lasers (within the Mechwarrior IV series, they also have an increased rate of fire), making them an excellent short-range support weapon. Due to this the Small Pulse Laser is also a popular option for battle armor.

While not designated as such in the names, Clan Pulse Lasers have greatly extended range over Inner Sphere models.[1]


The Small Pulse Laser is manufactured on the following planets:

ChisComp 39P[edit]

Small Pulse laser built by ChisComp.

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
VKG-3A Viking [9]

Defiance D5S[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Furillo/Hesperus II Defiance Industries [citation needed]

Diverse Optics Type 10P[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Kessel/Irian Diverse Optics Incorporated [citation needed]

Exostar Pinnacle[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Delavan Dynamico Limited BLK-NT-5H Black Knight [10]

Kajuka Type 1P[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Texlos Kajuka (Aerospace Division) [citation needed]

Magna 200P[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Betelgeuse Firmir Weaponry [citation needed]
Lopez Magna Metals Inc [citation needed]
Taurus Magna Metals Inc [citation needed]
Tancredi IV Precision Weaponry [citation needed]

Sunglow Prism-Optic[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Kalidasa Kali Yama Weapons Industries Incorporated HBK-5M Hunchback, APL-1M Apollo [11] [12] [13]
Brand Planet Company Used by
Martell Fletcher Flame Tech Free Worlds League [citation needed]
Maxell Chukchi III Maxell Metals Incorporated Federated Commonwealth / Lyran Commonwealth [citation needed]
SCI [14]
Sutel Precision Line Tancredi IV Precision Weaponry Federated Suns / Federated Commonwealth [citation needed]
Victory Throb Marduk Victory - (Norse BattleMech Works) Draconis Combine [citation needed]
Chi Series New Kent
New Kent Armorworks/Novy Minsk Armaments Plant
Arcadia BattleMech Plant CM-T15
Clan Steel Viper / Clan Diamond Shark [citation needed]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 TechManual, p. 226, "Pulse Lasers"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 TechManual, p. 291, "Heavy Weapons And Equipment (Cont) - Table"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 TechManual, p. 341, "Inner Sphere Heavy Weapons And Equipment Table"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 TechManual, p. 343, "Clan Heavy Weapons And Equipment Table"
  5. Total Warfare p. 217 "Burst Fire Weapons Versus Infantry Table
  6. A Time of War p. 211 Anti-Infantry Weapons Table
  7. TechManual, p. 318, "Clan Weapons and Equipment BV Table"
  8. TechManual, p. 317, "Inner Sphere Weapons and Equipment BV Table"
  9. MILSpec: "VKG-3A Viking"
  10. Technical Readout: 3145 Federated Suns, p. 45, "BLK-NT-5H Black Knight"
  11. Objective Raids, p. 128, "Produced Kali Yama Weapons Components"
  12. Technical Readout: 3050 Upgrade, p. 58 "HBK-5M Hunchback"
  13. Technical Readout: 3055 Upgrade, p. "APL-1M Apollo"
  14. "BattleTech Video Game", Equipment