- This article is about the apocryphal heavy-class OmniMech. For the assault-class OmniMech, see Tenshi.
|Manufacturer||Luthien Armor Works - OmniMech Production Facility|
|Chassis||Alshain 72 Standard|
With the advent of Rotary Autocannons in 3062, a mad dash within the Inner Sphere to create 'Mechs utilizing the new technology had begun. Once reports of a new RAC-using 'Mech from the Free Worlds League, dubbed the "Talos", crossed the Draconis Combine, DCMS engineers were quick to counter with a heavy fast-attack OmniMech design, dubbed Tenchi (meaning Sky and Ground in Japanese). Named after one of the 'Mech's development staff, the Tenchi has a unique appearance, resembling the front half of an attack helicopter mounted upon reverse-joint legs.
Built upon an Alshain frame and powered by a reliable Vlar 300 engine, the 65-ton Tenchi is capable of a top speed just over 85 km/h and is protected by a whopping nineteen tons of StarSlab/S (Special) Reactive armor. Pilots must take special care not to expose the Tenchi's rear to enemies, as that section of the 'Mech is much weaker, even compared to other 'Mechs. Finally, a set of Icarus jump jets allows the Tenchi to leap just short of 130 meters.
The Tenchi was designed first and foremost as a DCMS Rotary Autocannon vehicle, and as such the 'Mech carries a pair of Myrdon Model RC Rotary AC/2s, each with an additional ton of ammo, allowing for long-range barrages as the 'Mech closes in on its target. These cannons are accompanied by four Argra 3L Medium Lasers for close-range punch, and two Sperry-Browning Machine Gun clusters to handle infantry. A Guardian ECM Suite minimizes the chances the Tenchi will be detected early as it begins its attacks.
Similar to other new designs, the Tenchi has not yet had time to turn up widespread variants.
This BattleMech was published in an official BattleTech product, namely the MekPak 3 expansion for the MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries video game. However, although official, computer games are not considered among the sources for Canon unless the information is expressly confirmed as canonical elsewhere. By virtue of being an official albeit not positively canonical product, the game expansion and the 'Mechs presented therein including this one must be considered apocryphal.
The Tenchi BattleMech was named in memory of a MekTek developer who had passed away in 2010.
- MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries MekPak 3 Expansion