Thumper Artillery Cannon

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Thumper Cannon
Production information
Type Ballistic Weapon
Tech Base Inner Sphere Experimental[1]
Year Availability 3012[2]
Technical specifications
Heat 6
Damage 5
Minimum Range 3
Short Range 1 - 4
Medium Range 5 - 9
Long Range 10 - 14[3]
Extreme Range 15 - 18
Tons 10
Critical Slots 7[3]
Ammo Per Ton 20
Cost (unloaded) 200,000[4]
Ammo Cost (per ton) 10,000[4]
BV (2.0) 41 (cannon), 5 (ammo)[5]


The Thumper Artillery Cannon is a scaled down version of the Thumper Artillery Piece capable of direct fire. When mounted on BattleMechs, combat vehicles, and aerospace fighters, it provides artillery support at much closer ranges than its cousin. Essentially a snub-nosed version of the Thumper Artillery Piece, the Thumper Artillery Cannon fires a shell at an enemy location like an autocannon. Unlike an autocannon, the artillery cannon's targeted location isn't an enemy unit but a physical location (hill, tree, hex).[citation needed]


Game Notes[edit]

Errata in Tactical Operations now states that the Artillery Cannons may only use standard artillery munitions. As an area-affect weapon, the Thumper Cannon may not benefit from a targeting computer. Artillery Cannons use the Indirect LRM Fire rules to determine target numbers, but Artillery Cannons cannot make Indirect Artillery attacks. Missed shots scatter like standard artillery, but divide the scatter distance by one half to account for the smaller propellant charges.[1]


The Thumper Cannon is manufactured on the following planets:

Brand Planet Company

See Also[edit]

References to Thumper Artillery Cannon


  1. 1.0 1.1 Tactical Operations, p. 285
  2. Tactical Operations, p. 404
  3. 3.0 3.1 Tactical Operations, p. 404
  4. 4.0 4.1 Tactical Operations, p. 405
  5. Tactical Operations, p. 383