Tigress (Small Craft class)

TiG-15 Tigress Close Patrol Craft.JPG
TIG-15 "Tigress" close patrol craft (gunship)
Production information
Manufacturer Vandenberg Mechanized Industries[1]
Use Star system patrol;
anti-pirate craft;
early warning craft
Type Military Aerodyne
Tech Base Inner Sphere Standard
Technical specifications
Mass 150 tons
Structural Integrity 6
Length 20 meters
Width 22 meters
Height meters
Drive System Fusion
Safe Thrust 4
Max Thrust 6
Fuel (tons)
Fuel (days)
Armor Nose: 64
Wings: 57
Aft: 46
Crew 4
Heat Sinks 20
BV (2.0) 1,152[1]


Designed by Vandenberg Mechanized Industries at the fall of the Star League, the Tigress was initially designed to serve as a DropShip and WarShip escort. However, due to changing priorities for the defense of the Taurian Concordat, it was reassigned as a system patrol craft.[1]

The craft is principally part of the defense networks of the Hyades Cluster. Tigress gunships were noted in their suicidal deployment in a nuclear strike that crippled New Syrtis Shipyards during the 3076 raid of New Syrtis.[2]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The gunship was given a particle projection cannon and a fifteen-tube long range missile rack mounted in the nose to snipe at long range targets. The launcher has 32 salvos of missiles, keeping the ship well supplied with ammunition on its week-long patrols. For close-in combat, the ship has an additional four medium lasers split between the two wings.[1]

The ship's fusion engine is powerful enough move the ship up to maximum thrust of 6. The ship carries 15 tons of fuel, which can last a total of 8.15 days if used continuously. The vessel has a crew requirement of 3 pilots and a gunner; although the craft may be operated with less than a full crew.[1]


The Tigress has a seven ton cargo bay, with a single cargo door.

Related Designs[edit]


  • The Tigress, when first published in PDF form, had a mix of two battle values. The fluff description on page 201 had the correct battle value.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 201: "Tigress Profile"
  2. Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p. 44: "House Davion"
  3. The Official BattleTech writers report the correct battle value of unit. (dead link)