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Autocannon/5

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Autocannon/5
Production information
Type Ballistic (Direct Fire)
Tech Base Inner Sphere
Year Availability 2240 (TA)[1]
Technical specifications
Heat 1[1]
Damage 5[1]
Minimum Range 3[1]
Short Range 1-6[1]
Medium Range 7-12[1]
Long Range 13-18[1]
Tons 8[1]
Critical Slots 4
Ammo Per Ton 20
Cost (unloaded) 125,000
Ammo Cost (per ton) 4,500[1]
BV (1.0) 70
BV (2.0) 70[2]
5 (Ammo)[2]
9 (Ammo)[2]



DescriptionEdit

The Autocannon is a direct-fire ballistic weapon, firing HEAP (High-Explosive Armor-Piercing) rounds at targets either singly or in bursts.

Different manufacturers and models of autocannons have different calibers (25mm-203mm) and rates of fire. Due to this, autocannons are grouped into generic "classes" of autocannons with common damage ratings, with Autocannon/5s usually having a long range with a small to moderate damage level.

An example of the rating system: the Crusher Super Heavy Cannon is a 150mm weapon firing ten shells per "shot", while the Chemjet Gun is a 185mm weapon firing much slower, but causing higher damage. Despite their differences, both are classified as Autocannon/20s due to their damage output.

An Autocannon/5 can use special munitions to increase its effectiveness.

HistoryEdit

Designed for the Terran Alliance, the prototype version of this cannon was among first autocannons ever made. It first appeared in 2240[3] and was designed to improve the Alliance's military arsenal cope with newer armor being introduced during the time.[1] Examples of the Prototype AC/5 being used was on the Saturn-Class Patrol Ship in 2243.[4]

ModelsEdit

Armstrong J11Edit

Designed by Armstrong Industries of the Free Worlds League, The 80mm Armstrong J11 autocannon is a reliable weapon with only a small chance of the weapon jamming when the barrel or reciever assembly are extremely hot.[5][6]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Armstrong Industries Clint [7]
Al Na'ir Scarborough Manufacturers Scimitar [citation needed]
Scarborough Scarborough Limited [citation needed]
Ramora United Outworlders Corporation [citation needed]

Defiance Type JEdit

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

Deleon 5Edit

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Kalidasa Quickscell Company Scorpion Light Tank [8]

General Motors WhirlwindEdit

Famously mounted on the General Motors Marauder BattleMech, this autocannon fires 120mm shells in three round bursts.[9][10]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Arc-Royal TharHes Industries Marauder [citation needed]
Kathil General Motors Marauder [citation needed]

Mydron CEdit

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Bithinia Bithinian Ballistics [citation needed]

Pontiac LightEdit

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Sterope Sterope Defense Industries [citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 TechManual, pp. 207-208, "Autocannons"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 TechManual, p. 317, "Inner Sphere Weapons and Equipment BV Table"
  3. Interstellar Operations, p. 217 Additional Alternate Era Weapons and Equipment - "Prototype AC/5 introduction year noted in Table."
  4. Experimental Technical Readout: Primitives, Volume 2, pp. 14 & 31 "Saturn Patrol Ship"
  5. "Decision at Thunder Rift", ch. 32
  6. "Operation Excalibur", Ch. 3
  7. Technical Readout: 3025, p. 38
  8. Technical Readout: 3039, p. 35
  9. "Decision at Thunder Rift", ch. 1
  10. The Price of Glory (PDF Edition), p. 8

BibliographyEdit