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| Tech Base = [[Inner Sphere]]
| Introduced = 2537
| Mass = 1,
| Length = 66
| Drive System = [[Star League]] V84
A simple and easy-to-maintain design, the ''Leopard'' quickly became the standard lance-sized [['Mech]] carrier for the original [[Star League]] and the Great Houses.
It's low operating costs and plethora of replacement parts (with the exception of the drive system) has allowed it to not only survive the [[Succession Wars]] as a ship class, but become the predominant entry vehicle for [['Mech]] recon, objective raid, and special operations missions. The two fighter bays allow for the lance's air support needs or act as enlarged cargo areas for booty.
The ''Leopard'' has an impressive weapons loadout for such a small [[DropShip]], most useful for attacks from aerospace interceptors. It can be easily overwhelmed, however, if swarmed. While it does count on three long range missile racks for heavy hitting, two [[PPC]]s, five [[Large Laser]]s, and seven [[Medium Laser]]s give it more than enough combat capability when its munitions run out.
The venerable ''Leopard'', like many [[Succession War]] survivors, has had numerous modifications made throughout the vessel's class, mostly minor differences owing to the numerous manufacturers throughout known space
. Other than the sister ''[[ Leopard CV]] '' model, however, which is essentially a different ship type, no specific multi- number sub-classes of the Leopard currently exist as a regular production model.