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| Tech Base = [[Inner Sphere]]
| Introduced = 2537
| Mass = 1,900720
| Length = 66
| Drive System = [[Star League]] V84
==Description==
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 Its relatively low operating costs and plethora of existing 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.
In reference to its layout and alledgedly also to its atmospheric handling, the ''Leopard'' is widely known by its nickname, "Brick".
==Armament==
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.
*4 [['Mech]]s
*2 [[ASF]]s
The ''Leopard'' can accomodate its regular crew of 9, plus pilots and techs for the vehicles carried.
==Variants==
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 such as the version produced in the sister ''[[Leopard CVMagistracy of Canopus]]'' model, however, which is essentially a different ship type, no specific multithat mounts Parti-number sub-classes Kill PPCs instead of the Leopard currently exist as a regular production modellarge lasers.
Typical refits or modifications include a tank carrier An upgraded 1,800-ton version capable of carrying 12 vehicles. It is also not unknown for the ''Leopard owners to remove the 'Mech cubicles entirely (and often the AeroSpace fighter cubicles as well) ' was first launched in [[3056]]. This version essentially only features an improved life support system and simply use the Leopard as a cargo shipan upgraded, significantly more powerful weapons grid.
Upon the resurgence Typical refits or modifications include a tank carrier version capable of technology, the carrying 12 vehicles. It is also not unknown for ''Leopard'' benefitted from extended range owners to remove the 'Mech cubicles entirely (and often the AeroSpace fighter cubicles as well) and pulse weaponry, with new upgraded simply use the ''LeopardsLeopard'' now being producedas a cargo ship.
==References==