Difference between revisions of "Leopard"

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| Tech Base = [[Inner Sphere]]
 
| Tech Base = [[Inner Sphere]]
 
| Introduced = 2537
 
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| Mass = 1,900 tons
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| Length = 66m
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| Length = 66
 
| Drive System = [[Star League]] V84
 
| Drive System = [[Star League]] V84
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* 3x [[LRM-20]]s
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| Armor = Standard
 
| Armor = Standard
 
| Crew = 9
 
| Crew = 9

Revision as of 16:08, 20 November 2008

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Leopard (obsolete)
Production information
Manufacturer various
Use 'Mech Carrier
Type Aerodyne
Tech Base Inner Sphere
Technical specifications
Mass 1,900 tons
Structural Integrity
Length 66 meters
Width meters
Height meters
Drive System Star League V84
Safe Thrust
Max Thrust
Fuel (tons)
Fuel (days)
Armament * 2x PPCs
Armor Standard
Crew 9
Heat Sinks 80 (single)
BV (1.0) 2,579



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 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.

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 PPCs, five Large Lasers, and seven Medium Lasers give it more than enough combat capability when its munitions run out.

Cargo

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 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.

Typical refits or modifications include a tank carrier version capable of carrying 12 vehicles. It is also not unknown for Leopard owners to remove the 'Mech cubicles entirely (and often the AeroSpace fighter cubicles as well) and simply use the Leopard as a cargo ship.

Upon the resurgence of technology, the Leopard benefitted from extended range and pulse weaponry, with new upgraded Leopards now being produced.

References