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Name: Heavy Small Laser
Type (Category): Weapon (Energy)
Available To: BattleMechs
Reference: TechManual (p. 226)
According to all reliable reports, scientists from one of the Home Clans—the Star Adders—pioneered the so-called heavy laser series in the waning days of 3059. The development dramatically increased the size of the barrels, focusing crystals and power feeds of extant Clan lasers to produce a weapon system capable of delivering far greater firepower per blast. Though the heavy lasers lost much of the range advantage enjoyed by Clan ER lasers (they actually fell closer to Spheroid standard range profiles), the real innovation wasn’t so much the laser design itself as the fact that its creation broke what amounted to more than a century of technological stagnation among Kerensky’s children.
It should be noted that while Clan heavy lasers are deadly in the extreme—a Series 6A heavy medium laser can dish out the same destructive force as an Inner Sphere PartiKill PPC—all of that firepower comes with a price measured in more than just reduced range. With the increased power, interference attributed to an intentional shielding reduction around the laser emitters (as well as a noticeable “pre-charge” phase that adds a subtle firing delay with every trigger pull) plays havoc with these weapons’ accuracy.
Heavy lasers come in small, medium, and large sizes only.
Lasers may not be fired if the unit is shut down or if its pilot/crew is otherwise prevented from acting. Heavy laser attacks have a +1 to-hit modifier.
May be mounted on any available unit type in accordance with the unit’s standard construction rules.
WEAPONS AND EQUIPMENT COMBAT AND CONSTRUCTION TABLE
Additional Construction Rules
The following construction rules extend the ones previously listed and are applicable for this technology base:
May be equipped with a Laser Insulator
RULES LEVEL PROGRESSION TABLE
ALPHA STRIKE WEAPON CONVERSION TABLE
MTF Output → Weapon List:
Heavy Small Laser MTF Output → Critical Slot:
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Heavy Small Laser