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Name: Improved Heavy Small Laser
Type (Category): Weapon (Energy)
Available To: BattleMechs
Reference: Tactical Operations (p. 321)
While the ER Pulse Laser project was apparently not well supported among the Clans, the success of the Star Adders’ heavy laser spurred many Clans to seek a remedy for that weapon’s targeting shortcomings. Concerned about the sensor-disrupting and health-endangering radiation emissions of these weapons, but unwilling to compromise on their sheer destructive power, Clan engineers focused on the weakly shielded “plasma lasing mechanism” that generated so much trouble.
Though simpler solutions included additional shielding, Clan Goliath Scorpion reportedly hit upon a more elegant solution meshing limited shielding with a modified plasma lasing chemistry. The only drawback was the more powerful capacitors needed to power these weapons, which are prone to Gauss-like explosions if damaged in combat.
Improved Heavy Lasers do not suffer the usual +1 to-hit modifier associated with standard Heavy Lasers. In addition, when an Improved Heavy Laser takes a critical hit, it explodes in the same manner as a Gauss Rifle, but with a damage value equal to half the Improved Heavy Laser’s damage. (For instance, an Improved Small Heavy Laser will explode for 3 points [6 damage ÷ 2 = 3], while an Improved Heavy Large Laser will explode for 8 points [16 ÷ 2 = 8].)
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:
Improved Heavy Small Laser MTF Output → Critical Slot:
PDF Output → Critical Slot:
Improved Heavy Small Laser