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General Details
Name:  Binary Laser Cannon
Type (Category):  Weapon (Energy)
Technology:  Inner Sphere
Available To:  BattleMechs
Reference:  Tactical Operations: Advanced Units & Equipment (p. 131)

Description:
A scale-up of the infantry Blazer Rifle concept, the Binary Laser (Blazer) Cannon is essentially two large laser cores combined with some redundant components removed. Though researched and prototyped several times (and by several states) during the Succession Wars, the resulting weapon was more akin to an “extra-large” laser than two arrayed lasers, with a heat load that stymied the weapon’s use and prevented its production debut. Ironically, despite the return of double heat sink technology, the Blazer has remained an experimental weapon thanks to other more effective and economical energy weapon developments, like the heavy PPC. Though currently being re-examined by several Inner Sphere laser manufacturers, the Blazer has yet to reach widespread production.

Game Rules:
The Binary Laser (Blazer) Cannon functions as a standard laser weapon in game play. Though it’s technically a twin-barrel laser, hits from a Binary Laser (Blazer) Cannon are resolved as a single hit in gameplay when determining location and critical checks. A unit firing a Binary Laser (Blazer) Cannon may not opt to fire one barrel and not the other.

Construction Rules:
May be mounted on any available unit type in accordance with the unit’s standard construction rules.
Inner Sphere Data
Prototype Date:  2812
Production Date:  3077
Extinction Date:  —
Recovery Date:  —

WEAPONS AND EQUIPMENT COMBAT AND CONSTRUCTION TABLE
Heat (Aero)
Damage (Aero)
Range (Aero)
Rating
Availability
Cost (C-bills)
Weight (Tons)
Criticals
Battle Value
Direct-Fire
Explosive
16 (16)
12 (12)
–/5/10/15 (Medium)
D
X-E-E-D
200,000
9
4
222.000

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
Start Year
End Year
Rules Level
2812
3076
Experimental
3077
Tournament Legal

ALPHA STRIKE WEAPON CONVERSION TABLE
Heat
Short
Medium
Long
Extreme
Special Abilities
16
1.2
1.2

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