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Name: Binary Laser Cannon
Type (Category): Weapon (Energy)
Technology: Inner Sphere
Available To: BattleMechs
Reference: Tactical Operations: Advanced Units & Equipment (p. 131)
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.
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.
May be mounted on any available unit type in accordance with the unit’s standard construction rules.
Inner Sphere Data
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:
Blazer Cannon MTF Output → Critical Slot:
PDF Output → Critical Slot:
Binary Laser Cannon