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Name: Watchdog CEWS
Type (Category): Equipment (Other)
Available To: BattleMechs
Reference: Tactical Operations (p. 278)
Description not provided
Game rules not provided
May be mounted on any available unit type in accordance with the unit’s standard construction rules.
WEAPONS AND EQUIPMENT COMBAT AND CONSTRUCTION TABLE
* See rules for this equipment † Defensive Battle Value
RULES LEVEL PROGRESSION TABLE
ALPHA STRIKE WEAPON CONVERSION TABLE
Special Unit Abilities
Electronic Countermeasures, Light Active Probe, Recon, Watchdog Composite EW System
The special unit abilities described here are intended for use with the Alpha Strike rule system:
Electronic Countermeasures (ECM)
In Alpha Strike, an ECM suite’s area of effect covers a 12-inch radius from the unit that has this special ability. Electronics (including active probes and C3 computers) used by units friendly to the ECM-equipped unit will not be affected by this item, nor will an ECM suite affect other scanning and targeting devices (such as basic or advanced fire control, or TAG). Against hostile electronics, ECM has the following effects:
ECM vs. Active Probes, Drones, Narc, and iNarc Systems: Active probes, drones, and the Narc/iNarc systems are all covered in the Optional Rules chapter, and will detail the effects of ECM against those systems.
ECM vs. C3 Networks: ECM disrupts most enemy C3 networks, preventing their function depending upon the type of C3 network. If a C3 master unit is isolated from the network because it ventures inside the ECM bubble, the C3 master’s entire network is effectively shut off and loses C3 abilities. If the LOS between the C3 master unit and one or more of the units in its network passes through a hostile ECM radius, only those networked units “cut off” from the C3 master will lose the benefits of C3.
If a C3i-equipped unit is caught within the ECM bubble, or draws its LOS to all partner C3i units through an ECM bubble, only that unit is isolated from the network and loses all C3i abilities.
Light Active Probe (LPRB)
Light active probes function in the same way as standard active probes, but only have an effective range of 12”. As with standard probes, light probes automatically confer the Recon (RCN) special ability upon their users, and enable them to detect hidden units, identify incoming sensor blips, or discover the capabilities of unknown hostile units that fall within this range.
Hostile ECM systems, including Angel ECM (AECM) and standard ECM (ECM) will overwhelm the light active probe’s abilities.
The recon ability works in conjunction with the Mobile Headquarters (MHQ#) ability.
Watchdog Composite EW System (WAT)
MTF Output → Critical Slot:
A unit with this special ability possesses the Watchdog Composite Electronic Warfare System. For purposes of Alpha Strike, it is treated as if it has both the ECM and Light Active Probe (LPRB) special abilities.
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