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Name:  Artemis IV FCS
Type (Category):  Equipment (Enhancer)
Technology:  Inner Sphere, Clan
Available To:  BattleMechs (BM), IndustrialMechs (IM)
Reference:  TechManual (p. 206)

Description:
In an effort to enhance the accuracy and lethality of standard missile racks, the first Star League developed the Artemis IV fire-control system. Mounted in a dome near the enhanced launcher, the Artemis was in essence an infrared laser designator, target lock mechanism and tight-beam microwave transmitter thatótogether with specialized missile control systemsóhelped to focus the spread of all missile volleys so enhanced. Though not as foolproof as the Streak system (as a consequence of design philosophy), the Artemis IVís constant course-correction data stream rendered standard short- and long-range missile launchers even more lethal in combat with an average increase of roughly 35 percent in the number of missiles per volley that hit the target.

The Artemis is a jealous electronics system by nature; its compatibility is solely focused on standard LRM and SRM launch systems and their one-shot varieties, and requires that all such systems on a given chassis be similarly equipped. Even then, the launchers receive the targeting benefits only when using Artemis-equipped munitions. (The launchers may also fire standard missiles, but the Artemis has no impact on accuracy.) Other targeting enhancements like the Streak system, Narc beacons or even modern special munitions do not benefit from the use of Artemis IV, though most may still be fired by an Artemis-equipped launcher. While this hardware restriction may seem an inconvenience, in practice it can simplify the munitions needs of a given combat unit by encouraging the use of only one type of missile load in the field.

Interestingly enough, the Clan version of the Artemis performs exactly the same as those produced in the Inner Sphere in terms of tonnage, compactness and battlefield accuracy. The Artemis IV used by the Clan-made Series XXXII Multitrack system is identical in all such aspects to, say, the one used with IMB Systemís RCA Instatrac XIII.

Game Rules:
Add +2 to the die roll when rolling on the Cluster Hits Table for attacks by standard LRM/SRM launchers, as well as MML launchers, using this system and firing Artemis-equipped missiles.

Special Munitions: Artemis IV cannot be used with Streak SRM or Narc missile beacon munitions. It can be used with any other kind of special munitions, but those munitions do not gain any benefits from the Artemis IV. The system may be used with one-shot (OS) missile packs.

Ammunition: If the launcher is loaded with normal ammo, it can still be used but functions as a normal launcher.

Critical Hits: If the Artemis system assigned to a specific launcher is destroyed, the missile launcher can still be fired as a normal launcher.

LRM Indirect Fire: The Artemis system has no effect on LRM missiles fired indirectly.

Construction Rules:
May be mounted on any available unit type in accordance with the unitís standard construction rules.
Inner Sphere Data
Prototype Date:  —
Production Date:  2598
Extinction Date:  2855
Recovery Date:  3035

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
0 (0)
– (–)
– (–)
E
E-F-D-C
100,000
1
1*
*
* See rules for this equipment

Additional Construction Rules
The following construction rules extend the ones previously listed and are applicable for this technology base:
 Must be placed within the same location as the weapon or equipment it modifies

RULES LEVEL PROGRESSION TABLE
Start Year
End Year
Rules Level
2598
2854
Standard
3035
Standard

MTF Output → Critical Slot:  ISArtemisIV
PDF Output → Critical Slot:  Artemis IV FCS
Clan Data
Prototype Date:  ~2816
Production Date:  2818
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
0 (0)
– (–)
– (–)
F
E-F-D-C
100,000
1
1*
*
* See rules for this equipment

Additional Construction Rules
The following construction rules extend the ones previously listed and are applicable for this technology base:
 Must be placed within the same location as the weapon or equipment it modifies

RULES LEVEL PROGRESSION TABLE
Start Year
End Year
Rules Level
~2816
2817
Experimental
2818
Standard

MTF Output → Critical Slot:  CLArtemisIV
PDF Output → Critical Slot:  Artemis IV FCS