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Weapon & Equipment Information
General Details
Name:  PPC (Prototype)
Type (Category):  Weapon (Energy)
Technology:  Primitive, Inner Sphere
Available To:  BattleMechs (BM), IndustrialMechs (IM)
Reference:  Interstellar Operations (p. 118)

Description:
The energy-based equivalent of the Gauss rifle, the particle projector cannon (PPC for short) is one of the most powerful non-ballistic weapons ever devised for the modern battlefield. Consisting of a magnetic accelerator, firing high-energy proton or ion bolts, PPCs can flay armor through kinetic and thermal damage. While popular belief may hold that PPCs are an electromagnetic weapon, itís worth mentioning that even though most PPC bolts look like a flash of manmade lightning, the actual electrical component of a PPC attack is little more than an intense burst of static.

Game Rules:
PPCs may not be fired if the unit is shut down or if its pilot/crew is otherwise prevented from acting.

Construction Rules:
May be mounted on any available unit type in accordance with the unitís standard construction rules.
Primitive/Inner Sphere Data
Prototype Date:  ~2440
Production Date:  —
Extinction Date:  2470
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
15 (15)
10 (10)
3/6/12/18 (Medium)
D
C-C-C-C
200,000
7
3
176.000

Additional Construction Rules
The following construction rules extend the ones previously listed and are applicable for this technology base:
 May be equipped with a PPC Capacitor

RULES LEVEL PROGRESSION TABLE
Start Year
End Year
Rules Level
~2440
2469
Experimental

ALPHA STRIKE WEAPON CONVERSION TABLE
Heat
Short
Medium
Long
Extreme
Special Abilities
15
0.75/0.563 *
1/0.75 *
1/0.75 *
* The value left of the slash indicates the weaponís damage when employed without a PPC Capcitor; the value right of the slash indicates the weaponís damage when equipped with a PPC Capacitor

MTF Output → Weapon List:  PPCp
MTF Output → Critical Slot:  PPCp
PDF Output → Critical Slot:  PPC-P