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Name: Anti-'Mech Pod
Type (Category): Weapon (Other)
Technology: Inner Sphere
Available To: BattleMechs (BM), IndustrialMechs (IM)
Reference: Tactical Operations: Advanced Units & Equipment (p. 142)
Based on the A-Pod, the Solaris-designed M-Pod was devised for use against even heavier targets, such as BattleMechs and vehicles. Its short range and one-shot capability prevented this weapon from being used in a battlefield capacity for years, keeping it in the arenas until very recently.
M-Pods function as an LB-X type Autocannon using Cluster munitions (including the –1 to-hit modifier), but with a range equivalent to a standard machine gun (1 hex for short, 2 for medium, 3 for long, and—if Extreme Range rules are used—4 for extreme). The damage capacity dramatically decreases at each range bracket, however, using the 15 column for Cluster Hits at 1 hex, the 10 column at 2 hexes and the 5 column at 3 hexes. (If Extreme Range rules are used, the M-Pod uses the 2 column for Cluster damage at a range of 4 hexes.) Unexpended M-Pods that take a critical hit explode for 5 points of damage as an ammunition explosion. Expended M-Pods can still be aff ected by a critical hit in the same way as empty ammo bins.
M-Pods mounted on airborne Airships, Fixed-Wing or Satellite vehicles have no effect in combat.
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
† Defensive Battle Value RULES LEVEL PROGRESSION TABLE
MTF Output → Weapon List:
M-Pod MTF Output → Critical Slot:
PDF Output → Critical Slot: