Inner Sphere, Clan
TechManual (p. 211)
Born at the same time as the concept of the ’Mech, ’Mech cockpits today vary slightly from design to design, and a bit more so from IndustrialMech to BattleMech, but their ability to control and balance walking machines weighing up to 100 tons at the whims of a single pilot makes them one of the most sophisticated command centers ever made.
BattleMech cockpits, by far the most complex, universally incorporate advanced communications, targeting and tracking systems and a neurohelmet-based balance control system. These systems combine to allow the ’Mech’s pilot—the MechWarrior—to keep his walking tank mobile and reactive in the thick of battle, even while directing the energies of a massive integral weapons system. Inner Sphere BattleMech cockpits even include special amenities for long-term use, such as sanitary facilities, a small stowage space and so on. Their Clan counterparts, which are meant for the short haul, are more cramped in comparison, but arranged with such efficiency that Clan pilots do not apparently suffer from the lack of such “luxuries.”
IndustrialMech cockpits, by comparison, are simpler than those of BattleMechs, and give more of the pilot’s decision-making ability over to the on-board computers for gross tasks. Not all of these lower-tech control centers incorporate neurohelmet technologies (and one need not be experienced to know the difference in both the look and feel of the machine’s gait that results), nor do they generally feature advanced targeting and communications systems. They do not even feature full environmental sealing, relying on vents for breathable air and ventilation, while the emergency ejection systems found standard in BattleMech cockpits are an expensive option. Beyond these differences, however, their controls are functionally identical to those of BattleMechs. This explains why some of the best ’Mech pilots in the academies are often the “farm boys” who grew up driving the family AgroMech.
Cockpits and control systems are considered structural and cannot be “deactivated” during combat through engine shutdown or pilot/crew injury.
May be mounted on any available unit type with adherence to the following construction rules:
Not allowed if Primitive is selected for the unit’s Technology Base Not allowed if Tripod is selected for the unit’s Chassis Not allowed if unit is greater than 100 tons