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General Details
Name:  Power Amplifier
Type (Category):  Equipment (Enhancer)
Technology:  Inner Sphere, Clan
Available To:  IndustrialMechs (IM)
Reference:  TechManual (p. 235)

Description:
Any unit not powered by a fission- or fusion-power plant that also carries heavy energy weapons, such as lasers and PPCs [and Plasma Weapons –EB], must mount power amplifiers in order to operate these weapons. These “amplifiers” are actually banks of capacitors that are constantly recharged by the operation of the vehicle’s engine, harnessing and converting the raw power of ICE, fuel cell and other non-fission/non-fusion power sources. Mated to the unit’s on-board weapon systems, they add roughly 10 percent to the overall mass of such energy weapons, but at a negligible increase in bulk.

It should be noted that power amplifiers are generally used for heavy weapons only—the kind typically mounted on Combat Vehicles and BattleMechs. They are not required for infantry-scale weapons, even those of the medium (support) class; the mounts for such equipment, after all, normally include an allotment of space for independent power cells.

Game Rules:
Power amplifiers are considered integral to a unit’s weapons and may not be used if the unit’s engine is shut down or its pilot/crew is incapable of acting.

Construction Rules:
May be mounted on any available unit type in accordance with the unit’s standard construction rules.
Inner Sphere Data
Prototype Date:  ES
Production Date:  ~2300
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)
– (–)
– (–)
D
B-C-B-B
*
*
0
* See rules for this equipment

RULES LEVEL PROGRESSION TABLE
Start Year
End Year
Rules Level
ES
~2299
Experimental
~2300
Standard

Clan Data
Prototype Date:  ES
Production Date:  ~2300
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)
– (–)
– (–)
D
B-C-B-B
*
*
0
* See rules for this equipment

RULES LEVEL PROGRESSION TABLE
Start Year
End Year
Rules Level
ES
~2299
Experimental
~2300
Standard