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Name: ProtoMech Cockpit
Type (Category): Cockpit (Core)
Reference: TechManual (p. 211)
It is a given that Clan military technology tends to run smaller and lighter in almost all aspects, but even a Clan BattleMech’s cockpit—while snugly designed—masses as much as its Inner Sphere counterpart. The ProtoMech cockpit, on the other hand, represents the pinnacle of compactness. Weighing a mere 500 kilograms, which includes enough space for life support, a seat and the pilot, what allows the Clans to make the Proto’s cockpit so small is the fact that even the most basic controls have been integrated with the pilot’s implanted Enhanced Imaging neuro-technology. More sophisticated, invasive and dangerous than neurohelmets, EI technology is not presently being duplicated by any Inner Sphere power, and the various Inner Sphere nations are facing none of the resource crunch that spawned the creation of these machines to begin with. As a result, the claustrophobic, wired-cocoon ProtoMech cockpit remains a piece of hardware exclusively maintained by the Clans.
Cockpits and control systems are considered structural and cannot be “deactivated” during combat through engine shutdown or pilot/crew injury.
Clan Data (ProtoMechs)
WEAPONS AND EQUIPMENT COMBAT AND CONSTRUCTION TABLE
|Prototype Date: ||~3055|
|Production Date: ||3060|
|Extinction Date: ||—|
|Recovery Date: ||—|
RULES LEVEL PROGRESSION TABLE