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                 BattleMech Technical Readout

Name/Model:         Venom SDR-9KA
Designer:           Catalyst Game Labs
Source(s):          Record Sheets: Clan Invasion
                    Record Sheets: 3060
                    Record Sheets: 3055 Upgrades Unabridged
Technology:         Inner Sphere
Technology Rating:  E
Tonnage:            35
Configuration:      Biped BattleMech
Era/Year:           Clan Invasion / 3056
Rules (Current):    Standard
Rules (Era):        Standard
Rules (Year):       Standard
Total Cost:         6,344,910 C-Bills
Battle Value:       865

Chassis:              Standard
Power Plant:          280 XL
Walking Speed:        86.4 kph  
Maximum Speed:        129.6 kph 
Jump Jets:            Standard
    Jump Capacity:    240 meters
Armor:                Ferro-Fibrous
Armament:             
    3 Medium Pulse Lasers
Manufacturer:         Unknown
    Primary Factory:  Unknown
Communications:       Unknown
Targeting & Tracking: Unknown

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Overview:
    During the Clan invasion of Draconis Combine space, large numbers of Combine 'Mechs were
    destroyed in the fighting, with no chance of any salvage to support reconstruction. As a
    result Coordinator Takashi Kurita orderd a massive production effort to replace fallen
    units.
    
    Nimakachi Fusion Products Ltd., a small manufacturer which had only produced Spiders,
    was forced to comply.
    
    Eager to profit from the circumstances, the firm's owners decided that simple expansion
    of the Spider production lines would not guarantee future orders when the fighting slowed
    down. So a new design was sanctioned, with the limited resources available for the required
    expansion.
    
    With an eye to future expansion, Nimakachi was eager to incorporate as much new and
    recovered technology as was available from the Draconis Combine. The Venom was born. The
    Combine military was so pleased with this design that it immediately placed an order for
    production of the Venom in large numbers.

Capabilities:
    The Venom is a heavier version of the old Spider produced on Tematagi. It is 35 tons and
    uses Kallon FWL special ferro-fibrous armor. The new design also has an extralight engine,
    the Vox 280XL, in order to keep the space available for increased firepower. The weapons
    featured by the design are four of the new Tronel XII ,medium pulse lasers.
    
    The movement capabilities of the Venom are identical to those of the original Spider.
    Since the phenomenal distances covered and the amount of control a pilot has during a jump
    were paramount in the original design, changes would have been counterproductive
    
    There are two drawbacks that could not be corrected. First, the 'Mechs armor is light.
    The engineers are hoping that the movement capabilities of this design are sufficient
    compensation. The Second problem, which is compounded by the first, is the extra-light
    design of the engine. Any reasonable penetration into the left or right torso would more
    than likely penetrate the engine's shielding.
    
    Like its predecessor, the Venom is successful because of its maneuverability.
    
    The new Venom to roll off the production lines addresses the problems of the lack of
    significant armor protection. One of the medium pulse lasers were removed and in its place
    two tons of additional armor were added. This allows the Venom the protection it needed to
    be a success on the battlefield.

Deployment:
    The first Venom came off the production line in January 3050, and has seen limited field
    testing so far. Theodore Kurita has seen fit to have all new designs sent to areas near the
    Periphery to protect against bandits and for potential punitive strikes. However, several of
    the new 'Mech designs have been spotted patrolling worlds in Dieron, near the Terran
    frontier

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Equipment                                                             Mass                      
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Internal Structure:                          Standard                  3.50                     
Engine:                                       280 XL                   8.00                     
    Walking MP:                                 8                                               
    Running MP:                                 12                                              
    Jumping MP:                                 8                                               
Heat Sinks (Single):                            12                     2.00                     
Gyro:                                        Standard                  3.00                     
Cockpit:                                     Standard                  3.00                     
Armor Factor:                                   98                     5.50                     
    Type:                                 Ferro-Fibrous                                         

                                    Internal         Armor     
                                    Structure        Value     
    Head:                               3              9       
    Center Torso:                      11             14       
    Center Torso (rear):                               3       
    R/L Torso:                          8             13       
    R/L Torso (rear):                                  3       
    R/L Arm:                            6             10       
    R/L Leg:                            8             10       

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Weapons and Ammo                                       Location          Critical     Tonnage   
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4 Jump Jets                                               RT                4          2.00             
Medium Pulse Laser                                        RT                1          2.00             
4 Jump Jets                                               LT                4          2.00             
2 Medium Pulse Lasers                                     LT                2          4.00             

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Alpha Strike Statistics                                             
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Point Value (PV): 27
TP: BM,  SZ: 1,  TMM: 3,  MV: 16"j
Damage: (S) 2 / (M) 2 / (L) 0,  OV: 0
Armor (A): 3,  Structure (S): 2
Specials: ENE