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                 BattleMech Technical Readout

Name/Model:         Red Shift RDS-2B
Designer:           Catalyst Game Labs
Source(s):          Record Sheets: 3067 Unabridged
                    Record Sheets: 3067
Technology:         Inner Sphere
Technology Rating:  E
Tonnage:            20
Configuration:      Biped BattleMech
Era/Year:           Civil War / 3063
Rules (Current):    Standard
Rules (Era):        Standard
Rules (Year):       Standard
Total Cost:         2,942,400 C-Bills
Battle Value:       555

Chassis:              Endo Steel
Power Plant:          180 XL
Walking Speed:        97.2 kph  
Maximum Speed:        151.2 kph 
Jump Jets:            None
    Jump Capacity:    None
Armor:                Ferro-Fibrous
Armament:             
    2 Medium Pulse Lasers
Manufacturer:         Unknown
    Primary Factory:  Unknown
Communications:       Unknown
Targeting & Tracking: Unknown with Beagle Active Probe

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Overview:
    One of an amazing number of new designs being fielded by the Word of Blake, the Red Shift is
    manufactured by Leopard Armor, a Terran company that formerly produced vehicles for ComStar.
    When the Word of Blake took Terra, Leopard Armor simply shifted their contract and even
    began producing an old design again for the Militia, the Padilla Heavy Artillery Tank. The
    Red Shift is the company¬?s first foray into BattleMech production, quite a challenge for
    the veteran company.
    
    The Leopard Armor design team¬?s stated goal was to produce a light, fast BattleMech to
    spot for and help protect Padillas, as such a combination was highly effective during the
    era of the first Star League. The key to such a ¬?Mech was clearly the TAG system, the most
    accurate method of targeting for the Arrow IV artillery system mounted on the Padilla.
    Knowing this, the designers built the ¬?Mech around the TAG, using an extralight engine and
    an endo-steel frame to provide maximum speed. A Guardian ECM system was included to protect
    both the Red Shift and its companion artillery vehicles, as well as maximum possible armor
    to help ensure survivability.

Capabilities:
    Though the TAG system is the keystone of the Red Shift, it is not its only weapon; to
    underestimate the diminutive ¬?Mech would be a mistake. Able to reach a top speed of just
    over 150 kilometers per hour, many tracking systems have trouble targeting the Red Shift
    once it gets moving. Those that do hit it have to blast through armor protection that is
    quite strong for a ¬?Mech its size. The Guardian ECM system protects it from systems such as
    the Artemis IV and C3 networks as well.
    
    In addition to the TAG, the Red Shift carries two medium pulse lasers. The accuracy of
    these lasers is very helpful when other speedy ¬?Mechs are encountered, and the Red Shift
    has proven quite successful at destroying both a variety of light ¬?Mechs and even some
    mediums.

Deployment:
    The Red Shift has been sent to every division of the Word of Blake Militia, usually assigned
    to units containing Padilla Heavy Artillery Tanks or another ¬?Mech or vehicle mounting the
    Arrow IV system. In some cases, they have been sent to missile-heavy units, as the Word of
    Blake has access to the Free Worlds League¬?s Semi-guided warhead technology.
    
    
    
    Variants
    
    
    
    A more dedicated scouting variant of the Red Shift replaces the Guardian ECM with a
    Beagle Active Probe. Roughly two out of every five Red Shifts produced are of this variant,
    which are being used to replace aging Mongooses.

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Equipment                                                             Mass                      
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Internal Structure:                         Endo Steel                 1.00                     
Engine:                                       180 XL                   3.50                     
    Walking MP:                                 9                                               
    Running MP:                                 14                                              
    Jumping MP:                                 0                                               
Heat Sinks (Double):                         10 [20]                   0.00                     
Gyro:                                        Standard                  2.00                     
Cockpit:                                     Standard                  3.00                     
Armor Factor:                                   69                     4.00                     
    Type:                                 Ferro-Fibrous                                         

                                    Internal         Armor     
                                    Structure        Value     
    Head:                               3              9       
    Center Torso:                       6              9       
    Center Torso (rear):                               3       
    R/L Torso:                          5              8       
    R/L Torso (rear):                                  2       
    R/L Arm:                            3              6       
    R/L Leg:                            4              8       

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Weapons and Ammo                                       Location          Critical     Tonnage   
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TAG                                                       H                 1          1.00             
Beagle Active Probe                                       CT                2          1.50             
Medium Pulse Laser                                        RA                1          2.00             
Medium Pulse Laser                                        LA                1          2.00             

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Alpha Strike Statistics                                             
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Point Value (PV): 25
TP: BM,  SZ: 1,  TMM: 3,  MV: 18"
Damage: (S) 2 / (M) 2 / (L) 0,  OV: 0
Armor (A): 2,  Structure (S): 1
Specials: ENE, PRB, RCN, TAG