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kaliban

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Gazelle Light recon VTOL
« on: 09 December 2020, 00:07:09 »
A very light 4ton helicopter, useful for recon and as a spotter for LRMs and other indirect fire weapons for less than 50,000 c-bills

Speed of 23/35 (you can cross 2 entire maps per turn!) carrying a Recon Camera that can be used not only for recon but also as a spotter with a low-tech TAG.

No wasted tonnage with armor: it is very hard to hit target and it is anyway too small to carry any useful amount of armor

Battle value is only 18pts but it can be a valuable addition to your combat forces!




Gazelle
3025 IS V.T.O.L.

Original:  https://battletech.rpg.hu/mechfactory_frame.php?call=displayvehicle&id=103162

Source: My Own Custom /
Type/Model: Gazelle
Tech: Inner Sphere / 3025
Config: V.T.O.L.
Rules: Level 3, Advanced design

Mass: 4 tons
Chassis: Standard
Power Plant: 45 I.C.E.
Cruise Speed: 248,4 km/h
Flank Speed: 378,0 km/h
Jump Jets: none
Armor Type:  none!!!
Armament: 1 Recon Camera


 
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Type/Model:  Gazelle
Mass: 4 tons

Equipment:                                 Crits    Mass
Int. Struct.:   5 pts Standard               0      0,50
Engine:         45 I.C.E.                       0      2,00
   Cruise MP:   23
   Flank MP:    35
   Jumping MP:   0
Heat Sinks:      0 Single                     0      0,00
Cockpit & Controls:                           0      0,50
Crew:1                                            0      0,00
Rotor Equipment: Main/Tail Rotors            0      0,40
Armor Factor:    0 Standard                  0      0,00

                          Internal    Armor
                          Structure   Value
   Front:                     1          0
   Left/Right Side:     1/1        0/0
   Rear:                      1          0
   Rotor:                     1          0

Weapons and Equipment    Loc  Heat  Ammo   Crits     Mass
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1 Recon Camera           Front    0           1      0,50
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TOTALS:                           0           1      0,50

Calculated Factors
Total Cost:        48.733 C-Bill
Battle Value (BV1):2
Battle Value (BV2):18   


Variants:  with a lighter engine and 15/23 speed, you free one ton of cargo space (or 1.5ton without the Recon Camera). Armed versions can remove the Recon Camera and have 2 MGs and 1/2 ton of ammo and become high-speed infantry killers.

Sabelkatten

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Re: Gazelle Light recon VTOL
« Reply #1 on: 09 December 2020, 10:43:42 »
You could also drop it to 3 tons for 25/38 speed...

Col Toda

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Re: Gazelle Light recon VTOL
« Reply #2 on: 13 December 2020, 09:22:45 »
Do not think it would ever be fielded by anyone . It is very fragile too small for a second crewman so recon camera may have a  penalty.  Lastly you are putting an expensive trained person that actually costs more in tiime and money to train and replace than the hardware you have him fly . That is against every principle in Battletech ever had . Even a Savannah master does not do that .

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Re: Gazelle Light recon VTOL
« Reply #3 on: 13 December 2020, 11:23:50 »
The silly part is that it's so fast you don't really need much piloting skill. No need to flank! All you need is a so-so gunnery skill to use the camera.

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Re: Gazelle Light recon VTOL
« Reply #4 on: 13 December 2020, 11:42:56 »
I'll take a few hundred.  Dedicated recon platforms that are hard to hit are USEFUL.
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kaliban

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Re: Gazelle Light recon VTOL
« Reply #5 on: 16 December 2020, 19:42:04 »
The silly part is that it's so fast you don't really need much piloting skill. No need to flank! All you need is a so-so gunnery skill to use the camera.

flying above ground you don't have much other consequences - just remember to not maneuver close to the map edges.

This is mainly a recon asset and using the recon camera as a low-tech TAG is secondary capability. For only 18 BVs and 50k cbills you can field dozens of them to compensate any lack of firing accuracy. And it so hard to hit that it probably does not worth the ammo cost to kill it

You can also use it to spot for artillery and stay beyond firing range.