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Bushwacker Medium Mech
Piloted By: Wallace “Joy Boy” Joy
Mass: 55 tons Chassis: Earthwerks GRF
Power Plant: Hermes 275 XL Cruising Speed: 54 km/h
Maximum Speed: 86.4 km/h
Jump Jets: None
Armor: Kallon Unity Weave Ferro-Fibrous
1 BlazeFire Sweetshot ER Large Laser
1 Mydron Model LB-10X Autocannon
2 Holly SRM-4
1 Surefire 444 Anti-Missile System
Manufacturer: TharHes Indsutries
Communications System: TharHes Euterpe HM-14
Targeting and Tracking System: Tharhes Ares-8a
The Bushwacker was originally a failed BattleMech designed to have a smaller forward profile to make the ‘Mech a harder target to hit. The Bushwacker’s unique design caused problems with the engine shielding, the side-effects of which manifested themselves as various gremlins in the ’Mech’s on board electronics on the prototypes fielded during the Clan Invasion. The ’Mech was redesigned after schematics for an OmniMech known as the Vulture were captured during a raid into Clan territory. Information gleaned from the schematics was used to overcome the aforementioned engine shielding problems. Finding the schematics had given the Bushwacker a second lease on life. Full production of the corrected Bushwacker began just after the Truce of Tukayyid, and the ’Mech has since become a favorite of MechWarriors in the Draconis and Capellan Marches of the Federated Suns.
The Bushwacker has a top speed of 86.4 km/h and carries nine tons of armor. What the ’Mech lacks in armor it makes up for in range, using its speed to keep enemies at arms length while using its slew of long range weaponry to slowly wear down enemies.
In an attempt to keep the enemy at as long a range as possible, the Bushwacker carries two Federated 5-Shot LRM-5 launchers. The LRM-5s give it the capability to give some indirect fire support as well as laying down minefields with specialized munitions. These are backed up by a BlazeFire Sweetshot ER Large Laser and an eighty millimeter Mydron Model B Autocannon/10, which give the ’Mech a powerful long range direct fire punch. A pair of Johnston Minigun Machine Guns are the only short range weapons carried by the ’Mech.
BSW-S2 – The S2 is a variant of the Bushwacker that makes the ’Mech more effective at short to medium ranges. The ’Mech carries an ER Large Laser to allow the ’Mech to engage an enemy at long ranges as it closes. The ’Mech carries an LB-X Autocannon/10, which can fire both standard and cluster ammunition for long to medium range engagement capabilities. For close combat, the ’Mech has two SRM-4 launchers, making it a powerful unit at any range. For added defense, the S2 carries an Anti-Missile System.