Thumbing a ride to Terra one planet at a time.
Phoenix Hawk PXH-4L
Piloted By: Guy Lachermeier
Tech: Inner Sphere/3067 (Standard Rules)
Mass: 45 tons Chassis: Ceresplex IV Endo Steel
Power Plant: 270 Warner Fusion
Cruising Speed: 64.8 km/h Maximum Speed: 97.2 km/h
Jump Jets: 6 Anderson Propulsion 30 Standard Jump Jets
Jump Capacity: 180 Meters
Armor: Ceres Metal Stealth Armor
1 Martell ER Large Laser
2 Ceres Arms ER Medium Lasers
2 Sperry Browning Machine Guns
1 Apple Churchill Guardian Guardian ECM
Manufacturer: Ceres Metals Industries
Primary Factory: St. Ives
Communications System: Ceres Metals Model 686 w. Guardian ECM
Targeting and Tracking System: Apple Churchill 2000
As usual, contacting companies-especially arms manufacturers-within the Capellan Confederation proved exceptionally difficult for Vicore Industries. Only after General Motors contacted Ceres Metals on his behalf was the Capellan company willing to listen to Giovanni’s proposal.
Vicore Industries had originally planned on building the new Phoenix Hawk, but for production reasons the plan was scrapped. Instead, Giovanni pitched a bold plan that would retool the BJ-3 Production Line on St. Ives. Of course the issue of a power plant was still problematic, but it was subtly suggested that the Warner 270M power plant built by the Taurians would be suitable. After a few months of old fashioned Chinese negotiations, a deal was signed leaving both parties looking forward to doing business with one another in the future-and wondering who got the best of whom in the exchange.
The new Phoenix Hawk’s torsos were given more angles for better deflection of incoming weapons fire. The arms were redesigned to give greater protection around the shoulder and lower arm actuators. All weapons were moved to forearm mountings. The jump jets were re-engineered to protect the exhaust ports and improved air induction to help keep the jump jets cooler during operations. The most radical departure from the original design was in the head. The sensors and communication arrays were built into the cowling protecting the head. Lastly, the engineers incorporated the same style ejection system used by the Wolfhound and Hatchetman BattleMechs.
There is solid evidence that the PXH-4L currently manufactured by House Liao is identical to that seen in use by the Black Warriors, a disturbing possibility.
The other variants haven’t been confirmed as of yet. Nevertheless, it appears they will be equipped in the following manner: One variant may have a targeting computer with a large pulse laser, backed up medium pulse lasers and extended range lasers. There is a possibility of one variant using a targeting computer and mating it with an ER PPC and some medium lasers. ComStar purchased a license to produce one that would mount lasers, C3i and iNarc. There is also one planned with a new light engine. Whether these variants are actually under production or are simply unique proofs of concept are unknown at this time.
The Strategios saw the value in the new Phoenix Hawk immediately. They ordered it paired with the RVN-4L Raven in a support role. The Phoenix Hawk’s speed would allow it to keep up with the Raven, while its jump jets would add that needed measure of mobility to support the Raven in its mission. The first production run of the Phoenix Hawk was completed late in 3066. Only front-line units were authorized to order the new designs. Of those orders shipped, however, only MacCarron’s Armored Cavalry did not receive their shipment of Phoenix Hawks-those units simply disappeared.