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Grand Crusader GRN-D-01
BattleMech Technical Readout

Type/Model: Grand Crusader GRN-D-01
Tech: Inner Sphere / 3058
Config: Biped BattleMech
Rules: Level 2, Standard design
   
Mass: 80 tons
Chassis: Crucis-ES Endo Steel
Power Plant: 240 Hermes XL Fusion
Walking Speed: 32.4 km/h
Maximum Speed: 54.0 km/h
Jump Jets: None
   Jump Capacity: 0 meters
Armor Type: Maximillian 45 Standard
Armament:
1 LFN Lindblad Shotgun Anti-Missile System
2 Tronel PPL-20 Large Pulse Lasers
2 Holly LRM 20s w/ Artemis IV
2 Intek Medium Pulse Lasers
Manufacturer:    Gibson Federated BattleMechs
   Location:    Gibson / FWL (GFBM)
Communications System:    O/P COMNET 210A
Targeting & Tracking System: Garret A99 w. Artemis IV Interface


Overview:

       When Precentor Martial Arian assumed command of the Word of Blake Militia in 3052, his forces were in sorry shape. Initially. ComStar had not protested when dissident ComGuard MechWarriors took their equipment when they left their ranks. Later, stricter guidelines enforced by the Com Guards virtually cut off the flow of defecting BattleMechs from the Guards to the Word of Blake. A few Level lI units defected as a group, but the battered condition of their 'Mechs and other equipment after the fighting on Tukayyid ensured that the Word of Blake inherited more troubles than solutions.
       Precentor Martial Arian commissioned several 'Mech designs to replenish his militia's ranks. He negotiated a contract with Gibson Federated BattleMech Works to construct the new 'Mechs, promising that the Word of Blake would underwrite production costs and allow the designs to be sold on the open market. Gibson Federated agreed.

Capabilities:

       Though called Grand Crusader, this BattleMech bears little resemblance to the traditional Crusader 'Mech. Precentor Blane christened the 'Mech from a passage of Jerome Blake's works that states, "... those who fight to preserve technology and knowledge are the grandest crusaders of all."
       The Grand Crusader's massive, barrel chested profile harkens back to old designs such as the Awesome and the Mackie. This image is enhanced by the large smokestack like pylons rising from the 'Mech's back. Although these devices contribute to the Grand Crusader's steam age appearance, they are actually sophisticated sensor arrays that are tied into the Artemis IV fire control system.
       Mounting two Tronel large pulse lasers, twin Holly LRM-20 packs and a sophisticated Artemis IV fire control system, the Grand Crusader can cripple its opposition at long range. However, the 'Mech's double heat sinks cannot cope with the heat generated by firing all these weapons.
       For defense, the Grand Crusader mounts a Lindblad anti-missile defense system on a pivot point on top of the cockpit. Blind spots on the sides of the 'Mech's lower legs and its rear pose a problem in using the Lindblad to repel Elemental attacks; however, the Word of Blake has no intention of sending its Grand Crusaders against the Clans for many years, allowing plenty of time to correct this oversight.

Variants:

       The only known variation of the Grand Crusader, the GRN-D-02, provides only long range fire support. This variant lacks the anti-missile system and carries two LRM-5 missile packs in place of the original design's medium pulse lasers.

Deployment

       The Grand Crusader arrived in the Word of Blake's First Division in the late fall of 3053. In subsequent years, the Word of Blake Militia has continued to bolster its divisions with this exceptional new assault 'Mech.


Type/Model: Grand Crusader GRN-D-01
Mass: 80 tons
Equipment:   Crits Mass
Internal Structure: 122 pts Endo Steel 14 4.00
   (Endo Steel Loc: 4 LA, 6 RA, 2 LL, 2 RL)
Engine: 240 XL 12 6.00
   Walking MP: 3    
   Running MP: 5    
   Jumping MP: 0    
Heat Sinks: 10 Double [20] 3 .00
   (Heat Sink Loc: 1 LA)
Gyro:   4 3.00
Cockpit, Life Support, Sensors: 5 3.00
Actuators: L: Sh+UA, R: Sh+UA 12 .00
Armor Factor: 247 pts Standard 0 15.50

    Internal Armor
    Structure Value
  Head: 3 9
  Center Torso: 25 35
  Center Torso (Rear):   15
  L/R Side Torso: 17 24/24
  L/R Side Torso (Rear):   10/10
  L/R Arm: 13 26/26
  L/R Leg: 17 34/34

Weapons & Equipment: Loc Heat Ammo Crits Mass
1 Anti-Missile System HD 1 24 3 2.50
   (Ammo Loc: 2 CT)
1 Large Pulse Laser RA 10   2 7.00
1 Large Pulse Laser LA 10   2 7.00
1 LRM 20 w/ Artemis IV RT 6 36 12 17.00
   (Ammo Loc: 3 LT, 3 RT)
1 LRM 20 w/ Artemis IV LT 6   6 11.00
1 Medium Pulse Laser RA 4   1 2.00
1 Medium Pulse Laser LA 4   1 2.00
TOTALS:   41   77 80.00
Crits & Tons Left:       1 .00

Calculated Factors:
Total Cost: 15,550,200 C-Bills
Battle Value: 1,197
Cost per BV: 12,990.98
Weapon Value: 1,611 / 1,486 (Ratio = 1.35 / 1.24)
Damage Factors:    SRDmg = 19; MRDmg = 22; LRDmg = 13
BattleForce2: MP: 3,   Armor/Structure: 6/3
    Damage PB/M/L: 4/3/2,   Overheat: 3
    Class: MA,   Point Value: 12
    Specials: if

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