Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
AER-9 Laser Rifle
The AER-9 is actually not the top laser rifle in service in the Succession Wars The model line went up to the state-of-the-art AER-12, which saw service in a handful of specialty units, primarily Special Forces of minor planetary governments. The reason that the AER-9 is much more commonly encountered, is that it is much sturdier and more reliable than the models that have followed.
Equipment Rating : C-B-B
AP/BD : 4E/4
Range : 60/205/465/1100
Shots : 5 PPS
Cost/Reload : 1250/-
AFF : -
Mass/Reload : 5 kgs/-
Notes : Weapon uses standard battery packs for ammunition.
The AER-9 features a titanium housed crystal array which proves able to withstand long years of exposure to the elements much better than the gold alloy housing of the later models. As a result, the crystal arrays stayed focused within operating parameters, rather than falling completely out of focus like the AER-12. Power is drawn from traditional military-grade battery packs and processed through a wave/particle diverter manufactured by General Atomics International. The diverters are protected by a carbon-fiber housing, preventing frequent malfunction, but when a diverter fails, the weapon becomes unusable.
As with all energy weapons, the AER-9 can suffer from poor performance if not properly maintained. The crystal arrays and non-mechanical components are delicate and if not properly serviced can lead to a loss of beam intensity, overheating, and energy regulation failure.
Originally designed by General Atomics International, the laser rifle’s simplicity lent it to being copied and licensed across the Davion Outback and beyond. It is manufactured under fairly simple industrial conditions, and considered a staple of pirate forces and planetary militias alike. The weapon is ubiquitous in almost all respects.