Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
COM-2D Commando (25 tons)
Chassis : Coventry Metal Works
Power Plant : GM 150
Cruise Speed : 64.3 kph (6)
Flank Speed : 97.8 kph (9)
Jump Jets : none
Jump Capacity : None
Heat Sinks : 10
Armor : Lexington Limited (Armor Factor 64) : 4.0 tons
Head – 3/6
Center Torso – 8/8
Rear – 4
Right Torso – 6/6
Rear – 3
Left Torso – 6/6
Rear – 3
Right Arm – 4/6
Left Arm – 4/6
Right Leg – 6/8
Left Leg – 6/8
One (1) Shannon Six-Shooter Missile Pack (CT)
Ammo (SRM) : 15 (LT)
One (1) Coventry 4-Tube Missile System (RA)
Ammo (SRM) : 25 (RT)
One (1) Defiance B3M Medium Laser (LA)
Manufacturer : Coventry Metal Works, Coventry (Lyran Commonwealth)
Communications System : TharHes Crystal Flower RG-2
Targeting & Tracking System : TharHes Star Shark
Notes : -
BattleTech Tracking Stats : – : 3/5 : y : n : y : 360 : 7 : 29 : 5 : 8 : +1 : n : n
Overview : Looking to compete against the popular Wasp and Stinger designs, Coventry Metal Works (then known as Coventry Defense Conglomerate) designed and began producing the Commando, a slightly heavier scout that could easily handle any other reconnaissance units it may encounter or disrupt an ambush with sheer firepower. The Lyran Commonwealth was impressed and commissioned the Commando into service in 2486 for its exclusive use, employing whatever diplomatic and bureaucratic tool it possessed to keep the design out of foreign hands.
The current Commando is much different from the original. The original design employed a large laser mounted in its right arm, instead of the current missile rack, but poorly insulated systems broke down its actuators in the arm, resulting in actuator failures even during tests. Many pilots of the COM-2D often try to rebuild the original, to judge its effectiveness in combat.
Capabilities : A short-range brawler, the Commando mounts a fearsome punch for its size that can rock even the largest Mechs. This firepower is achieved through a pair of short-range missile packs resulting in a total of ten tubes. Backed by an arm-mounted medium laser, this armament was frightening when it was introduced and remains a substantial threat, particularly among Mechs of its own weight class. However, its failure is the lack of ammunition tonnage, meaning that within minutes of combat, the Mech might be forced to rely on only its medium laser.
Over its centuries of service, several minor flaws have been noticed. Its four tons of armor are typical of a light Mech, it can prove the fatal flaw when a pilot gets above their weight class. Its lack of jump jets exacerbates this vulnerability, as in heavy terrain the vehicle has trouble disengaging from a larger Mech. Pilots must remember the purpose of the vehicle, and avoid situations where its weaknesses are brought to the fore.
Deployment : The Commando was popular among scout forces in the Lyran Commonwealth, even though it lacked the jump capability of other common designs. Lyrans often deployed them in pairs, allowing them to pin-down heavier weight units and shred their armor. Against the Draconis Combine’s Panther, however, these hunter-killer groups were often torn apart at long range and rarely stand against them.
Lyrans remain methodical in Commando deployment of their COM-3A variant, too. Though perennially popular with those units specializing in ambushes and hunting other lighter units, the COM-3A’s very limited ammunition leaves it handicapped in all but the quickest skirmishes.
Variants : Lyrans take very few Commando variants seriously. The most common variant with any sort of official support is designated the 3A. The COM-3A Commando replaces armor for a flamer and enlarges the arm-mounted short-range missile rack. Only a single ton supplies both launchers.
Despite their mixed results in the past, the original 1D variant has maintained a regular, if low-profile, existence throughout the Commando’s history. With only three tons of armor and just the torso missile rack backing the large laser, the heat generated has made this design unpopular with many MechWarriors.