Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
Pegasus Scout Hover Tank
Common Scout Tank
Pegasus Scout Hover Tank (35 tons)
Power Plant : GM 105 ICE
Cruise Speed : 86.0 kph (8)
Flank Speed : 129.4 kph (12)
Armor : ProtecTech 6 (Armor Factor 104) : 6.5 tons
Front – 21
Right Side – 19
Left Side – 19
Rear – 19
Turret – 21
Two (2) StarStreak Heavy SRM-6 Racks (Turret)
Ammo (SRM) : 15 (Body)
One (1) Diverse Optics Type 2 Medium Laser (Front)
Cargo (Body) : (0.5 tons)
Communications System : Exeter LongScan w/ ReconLock (also w/ TransBoost)
Targeting and Tracking System : Salamander Systems CommPhase Unit
Manufacturer : Hellespont Industrials, Sian (Capellan Commonwealth); Exeter Organization, Keystone (Free World’s League); Scarborough Manufacturers, Al’Nair (Draconis Combine); Valiant Systems, Johnsondale (Federated Suns).
Note : Cost = 842,000 Cs. Due to the Pegasus’ advanced sensor suite, it has the ability to scan 30 kms (60 map-boards) away from itself.
Early Pegasus Model
Overview : The Pegasus first made its appearance as an inexpensive recon unit during the First Succession War, when that vicious conflict forced recon Mechs to be redirected to front-line duty. The Pegasus is unusual among scout vehicles, for the breadth of its user base. Unlike the numerous nation-specific designs, the Pegasus is used by virtually every major military organization. This proliferation is due to a successful and widespread licensing deal between the original manufacturer, the Exeter Organization, and Red Devil Industries of Pandora, in which they traded the license to build the reliable Defiance B3M laser (and quite a bit of money) for the license to build the Pegasus. The illegal copies produced by Hellespont Industries of Sian also keep the Pegasus plentiful.
Capabilities : Often described as a “Harasser on steroids”, the Pegasus carries much of the same armament in the form of a pair of turret-mounted SRM 6 racks as its main offensive weaponry. In its front, is a single mdium laser that, though inefficient for its weight class on an ICE turbine, allows the Pegasus a defensive point weapon to deploy behind enemy lines for extended periods of time.
The Pegasus is a reasonably well armored hover tank for its size, with six-and-one-half tons of ProtecTech armor on its frame. Though crews are trained to avoid enemy contact as much as possible, the armor is sufficient to get the tank out of serious firefights. Unless hiding from enemy patrols, the Pegasus moves at a respectable top speed of nearly 130 kph.
The main feature of the Pegasus, however, is not its armaments, but its electronics suite. The targetting system allows the computer to scan and select targets that are the easiest to hit, automatically firing off its laser and missiles unless the human gunner overrides. Among the closest thing to an AI to be found in this era since the Amaris Civil War, this electronics suite represents the pinnacle of computer tech available to most military vehicles.
Unlike most other reconnaissance units, the Pegasus has no capability to communicate with units in orbit or further away. Units must purchase and install a set of additional Exeter-built transmitters, known as TransBoost, for such capabilites. This tight-beam microwave system allows secure, long-range communications. Many customers complained of the need to purchase additional electronics packages to give the vehicle the same capabilities commonly found in most scout units, and Exeter marketing is examining the possibility of automatically installing this component in future builds (for a nominal fee, of course).
Deployment : Exeter has tried numerous times to get a cease-and-desist order served to Hellespont Industries on Sian for their unlicensed production of the tank, but the Chancellors of House Liao have consistently blocked diplomatic missives and court actions alike. Hellespont sells the vehicle to the Capellan Confederation at cut rates (with TransBoost), which explains the blatant protectionism given by a realm in desperate need of any and all military equipment.
Red Devil’s production line continues to operate at full capacity, however it suffers from a lack of maintenance and the age of its facility is beginning to take its toll. Their jury-rigged factory still manages to keep up with production demands, however.
Scarborough Manufacturing of Al Na’ir also produces a version of the Pegasus, though it lacks any sophisticated electronics – Exeter refused to provide their licensing in protest of Scarborough’s continued avoidance of FWL import taxes.
Variants : Most Pegasi are modified according to the crew’s tastes, often expanding the internal compartments for increased comfort or stripping-out weaponry for better sensors. A few crews remove the medium laser and extra heat sinks for more missiles, but these remain rare.