Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
PHX-HK2 Phoenix Hawk LAM
PHX-HK2 Phoenix Hawk LAM (50 tons)
Chassis : Dort 100
Power Plant : Allied 250
Cruise Speed : 54.0 kph (5)
Flank Speed : 86.4 kph (8)
Jump Jets : Allied AVRTech 125
Jump Capacity : 150 m
Armor : Durallex Light (Armor Factor 128) : 8.0 tons
Head – 3/6
Center Torso – 16/23
Rear – 5
Right Torso – 12/18
Rear – 4
Left Torso – 12/18
Rear – 4
Right Arm – 8/10
Left Arm – 8/10
Right Leg – 12/15
Left Leg – 12/15
One (1) Amsterdam 120 Large Laser (RT)
Two (2) Maxum 50 Medium Lasers (RA, LA)
Two (2) Sperry/Browning MGs (RA, LA)
Ammo (MG) : 100 (CT)
Jump Jets (RT, LT)
Communications System : Hartford J25 A
Targeting & Tracking System : Hartford S2000
BattleTech Tracking Stats : – : 1/1 : n : n : n : 90 : 7 : 19 : 6 : 9 : – : n : n
Notes : 4,550,000 Cs.
Overview : Prior to the fall of the Star League many firms experimented with the Land-AirMech (LAM) concept. Allied Aerospace Inc. began two such research projects, one involving the Shadow Hawk, and the other involving the Phoenix Hawk. The Shadow Hawk tests proved to be a costly failure. The sheer size of the Mech made it too difficult to convert. In 2830, the firm abandoned these tests to concentrate on converting the more aerodynamic Phoenix Hawk.
Within two years, the LAM version of the Phoenix Hawk was completed and sold to the SLDF. At nearly twice the size of the Stinger LAM and Wasp LAM, already being marketed throughout the Inner Sphere, it was the largest LAM to see mass marketing.
The Mech is not, however, without its faults. It’s fighter landing gear never responded well, due to its bulky conversion equipment. Even a minimal amount of damage could prove fatal it it damaged and prevented the landing gear from lowering. Although some improvements were made, the problem was never fully resolved. Most Phoenix Hawk LAMs still active have this problem.
Capabilities : The sheer size of this LAM makes it stand out from those previously produced. Though manufactured in small numbers, it is still regarded as a major breakthrough in conversion technology. Unfortunately, since the fall of the Star League, and the mass bombing of the Allied facilities, this technology has since become lost.
Armed with an Amsterdam 120 Large Laser, this would seem to allow the LAM to be well protected. However, three months before the fall of the Star League, the Amsterdam series of lasers underwent a major recall due to its over-heating difficulties. As almost no lasers were replaced, most Phoenix Hawk LAMs have over-heating problems with this weapons system.
The Phoenix Hawk LAM’s support fire capabilities make it a worthy opponent in all its configurations. The Hartford S2000 T&T System is capable of coordinating all its weapons systems into a number of multi-fire options, resulting in fine firepower wherever the pilot wishes to direct it.
Finally, the Phoenix Hawk LAM is the only Land-Air Mech with armor designed to protect its actuators during the delicate conversion process. Though considered minimal, some protection is better than none.
Deployment : Of all the major Houses, House Marik has the largest concentration of Phoenix Hawk LAMs. This is because during the fall of the Star League, Marik forces discovered a major supply depot on Bordon contained the bulk of Allied AeroSpaces’s LAM Program. Although other houses strip down damaged LAMs to support functional ones, the FWL has its own storehouse of spare parts.
Until recently, Phoenix Hawk LAMs are rarely concentrated into any significant force. However, House militaries are tending to bunch the existing units together forming special forces units to strike against highly valuable enemy targets. It seems better to service them as a unit, than scatter resupply problems across each House’s territory.
Variants : The only known production variant of this LAM, is the House Marik version that replaces the Large Laser with a Holly LRM, but removes the MGs.