Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
Regular Forces AeroFighter; The Boomerang
SL-17 Shilone (65 tons)
Chassis : Wakazashi III
Power Plant : Shinobi 260
Cruise Speed : 64.0 kph (6)
Flank Speed : 97.1 kph (9)
Heat Sinks – 20
Armor : Naketsu Aerowave Standard (Armor Factor 184) : 11.5 tons
Nose – 60
Right Wing – 44
Left Wing – 44
Aft – 36
1 Shigunga Long Range Missile 20-Rack (Nose)
Ammo (LRM) : 12 (Body)
1 Diverse Optics Type 10 Large Laser (Nose)
2 Diverse Optics Type 20 Medium Lasers (RW, LW)
1 NCK “Thornbush” Short Range Missile Four-Rack (Rear)
Ammo (SRM) : 25 (Body)
Manufacturer : Wakazashi Enterprises, Chatham, Draconis Combine
Communicationms System : Duoteck 100
Targeting & Tracking System : RCA Instatrac Mark XI
Overview : The SL-17 Shilone is the primary medium fighter of the Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery (or DCMS). Produced by Wakazashi Enterprises, since the fall of the Star League, the Shilone is a large, well-armed and -armored fighter that has earned the respect of the Dragon’s enemies through slid performance and reliable service. Called “The Boomerang” by its pilots, the Shilone is a fighter whose pilots are proud to fly it, as it just keeps coming back from flight missions.
Capabilities : Despite its capabilities and the fact that its mass approaches that of a heavy fighter, the Shilone is classified as a medium fighter craft. The nose-mounted Shigunga LRM rack and Diverse Optics Type 10 large laser give the fighter real punch at range, while at shorter ranges the wing-mounted Diverse Optics Type 20 medium lasers increase the striking power of the Shilone’s forward-mounted weapons. To the rear, the Shilone ca fire its NCK “Thornbush” short-range missile rack to keep opponents at a distance.
Common tactics for Shilone squadrons involve all the Shilone’s targeting their long-range missiles on one target as they close. Against other AeroSpace Fighters, this tactic is only somewhat effective, but against large targets like DropShips or orbital habitats, its is devastating. The Shilones that follow that up with precision fire from their Type 10 lasers, making a combined assault that few enemies can – or have – stood up to.
Deployment : The Shilone’s first combat deployment was the infamous assault on Kentares IV during the First Succession War. It was the unexpected presence and firepower of the Shilones in the orbital assault force that allowed the Combine invaders to pierce the orbital screen and land troops. Since then, the Shilone has taken part in nearly every major aerospace action the Combine has ever fought.
Variants : Only one variant of the Shilone was ever produced, a striker version that replaces the Shigunga batterywith a pair of AC/2s and a ton of ammunition. Although the damage potential of the Shilone is drastically reduced with this variant, the shock value of striking an enemy at extreme range is a powerful force multiplier.