Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
STG-A1 Stinger LAM
Reconnaisance and Raid Land-Air Mech
STG-A1 Stinger LAM (30 tons)
Chassis : LexaTech 300
Power Plant : GM 180
Cruise Speed : 64.2 kph (6)
Flank Speed : 97.6 kph (9)
Jump Jets : GM ATO 100
Jump Capacity : 180 m
Armor : Riese-100 (Armor Factor 80) : 5.0 tons
Head – 3/9
Center Torso – 10/12
Rear – 3
Right Torso – 7/9
Rear – 3
Left Torso – 7/9
Rear – 3
Right Arm – 5/6
Left Arm – 5/6
Right Leg – 7/10
Left Leg – 7/10
1 Raker-IV Medium Pulse Laser (RT)
2 Raker-II Small Pulse Lasers (RA, LA)
Jump Jets (RT, LT)
Communicationms System : O/P 900
Targeting & Tracking System : O/P LAMTrack 45
BattleTech Tracking Stats : – : 1/1 : n : n : n : 90 : 6 : 19 : 5 : 8 : – : y : n
Notes : None
Overview : After the boondoggle of the Shadow Hawk LAM, SLDF procurement officers were understandably reticent about new Land-Air BattleMechs. It was clear that bimodal designs were too limited for anything but the most specialized combat roles, the exact opposite of the LAM concept. All that changed when LexaTech Industries perfected tri-modal (what became known as “Standard”) Land-Air Mech conversion equipment in 2688 with their hyper-advanced Stinger LAM. This sleek, powerful design – which managed to improve on nearly every aspect of its parent BattleMech while maintaining the same ground movement profile – took the military world by storm. It was almost as if the Mackie had been immediately followed by the Pillager, so great was the technological leap.
Capabilities : The Stinger LAM, like its later contemporaries, gained ten tons over the original chassis, but put this extra space and mass into excellent use. This new LAM lost no ground speed or jump range over the basic Stinger and gained extra armor protection. The weapons payload was heavily upgraded as well, with pulse lasers replacing the standard machine guns and laser. Ten double-strength heat sinks provided more than enough cooling for the array.
The end result was an extremely flexible and well-rounded light BattleMech, with the added advantage of being a capable light AeroSpcae Fighter as well. The amazingly maneuverable AirMech mode was just icing on the cake.
Deployment : The Star League Defense Force was thrilled with the Stinger LAM and ordered thousands of the design, though LexiTech could only deliver about two hundred before the Mark II STG-A5 replaced the STG-A1. While the A1 remained the provenance of the Terran Hegemony’s Royal Divisions, the A5 spread to all corners of the Inner Sphere and Periphery.
The Stinger LAM received its baptism of fire early in 2690 when rumors reached the Hegemony command of a nuclear weapons plant in Terra’s own Oort Cloud. Fearing that Periphery seccessionists were planning a terrorist strike, the SLDF scrambled a hasty attack force of Stinger LAMs and a quartet of new Wasp LAMs. With the Stingers providing aerospace superiority, the Wasps crppled the factory with their Arrow IV ATGMs. The assault went better than anyone could have expected, with every LAM returning unscathed.
Variants : Interestingly, the most common variant of the Stinger LAM – the STG-A5 – was actually being designed when the SLDF put out the call for the Mark II models. While the A1 was a fine machine, it was also expensive, and LexaTech wanted to expand their production to more than just what the SLDF Royal Divisions would procure. The STG-A5 replaced its pulse lasers with a larger array of standard medium lasers and downgraded its heat sinks to standard heat versions. The SLDF wasn’t very pleased with the downgraded version, but the A5 was still a capable fast scout, and limited exposure to advanced weapons technology, to the rest of the Inner Sphere. One further variant, the STG-A10 replaced the arm-mounted medium lasers with a pair of small lasers; a version popular in the Draconis Combine.
LexaTech also drew up plans for an even more advanced Stinger LAM, built with a larger XL engine, ferro-fibrous armor, endo steel frame, and improved weapons loads and armor, but they were unable to reconcile the limitations of a Land-Air BattleMech chassis with the bulky new, though lighter-weight equipment. In recent years, some have suggested using a composite structure along with jump jets. However, since no militaries or manufacturers are seriously interested in reviving LAM production, the ideas remain theoretical.