Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
Close Escort and Interceptor
TR-7 Thrush (25 tons)
Power Plant : Rawlings 250
Cruise Speed : 120.4 kph (12)
Flank Speed : 194.9 kph (18)
Heat Sinks – 10
Armor : StarShield (Armor Factor 24) : 1.5 tons
Nose – 7
Right Wing – 6
Left Wing – 6
Aft – 5
Armament : 3 Kajuka Type 2 “Bright Blossom” Medium Lasers (Nose, RW, LW)
Manufacturer : Mujika AeroSpace Technologies, St. Ives, Capellan Confederation
Communicationms System : Endicott Type 22 Maser
Targeting & Tracking System : Dwyerson Mark XI
Overview : Originally developed by Mujika AeroSpace in 2798, the fighter’s advanced Type 12 airframe allowed the fighter to withstand the severe acceleration forces inflicted on it by its Rawlings 250 power plant. Efficient and deadly, the Capellan Confederation found the craft to be an outstanding escort and interceptor, and quickly ramped up production to phase out its more ancient light fighters. It remained in general service with the Confederation until the creation of the St. Ives Compact. The Thrush is very popular among pilots for its excellent maneuverability, although many regret the craft’s relative lack of firepower and armor compared to the heavier interceptors in common use.
Capabilities : As on of the most agile fighters deployed among the Successor States , the Thrush is capable of outrunning anything it can’t outgun. Armed with three Kajuka Type 2 lasers, the Thrush is capable of causing substantial damage to hostile light fighters, and heavier, less maneuverable fighters often find themselves defeated by the swifter craft unless they have rear-firing weaponry. For all its impressive capabilities, the craft’s dominance is severely restricted, as even the lightest weaponry and individual missile strikes can result in substantial damage to the internal components of the vessel.
An additional drawback for the Thrush is its tendency to enter uncontrolled spins during atmospheric operations. Pilots usually regain control over the craft swiftly, but the time lost during this effort often allows their prey to shake pursuit. F-10 Cheetah pilots in particular have learned to use this effect, leading pursuing Thrushes in and out of the atmosphere as much as possible, sniping during moments of uncontrolled flight. It is widely presumed that the spins are a consequence of the craft’s circular wing design, which also plagues the Combine’s own Sholagar.
Deployment : The Thrush remains one of the most common fighters in the Capellan Confederation’s arsenal. The Capellan’s do not currently seem to have any plansto find a replacement for the Thrush. The Compact has swelled the ranks of its AeroSpace Fighter formations with the capable Thrush and often exports excess production to any interested buyers, House and mercenary alke, which has resulted in the fighter appearing in small numbers across the Inner Sphere.
Variants : There are no known official variants of the TR-7 Thrush.