compiled overview of the 20ton Hornet 'Mech
, from various BattleTech
novels and game sourcebooks:
The Hornet is a light 'Mech designed in the 2990s for urban reconnaissance
. The earliest models were used on Davion
border worlds to hunt down subversives
before demonstrations could get out of hand. This lightly armed but (for a recon 'Mech) heavily armored machine is good for little else.
The Federated Suns
' government had ordered far fewer Hornet
s since the advent of the Fourth Succession War
. Jaime Wolf
, meanwhile has always deployed the Hornet
in greater numbers than did House Davion
, applying his legendary tactical brilliance
to finding legitimate combat uses for the Hornet
s in his light and recon lance
was one of the first 'Mech
s to use recovered technology
in the hope of improving its performance. The modifications were made at the high-security Kallon BattleMech Factory
on the planet Talon
in the Wernke system
. The HNT-171 model shown has appeared in limited numbers in Federated Commonwealth
units, mostly in the Sarna March
, apparently as part of a field test. Wolf's Dragoons
may be using a different model, but ComStar
has been unable to confirm that.
The Federated Commonwealth
version is far more effective than the old HNT-151. It incorporates the lighter endo steel
construction, combined with ferro-fibrous armor
and Cellular Ammunition Storage Equipment
. The 171 model carries half a ton less armor than the 151, but has virtually the same amount of external protection
and significantly more protection against an ammunition explosion.
The HNT-151's MainFire Point Defense anti-missile system
gives the Hornet
better defense against enemy missiles at the cost of an ineffectively small laser
. It remains to be seen, however, whether the improved Hornet
will prove more valuable on the battlefield than its predecessor.
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