compiled overview of the 30ton UrbanMech 'Mech
, from various BattleTech
novels and game sourcebooks:
Called upon to produce an effective light 'Mech
for city fighting, Orguss Industries
replied with the UrbanMech
. Cheap to produce but potent in its assigned duties, the 'Mech
was manufactured in large quantities. Many have survived into the present era. Now common in city garrison
s and defense units, the UrbanMech
continues as an effective battle weapon.
The Imperator-B autocannon
is the UrbanMech
's primary weapon. With its low heat buildup and reliable design, the weapon suited the UrbanMech
's hit and run
fighting style. The light laser
that supports the Imperator is only marginally effective, but is useful in persuading hostile infantry
to keep their heads down.
was used by the Star League
to suppress urban guerrillas and hostile light 'Mech
s in heavily populated areas. With its comparatively heavy armor, the 'Mech
could withstand combat with others of similar or higher tonnage. Though not intended to engage in slugging match
es with Marauder
s or Crusader
s, the UrbanMech
often found itself facing off against such vastly superior opponents in the thick of city fighting.
Standard tactics consisted of an UrbanMech lance
splitting up into individual units that used buildings as cover for sniping at enemies. Then the units would fall back to regroup along the next line of defense.
Though the UrbanMech
's low speed handicap
ped it, the confining spaces of Star League
cities also reduced the mobility of other, heavier 'Mech
s. The UrbanMech
's Durallex medium armor
provides considerable protection, and its low, stocky profile
help protect it from enemy fire.
In the present era, House Liao
maintains a relatively large number of UrbanMech
s, deploying them in the fortified cities along its frontiers, where they have encountered both Davion
During a recent border clash, several regiment
s of the Marik's Regulan Hussars
were sent on a parts raid against Liao
storehouses on Carver V
, where the city of Fort Lyons
held a sizeable stock of 'Mech
components that were defended by the urban defense regiments of the Chesterton Reserves
, including several UrbanMech
s. Commanding Fort Lyons' defense, Regimental Colonel Teresa Keed
deployed her UrbanMech
s as the city's first line of defense. The UrbanMech
's confronted a Marik Marauder
company as it moved into the city.
Supported by smaller armored vehicles and infantry
, the Liao UrbanMech
s used classic tactics, engaging the Marauder
s with pop-up fire, then vanishing among the buildings. The Marik Marauder
s wound up with a major fight on their hands, and the assault bogged down as they stopped to engage the Liao defender
s. The Marik attackers eventually pushed the Liao forces back, but sustained losses that greatly lessened their effectiveness. When Liao reserves finally arrived, the Marik Marauder
s were forced to withdraw with only a fraction of the booty
they had anticipated.
Another recent example illustrates the UrbanMech
's weaknesses. When a Bandit raid on Angell II
defenders by surprise, garrison
commander Major Alan Roberts
was forced to deploy the Marik Militia's UrbanMech
s in open country to stave off the Bandits' attacks. Though the Marik
pilots fought bravely, the Bandit 'Mech
s blasted them to pieces with concentrated long range missile
fire. Roberts took a severe reprimand
for this misuse of his UrbanMech
s, but he did not have many other options as commander of an urban defense unit lacking heavy 'Mech
support. The defense may have been doomed to failure, but Major Roberts was able to buy enough time so that civilians and key Marik
officials were able to escape before the Bandits could take them.
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