compiled overview of the 25ton Dart 'Mech
, from various BattleTech
novels and game sourcebooks:
After the Commando
and the Valkyrie
were designated as the standard light BattleMech
s for the Federated Commonwealth
, several battle reports have suggested that the high amounts of ammunition aboard these 'Mech
s limits their effectiveness in tight combat situations.
Coventry Metal Works
, in an obvious PR
move, suggested a new design to the Federated Commonwealth
military for their consideration. Much to Coventry's suprise, the Office of Procurement
accepted the design and ordered immediate construction.
is a fast 'Mech
equipped with three Magna 200P Small Pulse Laser
s as its weaponry. In the fast-strike mentality that pervades the upper echelon
of the Federated Commonwealth
military, this design will be used primarily in raids on Clan
supply depots and in actions to cut off frontline Clan 'Mech
s from their supply lines. When more of the Dart 'Mech
s become available, they will also serve in scout
The three pulse lasers were chosen because of their accuracy in short-range situations. The Dart
's 3.5 tons of armor provides ample protection from small Clan 'Mech
s and Elemental
s. The 'Mech
also has a remarkable speed
of 151 kph, making it faster than any known Commando
variant in existence.
Before the Clan
invasion, standard practice for field-testing was to assign new designs to units garrison
ed along the periphery
to guard against pirate
attacks. Since the tentative peace won on Tukayyid
, most new 'Mech
s are now being tested on border worlds against the enemy for which they are intended.
Breaking with this new policy, the Federated Commonwealth
has decided to test some of their newer designs in what remains of the periphery
to maintain secrecy until their designs are perfected. The Dart
has been assigned to several light and medium Federated Commonwealth 'Mech
units, with encouraging results reported.
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