compiled overview of the 35ton Venom 'Mech
, from various BattleTech
novels and game sourcebooks:
During the Clan
invasion of Draconis Combine
space, large numbers of Combine 'Mech
s were destroyed in the fighting, with no chance of any salvage
to support reconstruction. As a result Coordinator Takashi Kurita
orderd a massive production effort to replace fallen units.
Nimakachi Fusion Products Ltd.
, a small manufacturer which had only produced Spider
s, was eager to profit from the circumstances. The firm's owners decided that simple expansion of the Spider
production lines would not guarantee future orders when the fighting slowed down. With an eye to future expansion, Nimakachi was eager to incorporate as much new and recovered technology as was available. The Venom
was born. The Combine military was so pleased with this design that it immediately placed an order for production of the Venom
in large numbers.
is a heavier version of the old Spider
produced on Tematagi
. It is 35 tons and uses Kallon FWL special ferro-fibrous armor
. The new design also has an extralight engine in order to keep the space available for increased firepower. The weapons featured by the design are four of the new Tronel XII medium pulse laser
Like its predecessor, the Venom
is successful because of its maneuverability. The movement capabilities of the Venom
are identical to those of the original Spider
. Since the phenomenal distances covered and the amount of control a pilot has during a jump were paramount in the original design, changes would have been counterproductive.
There are two drawback
s that could not be corrected. First, the 'Mech
s armor is light. The engineer
s are hoping that the maneuverability of this design is sufficient compensation. The Second problem, which is compounded by the first, is the extra-light design of the fusion engine
. Any reasonable penetration
into the left or right torso would more than likely penetrate the engine's shield
The first Venom
came off the production line in January 3050, and has seen limited field test
ing so far. Theodore Kurita
has seen fit to have all new designs sent to areas near the Periphery
to protect against bandit
s and for potential punitive
strikes. Several of the new 'Mech
designs have also been spotted patrolling worlds in Dieron
, near the Terran
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