Compiled overview of the 85 ton Black Watch 'Mech, from various BattleTech novels and game sourcebooks:

The Black Watch is the fulfillment of several dreams. The first dream was that of Cosara Weaponries (producers of the Crab), who wanted to expand their operations. The second dream was dear to the Northwind Highlanders, who have long craved the independence that Wolf’s Dragoons and the Kell Hounds enjoy in having their own private suppliers of military hardware. Finally, Captain Neil Campbell of the Royal Black Watch Company dreamed of creating a 'Mech that would symbolize the new spirit of unity in the Inner Sphere by incorporating technologies from various Successor States. The Black Watch is the result of all these dreams coming together.

The Black Watch is built around the same chassis as the SLDF's training 'Mech, the Crockett. Cosara Weaponries chose that design for its ruggedness and its jump jets; the latter an unusual feature on an assault 'Mech.

Early in the planning stages, the engineers wanted to install an extralight engine. However, that soon changed because of the extent to which an XL engine makes a 'Mech vulnerable in battle. Though XL engines weigh less than standard engines, allowing a 'Mech to carry more equipment, they are also bulky, taking up vast areas of the 'Mech's torso. Attacks that damage the torso are therefore much more likely to inflict critical damage to an XL engine than to a standard model.

When the designers were selecting weaponry for the Black Watch, the debate centered around the new 'Mech's mission. Captain Neil Campbell pushed that this 'Mech's primary goal is to act as a reminder that the Inner Sphere can and must face the Clans united. He therefore petitioned to incorporate Draconis Combine and Free Worlds League weaponry into the design. After many months of negotiation, the new Shigunga MRM-40 Launcher and C3 slave equipment from the Draconis Combine, as well as Imperator Automatic Weaponry’s new light Gauss rifle and Ultra10 autocannon from the Free Worlds League, were shipped to Northwind to be installed on the new 'Mech.

Many critics of the new design believe that its haphazard creation will be its downfall. As proof, they point out that additional shipments of weapons and equipment from the Free Worlds League and the Draconis Combine hinge upon the results of the 'Mech's initial testing.

The Black Watch is currently in the prototype stage, undergoing testing that will decide its future. However, the Clan Elders on Northwind have already stated that the first machines off the production line will go to the Royal Black Watch Company, after which they will begin to fill requests from other Northwind Highlander units.

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