compiled overview of the 20ton Fireball 'Mech
, from various BattleTech
novels and game sourcebooks:
While trying to formulate a strategy to counter the onslaught of the Clans
, the Federated Commonwealth
commanders held a series of talks with the designers at the New Avalon Institute of Science
. The outcome of the discussions was a decision to build a light BattleMech
that could support heavier units when they suddenly encountered Clan Elemental
s in combat. The Federated Commonwealth
commissioned the ALM-7D Fireball
soon after these debates and immediately dedicated some of the Corean Enterprises
assembly lines on New Avalon
to the new design.
Of the several designs submitted to the Federated Commonwealth
Review Board, the 7D was the most promising. Because Clan Elementals swarm
onto the battlefield in large numbers, the design called for a quick vehicle that could sustain a high fire rate for an extended period of combat time. The 'Mech
was armed with a Hovertec Streak SRM-2 Pod
and a Lindblad machine gun
, both supplied with substantial ammunition. These weapons seemed well-suited to opposing Elemental
s, but the feature that most caught the eye of the review board was its speed
The ALM-7D can run up to 184kph
even without the dangerous MASC
equipment. With a good gunner commanding the 'Mech
, the machine could race
across the battlefield supporting several heavier units.
To meet the needs of these combat conditions, the engineers incorporated the Corean B-Tech targeting and tracking system
in the internal components, a system that had proven its effectivenaess in recent years. This system was also chosen because a substantial number was available at the New Avalon
manufacturing site, thus eliminating lengthy delays for transporting components from other worlds.
The Federated Commonwealth
plans to test the performance of the ALM-7D in front-line
situations where veteran
units will pit their expertise against the Clans
. The new design will most likely be assigned to hot young piots
because the Fireball
's capabilities suit the individual
ity of many newer MechWarrior
s. The F-C High Command hopes that piloting a Fireball
will help the rookie
s mature more quickly than they would in a heavier line 'Mech
that has to submit to a more coordinated battle strategy.
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