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                 BattleMech Technical Readout

Name/Model:         Leopard LPD-2D
Designer:           Rudel Gurken
Source(s):          Custom Mordel.Net Units
Technology:         Inner Sphere
Technology Rating:  E
Tonnage:            50
Configuration:      Biped BattleMech
Era/Year:           Late Succession Wars / 3045
Rules (Current):    Tournament Legal
Rules (Era):        Tournament Legal
Rules (Year):       Tournament Legal
Total Cost:         4,135,000 C-Bills
Battle Value:       1,290

Chassis:              Alshain 56-Carrier 
Power Plant:          Magna 200 
Walking Speed:        43.2 kph  
Maximum Speed:        64.8 kph  
Jump Jets:            Pitban LFT-50 
    Jump Capacity:    120 meters
Armor:                StarGuard Ferro-Fibrous
Armament:             
    1 Lord's Light 2 ER PPC
    1 Imperator Ultra AC/5
    1 Victory Heartbeat Medium Pulse Laser
Manufacturer:         Alshain Weapons
    Primary Factory:  Alshain
Communications:       Neil 2000
Targeting & Tracking: Matabushi Sentinel

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Overview:
    In the years following the discovery and distribution of the famous Gray-Death-Memory-Core
    and its data, a wave of re-engineered high tech items swept over the Inner Sphere. As soon
    as the new equipment was available plans were made to incorporate them into Alshains
    designs.
    When Kuritan scientists "reinvented" the ER-PPC and the pulse lasers first in 3037, both
    types of weapons were considered for a possible upgrade of the designs in production. While
    the medium pulse laser had been found too heavy the ER-PPC was built into both the
    Panther-10K and the Leopard -1C.
    It didn't take long for the DCMS to notice, that this weapon overtaxed the heat dissipation
    system of both Mechs easily. The new PPC's had to be stripped from the machines and the
    older standard versions were refitted again, creating a huge stockpile of ER-PPC's.
    Later this was called the "Panther upgrade debacle".
    With the first ferro fibrous armor reaching Alshain  a second "high tech variant", the
    LPD-2A, went in production. Still carrying the standard PPC this Mech featured full
    potential armor coverage.
    But it wasn't until the Combine's scientists finally accomplished what their Davion
    "colleagues" did first: re-engineering the Star League double heat sink, that Alshain could
    do a decent upgrade to the Leopard in 3045.

Capabilities:
    The LPD-2D's new heat dissipation system not only delivered a fantastic 54% rise in
    Performance but also weighed 23% less than its predecessor. This freed up enough tonnage to
    do a decent weapons upgrade.
    The new heat sinks enabled the Mech to carry the Lord's Light 2 ER-PPC without the
    overheating problems of the LPD-1C. The old Imperator A auto-cannon was dropped in favor of
    the new Imperator Ultra with double the ammunition to counter the high consumption.
    Last but not least a Victory Heartbeat pulse laser replaced the old 23R.
    In combination with the ferro fibrous armor of the LPD-2A the new weapons made the Leopard
    much more dangerous and so it managed to retake some of the long lost killer image.

Deployment:
    The upgraded variants were sent to units along the Federated Commonwealth border. The LPD-1C
    and -2A as fire-support units and the LPD-2D in medium combat lances too.

Variants:
    Besides the early -1C and -2A no further variant were built.
    Plans to incorporate an EndoSteel skeleton into the design, to gain enough tonnage to fit an
    LB10-X and a CASE in, came to a sudden end when Clan Ghost Bear attacked Alshain and the
    retreating Combine troops demolished most of the local industry to prevent it from falling
    into the enemies hands.
    So far no other factory was retooled to produce the Leopard.

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Equipment                                                             Mass                      
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Internal Structure:                          Standard                  5.00                     
Engine:                                     200 Fusion                 8.50                     
    Walking MP:                                 4                                               
    Running MP:                                 6                                               
    Jumping MP:                                 4                                               
Heat Sinks (Double):                         10 [20]                   0.00                     
Gyro:                                        Standard                  2.00                     
Cockpit:                                     Standard                  3.00                     
Armor Factor:                                  169                     9.50                     
    Type:                                 Ferro-Fibrous                                         

                                    Internal         Armor     
                                    Structure        Value     
    Head:                               3              9       
    Center Torso:                      16             25       
    Center Torso (rear):                               7       
    R/L Torso:                         12             19       
    R/L Torso (rear):                                  5       
    R/L Arm:                            8             16       
    R/L Leg:                           12             24       

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Weapons and Ammo                                       Location          Critical     Tonnage   
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Medium Pulse Laser                                        CT                1          2.00             
Jump Jet                                                  RT                1          0.50             
Jump Jet                                                  LT                1          0.50             
Ultra AC/5 (Ammo 40)                                      LT                2          2.00             
ER PPC                                                    RA                3          7.00             
Ultra AC/5                                                LA                5          9.00             
Jump Jet                                                  RL                1          0.50             
Jump Jet                                                  LL                1          0.50