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                 BattleMech Technical Readout

Name/Model:         Black Knight BL-8b-KNT
Designer:           Alisa Wolfstein
Source(s):          Custom Mordel.Net Units
Technology:         Inner Sphere
Technology Rating:  E
Tonnage:            75
Configuration:      Biped BattleMech
Era/Year:           Republic / 3086
Rules (Current):    Advanced
Rules (Era):        Advanced
Rules (Year):       Advanced
Total Cost:         20,996,500 C-Bills
Battle Value:       1,869

Structure:            Endo Steel
Power Plant:          300 XL
Walking Speed:        43.2 kph  
Maximum Speed:        64.8 kph  [86.4 kph]
Jump Jets:            None
    Jump Capacity:    None
Armor:                Standard
Armament:             
    2 ER PPCs
    3 Large Pulse Lasers
Manufacturer:         Unknown
    Primary Factory:  Unknown
Communications:       Unknown
Targeting & Tracking: Unknown

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Overview:
    For those not so able with heat management, Cyclops Incorporated created the BL-8b-KNT, a
    slight variant of the original which sacrifices both Coolant Pods for a 16th Double Heat
    Sink. This is done through the swap of the XL Gyro for a Small Cockpit. The design change
    has upsides and downsides. The cramped cockpit makes it more difficult to pilot the new
    'Mech and has a frailer Life Support System, while the lack of Coolant Pods means the 'Mech
    can no longer reliably Alpha Strike (it will almost certainly shut down when firing all
    weapons). However, it no longer gains heat while moving and firing one of its weapon groups
    (which are the dual ER PPCs or trio of Large Pulse Lasers). Furthermore, the standard Gyro
    is less vunerable to damage, and during the process of facilitating the change the armour
    was able to be increased by half a ton. In most cases, which design is better is usually
    down to the skill of the pilot and personal preference. Both have sold in equal numbers
    since the -8b's line reached full production capacity shortly after the end of the Jihad era
    in 3088 (both are produced at equal rates). Production of the -8b began in late 3085, with
    the first sale being in mid 3086.

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Equipment                                                             Mass                      
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Internal Structure:                         Endo Steel                 4.00                     
Engine:                                       300 XL                   9.50                     
    Walking MP:                                 4                                               
    Running MP:                               6 [8]                                             
    Jumping MP:                                 0                                               
Heat Sinks (Double):                         16 [32]                   6.00                     
Gyro:                                        Standard                  3.00                     
Cockpit:                                      Small                    2.00                     
Armor Factor:                                  231                    14.50                     
    Type:                                    Standard                                           

                                    Internal         Armor     
                                    Structure        Value     
    Head:                               3              9       
    Center Torso:                      23             38       
    Center Torso (rear):                               8       
    R/L Torso:                         16             26       
    R/L Torso (rear):                                  6       
    R/L Arm:                           12             24       
    R/L Leg:                           16             32       

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Weapons and Ammo                                       Location          Critical     Tonnage   
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Supercharger                                              CT                1          1.00             
ER PPC                                                    RT                3          7.00             
Large Pulse Laser                                         RT                2          7.00             
ER PPC                                                    LT                3          7.00             
Large Pulse Laser                                         LT                2          7.00             
Large Pulse Laser                                         RA                2          7.00