Tuesday, September 20, 2011
"Red" Reviews: Commando CMD-7S
Name: Commando CMD-7S
Mech Class: Light
Weight: 25 Tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Lyran Alliance (House Steiner)
All, Commando Challenge Mech
The Commando was commissioned in 2463 to be built by Coventry Metal Works (then known as Coventry Defense Conglomerate) as the Lyran Commonwealth's first reconnaissance BattleMech, but it is also used for close-range support due to its firepower. It carries four tons of armor, but against anything other than other light 'Mechs the difference in the amount of armor is negligible.
It is often claimed that the Commando was designed as a competitor with both the popular Wasp and Stinger light 'Mechs, but these were in fact only developed some years later (in 2471 and 2479, respectively).
The Commando is mainly in Lyran use, while the COM-2D is also produced in the Taurian Concordat and the Marian Hegemony deploys the COM-4H.
COM-7S - This update of the Commando is built on an Endo Steel chassis and uses a Light Fusion engine. The 'Mech carries two Streak SRM-2 launchers, an SRM-4 with an Artemis IV Fire Control System, and two ER Medium Lasers.
Quite the generous gift from Archon Katrina Steiner, over a dozen of the Commando 7S chassis's.
Solid design for 25 tons. More firepower than should logically come from a light mech. Armor is OK, Lyran Light Engine makes the mech a little more fragile than your average light mech. The lack of Jump jets hurts the design, but really wouldn't be a commando if it was jumping around.
The mechwarrior that can hit while not being hit will walk away as champion of the Commando Challenge.
Rating: 4 of 10