Classic BattleTech Battle Armor Technical Readout

Type/Model: Tornado (Human Sphere)
Tech: Inner Sphere / 2905
Chassis Type: Humanoid
Weight Class: PA(L)/Exoskeleton (0 - 400 kg)
Rules: Level 2, Standard design / CBT Rules
Ground Speed: 10.8 km/h
Armor Type: Basic Stealth
R&D Start Date: 2892
Prototype Design and Production: 2903
Standard Production: 2905
Manufacturer:    (Unknown)
   Location:    (Unknown)


         Based on the Star League's form-fitting Nighthawk, the G12 "Tornado" was one of a series of PA(L) suits developed in the late 29th Century as part of ComStar's efforts to maintain their military edge. The Tornado utilizes an optical camouflage system in addition to IR and ECM suppression equipment. Like all ComStar and Star league PA(L) suits, the expensive Tornado was intended for special-forces operations, employed initially by ROM, and later of course by the Word of Blake before and during the Jihad.


         Originally, each suit was custom-fitted to its wearer, fitting like a second skin and complementing their physical actions, allowing them to strike harder and faster than un-augmented troops while avoiding the encumbrance of full BattleArmor. However, the custom-made nature of the suits made them almost unusable by any but the designated wearer without major adjustment. ComStar performed heavy design work on the Tornados after the Jihad, implementing a series of systems similar to that used by the Void BattleArmor. These made the Tornado capable of being worn by anyone, and allowed ComStar to begin mass producing the suit. Still, troopers must work hard to maintain their physical condition so as to gain the full benefit of the G12 system. The built-in HUD system provides the wearer with information on the suit's status and the battlefield (including magnification and low-light enhancement gear) though some troopers choose to wear the suit without its helmet, forsaking protection and electronic aids in exchange for unimpeded hearing and vision. The suit can likewise be worn without its integral armored gloves, increasing manual dexterity at the expense of protection. However, a trooper wearing G12 armor can operate most conventional weapons while fully suited.


         ComStar employed its PA(L) suits numerous times in the 30th and 31st centuries but the first open use of the Tornado came during the Word of Blake operation to seize Terra from their "schismatic" ComStar brethren. The combination of stealth and power allowed Blakist special-forces troops to seize elements of the Terran SDS in advance of the main landings, overpowering the regular infantry guarding the facilities and saving the invasion force from grievous damage at the hands of the laser and missile systems. The Word also used them against the Allied Mercenary Command before the Jihad began, and against the Star League after the war started. ComStar later used their Tornados to capture the Titan yards, providing them protection against vacuum exposure and booby traps left behind by the Word, and to infiltrate Terra disguised as falling wreckage of the Blake fleet. They have since been used in many "sensitive" missions by ComStar, though few of those missions are public. What we can say is that they are deployed everywhere ComStar goes, and protect ComStar interests with unflagging attention.

Type/Model: Tornado (Human Sphere)
Equipment:   Slots Mass, kg
Chassis Type: PA(L) Class Humanoid 0 80
Motive System: Ground Movement (1 MP) 0 0
Armor Type: 2 Points Basic Stealth 3 110
   Left Arm: Armored Glove 0 0
   Right Arm: Armored Glove 0 0

Weapons and Equipment: Loc Shots Slots Mass, kg
Camo System Body      2 200
TOTALS:     5 390
Slots & Mass Left: 1 10

Calculated Factors:
Total Cost: 429,000 C-Bills, Including Trooper Training Costs of 150,000 C-bills
Battle Value: 8 (32 for 4)
Cost per BV: 34,875 (without Trooper Training costs)
Weapon Value: 2 (Ratio=.25)
Mechanized: Can travel on OmniMechs and OmniVehicles
Attacks: Can perform Swarm and Leg attacks
BattleForce2: Class: IB,   MP: 1,   Armor/Structure: 1 / 0
    Damage PB/M/L: -/-/-,   Overheat: 0
    Point Value: 0,   Specials: mec, car4
CBT:RPG Data: Armor Value (M/B/E/X): 4/5/6/5,   Coverage: Full
  IR: +6,   ECM: +6,   Camo: +4
  Melee AP: 0,   Target Size Modifier: 0
  Movement Modifiers: Walking: 0, Running: 0, Sprinting: 0
  Attribute Modifiers:   STR: 0,   DEX: 0,   RFL: 0
  Equipment Rating: E/E/F

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