Land Air 'Mechs or LAMs are machines intended to fill the gap between the traditional Aerospace Fighters and the landlocked Battlemechs. Aerospace Fighters fill attack, interception and air dominance roles that are staple assets for militaries for the last 700 years. Battlemechs, on the otherhand, dominate the land with superior firepower and agility. To combine both designs represent difficult technical challenges as such, compromises are necessary in order to meet the requirements.
Aerospace Fighters are streamlined in order to produce lift. They employ advanced alloys throughout the airframe that enables it to withstand not only tremendous air resistance and airpressure but also hazards from the vacuum of space. They can sortie and cover vast distances because of their speed. Thanks to these machines, the battlefield became three dimensional. They are, however, not without compromises. Weight needs to be taken into consideration such that they lack thick armors that Battlemechs enjoy.
What Battlemechs lack, on the other hand, make up for munitions and ordnance that no other field asset could offer. Though relatively newer compare to fighters, they brought land warfare to new heights. They could traverse deeper into the battlefield but could not deploy as fast as Fighters.
The potential of LAMs will not necessarily surpass both roles but offer versatility. Objectives and requirements must be realistic enough to ensure the success of the program.
- Battlemechs are not capable of flight
- Weight, Space and Loadout needs to be balanced
- Aerospace Fighters are not well armored
- Adding moving parts takes up space and Weight
- Less fixed parts are less structurally stable in intense flight regimes
- LAMs must be able to fly and take off vertically from difficult terrain
- LAMs must be able to reach atleast M=1.2 in flight
- LAMs must not be more than 30 tons
- LAM wing loading must not exceed 450 kg/m2
- LAMs must be able to transition from Aerospace Fighter to Battlemech and vice versa
- LAMs must be structurally stable up to 5G's
- LAMs must be able to engage land and air targets effectively