New Terran Hegemony Heavy Mech Shown Off
The CPLT-C1 - A Catapult for the 26th Century
Hollis Incorporated, Corey, 2561:
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The Terran Hegemony got a new member today, but it isnâ€™t a system, nor even a planet â€“ the CPLT-C1 Catapult was shown to a select audience as Hollis Incorporatedâ€™s winning bid for the three year fire support â€™Mech contract. Weighing in at 65 tons, this heavy â€™Mech boasts a pair of Holly LRM-15â€™s, four Martell Medium Lasers, 10 tons of Duralex Heavy armour, Anderson Propulsion 21 Jumpjets for a maximum jump distance of 120 meters, and a Magna 260 engine allowing a speed of 64.8 km/h.
Tests began with a trio of Catapults firing upon a Lance of light â€™Mech targets 500 meters away. Within a few quick salvos the light â€™Mechs had been reduced to flames and twisted metal. A second test showed a single Catapult jump-jetting from hill to hill, showcasing its agility.
Skeptics, however, are unconvinced the purchase was a wise one. â€œJa itâ€™s got jump jets, but sixty-four kilometers is too slow for a â€™Mech like this.â€ Said one visitor from Tharkad. â€œYou always hear claims that â€˜oh itâ€™s not going to need to be faster, itâ€™s a support â€™Mech!â€™ Ja well when youâ€™re in ze cockpit of one and itâ€™s your neck on the line, suddenly zat low speed becomes a concern quite fast. However, ve have been shown these Catapults are capable of destroying a lance of Light, un-moving â€™Mechs. I can certainly see why speed was not ze focus.â€ Ending with a chuckle he stated: â€œI guess it can still outrun ze hover tanks!â€ A nearby representative from Marik overheard this and supported the opinion: â€œSaying this thing can sit at the back and fire is all fine and good â€“ until a lance of Commandos breaks through the front lines. What then? Become so much borscht thatâ€™s what. Stationary targets just shows how good they are on a parade ground, a gift for byrokrati. Give me a real â€™Mech with a good mix of speed and firepower any day.â€
There was support for the new â€™Mech, however, from Sianese visitors who stated: â€œIt is foolish to build all â€™Mechs for all situations. If you build something that is unspecialised, it will be mediocre at all things.â€ A delegate from Luthien gave similar praise: â€œWith so focussed a tool, a man could do great things. There is an elegance to its usage. I foresee a bright future for this machine.â€
Time will tell who was right with their assertions, but for now it is clear that the purchase of this â€™Mech by the Terran Hegemony has caused quite a stir among the dignitaries invited to view it.