KTO-20 Kintaro Medium
Technology Base: Inner Sphere
Mass: 55 tons
Power Plant: Core Tek 275
Cruising Speed: 54 kph
Maximum Speed: 86 kph
Jump Jets: None
Jump Capacity: None
Armor: Leopard V Ferro-Fibrous
1 Magna Mk. III Large Laser
1 Holly LRM-5 Missile Rack
2 Hovertec SRM-6 Missile Racks
2 Magna Mk. II Medium Lasers
Manufacturer: General Mechanics
Primary Factory: Mars
Communications System: OmniComm 3
Targeting and Tracking System: Starbeam 3000
When ComStar took command of Terra, it inherited not only a significant
amount of military materiel, it also took charge of the system’s many
prodigious armaments factories. Though ComStar ultimately mothballed
those factories, it nonetheless sat upon the largest military stockpile
in the Inner Sphere. The Kintaro, a medium BattleMech in those
was one of the designs ComStar supplied the Draconis Combine during the
3030s. Though stripped of its advanced technology, it nonetheless proved
a valuable addition to the Combine’s rapidly expanding military, as
well as to the Com Guards and, later, the Word of Blake.
The KTO-19 Kintaro was originally designed around the Narc missile
beacon, mounting complementary short and long-range missile launchers.
When ComStar gave the ’Mechs to the Combine, ComStar technicians
stripped the Narc launcher out, replacing it with a standard large laser
from their warehouses. Supported by a pair of arm-mounted medium lasers
SRMs, the KT0-20 Kintaro has a powerful short-range punch, although it
is designed to wear down or finish off a target rather than deliver
crippling blows. Something of an afterthought, the single LRM-5 launcher
allows the ’Mech to harass opponents from range. Its real strength
comes from its mobility and hearty armor protection. A CoreTek 275
fusion engine gives
the Kintaro a maximum speed of just under 90 kph, making the ’Mech a
capable cavalry brawler. Ten full tons of ferro-fibrous armor—the bit of
lostech, along with double heat sinks, that ComStar chose not to strip
from the ’Mech—give it superior protection. Considering the ’Mech’s
typical combat profile of "get in and get out,” most Kintaro pilots
believe it is sufficient.
Both ComStar and the Word of Blake militia widely deploy the Kintaro,
having placed it in every division. Apparently, the Word of Blake
restarted production of the ’Mech on Mars several years ago and has
created a number of Level II formations solely of Kintaro variants,
giving them ideal spotters for both their fire-support formations as
well as C3i-equipped battle groups. Based on Jihad battlefield reports,
it is clear that the Word of Blake also supplied many of their
units with the Kintaro as well. The great majority of the Draconis
Combine’s Kintaros reside within the Ghost Regiments, those units that
were secretly raised during the 3030s using Com-Star-provided materiel
and manned with yakuza-trained
MechWarriors. Many also operate within the Sword of Light regiments.
ComStar and the Word of Blake both field the KTO-21 Kintaro variant that drops the LRM rack, upgrades
the lasers to ER versions and mounts both iNarc and C3i systems. This was the first ’Mech that carried both
of these high-tech advancements into battle, proving their success during the assault on the Clans and the
FedCom Civil War. The Combine fields its own Kintaro variants, the first of which removes one of the medium lasers to
make room for a C3 slave. The second drops the large laser and LRM rack
to mount jump jets, upgrades the SRM launchers to Streak versions with
CASE-protected ammunition stores, adds a third medium laser—all likewise
upgraded to ER versions—and includes an increasingly standard C3
Hardpoints of this mech along with large engine capacity let it excel as a light mech hunter.
Low Heat Sink and ammo loadout means that this mech can't sustain an intense fight for very long.
The KTO-GB "Golden Boy" Hero Mech has more weapons hardpoints than any
other Kintaro variant but suffers due to a smaller torso twist range.
Like all Hero Mechs, the Golden Boy grants a 30% C-Bill bonus.
Significant short range firepower
Low maximum engine rating compared to other Kintaro variants.
Chu-sa Rachel Sakurai: Assigned as the Combine’s military attaché to ComStar on Orestes, Chu-sa Sakurai
found herself embroiled in a rabid battle between ComStar and the Word
of Blake when the Jihad finally struck the world. Rather than allow
herself to be caught up in the fury, she focused her energies on
protecting the citizens of the world, working with local police and
Orestes militia to keep the streets safe from the roving war bands.
Twice her Kintaro has suffered crippling strikes while she was
protecting a civilian shelter, and both times she was saved at the last
minute by the
timely arrival of militia reinforcements.
Adept IV Thim Nho: The lynchpin in the Blakist Eighth Division’s
Dragon’s Teeth battalion-sized hunter-killer strike team, Adept Nho and
her comrades infiltrate enemy lines to sow their insidious seeds upon
their unsuspecting enemies. "Tagging” enemy ’Mechs with a variety of
iNarc electronics pods, they lay the groundwork for the rest of their
Level III, or even the entire
division, to come in and lay waste to a group as large as a force of
assault ’Mechs. Since the beginning of the Jihad, she and the other
members of her Level III have claimed hundreds of kill assists, marking
her as a target for many bounty hunters looking to claim the sizeable
price on her head.