Production information Manufacturer: Corean Enterprises, Kali Yama Weapons Industries, Irian BattleMechs Unlimited Introduced: 2780 Model: TBT-5N Class: Medium Cost: 4,293,500 C-bills
Technical specifications Mass: 50 tons Chassis: Corean Model 9C Armor: Starshield Engine: Magna 250 Communications System: Corean Transband-J9 Speed: 86.4 km/h Jump Jets: None Armament :
The Trebuchet (also jovially referred to as the Trenchbucket) is a
mainline medium weight BattleMech considered to be a fine blend of long-
and short-range fire support for a unit of its size. Unlike many other
pre-Clan 'Mechs the Trebuchet was designed from the beginning to work as
part of a lance instead of functioning as a standalone model. The
TBT-5N features respectable firepower, ten heat sinks, seven and a half
tons of armor and a top speed of 86.4 km/h for good mobility. The main
drawback of the design is its endurance: since it was never meant to
operate far from supply lines the Trebuchet has a limited amount of
munitions for its missile launchers and once these ammunition bins have
run dry the 'Mech must defend itself with only its laser weapons. As
well the Trebuchet is outgunned compared to other 'Mechs when fighting
independently at close range.
The Trebuchet first walked off assembly lines in 2780 for the SLDF in
the final years of the Star League, between the liberation of Terra from
Stefan Amaris and Aleksandr Kerensky's departure. With the onset of the
Succession Wars the Trebuchet would become an almost exclusive staple
of the Free Worlds League since its manufacturing site on Stewart fell
within their territory. However the original TBT-3C models proved to be
too difficult to repair and produce with the disappearance of advanced
technology, and in 2799 Corean Enterprises went back to the drawing
board to create the TBT-5N using older, mass-producible technology.
The FWLM often partnered the Trebuchet with the Archer, while lances
consisting of an Archer, two Trebuchets and a Centurion became a common
configuration used for siege operations and by the Regulan Hussars.
However the design also found its way into the hands of the other Great
Houses and served with distinction during the Succession Wars in nearly
every major operation, with a number of variants created to fulfill
various needs. The technological renaissance which swept through the
Inner Sphere during the 3030s allowed first Kali Yama and then the Irian
corporations to begin producing the Trebuchet as well, culminating in
upgraded designs debuting several years prior to the Clan Invasion. As
late as 3071 advanced Trebuchet variants would continue to be produced
and found themselves used by new actors on the galactic stage, most
notoriously the Word of Blake.
The primary weapons on the Trebuchet are a pair of Zeus LRM-15 launchers
in its right torso and left arm. One ton of ammo per launcher allows it
to "soften up" an opponent, though not truly cripple them, at ranges
where they cannot return fire. Backing these up for close range work is a
trio of Magna Mk II Medium Lasers, two in its right arm and one in its
left, which provide the Trebuchet with firepower when the LRM ammunition
has been depleted. These also discourages lighter 'Mechs from
attempting to intercept it, and the ten heat sinks allows the 'Mech to
fire these continuously when traveling at a cruising speed of 54 km/h.
The Trebuchet is also proficient as a brawler, though its physical blows
lack the same weight as heavier 'Mechs.
Better torso pitch and twist range than most 'Mechs
Above average top speed
All energy hardpoints located in the arms making aiming them easier
Most of its firepower is concentrated on its right side
The TBT-5J trades away a single LRM 15 for Jump Jets. This allows the
Trebuchet to reach prime long range fire positions easily and the
ability to escape tight situations.
Can mount Jump Jets
All Energy Hardpoints mounted in the arms
Above average speed for a medium 'Mech
Most of its firepower is concentrated on the right side of the 'Mech
The TBT-3C is the original Star League model. Two LRM 15s are equipped
with Artemis IV FCS, giving the 'Mech increased accuracy. Ammunition is
also double relative to the later -5N design. An additional Medium Laser
increases its ability to continue in the fight once the LRMs run dry.
The advanced technologies used in the design were lost after the fall of
the Star League and the onset of the Succession Wars which resulted in
the downgraded -5N design being produced.
Possesses better torso pitch range than either the Hunchback or Centurion
Ties the Centurion CN9-D for the second fastest Medium 'Mech available after the Cicada Medium Series 'Mechs.
Energy and Missile Hardpoints spread among the arms and torso may make it difficult to focus fire of logical weapon groupings
Less torso twist range than either of the other 'Mechs
The TBT-7M is the latest Trebuchet model. It sees a return to dual LRM
racks as its primary weapons. A new Narc Beacon allows the 'Mech to spot
for both itself and other friendly missile equipped designs. Jump Jets
give the 'Mech increased maneuverability. Ten Double Heat Sinks keep the
design cool as well. Weight is freed up for the model by including an
advanced XL Engine and lightweight Endo Steel structure.
Impressive torso pitch range
Above average top speed for a medium 'Mech
All energy Hardpoints mounted in arms makes keeping all energy weapons on one target easier
Left torso missile tube squirts out one missile at a time in contrast to
the left arm and right torso missile pods that will fire up to 15
missiles at a time
The TBT-7K again moves away from the standard Trebuchet role of a
missile design to a direct fire design. The PPC and AC/5 share a similar
range profile and gives the 'Mech the ability continue to engage at
long ranges when the ammo runs dry. A SRM2 is added for defense.
Better torso twist range than most medium 'Mechs and better torso pitch range than either the Hunchback or Centurion
Above average speed
Capable of mounting all weapon types but unable to specialize in any one
Torso mounted energy hardpoints are less maneuverable
Missile hardpoints fire only two missiles at once