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Type/Model: Glass Spider (Galahad) 2 glass spider image
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Tech: Clan / 3055
Config: Biped BattleMech
Rules: Level 2, Standard design
Mass: 60 tons
Chassis: Endo Steel
Power Plant: 240 Fusion
Walking Speed: 43.2 km/h
Maximum Speed: 64.8 km/h
Jump Jets: None
   Jump Capacity:    0 meters
Armor Type: Ferro-Fibrous
2 Large Pulse Lasers
2 Medium Pulse Lasers
3 Small Pulse Lasers
Manufacturer:    (Unknown)
   Location:    (Unknown)
Communications System:    (Unknown)
Targeting & Tracking System: (Unknown)
       The Galahad was first seen on the battlefields at the beginning of the 26th century. The original version launched was considered a medium fire-support 'Mech. Problems with overheating forced a redesign and a consequent increase in weight. The revised Galahad still failed to meet the hopes of its design team, and it took two centuries for this version to appear on the battlefield.
         Based on everything we knew about the Clans, we expected their forces to include the Galahad. In fact, two versions of this popular 'Mech appear in their ranks.

       Armed with twin Gauss rifles, this 60-ton BattleMech offers excellent striking power but lacks the armor to take the punishment a larger 'Mech should withstand. As a result, the Galahad is assigned almost exclusively to fire-support missions, out of the way of direct control.
       The Gauss rifle represents the main advantage of the Galahad, especially the 'Mech's dreaded ability to flip those weapons over and bring all its firepower to bear in the rear arc in the same manner as the Rifleman. Most MechWarriors discount the Galahad's rear firing arc because its rear armor is very thin. While this is still largely true even of the Clan version, detractors sometimes forget that this 'Mech is about fire-support, in particular against airborne targets.
       The Galahad is a good example of design meeting intent, and the rotating weapons allow the pilot to track a target quickly and efficiently. While this 'Mech is unpopular as a unit assignment for trueborn warriors, it appears to be a favorite for honor duels where a 'Mech must battle an aerofighter.

       Clan Wolf reconfigures some of their Galahad 'Mechs by replacing the Gauss rifle in each arm with large pulse lasers, filling the unneeded ammunition space with two medium pulse lasers in the left torso and three small pulse lasers in the right. This variant also has six extra heat sinks and five tons of targeting computer gear mounted in the center torso, creating an even more accurate fire-support weapons platform.

       The Galahad is a common sight to raiding forces, because it provides the first line of air defense on the ground for most garrison units. MechWarriors from the Inner Sphere especially respect this design, having found to their cost that an attacker cannot always close quickly enough to overpower the Galahad's relatively light armor.
       The Gauss rifle-armed variant is common among the Wolf Clan garrison units. Even though providing fire support is an unpopular assignment, the Galahad can bring enough firepower to bear on a target to make killing the opposing 'Mech and thereby gaining honor quite likely.

Type/Model: Glass Spider (Galahad) 2
Mass: 60 tons
Equipment:   Crits Mass
Internal Structure: 99 pts Endo Steel 7 3.00
   (Endo Steel Loc: 1 LT, 1 RT, 1 CT, 2 LL, 2 RL)
Engine: 240 6 11.50
   Walking MP: 4    
   Running MP: 6    
   Jumping MP: 0    
Heat Sinks: 16 Double [32] 14 6.00
   (Heat Sink Loc: 2 LA, 1 RA, 3 LT, 1 RT)
Gyro:   4 3.00
Cockpit, Life Support: 5 3.00
Actuators: L: Sh+UA, R: Sh+UA 12 .00
Armor Factor: 201 pts Ferro-Fibrous 7 10.50
   (Armor Crit Loc: 1 HD, 1 LA, 1 RA, 2 LT, 2 RT)

    Internal Armor
    Structure Value
  Head: 3 9
  Center Torso: 20 30
  Center Torso (Rear):   10
  L/R Side Torso: 14 20/20
  L/R Side Torso (Rear):   8/8
  L/R Arm: 10 20/20
  L/R Leg: 14 28/28

Weapons & Equipment: Loc Heat Ammo Crits Mass
1 Large Pulse Laser LA 10   2 6.00
1 Large Pulse Laser RA 10   2 6.00
2 Medium Pulse Lasers LT 8   2 4.00
3 Small Pulse Lasers RT 6   3 3.00
1 Targeting Computer RT     4 4.00
TOTALS:   34   68 60.00
Crits & Tons Left:       10 .00

Calculated Factors:
Total Cost: 5,382,400 C-Bills
Battle Value: 1,755
Cost per BV: 3,066.89
Weapon Value: 3,682 / 3,682 (Ratio = 2.10 / 2.10)
Damage Factors:    SRDmg = 39; MRDmg = 28; LRDmg = 14
BattleForce2: MP: 4,   Armor/Structure: 5/5
    Damage PB/M/L: 6/5/2,   Overheat: 0
    Class: MH,   Point Value: 18

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The Glass Spider (Galahad) 2 is a design originally published by FASA. BattleTech is currently owned by Wizkids.

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