Extended Range Lasers

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Extended Range Lasers, or ERLs, are an upgraded version of Standard Lasers which have a range advantage compared to other laser weapons.


Overview

Extended Range Lasers are effective at greater range than Standard Lasers, however they produce noticeably more heat, which can cause problems for units that mount many energy weapons and especially in environments with a higher ambient temperature. Like any other laser weapon system, ER Laser's deal damage over the burn time (0.5s), requiring the beam to be maintained on the target (or better, the same location on the target) for the duration.

The Clan versions of ER Lasers's have slightly improved range and noticeably improved damage, but also produce significantly more waste heat.


Weapon Stats

Weapon Max
Range
Beam Duration Hit Damage/Shot Damage
Type
Shots
/min
Sustained
DPS
Speed Heat
/Shot
ERSL 400m 0.5s 140 Energy 20 49 Hitscan 19
ERML 600m 260 13.3 61 47
ERLL 800m 560 10 98 115
CERSL 450m 0.5s 200 Energy 20 70 28
CERML 700m 400 13.3 94 75
CERLL 900m 700 10 123 177
Air ERSL 500m 0.5s 140 Energy-air 20 56 19
Air ERML 650m 280 13.3 75 47
Air CERSL 550m 0.5s 180 Energy-air 20 72 28
Air CERML 750m 400 13.3 107 75
All stats are current as of release 0.12.2

Gameplay & Hints

Extended Range Small and Medium Lasers

ER Small Lasers and ER Medium Lasers are still best used as short to mid-range weapons, focusing damage upon a single component, or raking across critically damaged sections. Unlike its Inner Sphere counterpart, the Clan ERML has the range to be used in medium- to intermediate-range engagements. The additional range and damage make for quite a significant boost in performance. Stricter trigger discipline is required with the ERML, as sustained firing (despite consistent, efficient damage for its mass) produces much higher heat loads. While units packing large groups of ERML are frightening to face, they produce an equally frightening amount of heat to be dissipated, and as such may only get one or two bursts off before nearing shutdown. Chain firing or non-standard weapon groupings can help mitigate this issue, however. Similar traits and pilot discipline correspond to both the IS and Clan ERSL, however to lower degrees due to their considerably lower heat and damage outputs.

Extended Range Large Laser

The ER Large Laser is best used in sniping positions, where a unit can more safely pick away at enemy units and is given more time to dissipate the intense heat generated when firing the weapon. While the Inner Sphere ERLL lacks some of the range and punch of its Clan counterpart, it is more efficient heatwise and should not be underestimated. In contrast, few units can fire more than two CERLL at once due to the massive heat load generated, though this does not account for factors such as ambient temperature.


Canon

Newhart Industries located on New Earth in Terran Hegemony introduced the ERLBL in 2620. The ERLBL became the central focus of the HSR-200-D Hussar BattleMech released five years later, and the success of the 'Mech's blend of speed and its single powerful weapon entrenched Newhart Industries as one of the principle weapon manufacturers of the Terran Hegemony.

Although the Succession Wars would cause the Inner Sphere to lose the technology in 2950, the Clans applied the concept to other laser sizes and produced the ERMBL and ERSBL during the 2820's. Clan Smoke Jaguar would later also introduce he ER Micro Beam Laser in 3060 as part of their ProtoMech project, just before being annihilated in Operation Bulldog.

As with all lost Star League-era technology, plans for the ERLBL were recovered in the Inner Sphere with the discovery of the Helm Core and the weapon entered wide deployment in Inner Sphere forces first with the Draconis Combine in 3037. Later, after contact with the Clans, the Inner Sphere would also develop their own versions of the ERMBL and ERSBL, with the Free Worlds League releasing the first ones in 3058.

Clan ER Lasers have both improved range and deal more damage then the Inner Sphere versions of the weapons.

BT - TechManual reference pg 226

BattleTech reference

Usage

The following assets equip ER Lasers:

Asset Type Faction Tons (c)ERSL (c)ERML (c)ERLL Air (c)ERSL Air (c)ERML
Commando Pr Mech IS 25 3
Commando E Mech IS 25 2
Commando G Mech IS 25 1
Locust IIC Pr Mech CL 25 5
Locust IIC B Mech CL 25 1
Locust IIC C Mech CL 25 1
Locust IIC D Mech CL 25 2
Solitaire B Mech CL 25 1
Solitaire D Mech CL 25 2
Solitaire E Mech CL 25 3
Anubis Pr Mech IS 30 3
Anubis G Mech IS 30 5
Osiris Pr Mech IS 30 4
Osiris E Mech IS 30 1
Osiris F Mech IS 30 6
Uller Pr Mech CL 30 2 1
Uller A Mech CL 30 2
Uller B Mech CL 30 2
Uller D Mech CL 30 2
Uller G Mech CL 30 2
Cougar C Mech CL 35 1 1
Cougar E Mech CL 35 3
Cougar G Mech CL 35 2
Owens G Mech IS 35 1
Puma B Mech CL 35 3
Puma C Mech CL 35 6
Puma E Mech CL 35 4
Puma F Mech CL 35 1
Raven C Mech IS 35 2
Raven D Mech IS 35 3 1
Chimera Pr Mech IS 40 2 1
Chimera A Mech IS 40 2
Chimera F Mech IS 40 2 2
Chimera G Mech IS 40 2 2
HollanderII Pr Mech IS 45 2
HollanderII G Mech IS 45 2
Shadowcat Pr Mech CL 45 2
Shadowcat A Mech CL 45 3
Shadowcat F Mech CL 45 1
Hellhound Pr Mech CL 50 2
Hellhound B Mech CL 50 4
Hellhound E Mech CL 50 2
Hellhound F Mech CL 50 3
Uziel D Mech IS 50 3
Uziel E Mech IS 50 2
Blacklanner Pr Mech CL 55 2 1
Blacklanner A Mech CL 55 2
Blacklanner C Mech CL 55 4
Blacklanner G Mech CL 55 1
Bushwacker Pr Mech IS 55 1
Bushwacker A Mech IS 55 1
Stormcrow Pr Mech CL 55 3 2
Stormcrow B Mech CL 55 3
Stormcrow C Mech CL 55 4 2
Stormcrow E Mech CL 55 2
Stormcrow G Mech CL 55 1 1
Argus Pr Mech IS 60 3 2
Argus A Mech IS 60 2 2
Argus B Mech IS 60 4
Argus E Mech IS 60 1
Argus F Mech IS 60 2
Rifleman Pr Mech IS 60 2 2
Rifleman B Mech IS 60 4
Rifleman E Mech IS 60 4
Vulture C Mech CL 60 3
Vulture D Mech CL 60 2
Vulture E Mech CL 60 2
Catapult Pr Mech IS 65 4
Catapult B Mech IS 65 4
Catapult F Mech IS 65 4
Cauldronborn Pr Mech CL 65 2
Cauldronborn A Mech CL 65 2
Cauldronborn B Mech CL 65 2
Cauldronborn D Mech CL 65 4
Cauldronborn F Mech CL 65 2
Loki Pr Mech CL 65 3
Loki A Mech CL 65 2
Loki E Mech CL 65 2
Loki F Mech CL 65 3
Loki G Mech CL 65 2
Avatar A Mech IS 70 2
Avatar B Mech IS 70 5 3
Avatar E Mech IS 70 5
Avatar F Mech IS 70 3
Avatar G Mech IS 70 2
Novacat Pr Mech CL 70 3
Novacat A Mech CL 70 3
Novacat C Mech CL 70 2
Thor A Mech CL 70 1 1
Thor F Mech CL 70 3
Warhammer B Mech IS 70 2
Warhammer D Mech IS 70 2
Madcat Pr Mech CL 75 2 2
Madcat B Mech CL 75 4 2
Marauder Pr Mech IS 75 4
Marauder A Mech IS 75 2
Marauder B Mech IS 75 4
Marauder F Mech IS 75 4 2
Thanatos Pr Mech IS 75 2 2
Thanatos A Mech IS 75 4
Thanatos B Mech IS 75 1
Thanatos F Mech IS 75 4 3
Thanatos G Mech IS 75 2
Awesome A Mech IS 80 3
Awesome F Mech IS 80 4
Masakari A Mech CL 85 2 2
Masakari B Mech CL 85 4
Masakari F Mech CL 85 4
Masakari G Mech CL 85 2
Bloodasp A Mech CL 90 2
Bloodasp C Mech CL 90 4 2
Bloodasp D Mech CL 90 6
MadCatMKII Pr Mech CL 90 2 2
MadCatMKII A Mech CL 90 4
MadCatMKII C Mech CL 90 2
MadCatMKII D Mech CL 90 2 2
Mauler Pr Mech IS 90 2
Mauler A Mech IS 90 2
Mauler F Mech IS 90 2
Mauler G Mech IS 90 4
Sunder F Mech IS 90 3
Atlas Pr Mech IS 100 2
Atlas E Mech IS 100 2 2
Daishi Pr Mech CL 100 4
Daishi B Mech CL 100 4
Daishi F Mech CL 100 4
Fafnir Pr Mech IS 100 2
Kodiak Pr Mech CL 100 6
Kodiak C Mech CL 100 2
Kodiak E Mech CL 100 2
Kodiak F Mech CL 100 8
Mithras Pr Vehicle CL 25 2
Mithras D Vehicle CL 25 2
Hephaestus C Vehicle CL 30 1 1
Hephaestus G Vehicle CL 30 2
Chevalier B Vehicle IS 35 1
Ares Pr Vehicle CL 40 1
Ares A Vehicle CL 40 3
Ares F Vehicle CL 40 1
Goblin C Vehicle IS 45 1
Goblin F Vehicle IS 45 3
Regulator D Vehicle IS 45 2
Regulator F Vehicle IS 45 3
Epona B Vehicle CL 50 4
Epona C Vehicle CL 50 2
Oro Pr Vehicle CL 60 2
Oro A Vehicle CL 60 2
Oro F Vehicle CL 60 1
Oro G Vehicle CL 60 2
Rommel E Vehicle IS 65 2
Morrigu Pr Vehicle CL 80 3
Huitzilopochtli A Vehicle CL 85 2
Huitzilopochtli C Vehicle CL 85 6
Donar Pr VTOL CL 25 1
Donar B VTOL CL 25 2 4
Hawkmoth G VTOL IS 25 4
SparrowHawk C ASF IS 30 2
Avar Pr ASF CL 35 1 2
Avar C ASF CL 35 2
Avar G ASF CL 35 2
Sulla Pr ASF CL 45 2
Sulla E ASF CL 45 2
Sulla F ASF CL 45 3
Sulla G ASF CL 45 2
Corsair Pr ASF IS 50 2 2 2
Corsair G ASF IS 50 2
Visigoth Pr ASF CL 60 3
Visigoth F ASF CL 60 3
Rusalka Pr ASF IS 65 4
Rusalka C ASF IS 65 4
Rusalka E ASF IS 65 2
Shiva Pr ASF IS 85 3
Shiva A ASF IS 85 4
Shiva F ASF IS 85 2
Shiva G ASF IS 85 4
Xerxes Pr ASF CL 85 2
Xerxes A ASF CL 85 2 2
Xerxes E ASF CL 85 4
Xerxes G ASF CL 85 2 2
All stats are current as of release 0.12.2