The Shadow Fox is an unusual Mech design, in that combat isn't it's main focus, but rather, stealth. With Assault, and even Hero class Mechs becoming more and more common on the battlefield, Mech designers thought up a revolutionary new concept. Instead of just creating larger and more heavily armed Mechs, which would eventually end up in units so large, they would render everything else useless, they sought to create a whole new class of Mech, with one purpose, to be a giant killer.
The purpose of the Shadow Fox, is to stay out of combat at all costs, but rather to sneak up on it's target, deliver a killing blow, and then retreat undetected into the shadows, and it does this in a very special way. Fitted with some of the most advanced technology in existence, the Shadow Fox can cost up to five times as much, as Mechs five times it's size. Housing a top secret "cloaking" system, which uses micro cameras to reflect the units environment onto small reflective panels, meaning the Shadow Fox can literally blend into it's surroundings. The system works best when the unit is completely stationary, and becomes less effective when moving. This in turn means the Shadow Fox has lay in wait for it's prey to arrive to achieve the best results, staying perfectly still, until it's time to strike.
Another unusual feature of this Mech design is the way the torso is laid out, having all of the important electrical devices housed inside a radar reflective shell, meaning that even when physically visible, it's chances of being picked up on any kind of radar or sensor unit is slim. This allows the Shadow Fox to creep up on it's target, usually from behind, without detection. All of this combined means that the Shadow Fox doesn't have to shut down to avoid detection like a normal Mech, but rather sit in a low power mode, and at the flick of a button, switch back to full power, all the while remaining undetectable.
However, being able to sneak up to your target is all well and good, unless you have the ability to deliver a killing blow, it's not particularly useful. The Shadow Fox's real power comes from a warhead so top secret, no one but the designers, field commanders, and the pilots know of their existence, anything else is purely battlefield rumour. After sneaking up on it's target, the Shadow Fox then picks out a specific area on a Mech, usually the legs, and then launches a magnetic charge, which are located above the cockpit. These have two launch modes, the standard explosive charge, and a compressed air system, for when noise needs to be keep to a minimum, but the latter system can only be used when the target is less than 40 meters away. Once attached, the Shadow Fox makes a careful retreat, and detonates the charge. A small Mech like this isn't going to be able to carry a charge powerful enough to take down an Assault Mech, even on the legs, so it uses an atomic charge, specially scaled down so that it only atomizes an area of about 5m², simply meaning that the area of the Mech the charge was attached to, is no more, and if this was indeed located on the leg, that Mech is now effectively destroyed. Carrying ten of these deadly warheads, a skilled Shadow Fox pilot can take down an entire squadron single handedly, given the opportunity.
The Shadow Fox also has a few other tricks up it's sleeve for when it's detected, it has two smoke plume dischargers located on the side of the torso, these funnel out a black cloud of smoke, which is filled with tiny pieces of reflective metal, rendering hostile targetting systems useless. Also located on the side of the torso are two smoke dischargers, these are standard canister sized smoke grenades, best used for creating confusion on the battlefield. Located on the roof is an EMP system, and being completely EMP resistant itself, the Shadow Fox can sneak it's way into a group of enemies, detonate the EMP, and shower multiple targets with warheads, before retreating to safety. A roof mounted 12.7mm anti-missile system is used as a last resort when retreating, to fend off enemy fire once detected. Equipped with dual jump jets on the hips allows the Shadow Fox to reach places enemies simply wouldn't even think to look for a Mech, this gives a huge advantage when scouting for an ambush location, and allows for greater opportunities to hide after detection.
Only weighing in at 22 tonnes, this unit is classed as a Scout Mech, as light Mech weight classes begin at 25 tonnes. This gives the Shadow Fox excellent speed and agility, with a top speed of 86mph. This does come at a price in terms of protection, being only lightly armoured, if engaged by anything bigger than a light Mech or light tank, it could be game over.
Even though this unit is designed specifically to avoid combat, it is still armed with an impressive array of weapons. Housing two 20mm heavy machine guns in the center torso, which are extremely useful when enemy infantry pose such a threat to this fragile unit. Along with the ten warheads, the Shadow Fox also carries two missile pods, one on each arm, which carry short range ballistics, but have a high rate of fire. The main armament is two Autocannons located on the arms, with a short to medium range, these weapons are excellent against light Mechs, and vehicles. The high rate of fire makes it difficult for the enemy to effectively return fire, and also allows the Shadow Fox to retreat while laying down it's own cover fire.
So far only five units have been fielded, and so far, five remain. This unit really does epitomize the saying: Think smarter, not harder.
Quoting Kermunklin the Giant Evil House Head
A brilliant design...I really dig the feet! And probably the first "stealth mech" I've ever heard of. The back story is also quite fantastic and well thought-out.
First of something? Woohoo! Thank you for the kind words. A stealth Mech is certainly an interesting concept, but really a very specific piece of equipment, so probably won't see many of them, or... any of them?