Orion ON1 "Kodiak
Lt Col Lee "GrizzLee" Ferris recently rebuilt an Orion out of the scrap left in the aftermath of the Broken Arrow Campaign. At first, it looked good only for parts as nearly a full load of missile ammunition had exploded, coring out the main torso section of the mech. Due to the quick nature of the incident, the outer extremities were untouched. On a whim, "Grizz" began to reconstitute the mech with spare parts from his Atlas.
In order to keep weight down, a VOX 280 Standard Engine was installed with upgraded double heat sinks, and a custom GM Marauder Endo Steel Skeleton was used, while the overall armor coverage of the mech was reduced to 11.5 tons - using Valiant Lamellor standard armor. The heat management and speed were a vast improvement over the Atlas! The cored out right torso was refit with a double barrel Imperator Code Red LB10-X cannon array. The reduced weight from the lost LRM racks also allowed an upgrade of the medium arm lasers to Diverse Optics Sunbeam Large Lasers. These had begun life as Extended Range models, though damage to their focusing lenses have reduced their range.
Rather than rebuild the ammo storage in the ravaged left torso, 4.5 tons of AC ammo was installed in custom ammo cassettes with feeds from the legs and head. The available room in the Torso allowed an innovative feed system to the cannons with a net 12% increase in reload time. The design, now named "Kodiak" was an immediate success. The rapid hail of AC shot coupled with precise volleys from the arm mounted lasers. Light and medium opponents, expecting an easy kill from a fire support mech, soon learned to avoid Kodiak or fall prey!