Atlas AS7 "Gravedigger"
The Gravedigger is a savage refit of an AS7-D-DC. Built upon a Foundation Type 12X Endo Steel Chassis, this Atlas carries enough firepower to vaporize a light mech in a single salvo. The pair of Defiance Disintegrator LB 10-X Autocannons, coupled with the Thunderstroke and Holly-4 SRM launchers permit the Gravedigger to emit a veritable cloud of death with a single trigger pull, causing many Rangers to refer to the Gravedigger as an anti-mech flak cannon. For longer ranged engagements - or battles where a touch of finesse is required - MSgt. Daniel "Requiem" M's Atlas falls back on a pair of Victory Nickel Alloy ER Large Lasers.
While the battlemech's armament may at first appear to have seriously downgraded it's long range firepower due to the removal of it's LRM20 Launcher, the fact that the Medium Lasers were upgraded to ER Large Lasers compensates a great deal. While some might question the removal of the AC/20 for a pair of LB 10-Xs, the high rate of fire from the paired cannons allows the Gravedigger to rapidly put rounds downrange. Furthermore, the pellets of the cannons are known for shredding the internals of enemy battlemechs, increasing the Gravedigger's effectiveness when facing off against targets with holes in their armor (holes likely punched by the Atlas' trio of SRM launchers).
As a close-ranged powerhouse, Gravedigger is a terrifying opponent. The mech's only weakness appears to be it's somewhat slow top speed, which limits its ability to close with the enemy: the Vlar 300 is capable of speeding Gravedigger to a top speed of only 53.5kph. However, the mech possesses a variety of defensive systems to protect it's advance, including a Norse Guardian ECM Suite to interfere with the enemy's ability to target Gravedigger, while a Yori Flyswatter Anti-Missile System deters incoming enemy warheads. Finally, should all else fail, the 19.5 tons of Durallex Heavy Special Armor covering the battlemech offer an unmatched level of protection.
During Operation Broken Arrow's Old City Offensive, Gravedigger distinguished itself during the assault of Aylmer. Over the course of three engagements and two hours of fighting, the modified D-DC aided in the capture of a DCMS Mobile HQ, the destruction of a Battalion Commander's battlemech, led the charge across the Aylmer locks to destroy an entrenched DCMS position and aided the 105th Armor Regiment's H Company in advancing across West Bridge toward Old City. During the course of these operations Gravedigger single-highhandedly destroyed a lance of DCMS Heavy and Assault mechs, ensuring that the Kuritans will remember her for some time.
Without a doubt, Gravedigger is a vital asset to 9th Battalion's Black Company, and the Robinson Rangers Brigade as a whole.