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The origins of the Archer date back to 2458 when Earthwerks Incorporated debuted a prototype known as the ARC-1A Archer. The design was created at the request of Terran Hegemony's HAF for a new "heavy fire support BattleMech" and took nearly 9 years to finalize. This was in part due to the design team; a combination of former HAF MechWarriors, field technicians, and general officer consultants and the company's engineer team led by Supervising Engineer Linn Tommi squabbling over theoretical and practical issues. The complex engineering proposal brought before the HAF included complicated, hard-to-repair stabilization equipment and advanced, computer-slaved sensors, meant to make the Archer the most accurate BattleMech in existence. However, the final prototype abandoned these requirements in favor of a more sturdy, blocky, and heavily armored frame still familiar today. It was so successful that it remained the Hegemony standard for more than a decade and a half until advances in technology allowed Earthwerks to produce a more efficient model.

Introduced in 2474, the ARC-2R Archer became one of the best-known and most widely-used BattleMechs available. A contemporary of 'Mechs such as the Thunderbolt and the Banshee, the Archer's primary role was fire support, though early in its combat career it was considered an assault 'Mech capable of long-range brawling, and it was used in a variety of other roles. More than 100,000 Archers were produced between its introduction and the start of the First Succession War, with tens of thousands of its variant models produced over the centuries. Though many were destroyed or dismantled for spare parts, they remained a common sight in the Great House armies, with six different factories producing new Archers throughout the Succession Wars.

The recovery of the Helm Memory Core had a profound effect on the development of the Archer. New variants were produced which utilized rediscovered lostech, giving the venerable 'Mech a few new tricks to surprise its opponents. By the time of the Clan Invasion, most of the major manufacturers had switched over to building these new variants for the Free Worlds LeagueFederated Suns, Lyran CommonwealthFree Rasalhague Republic, and Wolf's Dragoons; only Vandenberg Mechanized Industries continued to build original ARC-2R Archers for the Taurian Concordat. Newer, more advanced variants of the Archer continued to be developed as technology progressed in the years since teaming up with mother and Lana.... Lana... LANNNAAA

Variants[edit | edit source]

Name Signature FACTIONS (3039+) Weight Class Hardpoints
ARC-C 70 HEAVY 0B 4E 4M 0S 5JJ
ARC-4M 70 HEAVY 0B 4E 4M 0S 5JJ
ARC-2S 70 HEAVY 0B 4E 6M 0S 5JJ
ARC-6W 70 HEAVY 0B 4E 10M 0S 5JJ
ARC-2R 70 HEAVY 0B 4E 4M 0S 5JJ
ARC-2K 70 HEAVY 0B 4E 4M 0S 5JJ
ARC-2W 70 HEAVY 0B 6E 4M 0S 5JJ
ARC-4MI 70 HEAVY 0B 4E 10M 0S 5JJ
ARC-8L 70 HEAVY 0B 4E 4M 0S 5JJ
ARC-9K 70 HEAVY 0B 4E 4M 0S 5JJ
ARC-P 70 HEAVY 0B 4E 4M 2S 5JJ
ARC-2RB 70 HEAVY 0B 4E 4M 0S 5JJ