Model by Primus
Steel Viper originally developed the Crossbow after Viper warriors
captured several members of Clan Snow Raven's scientist caste in a
Trial of Possession. They set the Snow Raven scientists to work with
their own technical engineers and, using Snow Raven expertise developed
an excellent missile-carrying OmniMech. The Crossbow and its sister
'Mech, the Battle Cobra, mount weapons pods only in their arms, with
no additional weaponry - a striking contrast with other Clan OmniMechs.
Similar in many ways to the Star League-era Longbow, the Crossbow
has a more rounded shape and a sleeker overall appearance. Though
its short, squat profile lacks elegance, the 'Mech's reliable and
punishing performance makes the Crossbow a favorite among second-line
Clan warriors, and its shape has become a familiar one to Inner Sphere
MechWarriors after extensive confrontations with it in combat. The
Crossbow has earned a fierce reputation, especially in Configuration
B, which is used for close-support fighting.