Phoenix Hawk (45t)
Model by Primus

The new Phoenix Hawk's torsos were given more angles for better deflection of incoming weapons fire. The arms were redesigned to give greater protection around the shoulder and lower arm actuators. All weapons were moved to forearm mountings. The jump jets were re-engineered to protect the exhaust ports and improved air induction to help keep the jump jets cooler during operations. The most radical departure from the original design was in the head. The sensors and communication arrays were built into the cowling protecting the head. Lastly, the engineers incorporated the same style ejection system used by the Wolfhound and Hatchetman BattleMechs. The Strategios saw the value in the new Phoenix Hawk immediately. They ordered it paired with the RVN-4L Raven in a support role. The Phoenix Hawk's speed would allow it to keep up with the Raven, while its jump jets would add that needed measure of mobility to support the Raven in its mission. The first production run of the Phoenix Hawk was completed late in 3066. Only front-line units were authorized to order the new designs. Other variants haven't been confirmed as of yet. Nevertheless, it appears they will be equipped in the following manner: One variant may have a targeting computer with a large pulse laser, backed up medium pulse lasers and extended range lasers. There is a possibility of one variant using a targeting computer and mating it with an ER PPC and some medium lasers. ComStar purchased a license to produce one that would mount lasers, C3i and iNarc. There is also one planned with a new light engine. Whether these variants are actually under production or are simply unique proofs of concept are unknown at this time.