I’m thinking of chalking it up to a bug or something I just don’t know about - my 4 mechs averaging lvl 6 jumped a convoy averaging lvl 11, 9 tanks and 1 mech. I was happy to see the mech because it was carrying a lvl 11 machine gun.
Wiped out all the tanks, my sniper took the left arm and about 80% of the upper body off the enemy mech, who ejected the next turn. Kewl!
After salvage that mech showed as completely 100% destroyed - every section had a big red X. Not a leg, finger, no dental records and certainly not the weapon. Pretty lame.
So does the game have self destruct mechanics or was that a bug?