- This article is about the apocryphal Assault BattleMech. For the Taurian Concordat medium-class BattleMech, see Talos.
|Manufacturer||Gibson Federated BattleMechs|
|Armor||Strasbourg Armaments' Bastion Reactive Armor w/ CASE|
|Engine||Pitban 320 XL|
In 3062, the Free Worlds League set out to experiment with a radical new 'Mech design built around the newly-developed Rotary Autocannon. The project, dubbed Talos, gained its moniker from the legendary Greek "Man of Bronze" of the same name. Resembling an overgrown Uziel, the Talos is built upon a Standard frame with seventeen and a half tons of Strasbourg Armaments' new Reactive Armor, giving the 'Mech incredible protection against ballistics- or missile-heavy opposition. Inside, a Pitban 320 XL propels the Talos at 64.8 km/h, average for its weight. The Talos is not initially configured for jump jets, but has the necessary components for after-market installation.
Ironically, while this 'Mech was designed to be a never-before-seen threat on the battlefield, its production came after that of a Clan BattleMech with very similar features and design aim, the Deimos.
Designed primarily as a 'Mech that would endure in hot, heat sink-crippling environments, the Talos is armed with a setup of twin-linked Myrdon Tornado Rotary AC/2s and Rotary AC/5s, each with an additional ton of CASE-protected ammunition. This allows the pilot to sustain a barrage of cannon fire at multiple ranges, although restraint must be exercised to keep the weapons from jamming. To add close-combat punch, the Talos features two Rocket Launcher 20 racks affixed to the shoulder joints, although carries no additional ammunition. As a defensive measure, the Talos features a Laser Anti-Missile System.
The Talos' recent production has resulted in no widely-seen alternate configurations as of yet.
This BattleMech was published in an official BattleTech product, namely the MekPak expansion for the MechWarrior IV: Mercenaries computer game. However, although official, computer games are not considered among the sources for Canon unless the information is expressly confirmed as canonical elsewhere.
By virtue of being an official albeit not positively canonical product, the game expansion and the 'Mechs presented therein including this one must be considered apocryphal.
MechWarrior IV: Mercenaries MekTek MekPak Expansion