Technical Readout: 3026

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Technical Readout: 3026
Product information
Type Technical readout
Development Sam Lewis
Jordan Weisman, Tara Gallagher (Production Managers)
L. Ross Babcock III (Editor-In-Chief)
Donna Ippolito (Senior Editor)
Todd Huettel (Editor)
Primary writing Kevin Stein
Sam Lewis
Pages 128
Cover artwork Duane Loose
Interior artwork Dana Knutson (Art Director)
Illustrations Duane Loose, Steve Venters
Publication information
Publisher FASA
Product code 8606
First published 1987
ISBN-10 0931787327
ISBN-13 978-0931787324
MSRP 15.00 US $
Era Succession Wars era
Timeline 3026
Series Technical Readouts
Followed by Technical Readout: 3026 Revised


Intended as a background book for the BattleTech universe, Technical Readout: 3026 was the first to focus on the secondary weapon systems (combat vehicles) of the game. It also included personal equipment that could be used by players of MechWarrior, the roleplaying game.

It was first published in 1987 with a Revised 1996 Edition published nine years later. This edition had the same cover art as the first. It was reissued in 2003 as Technical Readout: 3026 Revised and eventually supplanted by (and merged into) the more comprehensive Technical Readout: 3039.

The German edition was published as Hardware-Handbuch: 3031 with altered content (see Technical Readout: 3026#Hardware-Handbuch: 3031 below).


Combat Vehicles[edit]

Personal Equipment[edit]

Electronic Sneak Suits[edit]

Combination Sneak Suits[edit]


Remote Sensors[edit]


Exoskeleton Modifications[edit]


Artificial Limbs[edit]

Miscellaneous Personal Equipment[edit]

Ablative/Flak Armor[edit]
Night Vision Devices[edit]
Sniper Scopes[edit]
Survival Gear[edit]
Personal Equipment Repair Kits[edit]
Disguise/Forgery Kits[edit]
Category:Recording Equipment[edit]


General Game Rules[edit]

Support Weapons[edit]

Recoilless Rifles[edit]
Machine Guns[edit]
Particle Projector Cannon[edit]
Support Lasers[edit]

Personal Weapons[edit]

Pulse Lasers[edit]
Sub-Machine Guns[edit]
Miscellaneous Weapons[edit]

Hardware-Handbuch: 3031[edit]

The German version of this book was named Hardware-Handbuch 3031. Published by German licensee FanPro, it was expanded over the original english product to include five additional BattleMech designs complete with Technical Readout-style fluff, combat histories, and notable pilots:

The personal equipment section was rearranged, and the stats provided were slightly altered (presumably to account for rule changes since the publication of the original Technical Readout: 3026).

All additional content technically falls outside of the current definition of canon and must thus be considered apocryphal.


  • Though not as wide in scope as Technical Readout: 3025, this TRO still brought a number of new combat vehicle types to the game.