Black Lanner

Black Lanner
Black Lanner
Production information
Manufacturer Ironhold Alpha Complex[1]

Olivetti Weapons[1][2]

Production Year 3052[3]
Model Prime[1]
Class Medium
Cost 17,993,402 C-bills
Technical specifications
'Mech type Clan OmniMech
Mass 55 tons
Chassis JF 5 Light Endo Steel
Armor Compound JF Ferro-Fibrous
Engine 385 JF Extralight
Communications System JF Integrated
Targeting Tracking System Series JFVII Integrated
Heat Sinks 10 double
Speed 118 km/h (151 km/h with MASC)

Primary Configuration

BV (1.0) 1,657[4][5]
BV (2.0) 2,268[1][6]


Newly developed by Clan Jade Falcon for the Clan Invasion of the Inner Sphere, the Black Lanner is a fast medium OmniMech that can take on a variety of roles.

The development of the Black Lanner began due to the lessons learned by the Jade Falcons from their touman's performance during the Placement Trials for Operation REVIVAL. Delays with the initial models meant the Black Lanner only arrived in the Inner Sphere with the returning Falcon Khans following the selection of ilKhan Ulric Kerensky, and first saw action during the Battle of Tukayyid as fire-support units in light reconnaissance Stars. Since its initial deployment, the Black Lanner remained primarily a Jade Falcon design, with Clan Ice Hellion and Steel Viper also using a sizable number acquired due to numerous battles and trials between rival Clans since Tukayyid. [4]

While used for independent operations, the Black Lanner is most frequently seen in conjunction with lighter designs. Mixed Stars of Black Lanners, Fire Falcons and Fire Moths are common, with the lighter 'Mechs acting as spotters and harassers for the heavier 'Mechs, flushing out the opposing units for the Black Lanner to move in for the kill. This synergistic relationship is similar to that shared between the smaller indigenous fire falcon and the introduced black lanners on Ironhold, both birds benefiting from the presence of the other.[4]

Originally built on the Jade Falcon homeworld of Ironhold, production would also eventually begin in the Inner Sphere to mitigate the distance to the Clan Homeworlds. By the dawn of the Wars of Reaving, production of the Black Lanner would cease in Clan Space by 3068 as tensions between the Falcons and the Home Clans increased.[7]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

Intended as a front-line 'Mech, the Black Lanner makes use of all weight-saving technology available to the Clan Jade Falcon scientists who designed it, including an XL engine, endo steel, and eight tons of ferro-fibrous armor. The Black Lanner also includes a MASC system on the base chassis that enables it to run up to 151 km/h in bursts, allowing it to outrun many 'Mechs half its size. The design sacrifices pod space for that speed however, with an engine almost half the Black Lanner's weight leaving a mere 13 tons for offensive weaponry.[4]

The primary configuration of the Black Lanner is effective at all ranges. At long range, it can make use of an ER large laser and LRM-10, but when it closes in it can attack with a pair of ER medium lasers and an SRM-6 that can exploit holes in its opponent's armor. An ECM suite protects it from many forms of electronics.[4]

Alternate Configurations[edit]

  • Alternate Configuration A 
    The Black Lanner A is configured for electronic warfare and scouting. It uses an active probe to find hidden units, an ECM suite to counter enemy electronics, and a TAG spotting laser to designate targets for homing artillery. Offensively, it can call upon an ER PPC and a pair of medium pulse lasers.[1] BV (1.0) = 1,801[4][8], BV (2.0) = 2,308[1][9]
  • Alternate Configuration B 
    This dedicated fire-support model uses a pair of LRM-20s, though they can only call upon three tons of ammunition.[1] BV (1.0) = 1,636[4][10], BV (2.0) = 1,961[1][11]
  • Alternate Configuration E 
    This variant uses an ATM-12 and three tons of ammunition to maintain effectiveness at all ranges. Three ER medium lasers provide additional firepower.[1] BV (1.0) = 1,794[4][16] (1,804)[17], BV (2.0) = 2,331[1][18]
  • Alternate Configuration G 
    The main firepower for this configuration comes from an ER large pulse laser in the right arm. This is supplemented by four LRM-5 launchers: One in the right torso and left torso, and two in the left arm. Two tons of ammunition are carried in the left torso. BV (2.0) = 1,929[2]
  • Alternate Configuration J 
    The right arm carries a ProtoMech AC/8 with two tons of ammunition in the torso, while the left arm carries a trio of ER medium lasers. To get in and out quickly, this configuration uses an engine supercharger to sprint at speeds of up to 180 km/h when combined with the inbuilt MASC system. BV (2.0) = 2,022[2]
  • Alternate Configuration T 
    This configuration uses a plasma cannon in the right arm and two improved heavy medium lasers in the left arm as its main firepower. These are supplemented by an SRM-6 and LRM-10 in the right torso and left torso. The plasma cannon has two tons of ammunition while the missile launchers each have one ton of ammunition. BV (2.0) = 2,040[2]

Apocryphal Configurations[edit]

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Design Quirks[edit]

The Black Lanner has the following Design Quirk:[24]


  • In German products, the unit's proper name was translated to Feldeggsfalke.



  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 Technical Readout: Clan Invasion, pp. 42–43: "Black Lanner"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Recognition Guide: ilClan, vol. 15, p. 13
  3. MUL online date for the Black Lanner
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, pp. 176-177, "Black Lanner"
  5. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 232
  6. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 151
  7. The Wars of Reaving Supplemental, p. 17 "Discarded Tools of War"
  8. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 233
  9. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 152
  10. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 234
  11. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 153
  12. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 235
  13. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 154
  14. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 236
  15. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 155
  16. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 237
  17. Record Sheets: Upgrades, p. 92
  18. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 156
  19. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 238
  20. Record Sheets: Upgrades, p. 93
  21. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 157
  22. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 158
  23. MechWarrior Online "Black Lanner Sale Page"
  24. BattleMech Manual, p. 90 Design Quirk Table - Black Lanner entry.