Falconer

This article is about the BattleMech. For the Clan Jade Falcon training officer rank, see Falconer (rank).
Falconer
Falconer
Production information
Manufacturer General Motors[1]

TharHes Industries[1]

Production Year 3053[2]
Model FLC-8R[1]
Class Heavy
Cost 18,891,249 C-bills
Technical specifications
'Mech type Inner Sphere BattleMech
Mass 75 tons
Chassis McLarren-75B
Armor Valiant Chainmail
Engine GM 375 XL
Communications System TharHes Calliope ZE-2
Targeting Tracking System TharHes Ares-7i
Heat Sinks 10 double
Speed 86 km/h
Jump Jets Devil A7
Armament
BV (1.0) 1,887[3]
BV (2.0) 2,231[1][4]


Description[edit]

The Falconer was designed at the order of Hanse Davion to create a 'Mech that could tame the Jade Falcons and defeat a Clan OmniMech in one-on-one combat. The Falconer is powered by a General Motors 375 XL engine that propels the 'Mech to a top speed of 86.4 km/h. This speed is enhanced with greater mobility by five Devil A7 jump jets that allow the Falconer to jump the considerable distance of one hundred and fifty meters. The Falconer also saves weight to carry as many weapons as possible by using a lightweight Endo Steel chassis and carries eleven and a half tons of Valiant Chainmail armor plating, which gives the Falconer a respectable amount of armor protection.

Production of the Falconer in the Lyran Commonwealth halted during the Jihad when the Word of Blake inflicted massive damage on the TharHes Industries plant.[5]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The Falconer carries a weapons mix that attempts to negate the range advantage of the weapons used by the Clans. The primary weapon on the 'Mech is a Poland Main Model A Gauss rifle, which is capable of stripping a ton of armor off an enemy unit at extreme ranges. It is backed up by a Defiance 1001 ER PPC, having a similar range profile to the Gauss Rifle and doing about a third less damage, but not dependent upon ammunition. Finally, the Falconer carries four Defiance B3M medium lasers to give it a powerful close range punch.

Variants[edit]

  • FLC-9R 
    This Jihad-era variant replaces the Gauss Rifle and ER PPC with an LB 10-X AC and Heavy PPC. To offset the additional heat output, more heat sinks are added.[1][6] BV (2.0) = 1,979[7]

Design Quirks[edit]

The Falconer has the following Design Quirk:[8][9]

Notable Pilots[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • In German products, the unit's proper name was translated to Falkner. The model code was accordingly changed to FKN-8R.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Technical Readout: Clan Invasion, pp. 164–165: "FLC-8R Falconer"
  2. MUL online date for the Falconer
  3. Combat Operations, p. 131
  4. Record Sheets: 3055 Upgrades Unabridged, p. 96
  5. Objectives: Lyran Alliance, pp. 3, 25
  6. Technical Readout: 3085, p. 190
  7. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Old is the New New, p. 102
  8. BattleMech Manual, p. 91: Design Quirk Table - Falconer Entry.
  9. BattleMech Manual Errata (Version 6.01), p. 9
  10. Prince of Havoc, p. ??

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