Goblin medium tank
Production information
Manufacturer Alphard Trading Corporation[1]

Johnston Industries[2]

Mission Infantry Transport
Type Tracked
Cost 606,825 C-bills
Technical specifications
Mass 45 tons
Armor ProtecTech 9
Engine 180 LongWay I.C.E.
Speed 64.8 km/h
Crew 3
Communications System CommuTech XL[3]
Targeting Tracking System BlazeFire tracker with RangeCheck[3]
Heat Sinks 8 single
BV (1.0) 430[4]
BV (2.0) 555


The distinguishing feature of the Goblin medium tank is its infantry bay, which is large enough to hold one squad or one support weapon team. This enables an infantry unit to either add their firepower to the tank's, or cover it in urban areas. The origin of the design is unknown, but it was a common sight within the mechanized infantry regiments of the Star League.[5] Later, Johnston Industries was producing the tank for the Federated Suns late into the First Succession War.

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The Goblin is armed with a BlazeFire Systems large laser as its main gun and a Johnston MiniGun for anti-infantry purposes. While limited, this weapons loadout enables the Goblin to keep shooting throughout extended engagements.


  • LRM 
    A pair of LRM-10s replace the Large Laser. Three tons of ammunition is included for the launchers. BV (2.0) = 656[6]
  • MG 
    This version is a potent anti-personnel tank. The Large Laser is replaced with five additional machine guns. An SRM-6 is also fitted in the turret. Finally, the infantry bay is expanded to five tons. BV (2.0) = 527[7]
  • SRM 
    Some Goblins are known to have their Large Laser replaced with three SRM-6 racks and 60 shots for them to increase their firepower. BV (1.0) = 371, BV (2.0) = 647[8]
  • Goblin infantry support vehicle 
    Though the Goblin remained a capable tank during its time in the Inner Sphere, the Clan Invasion prompted Johnston Industries to redesign it. A 180 FireHeart fusion engine replaces the LongWay ICE, enabling the infantry bay to be expanded. The new Goblin can now carry a full platoon into battle. In addition, the large laser is replaced with a Sutel Precision Line large pulse laser, and a Harpoon-6 SRM 6 is added to increase its firepower. The redesign mounts two Johnston miniguns, providing even more defense against infantry. Finally, a MainFire Point Defense anti-missile system was installed to increase its survivability. The armor protection was increased from 8 tons to 9.5 tons of ferro-fibrous. Full production of this version, known as the Goblin infantry support vehicle, began in 3053, though some prototypes saw action during the final months of the initial Clan Invasion. BV (1.0) = 485[9], BV (2.0) = 790
  • Goblin II Infantry Support Vehicle 
    A second variant of the Upgraded Goblin, introduced during the Jihad, trades the Large Pulse Laser for an ER Medium Laser and LRM-10 with a ton of ammunition. Its Infantry Bay is increased to a three ton capacity.BV (2.0) = 839. [10][11]
  • Sealed 
    This variant replaces the standard weaponry with a Snub-Nose PPC. Environmental Sealing allows it to operate under any conditions, but did require the removal of the Infantry Bay. The vehicle replaces the standard I.C.E with a fusion engine to make it less vulnerable. An SRM-6 and anti-missile system are supported by a machine gun.[12] BV (2.0) = 897[13]

Custom Variants[edit]

  • Goblin-X 
    This experimental variant from Jalastar Aerospace uses an XXL engine to provide power. Heavy Ferro-Fibrous armor protects the hull and the newly expanded (eight ton) Infantry Bay. The Goblin-X uses a dual turret configuration for its weapons. The main turret carries a Light PPC equipped with a PPC Capacitor and a single MML-9 missile launcher. The forward turret carries a pair of Magshots for anti-battle armor defense. Though these weapons far out-range the original Machine Guns, they're not as effective against conventional infantry. BV (2.0) = 886[14]



  1. Field Manual: 3145, p. 190, "Lothian League"
  2. Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, p. 84
  3. 3.0 3.1 Technical Readout: 3039, p. 58, "Goblin Medium Tank"
  4. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 98
  5. Field Manual: SLDF, p. 15
  6. Record Sheets: 3039 Unabridged, p. 98
  7. Record Sheets: 3039 Unabridged, p. 99
  8. Record Sheets: 3039 Unabridged, p. 97
  9. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 99
  10. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 102
  11. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere) p. 87 - Newly updated 3058 record sheet, includes Infantry Bay information.
  12. Technical Readout: 3085, p. 191
  13. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Old is the New New, p. 35
  14. Experimental Technical Readout: Boondocks, p. 10
  • Combat Operations, p. 126