- This article is about the BattleMech. For other uses, see Longbow (disambiguation).
|'Mech type||Inner Sphere BattleMech|
|Armor||StarSlab/9.5 Mk II|
|Communications System||O/P 3000 COMSET, Irian TelStar|
|Targeting Tracking System||AntiAir Flak Systems-1, Octagon Tartrac Systems C|
|Heat Sinks||22 single|
The Longbow, introduced in 2480 as the LGB-0C Longbow, has seen service in the armies of the Inner Sphere since the days of the Star League and is one of the most well-known fire support 'Mechs in existence. The Longbow is a massive BattleMech weighing in at 85 tons and is able to move at a top speed of 54.0 km/h, thanks to a Strand 255 fusion engine. The Longbow is protected by fourteen and a half tons of standard armor. Some have criticized the design for its lack of CASE - making an otherwise rugged 'Mech vulnerable to a loss by an ammunition explosion. As a fire-support 'Mech though, the Longbow is a trusted and reliable machine that can be counted on to carry out the mission it is designed for.
Weapons and Equipment
The primary weapons on the Longbow are its LRM launchers. The Longbow carries four launchers in all. The largest are a pair of Holly LRM-20s which have the firepower of two Delta Dart LRM-5s added to them. Combined, the launchers can put a devastating barrage of up to fifty missiles at ranges of six hundred and thirty meters. To protect itself in close combat, the Longbow has two Ceres Arms medium lasers.
- The original Longbow built in 2480, this Free Worlds League design carried twin LRM-20s each with three tons of ammunition, supported by two medium lasers and a small laser. The primitive technology used limited the design's top speed to 54 km/h, but this was deemed acceptable for a fire support unit. The location of the LRM launchers in the arms allowed it to fire in a wider arc, a feature prized by pilots. The primitive armor provided some protection, but many felt it was too thin. This design would go on to become one of the most popular and widely distributed as the manufacturer, Lockenburg-Holly Industries, merged with several other manufacturers to form StarCorps Industries.
- To add some speed to the Longbow, the 0W variant removes two medium lasers and five and a half tons of armor. This allowed the Strand 255 fusion engine to be replaced with a larger Strand 340, increasing the top speed of the Longbow to 64 km/h, allowing the 'Mech to keep up with most heavy 'Mechs. The LGB-0W used the O/P 3000 COMSET communications system and the Octagon Tartrac System C targeting and tracking system. BV (1.0) = 1,034; BV (2.0) = 1,377
- The 7V variant of the Longbow upgrades the design to more modern specifications. The 'Mech is powered by an XL engine that weighs half as much as the original engine. The 'Mech also removes the two LRM-5 launchers and adds Artemis IV to the LRM-20 launchers, and CASE for added protection. For close combat, the 7V has 5 medium pulse lasers. To add a little more long range firepower, the 7V has also has an ER large laser. BV (1.0) = 1,366; BV (2.0) = 1,816
- Retaining the electronics and missile launchers of the 0W. Downgrading to a 255 Strand engine allowed the addition of four tons of armor on the torsos and arms, four Martell medium lasers, and nine extra heat sinks.
- This variant was introduced during the Jihad. By removing three of the 7V's medium pulse lasers, designers were able to install two Arrow IV launchers with 10 rounds of ammunition per launcher. This variant retains two of the medium pulse lasers plus the ER large laser for direct fire and defense. BV (2.0) = 1,808
- A recent upgrade of the Longbow, the 12C variant is designed to maximize the 'Mech's fire support capabilities. The 'Mech has two LRM-20 launchers and two LRM-15 launchers, all paired with Artemis IV, giving it an incredible bombardment capability and is capable of firing 40% more missiles downrange than the base model. The 'Mech has three ER small lasers for close combat. The 12C variant is capable of doing this through the use of an XL engine that saves a great deal of weight. BV (1.0) = 1,342; BV (2.0) = 1,686
- This version of the Longbow carries a quartet of LRM-15 launchers, backed up by an ER large laser and ER medium laser. CASE protects the ammunition bins, while three jump jets allow the 12R to cover 90 meters at a time. To make room for this equipment, a light fusion engine is used. BV (2.0) = 1,979
- This upgrade of the 12C mounts six Doombud MML 7s, each of which is tied to an Artemis IV FCS. Six tons of CASE-protected ammunition supply these launchers. Three Diverse Optics ER small lasers provide paltry backup, though massed short-range missiles coming from the multi-missile launchers are sure to deter smaller 'Mechs. A larger engine brings the 13C to a speed that matches that of the 0W. BV (2.0) = 1,397
- This variant removes all missile launchers from the Longbow and uses a standard fusion engine, though it does use an endo steel frame to save weight. Each arm mounts three light autocannon/5s that can make use of special munitions produced by the Federated Suns. To ensure that it can mount such ammunition, seven tons are allotted to the ammunition bins. A Guardian ECM suite protects it from enemy electronics, while a C3 slave uses targeting data from other C3 equipped units to improve its accuracy. The 13NAIS mounts an ER small laser and a pair of ER medium lasers, along with a pair of B-pods for use against battle armor. BV (2.0) = 1806
- This upgrade of the 12C uses six Doombud MML 9s with ten tons of ammunition supplying them. For backup, it uses three ER medium lasers. It also mounts an additional ton and a half of armor, though it has two fewer double heat sinks. Pilots are cramped into a small cockpit, but seem to accept the additional firepower. BV (2.0) = 1,421
- Cramped Cockpit
- Extended Torso Twist
- Improved Communications
- Searchlight (RT)
- Weak Legs
- The Longbow and particularly its image have a convoluted history. While the Longbow BattleMech was introduced (named and statted, albeit with faulty stats) to BattleTech canon in the 1987 Sorenson's Sabres scenario pack, it had no accompanying image. In the write-up in Stardate magazine Vol. 3 No. 2 from 1987, which is no longer considered canonical, the Longbow was apocryphally associated with the (Unseen) SDR-04-Mk.XII Destroid Phalanx from Super Dimension Fortress Macross. The apocryphal Stardate write-up including the Unseen image was then translated verbatim for the 1992 Hardware-Handbuch 3031 (the expanded German edition of Technical Readout: 3026). The first canonical image of a Longbow was only published in 1995 in Technical Readout: 3058, and it was a different image from the Unseen Destroid Phalanx; however, that Unseen image had independently been published by FASA as a background image in several publications including the 1987 Mercenary's Handbook (p. 48) and 1988 The Star League (p. 192) sourcebooks. It also was produced as a miniature, the LGB-0W Longbow, catalog number 20-889, by Ral Partha starting with their 1988 catalog. To wit, while the Unseen image was published in canonical sources, it was technically never canonically associated with the Longbow in a print product.
Original LGB-0W Longbow from The Star League
Longbow from TRO:3058
LGB-12C Longbow from TRO:Phoenix
LGB-12R Longbow from TRO:3085
Longbow from RG:iClan v20
LGB-0C Longbow from XTRO:Primitives III
Longbow from MWDA: Counterassault
Model of Longbow from MW4: Mercenaries
Longbow from Operation: Flashpoint
Longbow miniature from BattleTech: Inner Sphere Fire Lance
- Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, p. 153
- MUL online date for the LGB-7Q Longbow
- Experimental Technical Readout: Primitives, Volume 3, p. 8
- Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 312
- Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 287
- Recognition Guide: ilClan, vol. 20, p. 23: "Longbow LGB-0H"
- Technical Readout: 3039, p. 301: "LGB-0W Longbow"
- Combat Operations, p. 121
- Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 315
- Technical Readout: 3039, p. 301: "LGB-0W Longbow"
- Record Sheets: 3039 Unabridged, p. 499
- Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 313
- Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 288
- Recognition Guide: ilClan, vol. 20, p. ?. Details are taken from the apocryphal Stardate, Vol. 3, No. 20, and should be confirmed
- Technical Readout: 3085, p. 191
- Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Old is the New New, p. 111: Record Sheet for LGB-8V
- MUL Entry for the LGB-8V Longbow - with BV2, Introduction Date, and Alpha Strike Data Card for the 'Mech.
- Technical Readout: Project Phoenix, p. 55
- Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 314
- Record Sheets: Upgrades, p. 137
- Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Project Phoenix, p. 215
- Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Project Phoenix, p. 216
- Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Project Phoenix, p. 217
- Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Project Phoenix, p. 218
- Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Project Phoenix, p. 219
- Record Sheets: 3145 New Tech, New Upgrades, p. 171
- BattleTech Manual, p. 93: "BattleMech Quirk Table - Longbow"
- BattleMech Manual
- Combat Operations
- Experimental Technical Readout: Primitives, Volume 3
- Master Unit List: Battle Values
- Melician Tetro's Dossier from MechWarrior: Dark Age Counterassault Release
- Recognition Guide: ilClan, vol. 20
- Record Sheets: 3039 Unabridged
- Record Sheets: 3055/3058
- Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere)
- Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades
- Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Old is the New New
- Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Project Phoenix
- Record Sheets: 3145 New Tech, New Upgrades
- Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrades
- Record Sheets: Upgrades
- Sorenson's Sabres
- Technical Readout: 3039
- Technical Readout: 3058
- Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade
- Technical Readout: 3085
- Technical Readout: Project Phoenix
- Total Warfare Style Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrades