|Manufacturer||Blue Shot Weapons
|'Mech type||Inner Sphere BattleMech|
|Armor||Kallon Unity Weave|
|Engine||Nissan 275 XL|
|Targeting Tracking System||Cyclops Multi-Tasker 10|
|Heat Sinks||15 double|
|Jump Jets||Luxor Load Lifters|
The Lynx was first produced in 2761 by Blue Shot Weapons of Solaris VII for use by the SLDF. One of the first BattleMechs to mount an ER PPC, the Lynx possesses a stunning combination of speed, mobility, armor, and firepower for any 'Mech of any weight class. However, Blue Shot Weapons never was able to produce this striker BattleMech in significant numbers. With the decline of technology of the Succession Wars, Blue Shot's production dwindled still, until the factory producing the Lynx was destroyed in 2928 by Marik raiders. The few remaining Lynxes were ultimately cannibalized for whatever could be salvaged. The Lynx did not see production again until 3056.
Weapons and Equipment
The Lynx is powered by a Nissan 275 XL extralight engine that allows the 'Mech to reach speeds of up to 86.4 km/h. Adding to its mobility, five Luxor Load Lifters jump jets provide the Lynx with a jumping distance of up to 150 meters. The Lynx is protected by 12 tons of Kallon Unity Weave armor, which almost provides the maximum protection that a 55 ton 'Mech can carry. Finally, to dissipate the waste heat produced by all of its energy weapons, the Lynx has 15 double heat sinks.
The Lynx is intended for long term independent operations as well as protracted combat. To carry out the 'Mech's intended combat roles, it carries a Defiance 1001 ER PPC, giving it an effective range of 690 meters. Backing this up is a Defiance B3L large laser that gives the Lynx even more firepower in the medium to long range envelope, and for close range combat the Lynx has a quartet of Defiance B3M medium lasers that can eviscerate any enemy that gets too close.
- Never produced by the factory, the 8Q was the result of the general decline in technology during the Succession Wars. The necessary shift to a standard fusion engine resulted in the loss of a significant amount of equipment, including a ton of armor, the jump jets, and two medium lasers. The loss of available weight also forced the downgrade of the ER PPC to a second large laser. The design retains 15 heat sinks, though they were forced to be swapped out for the single variety. BV (1.0) = 1,027; BV (2.0) = 1,292
- Lynx C
- Clan Smoke Jaguar's first BattleMech built with Clan-spec technology rebuilt the popular Lynx. Retaining the same ground speed and jump radius as its forebear, the weapon suite is now an ER PPC, ER large laser, large pulse laser, ER medium laser, and ER small laser. To offset the increased heat, engineers replaced two tons of armor with double heat sinks, bringing the total to 17. BV (2.0) = 2,712
- In German products, the unit's proper name was translated to 'Luchs. The model code was accordingly changed to LUC-5S.
Original Lynx from TRO:3058
- Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, pp. 212–213: "Lynx Profile"
- MUL online date for the Lynx
- Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 248
- Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 237
- TechManual, p. 233
- Technical Readout: 3058, p. 118
- Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 246
- Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 238
- Combat Operations, p. 125
- Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 247
- Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 239
- Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 249
- Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 240
- Technical Readout: Golden Century, p. 21
- BattleMech Manual, p. 93: Design Quirk Table - Lynx Entry.