Talon (BattleMech)

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Talon (BattleMech)
Production information
Manufacturer Blackstone BattleMechs, Ltd.[1][2]
Production Year 2660
Model TLN-5W
Class Light
Cost 6,034,275 C-bills
Technical specifications
'Mech type Inner Sphere BattleMech
Mass 35 tons
Chassis Blackstone QTS Light
Armor Kallon Light Shield A
Engine Edasich Motors 280 XL
Communications System Lockheed/CBM Comset 100
Targeting Tracking System Sturmfeur Highlight with BlindFire Radar
Heat Sinks 11 double heat sinks
Speed 129.6 km/h
BV (1.0) 1,030[2][3]
BV (2.0) 1,175[4]


The Talon was first deployed in 2660 to provide light BattleMech companies much needed long-range firepower and punch. However, prior to the Amaris-Kerensky Civil War, the initial TLN-5W model of the Talon was reserved for Royal units only[5][6], and ended up being the case with the wartime TLN-5V variant as well.[6][7] The BattleMech was wildly successful, with sales to the Star League High Command quickly surpassing all other light BattleMechs. The success of the Talon outlived the first Star League, but it was never able to flourish during the First Succession War, as the rate of attrition equaled the rate of production. When its last production facility was nuked in 2815, the fate of the Talon was sealed; the last Talon was cannibalized for parts during the first year of the Second Succession War, 2830.[1][2]

The technological renaissance of the Inner Sphere allowed production to begin on Inarcs once again in 3056.[1][2]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The Talon is intended to act as a long-range sniper for light 'Mech units. To carry out this mission, the Talon was equipped with a Lord's Light 2 ER PPC that gives it a reach of just under 700 meters. For defense at close ranges, the Talon has two ChisComp 39 medium lasers that give it enough protection to defend itself from most other light 'Mechs.[1][2]

Talon BattleMechs are also fleet of foot, with a top speed of 129.6 km/h, allowing it to keep up with almost any light 'Mech in existence, and is able to reach this speed through the use of an Edasich Motors 280-rated XL engine. The 'Mech is armored with seven and a half tons of Kallon Light Shield A standard armor, which provides a respectable amount of protection against enemy fire. It also has 11 double heat sinks to handle the high heat load from its weapons payload.[1][2]


  • TLN-5V 
    A simple modification from 2670, this variant replaces the ER PPC with a standard PPC. This greatly reduces the burden on the cooling system. BV (2.0) = 1,075[8]
  • TLN-5Z 
    This variant replaces the engine with a light engine that can only propel the Talon up to 119 km/h, but is cheaper and more durable. The 5Z also makes use of an endo steel chassis and ferro-fibrous armor to make up the difference in mass. The armament is replaced with a pair of arm-mounted ER large lasers, though the loss of a heat sink forces the MechWarrior to carefully manage their heat. A C3 slave unit is included so that the Talon can be incorporated into a C3 lance. This variant proved unpopular in the Lyran Alliance, so Blackstone exports it to the Draconis Combine and Federated Suns. BV (1.0) = 939;[11] BV (2.0) = 1,168[12]

Apocryphal Variants[edit]

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Design Quirks[edit]

The Talon has the following Design Quirks:[16]


  • In German products, the unit's proper name was altered to Fang, which in German designates the whole foot of a bird of prey. The model code was accordingly changed to FNG-5W.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Technical Readout: 3058, p. 104: "Talon"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, pp. 208–209: "Talon 'Mech Profile"
  3. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 171
  4. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 231
  5. Field Manual: SLDF, page 14
  6. 6.0 6.1 Field Manual: SLDF, page 241
  7. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 232
  8. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 232
  9. Technical Readout: Golden Century, p. 62
  10. Technical Readout: Golden Century, p. 74
  11. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 172
  12. Master Unit List (dead link)
  13. Technical Readout: 3085, p. 191
  14. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Old is the New New, p. 67
  15. Scorched Earth WWE 2017 (TW & AS)‎‎, p. 13: New Old Variant include in product scenario
  16. BattleMech Manual, p. 95: BattleMech Quirk Table - Talon Entry