Talon (BattleMech)

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Talon (BattleMech)
Production information
Manufacturer Blackstone BattleMechs, Ltd.[1][2]
Production Year 2670
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 2670 to provide light BattleMech companies much needed long-range firepower and punch. 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 the BattleMech was never able to flourish during the First Succession War, as the rate of attrition equalled 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 units. To carry out this mission, the Talon was upgraded with a Lord's Light 2 ER PPC that gives it a reach of just under seven hundred 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. The Talon is able to reach this speed through the use of an Edasich Motors 280 XL engine. The 'Mech is armored with seven and a half tons of Kallon Light Shield A armor, which provides a respectable amount of protection against enemy fire. It also has eleven 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 Particle Projection Cannon. This greatly reduces the burden on the cooling system. BV (2.0) = 1,075[5]
  • TLN-5VND 
    This is a downgraded variant once fielded at it's factory on New Oslo. It's best known used in the defense of the factory. Only a few of these designs remaining in service by the time they fought against Clan Wolf's Invasion in July 3050. This downgraded variant used a standard engine with regular armor. It has a single PPC in the right arm for ranged combat. Backing the PPC up is a pair of Medium Lasers in the left arm. This design has no lower arm actuators allowing it to flip its weapons into the rear arc. BV (2.0)=977[6]
  • TLN-5W-EC
    A Clan Ice Hellion refit trades the standard PPC for an Enhanced ER PPC. (Note: EC is an abbreviation used by historians to designate "Early Clan" designs.)[7] BV (2.0) = 1,364[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 his or her 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[9], BV (2.0) = 1,168[10]


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. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 232
  6. Scorched Earth WWE 2017 (TW & AS)‎‎, p. 13 - New Old Variant include in product scenario.
  7. Technical Readout: Golden Century, p. 62
  8. Technical Readout: Golden Century, p. 74
  9. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 172
  10. Master Unit List.pdf
  11. Technical Readout: 3085, p. 191
  12. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Old is the New New, p. 67