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                 BattleMech Technical Readout

Name/Model:         Talon TLN-5W
Designer:           Catalyst Game Labs
Source(s):          Record Sheets: 3055 & 3058
                    Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged, Clan & Star League
                    Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrade
                    Record Sheets: Succession Wars
                    Starterbook: Wolf and Blake
                    Technical Readout: 3058
                    Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade
                    Technical Readout: Succession Wars
Technology:         Inner Sphere
Technology Rating:  E
Tonnage:            35
Configuration:      Biped BattleMech
Era/Year:           Star League / 2760
Rules (Current):    Tournament Legal
Rules (Era):        Tournament Legal
Rules (Year):       Tournament Legal
Total Cost:         6,034,275 C-Bills
Battle Value:       1,175

Structure:            Standard
Power Plant:          280 XL
Walking Speed:        86.4 kph  
Maximum Speed:        129.6 kph 
Jump Jets:            None
    Jump Capacity:    None
Armor:                Standard
Armament:             
    1 ER PPC
    2 Medium Lasers
Manufacturer:         Unknown
    Primary Factory:  Unknown
Communications:       Unknown
Targeting & Tracking: Unknown

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Overview:
    Fast, well-armed, and heavily armored, the Talon was designed to complement the SLDF's
    Mongoose light command mech. Though the Talon weighs ten tons more than the Mongoose, it is
    just as fast as the smaller 'Mech. After witnessing the impressive combat trials in the fall
    of 2669, the Star League High Command ordered the 'Mech into full-scale production. In May
    of 2670, the talon reached the first frontline Mech companies.
    
    During the First Succession War many of the Houses formed raiding companies of combined
    Mongoose/Talon lances consisting of one Mongoose and three Talons. The Talons provided
    long-range fire support with their PPCs while the Mongoose advanced, sweeping the
    surrounding areas with its Beagle probe in search of camouflaged enemy positions. The
    Mongoose had the firepower to deal with lightly equipped infantry and the speed to get away
    from the more heavily armed opponents-if the Mongoose ran into something it could not
    handle, it would speed away under the covering fire of the Talon.
    
    Unfortunately, missions like this were extremely dangerous even when everything went
    according to plan.  Once things fell apart, the lance commander's 'Mech was invariably the
    first to fall, depriving the unit of its leader at the time it needed him most.  As the meat
    grinder of the Succession Wars progressed, more and more Talon/Mongoose raiding companies
    were lost. In 2815 the last Talon production facility vanished in a thermo-nuclear fireball,
    and by 2830 the last known Talon was cannibalized for parts.
    
    In 3056 Blackstone opened a new Talon production line, though the company has yet to
    begin full production.

Capabilities:
    With a top speed of more than 130 kph, the Talon is one of the fastest of the Star
    League-era 'Mechs, surpassed only by the Hussar and the Hermes. To achieve this speed, the
    design team used a Vox 280 XL engine, one of the most efficient fusion plants produced
    during the Star League era. To help the Talon withstand combat, the design team gave it the
    maximum armor protection feasible for its weight class. In addition, the Talon carries three
    impressive weapons. The BattleMech's primary weapon is an extended-range PPC, which gives
    the Talon excellent striking power at all ranges. Rounding out the Talon's weapons are two
    ChisComp 39 medium-lasers. Because all its weapons are energy-based, the Talon can remain in
    the field for extended periods of time without needing ammunition reloads.  This capability
    makes the Talon a valuable asset of any light 'Mech company.

Deployment:
    Eighteen Talons currently help patrol the Jade Falcon-Lyran Alliance border. The 'Mechs have
    yet to see combat, but that could change soon. Blackstone recently announced plans to
    produce at least two more runs of the Talon.

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Equipment                                                             Mass                      
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Internal Structure:                          Standard                  3.50                     
Engine:                                       280 XL                   8.00                     
    Walking MP:                                 8                                               
    Running MP:                                 12                                              
    Jumping MP:                                 0                                               
Heat Sinks (Double):                         11 [22]                   1.00                     
Gyro:                                        Standard                  3.00                     
Cockpit:                                     Standard                  3.00                     
Armor Factor:                                  119                     7.50                     
    Type:                                    Standard                                           

                                    Internal         Armor     
                                    Structure        Value     
    Head:                               3              9       
    Center Torso:                      11             17       
    Center Torso (rear):                               5       
    R/L Torso:                          8             12       
    R/L Torso (rear):                                  4       
    R/L Arm:                            6             12       
    R/L Leg:                            8             16       

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Weapons and Ammo                                       Location          Critical     Tonnage   
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ER PPC                                                    RA                3          7.00             
2 Medium Lasers                                           LA                2          2.00