compiled overview of the 35ton Talon 'Mech, from various BattleTech novels and game sourcebooks:

Fast, well armed, and heaviliy 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 Talon's 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 light 'Mech companies.

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. To help the Talon withstand combat, the design team gave it the maximum armor protection possible for its chassis. In addition, the Talon carries three impressive weapons.

The 'Mech'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 medium lasers. Because all its weapons are energy based, the Talon can remain in the feild for extended periods of time without needing ammunition reloads. This capability makes the Talon a valuable asset of any light 'Mech company.

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 active probe in search of camouflaged enemy positions. 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 they 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 thermonuclear fireball, and by 2830 the last known Talon had been cannibalized for parts.

In 3056 Blackstone opened a new Talon production line, though the company has yet to begin full-scale production they recently announced plans to produce at least two runs of the Talon.

Eighteen Talons currently help patrol the Jade Falcon-Lyran Alliance border. The 'Mechs have yet to see combat, but that could change soon.

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