AAT-40 Armored All-Terrain Support Vehicle
By Tim Wing
The AAT-40 was a one man, infantry support vehicle. Originally designed as an air defense artillery vehicle, the AAT-40 was more commonly used in the infantry support role. Its five barrel version of the venerable M61 Vulcan Gatling cannon fired 20mm HEAT/F rounds with laser-terminal guidance. The terminal guidance was very necessary, as the cannon had no ability to traverse.
The AAT-40 was perhaps the most flawed vehicle design of the Robotech era. The main cannon had no traverse, which severely limited its effectiveness in the anti-air role (even with terminal guidance). It suffered from poor ground clearance, which limited its off road capabilities. With a crew of one, the AAT-40 could not engage targets while on the move as it had no dedicated gunner. Lastly, unless the rocket propelled grenade launcher was removed, the vehicle could not carry enough ammunition to feed the M61/5 long enough for sustained fire.
- Type: Air Defense/Infantry Support Vehicle
- Operators: UEEF Tactical Corps and UEEF Marine Corps 2023-2036
- Manufacturer: Hough Tractor and Defense Systems
- Speed: 130 kph (at full combat load)
- Range 1300 km
- Height: 1.5 meters
- Length: 4.1 meters
- Width: 1.8 meters
- Weight: 3100 kg (4900 kg Towing capacity)
- Engine: 1x miniaturized Protoculture-cell energizer with electric drive
- Weapons Systems: 1x GE M21/5 20mm Gatling cannon with terminal guidance, 1x 4-tube 60mm x 150mm Recluse rocket propelled grenade launcher
Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. Genesis Climber MOSPEADA (R) is the property of Fuji Television, Artmic Studio and Tatsunoko Production. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.
Original artwork by: Yoshitaka Amano, Shinji Aramaki and Hideki Kakinuma.
Sources: Robotech Genesis Pit Source Book by Irvin Jackson
Content by Tim Wing
Copyright © 2015 Tim Wing