by Tim Wing and Robert Morgenstern, with Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen
Designation: American Motors ATT-30 All-Terrain Support Vehicle
- Length: 4.1 meters
- Width: 1.8 meters
- Height, cab: 1.5 meters
- Height, with rear canopy: 2.2 meters
- Weight: 1800 kg
- ATT-30: 2-axle all terrain truck, personnel transport and forward supply.
III. Service Life
- Basic combat support vehicle used by the REF/UEEF and UEDF beginning around 2019. This vehicle was based on the civilian Jeep KL Scrambler, produced from 2016-2024.
- Engine: 1 x Hybrid powertrain, 2.0 l multi-fuel turbo diesel coupled to a Siemens electric motor. The electric motor was located between the engine and the five speed manual transmission. The electric engine provided torque-fill by drawing power from two standard protoculture fuel cells. The ATT-30 could operate in electric only mode, or conversely, in diesel only mode when no protoculture cells were present.
- Fuel Capacity: 2 protoculture cells, providing power for 200 hours of operation. 53 liter fuel tank for diesel, vegetable oil, kerosene or JP-8 jet fuel.
- Maximum road speed: 190 km/h
- Maximum cross-country speed: 50 km/h
- Maximum water speed: 5 km/h
- Maximum towing speed: 95 km/h
- Maximum range: 450 km on internal combustion engine only, 200 hours or 18,000 km operation on protoculture fuel cells.
- Fuel economy: 11.8 l/100 km
- Maximum incline: 50-degree
- Maximum combined cargo and towing capacity: 4000 kg
VI. Electronics Suite
- Short- and medium-range radio systems.
- Halogen spotlights.
- Additional equipment may be mounted in the cargo area, such as signal detectors, radar systems and jammers.
VII. Armament (Typical)
- 1 x Heckler and Koch MG15 7.62mm machine gun, with a 50 round ammunition drum. Not present on all models.
- (Optional) 1 x 6-tube 60mm x 150mm AT6 rocket propelled anti-tank missile launcher mounted behind the cab carrying a total of 18 missiles. The AT6 missile was an IR guided anti-tank munition with automatic target acquisition; that is to say, once fired it would automatically lock on to whatever heat source was in front of it. This was necessary due to the fact the missile was designed to be used as a
standalone anti-mecha missile to be fired from tactical vehicles without dedicated fire control systems. The downside to this was that any friendly forces to the front would be engaged by the missiles as well, limiting the system’s use. It was this trait that earned the AT6 the nickname “friendly fucker”. The AT6 had a range of 1.6 km and carried a high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead.
The body of the ATT-30 was comprised of a light weight titanium-steel alloy and provided excellent protection against small grenade and shell fragments, good protection against small arms fire, and poor resistance to heavier infantry weapons, such as the 12.7mm machinegun round, as well as from fragments and near misses from higher caliber weapons. These vehicles had open air cabs and provided no environmental support. A plastic/canvas cover was available to protect the driver and passenger from rain and provide limited chemical/biological protection.
In 2018 the UEDF and REF needed a tactical vehicle to replace the M299 MMUV Multi-Purpose Utility Vehicle. The new vehicle would need to be inexpensive while providing good cargo carrying and off road capabilities. The procurement officers found an off the shelf solution in the American Motors Jeep Scrambler. The only major changes made to the vehicle for military use were switching from an all-aluminum construction to aluminum-titanium alloy, and removing the large battery pack from the hybrid drivetrain and replacing it with a protoculture powered electrical system, although some use the din 41612 connector with a rack-based system. The resulting ATT-30 was procured in large numbers until the Scrambler’s final year of production in 2024.
The ATT-30 was fielded in general utility, reconnaissance, ambulance and a variety of other variants. Like its namesake, the original Willey’s Jeep, the ATT-30 developed a reputation for not just reliability but near indestructability. Such was the truck’s reputation; it became highly sought after by freedom fighter (and Invid collaborators for that matter) during the occupation. For combat use, a variety of small fixed-mount weapons were available for use by a second crew member, such as the MG15 light machine gun and the RL-6. An AT6 rocket-propelled grenade launcher rack was also provided for single crew operation to supplement cyclone forces and defend the forward supply vehicle, at the expense of cargo capacity.
The UEDF Tactical Corps used a number of these vehicles to support their infantry forces in the field in the early years before they moved to predominantly hover-capable vehicles. As such a number were still in operation by the time the Robotech Masters arrived. The REF/UEEF continued to use the ATT-30 well into the later parts of the Invid Occupation. In addition to its all-purpose utility role, the truck served as a forward support ammunition carrier for Cyclone Infantry forces.
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Original artwork by: Yoshitaka Amano, Shinji Aramaki and Hideki Kakinuma.
Acknowledgement is extended to Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide. Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern are given credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide that has been utilized on Robotech Illustrated.
Content by Robert Morgenstern, Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Tim Wing
Copyright © 1997 Robert Morgenstern, Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen; 2015 Tim Wing