Esbeliben Reguld Tactical Battle Pod

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Esbeliben 4432369th Fully-automated Weapons Factory Reguld one-man tactical pod

by: Tim Wing, with Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern

Attachments:

  • Reguld reference file
  • Reguld gallery

The Reguld Tactical Battle Pods, and their many derivatives, have served in more armies and in greater numbers than almost any combat system in the known Galaxy. (Only the earlier Reguld was more prolific.) First entering Zentraedi service in 1831, the Reguld served as the base-line combat mecha for fleet and ground forces until the fall of the Tirolian Mercantile Empire (TME). Following the dissolution of the TME, the Reguld was adopted by the UN Spacy, and later the UE Expeditionary Force (in modified form). The Reguld is still in use by various armies, both on Earth and throughout the former TME.

  • Role: One man, all weather ground/space combat mecha
  • Planet of Origin: Tirolian Mercantile Empire
  • Manufacturer: Esbeliben 4432369th Fully-automated Weapons Factory
  • Weight: 37,000 kg (Without pilot)
  • Primary Armament: 2 x Makral Martszur-4 particle beam cannons
  • Introduced: Zentraedi Main Fleet – 1831 AD
  • Retired: Zentraedi Main Fleet – 2012, UEDF – 2022, UEEF – 2035
  • Status: Currently in-service
  • Primary Users: Zentraedi
  • Number Built: 3 Billion (approximately)

 

Development

Background and Design

In the early part of the 19th century, development began a new primary battle mecha for the Zentraedi Army. The Science Triumvirate assigned to the Esbeliben Factory Satellite, builders of the then current Reguld Tactical Battle Pod, submitted a refinement of that product. The Reguld began full scale production in 1831, and was fielded to Zentraedi Main and Border fleets later that same year. By the mid 20th century, the Reguld had replaced almost every Reguld in all but the most far-flung planetary garrison units of the Zentraedi Army. The Reguld served as the main battle mecha until the defeat of Dolza’s Fleet in 2012.

Though the primary production facility was the Esbeliben Factory Satellite which designed it, the Reguld was produced throughout the Empire on Factory Satellites, Planetary Armories and even from knock-down kits aboard some of the larger Zentraedi Capital Ships. The number of Reguld pods produced can only be estimated to lie around the two to three billion. Second only to its Reguld predecessor, the Reguld was most produced implement of war in recorded history.

Service History

The Reguld versions were issued as standard equipment to the mechanized troops of the Zentraedi army and the assault troops on the large starships, providing the race with a very mobile and heavily armed infantry corps. To provide an efficient weapons fit for squadrons of Reguld, one out of every 10 battle pods was usually a Gluuhaug (light missile carrier), and one out of every 20 is usually a Serauhaug (heavy missile carrier). Del (Reconnaissance/Electronic Warfare) versions were typically assigned as needed.

The Reguld first saw action in the last part of the Ci’Vonian War (War against the Disciple’s of Zor). Against the Regulds used by the Zentraedi loyal to the Ci’Vonians, the Reguld showed itself to be a superior fighting machine. Though it had about the same amount of armor as the earlier Reguld, the new Reguld mounted heavier beam guns and was significantly faster. Most importantly, the Reguld was a true multi-role ground/space combat system. In space, the Reguld carried twice as much reaction mass as the mecha it replaced. This gave its pilots the flexibility to maneuver with less regard for conserving precious fuel, and thus a huge advantage in terms of agility.

Against the Invid, the Reguld was at a clear advantage. Though it lacked the agility of most of the small mecha fielded by the Invid, its armor provided adequate defense against their energy weapons. Furthermore, the Reguld’s main armament was nothing short of over kill when it came to dispatching Invid fighting machines. Only the later “Giant Iigaa” had the armor and firepower to compete.

During the First Robotech War, the Reguld met its match in the form of the VF-1 Valkyrie. In all quantifiable measures of performance, the VF-1 was a higher quality fighting machine. (As it should have been: a Valkyrie took ten times as long to produce and was estimated to cost one hundred times more. This takes some interesting assumptive arithmetic, since the Reguld was designed almost two hundred years ago, under a completely different economic system and had its development cost spread over three billion units… still, one gets the picture.) But, as Joseph Stalin once said, quantity is a quality of its own.

After the Robotech War, the Reguld continued to serve. With the capture of the Esbeliben Factory Satellite, the UN Spacy possessed the primary production line for the Reguld (renamed the TBP-01 Jouster in UN Spacy service). As such, they were able to quickly rebuild an army and equip it with Regulds as an interim solution, while more advance mecha were being designed and built. Even well into the UEEF’s war with the Invid, Regulds continued to serve in various capacities until they were finally withdrawn from service in 2035.

The Reguld also filled the ranks of many post-war, non-UEG Earth armies, the most prolific of these being the VbRS-series Straus All-environment Battle Robot variants fielded by the Soviet Army. The Straus (Russian for Ostrich) was sold (or provided free of charge, ‘a-la MiG diplomacy) to Soviet Satellite States. The Soviets continued to use the Straus up until the Invid Invasion. Through the Invid occupation, many of the simple and dependable Regulds were used by resistance groups in the Eastern Hemisphere.

Today, the Reguld continues see use. On Earth, modified Regulds still fill the ranks of many Third World armies. The type is common all through Africa, the Indian sub-continent and Asia. Throughout the former Tirolian Mercantile Empire, many worlds have adopted the Reguld as their primary fighting mecha. The variations on this mecha are as numerous as the races using them. Due to its large internal volume, once converted to micronian use the Reguld has been easy to convert to nuclear power by many of these new users. In all likelihood, the Reguld is also still active with Border Fleet formations that continue to remain unaccounted for.

 

Design

Overview

The Reguld was designed to serve in both space and on the ground as the primary fighting mecha of the Zentraedi. It was built to be simple to inexpensive to produce and easy to master. To this day, Zentraedi who piloted this mecha spoke glowingly of its responsiveness and forgiving nature.

The concept of the mecha is simple: an armored shell, just large enough to accommodate a pilot, to which is bolted a set of legs, a power source, two thrusters and a pair of heavy particle beam cannons. A minimum of moving and mechanical parts were used. Indeed, the main guns were aimed, elevated and traversed by a pair of large handles that the pilot moved with his own muscle. The leg system had only ten major moving parts, yet was able to propel the Reguld cross country at speeds approaching 300 kph! Additionally, all major sub-components were easily replaced at the unit level by “technicians” with virtually no training on the system itself.

Armor

The biggest down side to the Reguld was its relatively thin armor. To save cost, the Reguld was built using a titanium-steal alloy. Though very strong and light, it did not provide the same level of protection that the more advance “Space Alloy” used in the Glaug and Queadluun-Rau. The armor was capable of stopping light anti-mecha weaponry, but offered only marginal protection against medium weapons, such as the Reguld’s own Makral Martszur-4 beam gun (or the VF-1’s 55mm GU-11 Gun Pod). This was mitigated, however, by the fact that Zentraedi pilots typically wore heavy personal armor. In addition, the Zentraedi body is capable of soaking a large amount trauma. (The typical Zentraedi Infantryman requires several rounds of 55mm to reliably take him out of the fight.)

The Reguld provided full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using a sealed cockpit environment. The internal consumables supplies can provide breathable atmosphere for four days maximum.

Armament

All models of the Reguld mounted two Makral Martszur-4 (also known under the Terran designation of PB-10) four-barreled rotary particle beam cannons. These were mounted on the upper chest. The sub-barrels could each fire a particle beam of 2.5 MJ every second. All could be fired in parallel, for maximum localized damage, or in series for increased chances of a hit. Additionally, all models had two Moldile Tszan-83 (also known under the Terran designation of AC-L) 22.3mm autocannons in the chin. Each cannon could rotate 150 degrees and elevate from -70 degrees to +60 degrees. The cannon fired caseless armor-piercing (AP) or (more commonly) fragmentation (FRAG) rounds at 850 rpm. The ammunition supply was 2000 rounds.

The baseline Reguld carried two Karatszon Quillo-152 (also known under the Terran designation of PL-3) pulse lasers directly on the top-side modular weapons mount. These lasers could rotate 360 degrees and elevate from -10 degrees to +85 degrees. Each laser fired a maximum of 3.5 MJ each second in five to ten separate pulses. These lasers were used primarily for anti-missile defense, and could be set to automatically engage any threats to the rear of the mecha.

The Gluuhaug Reguld (Light Missile Carrier) carried a pair of Touwhaug Rasilszt-9 missile pods. These launchers replaced the Karatszon Quillo-152 pulse lasers on the modular mount. Each pod carried 24 Gerluj Touwhaug, Gluuk Awhaug or Vlwheralt Awhaug (codenamed Miff, Megrim or Morgoth by the UN Spacy) missiles, or a combination thereof.

The Serauhaug Reguld (Heavy Missile Carrier) mounted a pair of Touwhaug Rasilszt-10 missile launchers. Each missile launcher carries 2 Seraum (codenamed Moloch by the UN Spacy) missiles.

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The primary sensor for the Reguld was a multi-band digital camera system (the “Eye”). This system provided passive medium range infra-red imaging, optical and ultra-violet band detection and tracking. The Reguld also came equipped with a series of six radar nodes. These small, hockey puck sized sensors, provided spherical short range (less than 1 km) detection of anti-mecha missiles. The pod’s Tactical Electronic Warfare System included radar and laser warning receivers and active terminal guidance (radar and IR) jammers.

On the Del Reguld, all weapons systems are replaced by the type’s sensor suit. The extra sensors include a large Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR) system, a short range variable-frequency Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) system, broad-spectrum Electro-Magnetic scanners, seismic sensors, and additional data links and processing capability. Though designed to cost, the sensor package on the Del was very respectable.

Engines

The Reguld was propelled by two Varredoush type 10 plasma-shock expansion engines in rotating mounts. The thrusters were located to the sides of the main body and had a maximum burst output of 23,000 kg of thrust and a maximum sustained output of 15,800 kg of thrust. Additionally, two Varredoush type 9 plasma-shock expansion thruster systems were located in the calves. Each thruster had a maximum output of 4,900 kg of thrust. Secondary exhausts in the feet could generate a ground effect air cushion under the mecha, enabling it to “glide” over smooth surfaces on low gravity planets. Assorted maneuvering thrusters, fed from the main engines, were spread out over the mecha.

Electrical power was provided by a 1.3 GGV class Esbeliben Protoculture Furnace, located in the lower part of the mecha, between the hips. Fuel Capacity was twelve Standard Canisters of Protoculture, giving it 200 hours operational life at normal output.

Variants and Upgrades

Zentraedi Versions

Reguld – Baseline Tactical Battle Pod.

Gluuhaug Reguld – Light Missile Carrier, designed as an anti-mecha Battle Pod. Though slower and possessing a lower Delta-v (literally “change in velocity”) due to its increased mass, this mecha was a big force multiplier, enabling Zentraedi units to engage enemy forces at far greater ranges than the Reguld’s main cannons would allow. In planetary operations, the Gluuhaug would be used as both a rocket artillery pod and as a direct fire support weapon system.

Serauhaug Reguld – Heavy Missile Carrier, intended primarily as an anti-spaceship platform. Heavier and slower still than the Gluuhaug, the Serauhaug never saw as much widespread use as its two siblings. Intended to engage Capital ships with Reaction missiles, the type quickly fell out of favor as the Zentraedi’s supply of reaction weaponry dried up following the loss of their production facility near the end of the Ci’Vonian War.

Del Reguld – Spaceborne/Ground Early Warning and Control (S/GEWAC) mecha. The Del was designed to act as a command and control unit, giving a section leader increased situational awareness and the ability to better utilize his troops. In practice, due to the “lead from the front” nature of the Zentraedi Officer class, most of these units were assigned subordinates who would relay information over secure channels to unit commanders.

Quel Reguld – Scout Battle Pod, designed to operate in small scout elements on hostile planetary surfaces well forward of the main battle group. A group of two to six Quel Regulds could be inserted from orbit via a small, disposable reentry vehicle, and then return using a orbital ascent booster built into the pod. This booster is a solid fuel rocket engine designed to lift the upper section of the pod, with its pilot, into low planetary orbit where it can be recovered. Before ascent, the pod ejects it’s weapons so as to save weight and reduce aerodynamic resistance. (On planets with a strong gravity, the pilot may be required to reduce weight further, sometimes returning to base naked.) The Quel was also equipped with a higher powered communications suit. This version of the Reguld is extremely rare, as the compact and advanced solid fuel booster was four times as costly to produce as the pod itself. From the outside, the Quel Reguld looks like a normal Reguld battle pod.

Modified Variants and Upgrades – Earth

This list is in no ways exhaustive. Indeed a whole book could be written on the various Earth-modified Regulds of the post-Robotech War period. Below are some examples of the most common.

TBP-01 Jouster Tactical Battle Pod – Modified (and new build) Regulds fielded by the UN Spacy and UEEF. These include full size Zentraedi and micronized/human size versions. Later types were upgraded with improved weapons, armor and sensor suits.

VbRS-series Straus All-environment Battle Robot– Soviet modified Reguld. Various examples, ranging from unmodified to completely rebuilt units with upgraded weapons systems. Earlier systems substituted various auto-cannon armaments for the original Zentraedi weapon systems, with later versions mounting fully modern energy weapons of Soviet design. The PBR served in the Soviet Army from 2013 through to the Invid Invasion. This type was also exported in large number to various armies all over the Earth. Many are still in service today.

PGT Autruche pod guerre tactique / Tactical Battle Pod – République du Québec modified Reguld. The Autruche served as the country’s primary battle mecha through till the Invid Invasion.

Operators (Note: This list is far from complete. It does not even cover the various former colonies of the TME and independent worlds. Nor does it take into account every military on Earth that used the Reguld in one form or another.)

Tirolian Mercantile Empire: Zentraedi Main Fleet – 1831 to 2012, Zentraedi Border Fleet – 1831 to UNK

United Nations / United Earth Government: UN Spacy – 2012 to 2017, UEDF – 2018 to 2022, UEEF – 2018 to 2035

Eastern Block Soviet Independent States: Soviet Army – 2014 to 2031, Soviet Space Forces – 2018 to 2031

Republic of Quebec / République du Québec: Army of Quebec / Armée de terre du Québec – 2015 to 2031

Additional Operators – Earth (Note: Once again, this list is not all inclusive.): Bangladesh, Federal Republic of Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Israel, China, Philippines, Turkey

General characteristics (Baseline Reguld)

  • Crew: 1
  • Width: 6.96 meters
  • Height: 15.12 meters
  • Empty weight: 37,000 kg
  • Combat weight: 59,000 kg (depends greatly on pilot weight)
  • Generator: 1.3 GGV class Esbeliben Protoculture furnace, 12 Standard Protoculture Cells
  • Thrusters: 2 x Varredoush type 10 plasma-shock expansionengines (230 kN each), 2 x Varredoush type 9 plasma-shock expansion thruster systems (48 kN each) 12 x vernier thrusters.

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Performance

Reguld (standard)

  • Maximum running speed: 282 kph
  • Maximum jumping distance: 120 meters
  • Average cell duration: 200 hours continuous operational use
  • Delta-v capacity: 2.7 kps on graphite reaction mass

Gluuhaug Reguld

  • Maximum running speed: 144 kph full load, 193 kph empty
  • Maximum jumping distance: 110 meters
  • Average cell duration: 200 hours continuous operational use
  • Delta-v capacity: 2.5 kps on graphite reaction mass

Reguld Serauhaug

  • Maximum running speed: 128 kph full load, 193 kph empty
  • Maximum jumping distance: 100 meters
  • Average cell duration: 200 hours continuous operational use
  • Delta-v capacity: 2.4 kps on graphite reaction mass

Del Reguld

  • Maximum running speed: 225 kph
  • Maximum jumping distance: 110 meters
  • Average cell duration: 200 hours continuous operational use
  • Delta-v capacity: 2.5 kps on graphite reaction mass

Armament

Standard, Gluuhaug and Serauhaug versions:

  • 2 x Makral Martszur-4 (PB-10) particle beam cannons
  • 2 x Moldile Tszan-83 (AC-L) 22.3mm autocannons with 2000 rounds

Reguld (standard) only:

  • 2 x Karatszon Quillo-152 (PL-3) pulse lasers

Gluuhaug Reguld only:

  • 2 x Touwhaug Rasilszt-9 missile pods with 24 Gerluj Touwhaug, Gluuk Awhaug orVlwheralt Awhaug (codenamed Miff, Megrim or Morgoth) missiles

Serauhaug Reguld only:

  • 2 x Touwhaug Rasilszt-10 missile launchers with 2 Seraum (codenamed Moloch)missiles

Fire Control

All versions:

  • VBPS1-SS Multi-band digital camera system, for medium range all attitude IR imaging, optical and ultra-violet band detection and tracking.
  • VBPS1-SS Multi-frequency laser ranger and designator.
  • VBPS1-SS Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)
  • VBPS1-SS Short Range Anti-Mecha Missile Warning Radar (AMMWR)
  • VBPS1-SS Infra-red Warning Receiver (IRWR)
  • VBPS1-SS Active sensor jammer

Del Reguld 5Del Reguld only:

  • VBPS1-SS-A replaces the entire armament with additional sensor equipment. The extra sensors include a large ISAR radar system, a short range variable-frequency LIDAR system, broad-spectrum EM scanners, seismic sensors, and additional data links and processing capability.

 


 

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Original artwork by: Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin. 

Acknowledgement is extended to the work of Egan Loo and the Macross Compendium. Egan Loo is given all credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the Macross Compendium that has been utilized on Robotech Illustrated. 

Images Courtesy of Chad Wilson (Marchly) and the Macross Mecha Manual. Chad Wilson is given all credit for all images from the Macross Mecha Manual that have been utilized on Robotech Illustrated. 

Acknowledgement is also 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 Tim Wing, Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Rob Morgenstern

Copyright © 2013 Tim Wing 

 

 

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