Steyr-Daimler-Puch AHT-1 Armored Hover Transport

AHT-1 Tactical Armored Hover Transport

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Robert Morgenstern, with Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen

edited by Tim Wing


  • AHT-1 reference file
  • AHT-1 gallery

Designation: Steyr-Daimler-Puch AHT-1 Armored Hover Transport

I. Dimensions.

  • Length: 13.5 meters
  • Width: 4.5 meters
  • Height: 4.6 meters
  • Weight: 3.2 metric tons.

II. Type.

  • AHT-1: Armored Cargo and Personnel Hover-capable Transport.
  • AHFV-1: Armored Hover-capable Fighting Vehicle / Gun Truck.

III. Service Life

  • AHT-1: Used by the UN Spacy and other member militaries of the Unified Forces from 2015 until 2017, and by the UEDF Tactical Corps, Civil Defense Units and Logistics Corps from 2018 until the Invid Invasion. The REF/UEEF adopted this vehicle for use by their Marine forces in 2019, and used it until 2027.
  • AHFV-1: Used by the UEDF Tactical Corps, Civil Defense Units and Logistics Corps from 2030 until the Invid Invasion.

IV. Propulsion.

  • 6 x P&W HJ-275 hover jets for vertical and maneuvering lift with directional output vents, max. output 27.5 kN each, driven by the reactor. Peak hovering performance at 0.4 meter altitude.
  • 2 x P&W HJ-150 hover jets for directional thrust through a reversible vent, max. output 15 kN each.
  • Power-source: 1 x SCRR-4P Miniaturized Protoculture-cell energizer
  • Fuel Capacity: 4 protoculture cells.

V. Performance.

  • Max speed: 235 kph
  • Maximum Range: Life of cells (1 month avg. between refueling)
  • Cargo capacity: 160 cubic meters

VI. Electronics Suite.

Optical tracking:

  • Philips AllView II multi-band digital spherical camera system, for medium range all attitude infra-red imaging, optical and ultra-violet band detection and tracking
  • Thomson LT-8 multi-frequency laser ranger and designator.

Acoustical tracking:

  • Philips directional acoustic recording system

Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

  • Selenia GroundWarrior active/passive sensor jammers.
  • Communications:
  • Multiband radio system
  • Some models were equipped with a satellite communications system for over-the-horizon communications

VII. Armament. (Typical, varies from vehicle to vehicle)


  • 1 x M3A4 12.7mm (.50BMG) machine gun
  • or 1 x EU-9 rapid-fire pulse laser


  • 1 x PT-2B double-barreled plasma turret
  • 1 x EU-9 rapid-fire pulse laser
  • 1 x Battery of sixteen Hammerhead short range missiles with various warheads and guidance packages.

VIII. Armor.

The armor of the AHT-1 Armored Hover Transport is composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy. The armor stops all small arms fire, provides good protection against heavier infantry weapons, such as a 12.7mm machinegun round, and fair resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round.

The AHT-1 provides full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using an overpressure crew compartment environment activated by radiation and hazardous chemical sensors, or manually when biological warfare conditions are anticipated. The internal consumables supplies can provide atmosphere for two weeks maximum.

IX. Development.

The Steyr-Daimler-Puch AHT-1 Armored Hover Transport was a light armored troop and material carrier developed in the post-war period. It had a one man turret which could accommodate an EU-9 rapid-fire pulse laser or an M2 .50 Machine Gun. This vehicle could carry an eight man infantry squad, in addition to its crew of driver, truck commander and gunner.

The AHFV-1 Armored Hover Fighting Vehicle variant was armed with a PT-2B double-barreled plasma turret, an EU-9 rapid-fire pulse laser, and a battery of sixteen Hammerhead short range missiles. This vehicle could provide cargo caravans with some fire support in the planets wastelands without drawing a large amount of resources. This vehicle helped keep the supply lines open against marauding Zentraedi and scavengers as not many groups wished to face the onslaught of the AHFV-1’s significant armament.




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Original artwork by: Tim Wing

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 in this publication. 

Content by Robert Morgenstern, Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen, edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 1997 Robert Morgenstern, Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen; 2016 Tim Wing



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