Kawasaki Aerospace AHP-3 Fragga Hover Platform

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ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Aubry Thonon, with Peter Walker

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • Fragga reference file
  • Fragga gallery

Designation: AHP-3 Fragga Hover Platform, UHP-1 Fragga Insertion Vehicle

8fI. Dimensions:

(AHP-3)

  • Length: 2.36 meters
  • Width: 2.96 meters
  • Height: 1.52 meters
  • Weight: 1.90 metric tons

(UHP-1)

  • Length: 4.19 meters
  • Width: 2.96 meters
  • Height: 1.90 meters
  • Weight: 2.40 metric tons

II. Type:

  • AHP-3: One man Scout/Patrol vehicle.
  • UHP-1: One man Rapid Insertion Platform.

III. Service History:

  • AHP-3: Served with the Global Military Police’s Enforcement Corps from 2025 until the Invid invasion.
  • UHP-1: Served with the Global Military Police’s Enforcement Corps from 2027 until the transfer of all Harguns to the Tactical Space Corps and their space-conversion in 2029, at which time they were converted to AHP-3 standard.

IV. Propulsion:

(AHP-3)

  • 2 x P&W AT-972 Aviation Turbine Engine, max. output 12 kN, driven by an aviation fuel. Peak hovering performance at 5 meter altitude. Engine drives two vectorable dorsal fans.
  • 1 x TurboUnion IR-2L jet turbine located centrally under the platform. Max. thrust, 17 kN.

(UHP-1)

  • 4 x P&W AT-972 Aviation Turbine Engines, max. output 12 kN each, driven by an aviation fuel. Peak hovering performance at 5 meter altitude. Engines drive two vectorable dorsal fans, and two primarily aft-pointing propulsor fans.

8aV. Performance:

  • Max speed (AHP-3, UHP-1 unloaded): 143 kph
  • Max speed (UHP-1, loaded): 110 kph
  • Max hover height: 13.9 meter
  • Range (AHP-3): Four hours flight time
  • Range (UHP-1, loaded): Four hours flight time
  • Range (UHP-1, unloaded): Six hours flight time

 

VI. Electronics:

  • Westinghouse TPG-204 X-band pulse-doppler phased array short-range radar
  • Hollandse Signaal computer targeting system with stereoscopic laser targeting.

VII. Armament:

  • 7b1 x Oerlikon Triple Barrel 25mm autocannon, fires APHE (Armor Piercing High Explosives) and HEI-T (High Explosive Incendiary – Tracer) rounds. Maximum rate of fire 800 rounds/minute. Ammunition supply 300 rounds. Effective range 1900 meter.

VIII. Armor:

The armor of the Fragga was composed of a plastic-ceramic composite for maximal resistance to penetration and thermic explosive damage for minimal weight. The armor stops most small arms fire, provides poor protection against heavier infantry weapons, such as a 12.7mm machinegun round. The platform itself provides minimal cover for the pilot, who is especially exposed from above.

8hIX. Development:

As the United Earth Defense Force (UEDF) completed its Hargun Combat Cycle prototypes in 2020, it became obvious that several problems would hamper its successful deployment. First, the engineers were having trouble with the collapsible arms and legs and opted to develop a special utility truck. The Hargun rider would ride the bike into the utility vehicle where the arms and legs would be attached while the motorcycle transformed.

Unfortunately, this posed a further problem – one of deployment. The main aspect of the Hargun Combat Cycle was its ability to utilize small and narrow passages to get to its destination or target. The truck, on the other hand, still required a fair-sized alley or road to accomplish the same. By 2023, it had become obvious that either the Hargun system would have to be dropped, or a new type of insertion vehicle would be required.

By the same sort of coincidence which surrounded the development of the Beta, another program was working on the development of a one-man patrol vehicle for the Global Military Police (GMP) to supplement the hover-cycle. The unit was a large flying platform, controlled by two trackballs at the pilot’s feet as well as a free-floating console. Called the Fragga (the name’s origin, like the Hargun’s, is obscure), this hoverplatform would be ideal for urban patrol, and anti-insurgency work.

99The Hargun team saw the platform as the perfect insertion vehicle and soon developed a variant for use with the Hargun. Fitted with a second engine, and an extended tail that stored large amounts of fuel, this platform could carry a Battloid to the target area, then release it from up to 14 meters in the air. It would also double as potential air support should the Hargun require it. In view of this secondary support role, the UHP-1’s pilot would be in a sitting position, as well as being afforded more protection by the platform’s own armor.

By 2027, 2450 AHP-3 Scout platforms and 1090 UHP-1 Insertion platforms had been manufactured. Unfortunately, the Hargun program was soon canceled, and the existing Harguns refit for use in space, leading to the retirement of the modified rapid insertion platforms. The Flagga never saw wide use either, as the anticipated insurgencies never occurred, and procurement was soon halted. Few of either vehicle survived to the Invid invasion, though several were known to have been used by occupation-era nations to discourage civil unrest.

 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. Megazone 23 (R) is the property of A.D. Vision and studios AIC, Artland & Tatsunoko. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Shinji Aramaki, Toshihiro Hirano, Haruhiko Mikimoto, Yasuomi Umetsu and Hiroyuki Kitazume

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 Aubry Thonon, with Pieter Thomassen and Peter Walker

Copyright © 1997, 1995 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker

 

 

 

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