by Tim Wing
The ZBR-01 Thakun and ZBR-02 Yrallain were designed in the late teens by Continental Battlemecha Ltd. for the United Earth Expeditionary Forces (UEEF), primarily to accommodate the preferences of Zentraedi service members. Though the type was not limited to Zentraedi pilots, the UEEF found that the overwhelming majority of pilots who gravitated towards it non-human. This led to the type being retired early from service due to the perceived segregation it was causing within the ranks.
The ZBR-02 Yrallain, named for a large nocturnal predator indigenous to Tirol, was the heavier of the two types. Often described as the “Officer’s Pod”, it was not limited to the Zentraedi officer class. The Thakun and the Yrallain did not always serve in the same units. When they did, they usually worked in hunter-killer teams, with the Thakuns locating and fixing targets for the heavier Yrallains. This was very similar to 20th century tank and scout vehicle tactics. All versions mounted four heavy particle beam cannons (two on top and two in the arms), auto cannons, rear facing lasers and short range missile launchers. Like its Zentraedi forbearer, the Yrallain was equally adept at space and surface combat and incapable of atmospheric flight. Several versions were produced throughout its production run, of which the Mk. IV was notable due to it being built under license by Maxwell Dynamics. In typical Maxwell fashion, the upper arm joints on this version were styled to look like those of their VF/A-6 Alpha Veritech, lest anyone not know who built it.
- Height: 8 meters
- Width: 4.6 meters
- Length: 6.1 meters
- Weight: 15.6 metric tons (dry)
- Speed, running: 210 kph
- Jump capability: 90 meters with thruster assistance
- 2 x HPC-90 Heavy Particle Beam Cannons
- 2 x HPC-50 Heavy Particle Beam Cannons
- 2 x 20mm Laser (rear mounted)
- 2 x auto cannons
- 2 x RDS-10 Mini-Missile Launcher
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Original artwork by: Charles Walton II
Source: Robotech the Expeditionary Force Marines Sourcebook, by Irvin Jackson
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