by Tim Wing
The MBR-05 Spartan was Maxwell Dynamics first attempt at adapting the VF/A-6 Alpha design to the Destroid role. The Alpha’s basic design was little changed in the translation, and the Spartan II had very little in common with the rest of the R-05 series of Destroids that followed it. The Spartan II started out as an exercise in cheapness. The Mk. I was little more than an Alpha with all of its transformation systems, internal weapons systems and engines striped away. The Mk. I’s sole weapons system was a GU-13 gun pod. This made for a very basic, but effective, ground combat system that was a fraction of the price of the MBR-10 Gladiator.
Following variants added internal weapons fit, armor and improved avionics, moving the Spartan II away from its bargain basement roots. By the final version, the Spartan II had two heavy lasers and missile pods, as well as space combat capabilities. Regardless of its humble origins, the Spartan II was considered by many to be the best of middle period United Earth Expeditionary Force (UEEF) Destroids.
General Characteristics (Mk. VI)
- Height: 8.3 meters
- Width: 4.2 meters
- Depth: 3.47 meters
- Weight: 16 metric tons dry
Performance (Mk. VI)
- Maximum speed: 190 kph
- Jump performance: up to 15 meters lateral
Weapons Systems (Mk. VI)
- 2 x M-1255 120mm Laser Cannons
- 2 x 20mm Pulse Laser Cannons
- 2 x RDS-6 Rocket Launchers
- 1 x GU-13 or EU-13 Gun Pod
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Original artwork by: Charles Walton II
Source: Robotec the Expeditionary Force Marines Sourcebook
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